The Genesis G70 is a relatively new entry in the sports sedan arena. But what it lacks in pedigree, it makes up for in performance, style, and price.
For around $4,000 less than the cost of the BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class, you get a 255 horsepower turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder motor with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Yes, you heard me right. The Genesis G70 is one of the few sports sedans left that are available with a manual transition. My most recent Genesis G70 test car came with an 8-speed automatic and a 3.3L turbocharged V6, pumping out 365 horsepower. Personally, I am not sure which one I love more. I have tested both engines, and both will make you want to take the long way home.
In terms of driving dynamics, the G70 reminds me of sports sedans from yesteryear. The latest entry level options from BMW, Mercedes, and Audi almost feel to plush to enjoy on a country roads. They make me want to sit back and relax while cruising the highway. Where as the G70 delivers that sports car like engagement between man and machine. You get solid feedback through the steering wheel plus the joy of changing your own gears with the 4-cylinder variant. There is no arguing that the 3 Series is better balanced than the G70, and arguably faster on the race track, but the G70 is more entertaining to drive.
As much as I like the Genesis G70, I wouldn’t want to buy one now. Last month, Genesis announced that they are coming out with a new G70 for 2021. It is my understanding that the platform and drivetrain will remain the same, however the new model will feature both interior and exterior visual enhancements. Based on the images I have seen, the 2021 G70 will be worth waiting till next year.