I have to admit that I’ve been lusting over a drive in the Genesis G70 for quite a while now. Since its debut last year, I’d been impatiently waiting to drive it, so I was over the moon to get behind the wheel earlier this summer. The car is a real looker, and makes its intentions clear from the get-go with a barking exhaust and aggressive look. That’s fine by me, and I’m pretty sure it’ll be fine by most of you, too. Here’s why:
How does 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque sound? If it sounds like a good time to you, then you’d be right. The 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 that came in my G70 test car doesn’t show all of its cards up front, but flips them over one by one as it sends the car forward to 60 mph in well under five seconds. There’s a short period of time once you’ve put your foot down that could almost make you think that the car won’t deliver the goods, but it’s an illusion. As the turbo’s boost builds, acceleration becomes more and more frantic, until you’re well into irresponsible levels of speed.
The G70 3.3T Sport has adaptive dampers that can tighten up the ride as necessary. In most settings, the G70 is comfortable and composed over even the worst roads that my home area in northern New England have to offer. Even in sportier settings, the car can hold its own on rough surfaces, but it’s in the corners and curvy back roads where it truly shines. Steering feedback is accurate, and helps the driver determine exactly what’s going on under the car’s tires.
If you’re looking at Genesis and thinking it’ll just be a shiny Hyundai, think again. This is its own beast, and the high level of comfort and superb materials throughout should do a good job of convincing you of that fact. From the driver’s seat, the G70’s controls, buttons, and displays are both easily viewable and well within reach. It’s a driver-centric space that is both comfortable and usable. The high-mounted infotainment screen may seem out of place at first, but its position makes it easy to quickly glance without taking your eyes too far off of the road.
The front seats are supportive, and though they’re sporty they never feel hard or awkward to use. When the car is placed into Sport mode, the driver’s seat bolsters tighten up to offer more lateral support. It can be an unnerving feeling at first, but the added bolstering is a welcome addition on curvy roads. There’s plenty of legroom and more than decent headroom, though the tallest drivers may find a difficult time striking a balance between seating position and steering wheel position.
Back seat passengers aren’t as lucky in the space department, but the seats are at least cushy and well-padded. The G70’s low ride height and swoopy shape mean that loading kids into car seats in the back can be difficult without bumping a few heads.
It’d be easy to pick on the G70’s infotainment system as being simplistic, but it’s that simplicity that makes it easy to use. There’s never any doubt about which screen or menu is being used, and the software is mostly responsive, making navigating quickly through screens much easier. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard equipment, and the Lexicon audio system fills the car with rich sound.
Out of the box, the G70 has features that many other brands charge extra for. Navigation, memory seats, parking distance warnings, and wireless device charging are all part of the deal. The mid-tier Prestige package adds a head-up display, which carried over to the Sport package car that I tested.
Overall, the G70 is a well-thought-out car that offers heavy-duty performance in a reasonably priced package. It’s as luxurious and comfortable as any BMW 3-Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class car and brings far more heat under the hood. There’s no reason not to shop for one, unless you absolutely have to have a more prestigious brand name on your hood.