Behold the Korean answer to German-made midsize luxury sport sedans. The 2018 Genesis G70 joins a crowded luxury compact sedan segment but Hyundai hopes the model will undercut its rivals and help improve the automaker’s sales particularly in North America. Hyundai has done a great job trying to blend in premium luxury trappings and sportiness in the car. In general, the car looks the part; it is also backed by some impressive power-plants making it a genuine contender in this hotly contested market segment.
2018 Genesis G70 Exterior
The G70 is one handsome yet aggressive car. The model is characterized by a long engine hood and short overhangs. A large shield-shaped grille takes center-stage at the front. The front fascia also features some menacing air intakes. The grille is also surrounded by quad headlights that integrate the unique design of LED DRL, a design repeated for the model’s LED taillights. The rear also features aggressive air outlets, dual exhaust tips as well as a petite integrated spoiler.
On the sides, the model features curvy body lines with one major character line. The sides also feature chromed accents behind the front wheel wells. The model rides on huge wheels wrapped in 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
In terms of dimensions, the G70 is just about the same size as its rivals; it measures 184.4 inches long while its wheelbase is 111.6 inches (second-longest in the segment).
Inside, the Genesis G70 has a fine layout wrapped in high-quality materials as well as superb detailing. The seats are comfortable and supportive. All models are upholstered in Nappa leather and feature aluminum accenting as well as quilted leather on the door panels.
The model is well-endowed with technologies headlined by the 8.0-inch touch-screen mounted at the center top part of the dash. The screen hosts Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as the automaker’s artificial intelligence platform christened “Kakao I” which supports voice recognition. The touch-screen is also backed by a rotary knob. In terms of infotainment, the model, however, loses out to Audi which offers the “Virtual Cockpit’ system which is housed on an instrument display that spans 12.3 inches.
Audiophiles can opt for a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system that provides a premium acoustic experience.
The model comes with a full range of driver assist systems which are bundled in the Genesis Active Safety Control Package. The automaker hopes these systems together with the model’s strengthened body rigidity and stiffness will earn it top safety ratings like its nemeses BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 which have attained the IIHS “Top Safety Pick+” rating (the highest ranking).
Engine and performance
There are three engine options to choose from. The automaker offers a turbocharged inline-4, a turbocharged V-6 and a 4-cylinder diesel mill. The diesel mill will not be offered in North America. The inline-4 has a displacement of 2.0 liters and is good for 248 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Adding the optional Sport package bumps output to 251 hp. The V-6 as you would expect is the most powerful mill pumping out 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. The diesel mill has a displacement of 2.2 liters and produces 199 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.
The engines are offered with an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard. However, a 6-speed manual gearbox is optional if you opt for the 2.0 L, mill with the Sport package. The G70 is available I both RWD and AWD.
The range-topping V-6 propels the G70 to dart from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds.
Drivers can select among 5 pre-programmed driving modes.
Price and release date
Hyundai is yet to release official prices of the Genesis G70. However, expect the G70 to undercut its competitors to win over more buyers.
As said earlier, this market segment is hotly contested. The 2018 Genesis G70 will fight it out with the likes of BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Alfa Romeo Giulia and Infiniti Q50.