The 2019 Genesis Line-up Takes on the Luxury Sedan Giants

The Genesis name now stands for the Hyundai luxury division and will soon unseat some long-time industry favorites. And, with the attention paid to the details of this stylish and refined automobile, they just might do it. It's always exciting to see new companies compete with the traditional leaders in the business. So it is with the newest of all the major car manufacturers, as it takes on rivals like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. But Genesis is not as new as it seems. When it split from Hyundai in 2016, Genesis took with it the knowledge and experience of an established corporation.


What models does Genesis offer for 2019?

There are three luxury sedans in the new Genesis lineup. The G70 is the entry-level model set to take on its closest rival, the BMW 3 Series. Already on sale overseas, the G70 is poised to be the brand’s biggest seller. The Genesis G90 is the successor of the Equus, with an exceptional level of opulence and technology that the Equus never attained. The Genesis G80 is one of the most attractive luxury sedans on the market. More than just a pretty face, the G80 comes with an extended warranty and an unprecedented three years of valet service.


How luxurious are the interiors?

Even in the base model G70, Genesis has created a cradle of luxury, especially for those in the front seats. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control keep you comfortable along the journey. The G70 also comes with the latest technological features to keep you entertained and informed, providing Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and an 8-inch touchscreen on a very user-friendly infotainment system.


How roomy are the new Genesis Models?

The 2019 Genesis sedans seat five people, technically. While the two in the front seats enjoy a roomy cabin, the back seats are quite cramped and are better suited for two adults. If you're looking for cargo space, you're going to be disappointed. Though the company has not yet released any specific information regarding trunk size, judging from the small exterior, there's not going to be much room for cargo.

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What kind of engine do the 2019 Genesis sedans have?

A 2-liter turbo-four engine, producing 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, comes standard on all the 2019 Genesis models. You will have a choice between an 8-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual. If you are looking for more power, you can upgrade to a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. It gives you an impressive 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. The V6 is available with an 8-speed automatic transmission only.


How many miles per gallon will the new Genesis models get?

Since turbo-charged engines come standard on all 2019 Genesis vehicles, you are going to have to trade some fuel efficiency for performance. The rear-wheel-drive G70 with the turbo-four engine gets an estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. You lose some of that efficiency when you change to the manual 6-speed, getting about 18 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. If you choose the V6 engine upgrade, you can expect to get around 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway on the rear-wheel drive version. Opting for all-wheel drive really doesn't change the fuel economy either way.


How do the 2019 Genesis models handle?

A [search label="luxury car" items="Audi A4|BMW|Genesis|Acura ILX"]should provide a luxury experience for the driver, as well as the passengers. The new Genesis sedans are definitely ready to take on the big names in the industry in both areas. The G70 gives you a fantastic ride with sporty handling balance. Pair that with the powerful V-6 and prepare for a driver's dream on a smooth road surface. The adaptive suspension, however, is rough if your roads are less than perfect and the tires that come standard with the V-6 models are noisy on the road.


How safe are the new Genesis models?

Genesis has not issued any results from federal crash tests yet, so there is no easy answer. The company has equipped every Genesis model with an excellent driver assistance package as a standard feature. All Genesis sedans will include lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beam headlights. With this assistance, one can assume the level of safety is improved.


How much is it going to cost?

The 2019 Genesis G70 starts at $35,895. When you compare it with a close rival, the BMW 3 Series, you save more than $5,000 on a base model luxury sedan. Not only that, the G70 offers a lot more features, including upgraded safety and technology amenities. The 2019 Genesis is a very good value, even when upgrades are added.

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