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2019 2.0T Advanced 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $34,900
2019 2.0T Advanced 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,900
2019 2.0T Sport 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,900
2019 3.3T Advanced 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,750
2019 3.3T Advanced 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $45,750
2019 3.3T Design 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $48,750
2019 3.3T Dynamic 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,250
2019 3.3T Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,750
2019 3.3T Dynamic 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $52,250

Overview

The highly-anticipated 2019 Genesis G70 has made a splash in the competitive sport sedan segment. Genesis’ newest entry begins with a starting price of $35,895 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). The G70 features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, as well as two limited production special editions for the cherry on top.

What's New for 2019

The Genesis G70 is an all-new model.

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Choosing Your Genesis G70

If you’re a fan of multiple options to choose from, the 2019 Genesis G70 is right up your alley. There are two main trim levels that depend on engine choice, while there are several sub-trims to choose from within each of those. The 2.0T trims are powered by the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine that makes 252 horsepower. The 3.3T trims house the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 365 hp.

A Dynamic Special Edition and Design Special Edition feature the 3.3T powerplant with only 400 of each being produced for 2019. Consumers can also opt for a standard rear-wheel drive, or upgrade to all-wheel drive ($2,000 extra). An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard fare with each engine, though a six-speed manual is offered on the 2.0T.

Genesis G70

2.0T

The 2019 Genesis G70 2.0T isn't offered with any traditional option packages. Instead, Genesis offers several sub-trims that they call packages. The 2.0T is available in Advanced, Elite, Prestige, Dynamic, Sport, and Manual guise.

The 2.0T Advanced starts at $35,895. It rides on 18-inch alloy wheels, features the eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, LED daytime running lights, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, a proximity key with push-button start, a 12-way power driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette seating, and steering wheel audio, cruise, and phone controls. The center console features an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen that displays a rearview camera, includes Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, two USB ports, and Genesis’ Connected Services. Ticking the box for all-wheel drive includes a heated steering wheel. The 2.0T Advanced trim is also packed with driver-assist safety technology including a forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, a driver attention warning system, high beam assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The 2.0T Elite ups the ante for a starting price of $40,895. It builds on the Advanced and adds adds full LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather seating, front and rear parking sensors, a Lexicon 15-speaker audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, a sunroof, and a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel.

The 2.0T Prestige starts at $45,895 and is an all-wheel drive only vehicle. It picks up where the Elite leaves off and adds a wireless charging pad, a head-up display, Nappa leather seating, heated rear seats, low beam assist, and a surround-view monitor.

The 2.0T Dynamic begins at $44,895 with rear-wheel drive. On the inside, it’s a duplicate of the Prestige. The main difference is a limited-slip differential (only offered in RWD models) and 19-inch alloy wheels skinned by Michelin PS4 summer performance tires.

The performance-minded consumer will appreciate the technology infused into the 2.0T Sport, which also starts at $45,895. It builds on the Dynamic and adds copper headlight accents, dark tint taillight covers, a dark chrome grille, alloy pedals, and leather seating with sport quilting.

The 2.0T Manual starts at $38,895 and is the only G70 to utilize the six-speed manual transmission. This rear-wheel-drive-only variant is similar to the Advanced but adds multiple performance enhancements including Brembo brakes, alloy pedals, the Lexicon 15-speaker audio system, a sport exhaust system, heated and ventilated front seats, and aluminum door and console trim.

Genesis G70

3.3T

Featuring the 3.3-liter V6 engine, the G70 3.3T is offered in base Advanced, Elite, Prestige, and Sport trims.

The 3.3T Advanced starts at $44,745. It includes similar features as its 2.0T counterpart, but also includes Brembo brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, leather seating with heating and ventilation, dual exhaust, an integrated navigation system, power-folding and auto-dimming outside mirrors, the Lexicon 15-speaker audio system, and a power driver seat cushion extension. Those opting for the AWD variant receive a heated steering wheel and downgrade to 18-inch alloy wheels.

The 3.3T Elite, which costs $46,495, features similar interior appointments as the 2.0T Elite and adds a sunroof, low beam assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, and a wireless charging pad.

Moving up the chain, the 3.3T Prestige costs $48,995 and adds more features such as a head-up display, a microfiber headliner, a surround-view monitor, heated rear seats, and Nappa leather seating with luxury quilting. A $750 Design Special Edition (with only 400 in production for 2019) adds a Black Forrest Green Exterior color, Cream Nappa leather seats, a Pasubio leather steering wheel, and premium cabin air filter.

The 3.3T Sport starts at $50,495 and is essentially a clone of the 2.0T Sport but features an electronically controlled suspension and 19-inch wheels. Consumers also have the choice of red or gray contrast stitching on the Nappa leather seating surfaces with black interior. The Dynamic Special Edition ($750) adds Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires, performance brake pads, electronically-controlled tuned suspension, and a tire mobility kit for reduced weight.

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The 2019 Genesis G70 is an intriguing vehicle that should be test driven and seen in person to determine if it’s a good fit for you. With so many trim levels, finding one that fits your needs and budget should be rather simple. One item to carefully consider is your location. Anyone living in cold weather climates should opt for AWD and consult with Genesis dealerships about a good all-season tire, as the standard Michelin summer tires are great for dry roads, but not so great for wet and icy conditions.

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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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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.


Genesis G70

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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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 252 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 252 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum
Fuel Tank
15.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$60
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
10.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
94 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
184.4 "
Exterior Width
72.8 "
Exterior Height
55.1 "
Front Headroom
39.7 " / 39.4 "
Rear Headroom
36.9 "
Front Legroom
42.6 "
Rear Legroom
34.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,516 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Dark Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette / Leather / Nappa Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 15 Lexicon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Low Beam Assist-dynamic (lba-d) Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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