SEATTLE — To say that the 2019 Genesis G70 Sport AWD is an incredible value in today’s climate of sport-sedans would be to understate things. Hyundai has done an incredible job of bringing the Genesis brand to market a few years ago — it has excelled at its execution. There’s no doubt that the entire line-up of Genesis cars can go toe-to-toe with any of its competitors. However, the G70 is easily this auto editor’s favorite.
Starting with the styling, there’s no doubt to the hints of German and some Japaneses undertones. The grill is a bit “Audi-like” and certain body contours also give a German nod. However, the back-end, while uniquely Genesis, hints to Japan. Speaking of the grill, it’s unclear why Genesis implemented a rather cheesy-looking part of it where the sensor are at. While they did try and blend it in, it’s quite obvious and once you see it, you can’t unsee it. That misfortune aside, the G70 is a winner and here’s why.
Under the hood:
Using the same powertrain found in the formidable KIA Stinger, the 3.3-liter V6 has twin turbochargers on it and is good for a whopping 365 horsepower and 376lb-ft of torque. Given that the G70 is about 500lbs lighter than the Stinger, it certainly feels a bit quicker. You’ll find 0-60 times in the mid-four second time frame. While the EPA gives a generous economy rating of 18 around town and up to 25 on the highway. However, if you drive it like we did, you’ll be lucky to get that much. Note to self; don’t keep the turbo’s spooled up, most of the time.
Stepping inside, one would think they’re getting into a luxury German auto and that’s what Genesis is going for. There are definitely design cues here from their designers, some of whom were poached from the German automakers. From the build quality of the materials used to the heated/cooled seats that tighten the side bolsters when you go into sport mode, it’s a first class cabin. Nothing here looks or feels cheap, except the navigation system.
For reasons that are baffling, Genesis literally slapped a navigation and menu system right out of its Hyundai counterparts. While it is very functional and includes Apple Carplay and Android Auto, it doesn’t look like it belongs to a car with a Genesis moniker.
Sound quality is superb but still quite a bit lacking to the JBL/Mark Levinson system in the latest Lexus models. Solid bass response along with excellent frequency response, makes those long road trips of car karaoke, a blast.
Front seats are extremely comfortable while being very supportive as well. Rear leg-room is, well, a bit on the cramped side. The G70 is a compact sedan, after all, so no real surprises here. Depending on the height of the front occupants, there can be ample leg room for adult passengers, but don’t expect any miracles. Once inside, the comfort and quietness of everything is very upscale.
On the road:
Getting down to the brass tax of the G70 Sport AWD is the driving. The way it makes one feel while behind the wheel. Suffice to say, it’s easily one of the best driver’s cars out there. Even though it’s all-wheel-drive, it retains a heavy rear-wheel bias which you can really feel around hard corners and hitting the accelerator. As far as exhaust noise goes, it’s electronically enhanced inside. While cheesy as all get out, so many luxury automakers are adopting that now, rather than actually engineering the exhaust to sound a certain way.
Not only is it quick in a straight line, the car practically begs you to push it hard around corners. There’s such a flat corning feeling to the car and the stock Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires stick to the road so well, that you can’t help but surrender to its siren-like calling. Stopping is no chore either, thanks to the overkill Brembo braking system. Brake fade doesn’t exist in this realm and the great-looking red-painted calipers are a nice touch as well.
With so many positives and so few drawbacks, there’s really no reason to not test drive a G70 Sport AWD at your nearest, select Hyundai dealership. Sadly, there aren’t any Genesis dealers at this time, so you’ll have to call around and find the nearest Hyundai dealership to get behind the wheel of a G70 Sport AWD.
Our test model was priced at just over $52,000, including destination charge. Given its performance, overall build-quality and best-in-class 10 year warranty, it’s beyond difficult to put this car at the top of the heap of any sedan we’ve ever tested. It’s that good.
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