Taking on the titans. The 2021 Genesis G70 continues the Korean brand’s full-scale assault on the sport sedan hegemony. The G70 goes up against classics like the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4.

Even on style alone, the Germans should be quaking in their boots. Blending aggression and elegance is a tall order, but the G70 pulls it off well. The long, low-slung hood sends all the right messages, and the air intakes hint at performance without feeling gaudy.

The G70’s trim range gets streamlined for 2021, but it still has all the most important ingredients: two potent engines, plenty of technology, and compelling value.

Prioritizing performance. The G70 is one of few sedans on the market still available with a six-speed manual transmission. It’s a good gearbox and a welcome addition for enthusiasts, but it’s only available with rear-wheel drive and the base engine. We’re not too sad, because the eight-speed automatic is an excellent alternative.

The base engine produces a potent 252 horsepower, and it compares favorably to a BMW 330i or Mercedes C 300. The next step up is a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which lends a thrilling soundtrack and drops the 0-60 mph sprint to 4.5 seconds. Neither is particularly efficient – even with RWD, the G70 maxes out at an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon combined.

A sport sedan requires more than power, and the G70 is blessed with a sharp and responsive suspension. Turn-in is immediate, steering is precise, and the G70 is right at home on a track or a canyon road. If anything, the suspension may be too stiff for some tastes, especially with the optional Sport package.

Genesis G70

Luxurious, not spacious. From the front seat, it’s hard to fault the interior of the Genesis G70. Design is simple and appealing, with high quality materials throughout. Upper trims get quilted leather with wood or metallic trim, which elevate the experience even further.

Things start to go downhill in the second row. The G70 has only 34.8 inches of rear leg room, which is well shy of its closest competitors. Head room is limited, too, and we can’t recommend the G70 as a family road-trip vehicle.

Worst of all, however, is the trunk. The G70 can hold only 10.5 cubic feet of cargo, which we’d expect from a sport convertible more than a sedan. It isn’t particularly useful, and it reinforces the G70’s character of performance over practicality.

The complete package. In keeping with its Hyundai ancestry, the G70 is heavy on features and technology. The standard kit includes everything we expect in a luxury sedan, and the option packages are sensible. Our favorite is the Prestige, which includes quilted leather and ventilated front seats along with some welcome tech perks.

The G70 also comes with an impressive suite of safety tech, including advanced features like blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control. It earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the IIHS, something many rivals can’t claim.

The best news of all is the price – all those features come at a starting price well below what you’d spend on a German competitor. Even after adding the Prestige package, a G70 2.0T doesn’t cost much more than a base BMW 330i. That’s excellent value, especially since the G70 can go toe-to-toe with the big boys in the curves.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Genesis G70 loses out on practicality, but it makes amends with thrilling performance and effortless style. It puts the sport back in sport sedan, and for that we applaud it.

It’s less appealing as a family car, but its combination of luxury, value, and performance should earn it a place on many shopping lists.

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