First Reviews Of 2019 Genesis G70 Are In: Should Mercedes And BMW Worry? (Hint:Yes)

The first reviews of the new Genesis G70 have landed, giving us the first chance to find out if the new Korean 3-Series fighter is more than just a good-looking sedan.

Based on the same underpinnings with the Kia Stinger, the new Genesis G70 will be offered with either a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 sending their power to the rear axle as standard. An all-wheel drive system is optional.

Base four-cylinder models offer 252hp and 260lb-ft (352 Nm) of peak torque and are paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. An optional six-speed manual is on offer, along with a slightly more powerful engine (255hp over 252hp) and a performance package that includes a unique sport exhaust system, high-performance Brembo brakes and more.

Models fitted with the V6 offer 365hp and 376 lb-ft (510 Nm) of peak torque and are paired exclusively to the eight-speed automatic transmission. A mechanical limited-slip differential is standard on the V6 and an option on the turbo-four models. Genesis reckons that a rear-driven G70 V6 can hit 60mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds.

Genesis wanted its first compact premium sedan to not just look good but also offer a proper engaging driving experience, along with a strong engine lineup. Add to that a rather long and impressive list of standard features and the new G70 sounds like a car established German brands should worry about.

Let’s see what Edmunds, Redline Reviews and The Straight Pipes have to say about the new Genesis G70 on the playlist linked below.

 

  • Dude[Check JoinDate InProfile]

    I wish I was more impulsive with my money. I’d probably buy one right now.

    • Dude

      I agree. I like them a lot.

  • Mind Synthetic

    not a looker, is it

    • nellydesign

      The front end has far too many competing shapes and elements. The grille looks like it came off an entirely different vehicle. It’s kind of a train wreck. Proportions work. Details do not. Like the Stinger, but worse in that regard. The Stinger just needs a few fake vents removed.

      • Mind Synthetic

        my problem with it is that it just takes a lot form other car makers, mashes it into one and calls its own. i understand car design is based on manufacturers “borrowing” design ideas from one another, but this isn’t a good execution. the grill looks so flat that it makes the front end look like it has been chopped off. On the subject of a kia stinger, it’s an alright car form the the looks stand point, not much else. koreans have grown a lot over the past few years by sucking up talent from all over the place, and public accepting of their offerings. so my car enthusiast opinion here means absolute jack shizzle,

    • TheBelltower

      Really? This, IMO, is one of the cleanest looking designs currently on the market. Much better than the Kia version of the same car. I can’t even look at the latest Audis and their fake exhaust tips and vents. Comparing this to Toyota or Lexus’ spazzy, incoherent lines, it’s no contest.

      • LeStori

        Starts with the stupid over size grill and down hill from there. Might be clean for an Asian car but is is definitely not a good looker. It will age badly in the way most Asian cars age badly.

        • TheBelltower

          Most Asian cars age badly. Most domestic cars age badly. Most old cars look old because there are period-specific design elements that people get tired of seeing. But this has fewer visual boogers that look junky over time, unlike the Kia Stinger. That should help.

        • bd0007

          Audis also have super-sized grilles and BMW’s and MB’s have also gotten progressively larger.

          Frankly, there are no “stunners” in the segment (not counting the fastbacks), but the G70 holds its own.

          • disqus_NdrthOMZ62

            Escallop – the new Caddy potato?

        • disqus_NdrthOMZ62

          Aston tribute. Like Ford did.

      • Ron

        Saying it look better than a Kia or Lexus isn’t really saying much.

      • Mind Synthetic

        im glad you like it, thus we all dont chase after the same woman

    • SteersUright

      Its almost there, but not quite. Something is missing. Proportions look good, but the details just dont come together to produce a beautiful car.

  • lagunas3ca

    That exhaust is beyond laughable ffs.

  • cooper

    As long as Hyundai has slow shifting transmissions that steal power away they will never be an option against BMW, MB, or Audi.

    • disqus_NdrthOMZ62

      Isn’t stick available?

      • Honda NSX-R

        Yes, but only with the RWD turbo 4

        • disqus_NdrthOMZ62

          Ah!

    • bd0007

      According to the reviews, the 8 spd AT shifts fairly quickly (otherwise wouldn’t be getting 0-60 times as low as 4.6s in prelim reviews).

      The “power-stealing” is under initial acceleration as low-end torque has been throttled somewhat (in order to preserve transmission lifespan), but acceleration from 30 MPH to 60 MPH is quick.

      Things should improve when the 8 spd AT gets replaced by the 10 spd – which should be developed with more of a performance-orientation in mind (the 8 spd AT was developed as a luxo cruiser transmission).

      And there has also been talk of Hyundai working on a DCT for RWD application.

