The G70 shows that Genesis finding its own space and making its own bright light. It’s arrival launched an arrow at Fortress Germany, the European bastion of entry-level luxury and sport sedans that has fought off all challengers for more than 30 years. Although the G70 is still in its first generation and entering its sixth year on the market, the South Korean sedan remains a strong foe to rival sport sedans. There’s stout power, a new engine putting the entry-level trim at about 300 hp, the top trim making 365 hp. Purists can get rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is an option. The cabin is equally beautiful and sleek, with Genesis challenging Audi for finesse and build quality. And with a platform based on the Kia Stinger sport sedan—a car we celebrated for its “uncanny precision”—the G70’s ride and handling go from unerring with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine to excellent with the top-shelf twin-turbo V-6. On top of that, an affordable starting price supplemented by an outstanding 10-year powertrain warranty makes the G70 a sensible choice with plenty of sporty upside.
What’s New for 2024?
Updates to the 2024 G70 are based on changes made to the model in its South Korean homeland. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder entry-level engine in the 2.0T has been retired in favor of a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. This is the same motor we’re familiar with from the departing Kia Stinger. Instead of 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque that the 2.0-liter makes in the G70, the bigger motor pumps out the same 300 hp it made in the Stinger. Other changes include Brembo brakes and adaptive suspension as standard equipment on the entry-level model, same as on the 3.3T V-6 model, plus new paint colors and new wheel designs. Inside, the climate-control system gets a small touchscreen interface, all the seats are heated, and the front seats get cooling as well, there’s a frameless rearview mirror, and a USB-C port.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Even the higher-end versions of the G70 represent a good value when compared to rival sports sedans, so we’d splurge on the Sport Prestige 3.3T model. Not only is the twin-turbo V-6 more powerful, but in our testing it was nearly as efficient as the now-retired 2.0-liter turbo-four. We’ll soon see how it compares to the new 2.5-liter. The Sport Prestige trim brings just about every high-end feature Genesis has, including a head-up display, upgraded Brembo brakes, a 360-degree exterior camera system, nappa leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and a luxury microfiber headliner.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The base G70 2.5T features a new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that sends 300 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels; all-wheel drive is optional. Drivers will certainly feel the additional output over the former engine and shave a tenth or two off the sprint to 60 mph, which we measured at 5.8 seconds with the turbo 2.0-liter. We’re hoping the new motor is tuned to impart the liveliness and athleticism the G70 strongly hinted at with the turbo 2.0-liter but never quite delivered. We predict outright thrills will still be reserved for the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 model, with its 365 ponies. In our testing, we surfed that engine’s wave of thrust to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, quicker than the rival Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz sedans we’ve tested. Regardless of the powertrain configuration, the G70 has expertly balanced ride and handling characteristics. Its suspension smoothed out uneven surfaces, and the sedan remained composed during spirited cornering sessions. The more powerful 3.3T has the benefit of adaptive dampers that allow the driver to firm up the ride if necessary, but every G70 we’ve driven did a remarkable job of sending information to the driver’s hands. Its steering feedback is precise and pleasant, with adjustable effort available by switching among the multiple drive modes.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
While we wait for the EPA to announce figures for the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, know that the rear-wheel drive G70 with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four earned ratings of 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test, the four-cylinder G70 delivered an honest 31 mpg. The EPA rates the twin-turbo V-6 at 20 mpg city, 28 highway, and 23 combined. When we tested the flagship on our highway route, we recorded an impressive 29 mpg. For more information about the G70’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Sitting in a G70 is a luxury experience even beyond the inviting materials, decorative stitching, solid switchgear, and excellent build quality. Driver-centric ergonomics and clear, intuitive controls indulge driving enthusiasts. At the same time, there’s no pandering to enthusiasts with fake carbon-fiber bits or a flat-bottom steering wheel. Getting in, however, is slightly compromised by the position of the driver’s seat, set back next to the B-pillar. The front seat placement provides a nice balance between comfort and sport but compromises legroom for the rear seats. Interior cubby storage includes a useful tray at the front of the center console— perfect for smartphones and other small items. Unfortunately, the door pockets are small, and the center console bin lacks organization. We managed to fit five carry-on bags in the G70’s trunk, and 14 total with the rear seat folded.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every G70 is fitted with a standard 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system standing atop the otherwise clean dashboard. The setup includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability and can be hooked into the subscription-based Genesis Connected Services. All G70s come standard with wireless charging, the 3.3T comes with the brand’s Digital Key that turns a smartphone into a car key.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The G70 boasts several standard driver-assist technologies, such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology and forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking. For more information about the G70’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Genesis covers every G70 with an exceptional warranty and complimentary scheduled maintenance. The luxury brand also offers a valet service—by appointment—where it will pick up and drop off the vehicle for maintenance visits and provide a loaner Genesis model for use in the meantime.
- Limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles
2022 Genesis G70 3.3T AWD
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base/As Tested: $45,245/$45,745
Options: Adriatic Blue paint, $500
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 204 in3, 3342 cm3
Power: 365 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 376 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in vented disc/13.4-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Primacy Tour A/S
F: 225/40R-19 93W M+S
R: 255/35R-19 96W M+S
Wheelbase: 111.6 in
Width: 72.8 in
Height: 55.1 in
Passenger Volume: 96 ft3
Trunk Volume: 11 ft3
Curb Weight: 3940 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.5 sec
100 mph: 11.4 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.1 sec @ 109 mph
130 mph: 19.7 sec
150 mph: 30.5 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.1 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.3 sec
Top Speed (C/D est): 160 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 178 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.84 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 16 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 34 mpg
Highway Range: 530 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 20/17/25 mpg
C/D TESTING EXPLAINED
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