2019 Genesis G70 Starts At $34,900 – The Same As The BMW 3-Series

Genesis has extensively detailed the 2019 G70, but there’s one thing the company hasn’t revealed – the price. That’s changing today as the automaker has confirmed the new sedan will cost $34,900 in the United States.

Costing exactly the same as the 2018 BMW 320i, the entry-level G70 2.0T Advanced features a stylish exterior with LED daytime running lights and 18-inch alloy wheels. The model also comes equipped with a perforated leather steering wheel, a dual-zone automatic climate control system and power front seats with leatherette surfaces. Buyers will also find an auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink and an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Speaking of technology, the base model comes nicely equipped with an assortment of driver assistance systems including High Beam Assist, Lane Keep Assist and Blind-Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Other features include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine resides under the hood and it produces 252 hp (188 kW / 255 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels. All-wheel drive is a $2,000 option and models with the system also feature a heated steering wheel.

The G70 2.0T Elite starts at $39,900 and it has additional standard equipment including LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers and a sunroof. Buyers will also find a more luxurious interior with heated / ventilated leather front seats, a power tilt / telescopic steering wheel and aluminum trim. Rounding out the highlights are GPS navigation, approach lights (with the Genesis logo) and a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system.

Buyers looking for something even more upscale can order the G70 2.0T Prestige which starts at $44,900 and is only available with all-wheel drive. It comes with quilted Nappa leather upholstery, a microfiber headliner and a driver’s seat with a power cushion extension. Other additions include a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charger and a surround view monitor.

Drivers looking for something sportier can opt for the $43,900 G70 2.0T Dynamic which adds a limited-slip differential (on RWD models) and 19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires.

Sitting one step above is the G70 2.0T Sport which costs an additional $1,000 and adds alloy pedals and special sport quilting on the Nappa leather seats. The model also has a more distinctive design thanks to a dark chrome grille, copper headlight bezels and tinted taillights.

Thankfully buyers won’t have to spend that much money to get a performance-oriented model. Fans of manual transmissions can order the G70 2.0T Sport 6MT which has a base price of $37,900. It comes equipped with a number of performance features including a limited-slip differential, a Brembo braking system and 19-inch wheels with summer tires. Other highlights include a sports exhaust system and LED headlights.

The interior isn’t too shabby either as drivers will find heated / ventilated front seats, aluminum trim and a power tilt / telescopic steering wheel. The model also has alloy pedals and a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system.

Buyers looking for more power will need to shell out at least $43,750 for the G70 3.3T Advanced. In return, they’ll be reward with a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 365 hp (272 kW / 370 PS) and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque.

The model is loosely based on the G70 2.0T Elite, but it gains additional features including a sport-tuned suspension, a limited-slip differential, a variable steering system and a dual exhaust system.

The G70 3.3T Elite starts at $45,500 and it adds rain-sensing windshield wipers, parking sensors, a sunroof and a wireless smartphone charger.

Moving up to the $48,000 G70 3.3T Prestige rewards customers with a head-up display and a surround view monitor. Luxury touches include quilted Nappa leather seats, heated rear seats and a microfiber headliner.

Lastly, there’s the G70 3.3T Sport which has a base price of $49,500. It has a revised exterior with a dark chrome grille, copper headlights bezels and tinted taillights. Other highlights include alloy pedals, sports quilting and an electronically controlled suspension.

To celebrate the launch of the G70, Genesis will be offering two special editions which are each limited to 400 units. The G70 3.3T Design Edition features an exclusive Black Forest Green exterior and a Cream Nappa leather interior with dark green accents.

The G70 3.3T Dynamic Edition is more focused on performance and it is based on the G70 3.3T Sport. Starting at $50,250, the model has a bigger brake pads and an electronically controlled suspension with unique tuning.

Note: Prices exclude a $995 destination charge

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  • Raul

    Isn’t that car suppose to be on sales last month? It’s all thanks to Trump’s stupid tariffs.

    • Honda NSX-R

      It was actually supposed to launch in the spring.

  • No question that the Germans have lost their advantage when it comes to reliability, performance and value.

    • Merc1

      Yet they will continue to outsell this entire brand easily. Germans easily have a performance advantage, all depends on what you want to spend. Reliability? Neither Korea or Germany is best at it. Just because something is cheaper doesn’t mean it’s a good value. A new 3-Series is days away and will likely re-write the segment.


      • Naah. I my family, including me, have owned Benzes for over 50 years, last best and reliable Benzes were made in the 1990s. Korean and Japanese brands always get the highest ratings for reliability and low cost of ownership.