  • Finkployd

    Definitely worth considering as a company car / video needs further editing 😴✂️✂️🎞

  • Merc1

    Gotta love the headlines. Mercedes and BMW don’t have any reason to be worried about anything. That doesn’t take away from the G70, I actually like it a lot, but worry? NO.

    M

    • pcurve

      I tend to agree with you, but it’s going to eat into their sales.

      • Merc1

        Not enough for it to matter. New 3-Series is coming and the C has just been updated. It’s just hype. Genesis doesn’t have the name or capacity to inflict any real harm on MB or BMW beyond a few magazine comparisons.

        M

      • disqus_NdrthOMZ62

        How many variations of 3 & 4 Series available?

    • bd0007

      Should be MB and BMW a little “perturbed,” but the Japanese (mostly Lexus and Infiniti) worried,

  • willhaven

    This would seem to be a bigger threat to Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti than the German marques. While there are a lot of people in the US that buy based on value, many also buy based on brand influence.

    • cooper

      Does Lexus even have a model that is at the level of the G70 ? Maybe the IS but that is such an old and outdated looking vehicle.

      • willhaven

        Lexus basically forgot that they’re still manufacturing the IS, but it is technically a competitor. There are people that will choose a Lexus over a Hyundai, regardless of how ancient their choice is.

        • Merc1

          True.

          M

        • bd0007

          You mean a Toyota over a Hyundai.

          Nonetheless, there have been more buyers choosing the G80 over the GS.

  • vbondjr1

    unfortunately no, BMW and benz have nothing to worry about. Genesis is a nice car but it lacks a whole lot of stuff needed to compete with the big boys. first of all, Hyundai needs to stop playing a drop that 5.0L Tau V8 in the smaller Genesis cars, bring out a better transmission and a whole lot of other stuff and give the cars a good exhaust note, then they might say something but it wouldn’t be fair to compare them directly to BMW & Mercedes. Mercedes out powers and out classes them but that’s not to say that Hyundai doesn’t make a darn good car.

    • bd0007

      Why would Genesis have to offer a V8 in their compact sedan offering when the Germans don’t even do it?

      There’s a new 10 spd AT in the works, as well as a rumored (wet) DCT.

      • Merc1

        Mercedes does.

        M

        • bd0007

          Forgot about that; but likely not for long.

          • Merc1

            Doesn’t matter, they do, that is the point.

            M

          • bd0007

            Well, according to you Genesis doesn’t compete against MB, so does it really matter?

          • Merc1

            For one I never said that, and secondly don’t try to turn it around. Mercedes offers a V8 in the C-Class. Period. Fact. Done.

            M

      • Cobrajet

        So they can have some advantage at least.

  • botornot387

    they wont worry because it looks like a knockoff of all the established players with copying of so many different parts. The interior is boring, and while it will drive well, it isn’t shaking up the game. I think the next version of this, which won’t be a rushed piece, with a more established brand equity, and a complete product from the so-called “dream team” that Hyundai has been poaching from the other brands will have a better chance.

    This won’t shake the stronghold that the Germans have, just as the ATS, XE, and Jap3 haven’t. In fact, the player I see actually stepping up the game is the Volvo S60. Never thought I would say that, but it looks the part, the interior is outstanding, its European, has heritage, engines sound promising, and price wise out to play.

    • Merc1

      Volvo has problems though, FWD and all 4-cylinders only. It’s not going to do much with those handicaps. I would never consider one because this.

      M

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    Hint: No

    I’m not sure what the American market is like, but badge-snobbery is so high in Europe that it would take at least another decade or two for anyone to take anything with a Genesis badge seriously.

    • supermanuel

      As has been said above and many times before whenever a Genesis article comes up on this website, Genesis has a good 20-25 years before it becomes a BMW/Mercedes botherer. Having said that, it must already be giving Lexus & Infiniti sleepless nights. If they concentrate on delivering excellent build quality over the next couple of generations it wouldn’t take much to start bothering all those FWD Audis either.

      • disqus_NdrthOMZ62

        20-25 years ago Road & Track gave the nod to Maserati Biturbo over BMW 325e. How’d that go?

        • supermanuel

          Maserati has been one of the most spectacularly underfunded, underdeveloped brands of all time. It’s amazing it lasted long enough to get to the stage where FCA could do what it’s done with it in the last 5-6 years.

          • disqus_NdrthOMZ62

            Year I was born, BMW were going under, Daimler was buying them to use their factories to make trucks. Dutch businessman Quandt got the banks to finance new 1500 model & began a complete corporate turnaround, today his heirs are one of Europe’s richest families. FCA have been unsuccessfully shopping corporate partners for the last 5-6 years, Maserati aren’t out of the woods yet. Maybe will never be.

