2019 Genesis G70 Deemed A True Sports Sedan In Latest Review

The 2019 Genesis G70 is one of the three finalists for North American Car of the Year and initial impressions have largely been positive. Those sentiments are echoed by MotorWeek which recently took a spin in the BMW 3-Series competitor.

Loosely based on the Kia Stinger, the G70 is the brand’s highly-anticipated entry-level model and it faces the tough task of battling more prestigious rivals. Thankfully, Genesis appears to have done their homework as MotorWeek says the car has a high quality interior and Lexus levels of attention to detail.

While the G70 is available with two different engines, MotorWeek tested the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 252 hp (188 kW / 255 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. In this test, the engine was paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.

Despite being the base power plant, the engine is an impressive beast as it”s “very powerful” and “punches above its weight.” This is reflected in the car’s 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 6.2 seconds, which makes it nearly one second faster than the BMW 320i which also starts at $34,900. Of course, this isn’t too surprising as the German’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder only produces 180 hp (134 kW / 182 PS) and 200 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque.

The engine isn’t the only thing the G70 has going for it as the transmission was highly praised and so was the handling. Speaking of the latter, MotorWeek says the car feels “very solid” and a bit Audi-like. The steering was also judged to be nicely weighted and responsive.

All in all, they say the G70 is a fantastic step up for the brand as they’ve managed to create a very luxurious car that’s a true sports sedan.


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  • TheBelltower

    This car looks amazing and it sounds as if it’s legit. This could be the resurgence of the 4DSC ( that is a reference to the early 90’s Nissan Maxima “four door sports car.”) Someone has to do it, since Nissan clearly isn’t going to.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Genesis needs to get their dealer network fixed

    • Craig

      That’s about to happen – apparently. It’s the LAW standing in their way. But they should have known that. Oh well.. soon it will be mentioned in passing and Genesis will be a highly respected brand. [it already is with me]

  • Research Janitor



      you never even drive one. SMH

  • SteersUright

    Too bad about those looks…it has good proportions and terrible detailing. It is not a beautiful car and that matters in the performance category.

  • GobbleUp

    Not even close to the target. Hahha, what a laugh.

  • MarketAndChurch

    everything about this car is perfect except that hit-or-miss front end.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Audi-like handling?
    Damned with faint praise!

    • Selldivision

      So it handles like a boat??? understeeeeeer

  • Rani

    I will say the G70 looks have grown on me ever since i saw one live at the LA Auto Show. It’ll definitely grab attention on the road with its looks. It’s definitely not as divisive looking as the lexus grill.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    If it has audi-like handling, it’s very far from being a sport sedan

    • bd0007

      Don’t know why MW says that it reminds them of Audi when all the other reviews says its reminds them of the old BMW.

      • Selldivision

        Maybe they meant Audi build quality and BMW handling…

  • Craig

    I absolutely LOVE the copper accents.

  • Smith

    WOW. It looks just like a Hyundai trying to be a BMW. I would not pay BMW money for a BMW so to pay almost the same for a Hyundai, you must be kidding. For a car that looks like every other car in the category, nothing exiting or new, very boring.

  • Sybill Julian

    wow this is exciting!

  • Ron

    it looks like an Elantra.

  • john1168

    I wish the front end looked better and was a cleaner design. The rest of the car looks great and is great bang for the buck. I think fully loaded, with everything, including 3.3TT, 8 speed auto and AWD is about $52k. It also has a double wishbone front suspension which the KIA Stinger does NOT have, even though they are built on the same platform.

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