2020 Genesis G70

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2020 Genesis G70 Test Drive Review: Beware Of The Underdog

While the Genesis G90 pokes large German luxury sedans with a stick, the G70 takes aim at the 3 Series and C-Class. The G90 is a large luxury sedan that owns the competition in price and then competes in quality, while the G70 is the entry-level to Hyundai's luxury brand, and packs a different punch. It's a luxury sport sedan in a competitive package that's fun to drive and offers more for less. A surprisingly potent turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes under the hood at the entry point, while at the top of the range is a beast of a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 model. While it has things to say about the Mercedes C-Class, the Genesis G90 is most akin to the BMW 3 Series in dynamics and fires a massive shot across its bow.

2020 Genesis G70 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 G70?

After a successful first year on sale, Genesis' 3 Series rival, the G70 gets a few small updates for the 2020 model year. The Sport trim gets stronger brakes, while 19-inch wheels with all-season tires are an available option. The 3.3T Prestige package includes a power-operated trunk lid, while on the base model, the 18-inch alloy wheels have a new glossy finish and the leather can be ordered in brown.

Pros and Cons

  • The Korean rear-drive sedan is a joy to pilot
  • Premium feel, affordable price
  • Long list of features
  • Class-leading warranty
  • It gets tight in the back
  • Some interior materials feel cheap
  • Infotainment is subpar
  • It's relatively heavy on the juice
  • Lacks brand cachet

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2020 Genesis G70 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0T
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$35,450
2.0T Manual
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$38,500
3.3T
3.3L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$44,650
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2020 G70 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 184.4 in
  • Wheelbase 111.6 in
  • Height 55.1 in
  • Max Width 72.8 in
  • Front Width 62.8 in
  • Rear Width 64.3 in
  • Curb Weight 3,673.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Savile Silver
  • Himalayan Gray
  • Uyuni White
  • Vik Black
  • Havana Red
  • Adriatic Blue
  • Siberian Ice
  • Black Forest Green
  • Mallorca Blue

2020 G70 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.3L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The G70 is a slick freeway cruiser as well as an around-town hustler. Even in our test car's Dynamic Edition trim, the first thing you don't notice is noise. Piloting around town is a quiet affair and on a nicely cushioned suspension setup. Sitting in the cabin in traffic is no hardship either with a punchy sound system and comfortable seats.

Punching the drive mode button to find the sport setting changes things up dramatically. That already potent 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine sharpens up, and the suspension settings change to add even more cut to the thrust. Plenty of grip from an agile, well-balanced chassis featuring neutral handling makes the G90 a lively but easy car to have fun with. Even without the adaptive dampers, there's a level of ability and enthusiasm to the G90 that rivals an equivalent BMW.

2020 G70 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.6 in
  • Front Head Room 39.7 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.9 in

2020 G70 Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    10.5 ft³

2020 G70 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2020 Genesis G70 A Good car?

When the term 'value for money' is used, it often implies taking less of a product for less money. However, the G70 stands on its own as a great car. We wish the infotainment were the quality of the G70's rivals, and rear occupants would have an inch or two extra legroom, but as a package, we would absolutely cross-shop the Genesis G70 sedan with a BMW 3 Series. For the same money you could spend on a BMW 3 Series, the G70 can offer more of a driving thrill and the same level of luxury and ride comfort.

2020 Genesis G70 Comparisons

Kia Stinger Kia
Genesis G80 Genesis
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Genesis G70252 hp21/31 mpg$39,400
Kia Stinger 300 hp21/29 mpg$37,135
Genesis G80 300 hp23/32 mpg$48,250

2020 Genesis G70 vs Kia Stinger

The mechanical similarities between these cars are numerous. Both are offered with the same 2.0-liter and 3.3-liter forced-induction motors, and mpg figures are also closely matched, but the difference in dimensions is clear to spot. The Stinger is the larger car, measuring over five inches longer and riding on a 114.4-inch wheelbase as opposed to the G70's 111.6-inch wheelbase. The G70 offers more standard features such as frontal collision avoidance and a more extended corrosion warranty, but the Stinger is visibly a more sporty looking car. Making a choice between the two will boil down to styling preference, although on GT trims, the Stinger evolves to be a more enjoyable drive despite its size.

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2020 Genesis G70 vs Genesis G80

The G80 is the mid-sized executive sedan offering from Genesis, slotting in above the G70 and below the full-sized G90. Whereas the G70 is available with the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, the G80 in base trim opts for a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 engine producing 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque. The G80 is also available with a 5.0-liter V8 producing 420 hp and 383 lb-ft, while the 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged engine from the G70 also features. A heavier curb weight and large capacity naturally aspirated engines mean the G80 is heavier on gas but shares the G70's figures when specced with the 3.3-liter engine. The G80 is a larger car in every way inside and out, offering superior legroom and headroom, but the G70's interior build quality, comfort levels, and features list feel on par. The G70's smaller platform mated to the powerful 3.3-liter turbocharged motor gives it the sporting edge, but for outright comfort, the G80 takes the cake. A price gap of over $11,000 might sway some to get the smaller G70 with added options, and we can't say we'd fault them.

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