          • supermanuel

            100% agree regarding Maserati- FCA may well have been able to cobble together a half-decent range of sedans and SUV’s from bits and pieces across the group but it has not ‘saved’ Maserati by any stretch of the imagination. Your BMW example is a perfect illustration of what can be done with an ailing company/brand if you apply solid management techniques and long term thinking, neither of which seem to apply to the FAC story. Marchionne’s ‘retirement’ can not come a day too soon.

            Back to the OP, it would seem evident that the Koreans are playing the long game and we already know that they can start up a budget brand (from nothing) and turn it into a viable, competitive mainstream brand in the space of 25-30 years, usurping many well-established companies in the process. I see no reason to believe that they can’t do the same thing with a premium ‘wannabe’ brand like Genesis. I also expect that they’ll do it more convincingly than FCA with Alfa Romeo (or Maserati for that matter) and Nissan with Infiniti.

            It will be interesting to see what the Chinese are capable of in the next 5-10 years…

          • disqus_NdrthOMZ62

            Korean FCA takeover rumoured, former deny it. China are a long shot, after years of domestic co-production, still no vehicles for export, plus immediate priority is domestic BEV production.

    • Cobrajet

      In Europe the VW badge is still taken more seriously.

  • Bo Hanan

    One of the engineer’s on the Kia Stinger also worked for BMW M.
    The G70 is a smaller and lighter, and offered w/ same 365HP 3.3-TT engine. Hmmmmmmmmm…
    P.S. the exhaust sounds like sh!t.

  • pcurve

    not sure if I like the engine sound from interior… it literally sounds like its coming through ribbed tube…. if that makes sense…. but man, that back seat is tight. With stick shift, you tend to shift closer to steering wheel. If that’s all the room you get with 5’7″ driver.. ouch.

  • disqus_NdrthOMZ62

    Okay if I wait for the new 3 Series?

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks like the Q50 from the front

  • Ron

    I saw this at the NAIAS and was not impressed. The interior is boring and didn’t feel very luxurious. I also think it will get lost in the crowd next every other sedan coming from Korea or Japan.

  • Six_Tymes

    they sure get lots of use out of their 2.0T

  • bd0007

    But the FWD-based model are priced below the RWD ones.

    In particular, the ES which, while based on the FWD full-size Avalon platform, is priced like a compact RWD sedan.

    • botornot387

      The ES is a poor comparison. I was just trying to point out that it sells in high volume actually crushing its sister vehicles. There are a number of factors that people use to buy. RWD vs. FWD are not detractors for most people, especially with models that offer AWD.

  • Craig

    Only a fool – I say – would not at least consider it.

  • supermanuel

    What he said. ^

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Like the Kia Stinger, this car will also get lost in the shuffle. Current Sonata owners won’t consider it (interior too small) and the majority of other folks in this market perceive Genesis as too risky/downmarket for this kind of money.

  • botornot387

    I have actually driven them back to back, and I am not saying that people don’t buy the upmarket engine, but its not the majority of sales in this class. And discounting a vehicle or entire brand based on engine is ignorant. I didn’t imply that they have the best engines in the class, but they are offering competitive powertrains. People don’t buy based on engine size as a majority. I have test driven all of the current Volvo models, except for the new XC40. For the average consumer, they wouldn’t even know the T6 doesn’t have a 6 cylinder if you didn’t tell them, or told them otherwise.

    You and I are among a smaller faction of carbuyers. We actually care about engine size. We are on this site, but many buyers even in the luxury arena are not deterred by such things.

    • Merc1

      You keep saying that about it not being the majority of sales, why? NO ONE said that it was. No it’s based experience and preferences. It’s ignorant of you keep to keep arguing about the majority of sales, when no one is arguing that. Yeah they offer competitive engines……..in the 4-cylinder class, nothing more. You keep talking about what the majority buys, again why? I know this, and I never argued who bought more of what. I’m not the average buyer, you telling me things about average buyers that I already know. Doesn’t change the fact that Volvo is handicapped to anyone that wants more.

      M

  • Dude

    God dammit no. That guy is not me. Look at the join dates and post history (most of his opinions oppose mine). He was originally copying me as a troll.

  • Dude
  • Tumbi Mtika

    As much as I love Genesis, and I really do, they’re just too young for enough people to get onboard to unseat any of the big three. This current generation, which isn’t even a class leader in dynamics the way the previous gens are is proof positive that the badge is doing most of the selling now. They need to keep plugging away with good products like this though, and if they do that, they’ll eventually get there.

    I hope I’m wrong though, and this really gives a wake up call to the Germans.

  • Cobrajet

    Maybe Lexus should.

    • Merc1

      Until they get a new IS in showrooms, yes they should.

      M

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