2019 Genesis G70 Video Review: German Automakers Beware

Overview

There is more to this 2019 Genesis G70 than a powerful engine and sophisticated design – a lot more. German automakers have earned the benchmark status for extraordinary front-engine/rear-drive performance setups, mixed with luxury and sophistication for years. Japanese automakers have a few challengers, but the Germans dominate this high esteem accolade.

If things keep going in this direction, this new player may beat the Germans at their own game. The 2019 Genesis G70 has the right to call itself one of the best vehicles in its class – period. The G70 has amassed a variety of awards and rightfully so.

[Photo: Genesis]

Performance

The 2019 Genesis G70 has a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 that makes 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available is a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic. This eight-speed can either powers the rear wheels, (like the one in this video) or power all four wheels in the AWD variant.

There is a 252 horsepower turbo four-cylinder that makes 260 lb-ft of torque on base models. That combination can come with a truly enjoyable six-speed manual transmission. That setup is unique to the Genesis as its slightly larger brother, the Kia Stinger, doesn’t offer a manual option. It’s kind of heavy. The Genesis with the 2.0-liter weighs around 3,500 lbs, there’s plenty of power for fun driving.

There manual is setup for rear-drive only. You can get the eight-speed auto with the four-cylinder and get the optional AWD system. With over 100 additional horses and pounds of torque, the turbocharged V6 is the engine you want for serious performance.

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Design

It’s obvious that Genesis (via parent company Hyundai) hired away top designers from the most prestigious European automakers out there. That decision is reflected in the sporty, sophisticated lines outside and one of the best looking interiors inside.

I’m not a fan of painted wheels, especially on luxury vehicles, but the black painted wheels work on this vehicle. The design choice of having the wheels stick out at the corners and the roofline of the Genesis look fabulous. It reminds me of a mix of Lexus IS and BMW 3 Series styling.

Internally, one of the most prominent design elements is the diamond pattern leather. There’s more to enjoy as the use of fine fabrics along with the precision stitching and high-end-feeling components make this one of the best interiors out there. It has an amazing feel and it’s a treat to experience.

I still maintain from my first press-event review that the Genesis G70 is outstanding, but not without fault. The back seats are small, it’s a bit on the heavy side and they are not very frugal either. Still, for what you get for the money, it’s one hell of a ride.

For a longer written review, check out Alex Kramer’s recent comparison against the Lexus IS 350 F Sport below: