I have an announcement to make for the compact executive sedan neighborhood: There is a new kid on the block and ‘he’ has the beauty and the heart to be a serious contender in this segment –The 2019 Genesis G70.
This car was first shown just over a year and a half ago, in Seoul’s Olympic Park.
Genesis, the Korean luxury automaker that is behind this gorgeous and elegant piece of machinery, showed it off with confidence and self-assurance: They knew that they had a trustworthy contender to go up against the big boys from Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Infiniti in the executive compact sedan division… and they were absolutely right.
Just to name a few of its accolades, the Genesis G70 won the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Car of the year award; it was featured on Car and Driver’s 2019 10 best list and it also won the 2019 Motor Trend Car of the Year Award.
Not bad for a new kid that just arrived to the neighborhood. Not bad at all.
Sexy and effective
In the pantheon of car designers, there is one name that inspires respect and admiration: Peter Schreyer.
Schreyer is a German car designer that built quite a reputation working for Audi, particularly for its contributions for the interior design of the Audi TT.
Schreyer came on board to design the Genesis G70, and what a gorgeous car he delivered.
Precise, acute, sexy angles give the 2018 Genesis G70 a poise and posture that just make it stand out.
The Genesis grille, front air intakes and beautiful front lights give this beauty a ‘face’ that just makes an impression.
Regarding what lies under its hood, we can either get a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four cylinder engine, that delivers 252 horse power and 260 pound-feet of torque; or a turbocharged 3.3 liter V6, that offers 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.
Depending on the trim, both engines can be equipped with Rear Wheel Drive or All Wheel Drive.
It also should be noted that the four cylinder engine is mated to an eight speed automatic transmission but can be equipped with a six speed manual if you choose the top trim for this engine (more on that later).
The V6 engine is only available with the eight speed automatic.
On the fuel efficiency front, depending on the engine, drive and transmission you choose, the Genesis G70 will deliver between 18 to 22 miles per gallon on the city and between 25 and 30 mpg on the highway.
Equipped to the teeth
Another strong trait of the 2019 Genesis G70 is its variety of trims. Here’s an overview of all of them -I’ll try to summarize them, since there are plenty, seriously.
From the start, we have the trims available with the smaller engine.
First, we have the 20.T Advanced trim. From the get-go, it offers simulated leather upholstery, push-button start, 18 inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, an 8 inch touchscreen system, two USB ports in the front, one for the backseats; satellite radio, automatic emergency breaking and more.
A navigation system, a sunroof, a 15 speaker sound system, LED headlights, heated and ventilated front seats and more are added to the 20.T Elite trim.
Next, we have the 2.0T Prestige, with features such as heated rear seats and a wireless charging pad; the 2.0T Dynamic, that adds performance tires, 19 inch wheels and more, the 2.0T Sport, that offers black trim accents and unique wheels (among other traits); and the 2.0T Sport M/T trim, the one that offers the manual transmission option and offers features such as an sport exhaust system, LED headlights and more.
Then, we have the 3.3T Advanced, Elite, Prestige and Sport trims for the bigger engine (that differ a little, accessory wise, from their four cylinder counterparts); and you should ask about the 3.3T Design and 3.3T Dynamic, a couple of limited edition models.
The smaller engine has enough oomph to get your revs going, despite being a four cylinder and all. It’s a trustworthy, complete engine that will get you from point ‘a’ to point ‘be’ in a jiff.
But if you really want to enjoy this bad boy, do not overthink it: Get the V6.
You’ll feel as this engine ‘feasts’ on the road effortlessly, with its excellent response on the gas pedal, breaks and driving wheel. It’s a passionate, fun car that just doesn’t know to disappoint.
As I said at the beginning, there is a new kid in the compact executive sedan neighborhood: A confident, gorgeous and powerful kid, that won’t be bullied by its seniors.
Genesis puts its money where its mouth is with the G70, a car that, in little time, has become a serious contender on its segment.