        • Merc1

          Again, who said that the Germans had the edge in reliability? It’s easy for Japanese to be more reliable, they don’t innovate or put out new tech until everyone else has done the hard work for them. I have owned Germans cars for the past 12 years and I also own a Lexus so you aren’t telling me anything that I don’t already know. What I also know is that Germans won’t be undone by Genesis. Cost of ownership should be low for the Japanese and the Koreans, they aren’t pushing anything new or complicated out the door and most of their cars and engines are based on family car hardware. All except for a few Lexus models that stand on their own. Benzes were the most reliable in the early 90’s when a car like a 300E had less equipment on it than a Civic does today.


          • Naah. Review the high level of depreciation of a German car vs a Honda or Toyota after 2 years. The numbers are indisputable, German cars lose.

          • Merc1

            Naah what? Who said anything about resale value? Do you have a point here? You keep jumping from one point to another. Someone buying a German gives a sh about how much it depreciates vs a Honda or Toyota after 2 years, if they did they wouldn’t be buying a German car.

            Honda and Toyotas are not luxury cars.


          • Big Black Duck

            You are just a badge snob…admit it

          • Merc1

            Nope. His argument kept getting stomped and all he can do is keep changing the subject = BS>


        • Big Black Duck

          hear hear!

    • Honda NSX-R

      The Germans have lost their advantage in reliability, performance, and value, but the brand names save their asses..

      • Merc1

        Can you tell me when the Germans had an edge in value or reliability?


        • Honda NSX-R

          They lost an edge in value ever since Lexus came out imo, reliability is hit or miss

          • Merc1

            And where is Lexus today? Sucking wind with a bunch of nothing cars that don’t lead in a single class.

            Germans never had an edge in reliability or value. They were always expensive cars and guess what they still are and they’re handing Lexus their ass in sales.



          • Honda NSX-R

            You’re saying that Germans never had an edge in value or reliability? Only in performance?

          • Merc1

            I’m saying that value means different things to different people. The first generation LS400 was a value. It provided nearly everything of the 420SEL and more, and it did so for the price of a base 300E. That is value. Today’s LS500 is behind in so many areas and it still costs 100K loaded. It is NOT a value in the least. You pay less and you get less today in that example. That wasn’t so back in the day of the original LS400 vs the 420SEL of the day. The LS400 was a real value as I see it.

            Germans will always have an edge in performance, again depending on what you want to pay for it. Yeah if you just want speed for the dollar the Korean car is a better buy, but the total package it remains to be seen. Germans will always have something that performs better for a price.

            Edge in reliability over who is the question?


          • Honda NSX-R

            Honestly I think modern Lexii aren’t as much of a value either. Seems like they got more expensive once they started to get buyers attracted to the brand, and then they got lazier and less competitive.

          • Merc1

            Exactly! If anything the Koreans are going to take a bite out of their business, not the Germans.


          • Honda NSX-R

            Well that is if the Koreans are extremely committed to keeping up with the German luxury brands. Time will tell

          • Merc1

            The Japanese were or thought they were too, but Acura is now a joke, Infiniti is no threat to anyone and Lexus while formidable doesn’t make a single vehicle that poses a real threat to any German vehicle. Well the LC500 excepted.


          • Honda NSX-R

            If there are things that hinders Acura, Lexus, or Infiniti from being a complete threat to the Germans, they’re the parent companies themselves. They’re frugal.

          • Merc1

            Yes and it goes back to what I’ve always said about them, they’re not luxury car manufacturers. Lexus, Acura and Infiniti are all side businesses/nameplates, it makes a huge difference. Honda and Nissan will never spend the money to truly tackle the likes of BMW or Mercedes. Toyota is one that could if they went all out. There will be a LS F and LC F with a 600hp turbo V8 soon, year and years after the Germans though.


          • Honda NSX-R

            Yeah I think the LC 500 and LS 500 are really cool, I can only imagine how they’d be with a 600 hp twin turbo V8. That is if Lexus will actually build them

          • Merc1

            I like both of them as well, yes they are building them. They’ve been spotted testing already.


          • Honda NSX-R

            I remember seeing the LC-F spy shots, haven’t seen any of the LS-F though

    • Nordschleife

      I don’t think Germans have ever been great at value but I agree with Merc. Innovation demands (to some degree) a lack of reliability. The entire world knows that the Japanese vehicles are more reliable and while most car enthusiasts knows that we are long from the days of vault like quality of the late 80’s early 90’s German cars we are also relatively far removed from the atrocities of the late 90’s early 2000’s. Since all cars are designed to be functionally obsolescent why can’t we enjoy whatever we want about the German vehicle and get whatever resale we’ll get (it’s never been my concern) and be happy. The G70 looks to be competent but I’d still buy a C-Class over it.

