2020 G70 New Car Test Drive
In addition to being the smallest sedan offered by the nascent luxury automaker, the 2020 Genesis G70 is the sportiest of the bunch. Distantly related to the Kia Stinger, the G70 uses similar powertrains. Both South Korean makes fall under the banner of parent company Hyundai Motors.
Fitted with a stiffer suspension, the four-door G70 features a sharper ride and tauter handling, dispensed with a luxurious undertone. Introduced as a 2019 model, the G70 has changed little for the 2020 model year.
The two trim levels are based upon engine type. The 2.0T model packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 horsepower. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard, but rear-wheel-drive 2.0T sedans can substitute a 6-speed manual transmission ? a rarely seen configuration in contemporary four-doors. With the manual, engine output rises to 255 hp.
Acceleration from 0-60 mph with manual takes less than seven seconds. All-wheel drive isn't available with the manual transmission, which costs more than automatic and is likely to be difficult to find at a Genesis dealership, but it is available on automatic-equipped models.
Considerably more costly than a four-cylinder sedan, 3.3T models step up to a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 that develops 365 hp. This configuration shrinks 0-60 mph acceleration to a mere 4.5 seconds, and the manual gearbox is unavailable. Rear-wheel-drive 3.3T sedans include a limited-slip differential.
Largely fuel efficient, the G70 is comparable to other luxury compact sedans. With the turbo-4 engine and RWD, it's EPA-rated at 22 mpg city, 30 highway, and 25 combined with the automatic transmission and 18/28/22 mpg with the manual. With all-wheel drive and the automatic, the G70 achieves 20/27/23 mpg. Moving to V-6 power shrinks fuel economy to 17/26/20 mpg with RWD, or 17/25/20 mpg with AWD.
Automatic emergency braking is standard on all G70 sedans. So are active lane control, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, and a driver-attention monitor. Parking sensors and a surround-view camera system are available.
A good selection of standard active safety technology augments the G70's excellent crash test scores. The IIHS named the sedan a Top Safety Pick Plus, the institute's highest honor. However, this rating doesn't apply to base models, which get inferior headlights.
The 2.0T G70 costs $36,445 including destination and comes with the 2.0-liter turbo-4, synthetic leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, power front seats, automatic climate control, and a power-opening trunk. The infotainment system features an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The 3.3T model is priced from $45,645 and adds the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine. It also gets a limited-slip differential, automatic leveling headlights, Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, navigation, and a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system.
An Elite package ($4,650 on 2.0T models, $1,450 for 3.3T) adds a sunroof, parking sensors, heated front seats, navigation, and a power-adjustable steering wheel. The Prestige package ($8,450 on 2.0T, $4,300 on 3.3T) includes Nappa leather upholstery, a head-up display, wireless charging, a surround-view camera system, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Sport package ($10,000 on 2.0T, $5,600 on 3.3T) adds 19-inch wheels, performance brakes, alloy pedals, a dark chrome grille, and an adaptive suspension.