Stellar performance and handling. The 2019 Genesis G70 offers a choice of two engines. The smaller of the two is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 252 horsepower with the eight-speed automatic transmission (or 255 hp with the six-speed manual) and 260 pound-feet of torque.
The larger engine is a twin-turbo V6 that develops 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque that's matched to an eight-speed automatic. Both rear- and all-wheel drive are available with either engine, although the six-speed manual is RWD-only.
Overall, the G70 is smaller and offers a firmer ride than its Kia Stinger platform-mate. The four-cylinder gets the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the V6, with just a whiff of turbo lag, cuts that time to just 4.5 seconds, accompanied by a bellowing howl.
In both iterations, the G70 augments these numbers with sharp, predictable handling, and exceptional on-road dynamics. The eight-speed automatic provides responsive upshifts and rev matching to smooth out downshifts. The ride is on the firm side, but we found that if you set the Sport model's Drive Mode to Comfort, the adaptive suspension is more than capable of offering relaxed, all-day cruising.
Stunning interior. Inside, the G70 manages to be both sporty and luxurious at the same time, with a smallish steering wheel and driver-centric instruments surrounded by Bentley-inspired knurled dials, and diamond-tufted leather seats and interior trim. The front seats offer plenty of space and are nicely bolstered for all-day comfort. But while the rear seats fold for additional storage, the 10.5-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side, and tall passengers in back will find the accommodations tight.
Wide-ranging safety. The G70 offers a class-best set of standard advanced safety features, including forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with start/stop, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention alert, and automatic headlights with high-beam assist. Depending on trim, options include front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, a surround-view monitor, and low-beam assist.
Middling fuel economy. One of the downsides to all this goodness: the G70 isn't particularly fuel efficient with either engine. Fuel economy ranges from an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 25 combined with the four-cylinder, automatic transmission, and RWD to 18/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined) with the V6, automatic, and AWD.
Final thoughts. Fast and nimble, the 2019 Genesis G70 shows up as a worthy rival to German sport sedans. Although a bit light on rear passenger space, it's loaded with comfort, performance, and safety features. Offering a mix of sporty and lavish, with the choice of four-cylinder or V6 engines, the G70 should satisfy a wide range of entry-level luxury buyers.
In terms of the competition, the four-cylinder Cadillac ATS, BMW 330i, and Mercedes-Benz C 300 offer more horsepower, as do the six-cylinder variants of the BMW 340i, INFINITI Q50 Red, and Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43.
At the same time, only the Lexus IS offers the same level of standard safety features, while the INFINITI Q50 with the V6 is the only entry model – V6 or four-cylinder – priced below the G70 in their respective engine class.
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