      And to your point I own a Slk from 99 to 2013 as a daily driver with no issues. I own a 2010 Audi A5 now and it’s giving me no problems.

  • john1168

    The front is a little odd looking to me but it is a nice looking car. I wonder if it has some of the same issues as the Stinger since they both share a lot of stuff. Bad paint, rear differentials getting chewed up, warped brake rotors and a few other things??? I’m sure the Genesis has better paint and interior materials but I wonder about the other stuff.

    • Honda NSX-R

      It’s possible, but maybe Hyundai/Genesis took note of these issues on the Stinger, and tried to fix these issues for the Genesis G70 and the 2019 Stinger. It might be the reason why they delayed to put the G70 in sale in the US…

      • john1168

        Yeah, Genesis is trying to make a good impression and is trying to show it’s as good as the other premium brands so I have a feeling they corrected the issues the Stinger is currently having.

  • SkyBill40

    That’s a lot of coin for a Hyundai, sweet looker and tastefully appointed as it may be. I know they have an outstanding warranty and their reputation has steadily increased over time, but I can’t say I know too many German sports coupe/sedan owners from the three main brands will be cross shopping this.

    As an E46 owner, it’s got my eye even though I’m not in the market. I’ve got my eye on the Stinger instead. 😉

    • Merc1

      I’d give one a try after a generation or so for them to prove themselves.


      • SkyBill40

        That’s kind of how I feel about the Stinger GT. It’s a lot of money to invest and you definitely want to make sure you’re getting what you want for your money, whatever that might be.

  • Liam Paul

    wow this car is so amazing looking inside and outside.

  • eb110americana

    Interesting that Genesis, a relative newcomer, is already pricing their cars directly against BMW. So far none of the comments have called them out for it. (Unlike, say, when Cadillac does the same.) I don’t think it will work, personally. Their value proposition has always been, “almost as good for way less money.” Typical of Korean brands, they will probably have more options and some things even better than BMW. But also typical, there will be some glaring flaws that you will be forced to live with. In that case, I’d probably just get the original.

    • Maher

      Maybe because the tech you get as standard on the Genesis, will cost you quarter and more to get them equipped in a 3 series car.

  • jack chapman

    Yes and it goes back to what I’ve always said about them, they’re not luxury car manufacturers. Lexus, Acura and Infiniti are all side businesses/nameplates, it makes a huge difference. Honda and Nissan will never spend the money to truly tackle the likes of BMW or Mercedes. I don’t think Honda is capable no matter the money

  • SteersUright

    Pretty nice car. Like it better than the Stinger, though I prefer the Stinger’s hatchback. Dynamics and performance aside (jury still out), it still needs way nicer tail lights, a revised grille design (the Hyundai grille is the definition of generic), and a digital cockpit to compete with the Germans.
    Edit: Gotta add, would love to see “R” versions of this and the Stinger. More hardcore, 450+hp, better handling, etc. Like their own “AMG” versions. And for goodness sake, stop using “N Sport” or whatever, it sounds ridiculous and reminds exactly no-one of anything performance auto related.

  • Craig

    Very impressive. I love the copper accents.

  • Callanish

    I’m seeing Guilia on that side profile or is it just me.

  • BlackPegasus

    But still no real network of Genesis dealerships? Give me a reason NOT to buy the BMW if they’re priced the same?

    • DMax

      Hmmm let’s see here.
      Better interior? Check.
      More standard features? Check.
      More power? Check (35k 320i comes with a whooping 180 hp lol)
      Reliability? Most likely check.

  • Justin Spencer

    Yes, a great alternative to the Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS and Alfa Romeo Giulia however BMW…..nope! The G70 looks fantastic but it’s still very me too and lacks the strong, unmistakable look of a BMW. Hyundai is historically a brand that works hard and learns fast so I have no doubt that Genesis will become a Lexus-sized brand ten years from now.

  • Generally very nice, but please drop that 1980’s gear change leaver….

  • Good value for a luxury car

  • charlotteharry57

    WHO in their right mind will choose a Hyundai over a BMW for the same money? Hardly anyone, that’s who. MUCH less prestige and don’t even talk about depreciation on the Genesis. It’s laughable, Hyundai. Totally laughable.

    • DMax

      Prestige in a 3 series? If it’s M3 maybe. Unless you’re in some 3rd world s-hole.

  • Ron

    All I see is a Hyundai.

  • Blanka Li

    I’m guessing the Genesis doesn’t have BMW’s randomly-bursting-into-flames option.

  • ctk4949

    Have a good lease deals!! Dont be an idiot like Kia Stingers dealerships and ask $3K down and $700 a month for a $45K car!!!!

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