We have preliminary information about the Genesis G70.
The 2019 Genesis G70 is one of three sedans sold by Hyundai’s luxury brand. It has several things we like, including standard rear-wheel drive, an available 6-speed manual gearbox and tough looks. Its arrival, though, comes as the market tilts heavily to SUVs.
Updates for 2019
The 2019 G70 is an all-new model. Its joins the midsize G80 and the large G90 sedans in rounding out Genesis’ sedan lineup. The next three models scheduled to appear in the Genesis portfolio include at least two SUVs and one not-yet-announced body type. They can’t arrive fast enough as sedan sales are small.
Shopping for a 2019 Genesis G70
As a compact luxury sedan, the Genesis G70 takes on the industry’s strongest models, including the pacesetting BMW 3 Series. Other competitors in this segment include the Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and the Infiniti Q50.
The Genesis G70 has room for five, although rear space is tight, especially concerning legroom. Its trunk is very small too, measuring just 11 cubic feet. That’s still larger than the 2018 ATS Sedan’s 10.4 cubic feet, but less than the 13 cubic feet in the Audi A4.
There are two engine choices available and both offer distinct power advantages. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Also available is a twin turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine with an output of 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines work with an 8-speed automatic transmission. However, the base engine with rear-wheel drive supplies an optional 6-speed manual gearbox. That’s an increasingly uncommon option in this segment. Besides standard rear-wheel drive, customers can choose all-wheel drive.
The most efficient G70 is the standard rear-wheel-drive model with the automatic transmission. This one earns 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s a combined 3 mpg better than the manual. Opt for the V6 and your EPA-estimated fuel economy comes in as high as 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Trims to Consider
Genesis offers the 2019 G70 in Standard and Sport trims. Each trim corresponds to the engine choice. Pricing and some equipment details are pending as of publication.
With the base engine at work, the Standard model comes with full LED headlamps and turn signals, power-controlled outside mirrors with LED turn signals, 17-inch wheels and a single twin-tip muffler. Inside, this model has power front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, imitation leather, heated outboard rear seats, a 15-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, and navigation.
For the Sport trim, this model has 18-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, a sunroof and dual mufflers. Inside, Genesis supplies a power-controlled steering column, metal pedals, a black suede headliner, a driver seat electric seat extension and Nappa leather.
We’re not sure how Genesis divides the safety features. That said, you’ll find low- and high-beam assist, forward collision-avoidance assist, parking distance warning, a head-up display and a surround view monitor. All models have nine airbags.
We’re going to weasel out selecting a recommended trim. Likely, your choice will have everything to do with the type of driver you are. If performance is your passion, then the base engine with the manual gearbox may be right for you. That said, the V6 engine supplies the kick that takes the rear-wheel-drive version from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Decisions, decisions…but the choices are good no matter how you look at it.
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