Genesis is to Hyundai as Lexus is to Toyota. It’s a fresh, new South Korean brand. Right now, they produce three sport sedans, although their SUV/CUV and eco-friendly electric-powered vehicles are coming soon. The G70 is their small entry-level luxury sedan. It is a very sporty, athletic-looking sedan that delivers on that visual promise. If you’re looking to leap into the world of luxury sedans, you will definitely want to give this new offering a chance. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about the 2019 Genesis G70.
Is the new Genesis G70 available in multiple trim levels?
The 2019 G70 will be available in four trim levels. They will be the Premium, Prestige, Platinum and Royal Sport. The Premium will only be available with the smaller engine. The Prestige will be available with either of the two engine options, and the Platinum and Royal Sport are only available with the larger engine. There will also be two special editions for the introduction of the G70. The Design edition will be Black Forest Green with a beige interior. The Dynamic edition is the sportier of the two. It will be red with a black quilted-leather interior with red stitching. It will come with 19-inch wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, precision suspension tuning, extra cooling capability and high-performance brake pads. Both of the special edition G70s will come with the V6 engine under the hood.
Is there more than one engine option available for the 2019 Genesis G70?
There will be two engine options. The smaller 2.0-L 4-cylinder Turbocharged engine makes 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It is available with either an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. The manual transmission option is only available with the 2.0-L engine. The other engine is a 3.3-L V6 Twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. It is only available with the 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-L engine with a 6-speed manual transmission is the best way to go if you prefer a sportier, more connected drive. Even though the 2.0-L engine is less powerful, it really is plenty powerful for this light, 3,580-pound car. It makes the G70 a more responsive, fun-to-drive sedan. This is a great car for drivers who are new to the manual transmission to learn in. It is an easy-to-use setup with a clutch that engages quickly when you push it down and a shifter that slides into gear with ease. Originally, Genesis was only going to offer the manual transmission in the 2019 G70 model. They have now changed their tune, stating that they will continue to offer the manual if car-buyer interest supports it.
Will the new Genesis G70 be a front-wheel drive sedan?
The 2019 G70 will actually not be available with FWD. It will come with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The G70 with the 2.0-L engine and manual transmission is only available with RWD.
Will the new G70 be tunable?
Yes, it definitely will be tunable; however, you might not want to. The 2.0-L model with manual transmission gives the car plenty of power, agility, and athleticism through the turns. If you switch off the traction control, you can even drift this little luxury sedan. A short-shift kit may be beneficial, though, as well as a wider brake pedal. Launch-control function comes standard in G70s equipped with the 3.3-L V6. AWD G70s actually already have a “drift” setting that sends more torque to the rear and has yaw damping control. “Countersteer detection logic” technology is also standard.
Is there room for five in the new Genesis G70?
Yes, the G70 is a five-passenger four-door sedan. There is plenty of room for front passengers to ride comfortably. The rear seat isn’t quite as roomy, though. Taller passengers will not want to go for long rides in the back seat of this sedan. Even the base trim has leather-upholstered seats with power adjustable driver and front passenger seats and driver lumbar support. Higher trims come with premium Nappa leather seats and a Driver Memory Seat as well as seat warming, cooling, and ventilation.
Will the 2019 Genesis G70 be fuel efficient?
With some fuel-efficient sedans boasting numbers well into the 30- to 40-mpg range, the new G70 will not be considered one of the most fuel-efficient new sedans on the road. The G70 RWD model with a 2.0-L engine and automatic transmission will get 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. AWD models with the 2.0-L engine and automatic transmission will get 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The 2.0-L with a manual transmission will only get 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. If you go with the 3.3-L V6, mileage drops to 18 mpg in the city and 25 to 26 mpg on the highway.
Will the new G70 be expensive?
The 2019 Genesis G70 will be quite reasonably priced, for a small luxury sedan. The 2.0-L models are expected to cost between $35,000 and $37,000. The 3.3-L models will be a bit more expensive with a starting price of about $48,000. Just to put this into perspective, a 2018 Audi A4 has a base MSRP of $36,000.
Will the 2019 Genesis G70 come equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?
Yes, it will. The G70 comes with Genesis Connected Services which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Even the base trim comes with Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, two USB chargers, a USB and AUX port, a six-speaker stereo system, audio remote control, wireless charging and an 8-inch display screen. Higher trims come with a 15-speaker Lexicon stereo system and an 8-inch OEM Navigation screen.
Will the Genesis G70 have the latest safety technology?
A Rear Parking Assist System, Front Parking Assist System and a rear-view camera with dynamic guide are standard in the lowest trim. Higher trims come equipped with a Lane Keeping Assist System, Blind Spot Detection, and Autonomous Emergency Braking.
Are other luxury sedans better than the Genesis G70?
That is difficult to answer since the G70 isn’t even available yet. BMW will be producing a new 3 Series for 2019, the Audi A4 is certainly in the same league, and then there’s the Alfa Romeo Giulia. All three of them are certainly worthy of any luxury sedan buyer’s test-drive short list.