Reviewers Find The 2019 Genesis G70 is a Genuine and Exceptional Sport Sedan

When the Genesis brand laid plans for the models it planned to build by 2021, one entry stuck out: the 2019 G70. A compact, entry-level luxury sedan, it would be the first all-new model the automaker produced, and compete with the triumvirate of German sport offerings. Until now, few vehicles have come close to cracking that exclusive clique, but after the G70 was unveiled and tested by reviewers, it’s clear it more than has what it takes.

It’s also got the looks to match. One look at the G70 in profile, and you’ll see how it pays homage to the traditional sport sedan look with its athletic rear haunches, long hood, and swept-back green-house. That trend continues in the interior, which features handsome diamond accent stitching on the seats, and nary a hint of low quality plastic to be found (aluminum has replaced it). But where that’s what you expect to find in a premium sedan, the excellent driving position, visibility, and driver-angled controls remind us of its sporting mission. Still, the practically minded will enjoy the rear leg room.

As for those who are a fan of speed, that’s where you’ll really find your niche with the 2019 G70. When it debuted, Genesis told the press the car would offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four—the hallmark of the modern sport sedan—with 248 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That’s competitive, but nothing compared to the 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 with 365 horsepower, 376 lb-ft of torque, and a 4.7 sprint to sixty.

That is what we’re talking about, but Genesis didn’t just give the G70 the power of a sport sedan. A six-speed manual is available alongside an eight-speed automatic, and the option of RWD and AWD. Regardless, all versions get multi-link rear suspension with constant variable damping, and limited-slip differentials out back.

When reviewers from Autoblog took the G70 for a spin, they were eager to see how the car compared to its impressive persona on paper to its actual road manners. In that, they were pleasantly surprised: the G70 balanced comfortable city driving with clean, crisp handling. When fiddling with the driving modes, they found Comfort to be amply plush without effecting steering precision, while Sport mode brought the car to life, and gave it the manners of a coiled spring.

Yet not even the German triumvirate are without the odd quirk and quarrel, and the reviewers found the G70 addressed some areas where competitors fell short. One was body motions, which showed the G70 a controlled and composed performer. U.S.-spec models are said to be sharper still (as the versions tested were primed for the Korean market), and get additional all-weather tires, too.

The all-new G70 will arrive at our Genesis dealership in Conroe, TX next year. If you’d like to learn more about our current lineup, feel free to contact our showroom whenever it’s convenient. We’d be happy to share the G90 and G80 with you.

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