The 2020 Genesis G70 RWD 2.0T Sport Is More Than Competitive in a Stout Field04/15/2020
A six-speed manual trans and a hand brake! And rear-wheel drive?!? Whoooo Hooooo—this is gonna be fun!
That’s what I thought as I climbed aboard the Genesis G70, the small, entry-level car in Hyundai’s new premium brand. To quickly refresh your memory, after launching two high-end sedans, one large (the G90) and one medium-size (G80), Genesis launched the G70 in fall, 2017, aiming it at Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class (the class bestseller), Audi’s A4 and the BMW 3-Series, the latter new in 2018. On the periphery sit Lexus’ IS, Infiniti’s Q50, Alfa’s Giulia and the Jaguar XE. A stout field indeed.
The G70 shares a platform with Kia’s Stinger and looks good doing it, with short overhangs and a long hood. Inside we find soft-touch, high-quality materials throughout. The build quality looks at least as good the competition and there are nice big switches and knobs for the stereo and HVAC and whatnot. Refreshing!
The engines offered here are shared with various Hyundai/Kia vehicles—the 2.0-liter, gasoline direct-injection turbo-four (255 hp, 260 lb-ft) in my test car is also available in the Stinger. And you can get both cars with the corporate 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 (365 hp, 376 lb-ft).
My test car is the Sport model with a $39,495 sticker price, which is how you get the manual transmission. It also gets things like a limited-slip differential, 19-inch wheels and Brembo brakes, and it costs $3,050 over a Base trim. Two additional trims are the Elite and Prestige. They each have a long standard-equipment list, including but not limited to a 12-way power bucket driver’s seat (eight-way passenger side), 18-inch wheels and Michelin all-season tires.
Even in cold and inclement Detroit weather, though, the G70’s traction control keeps you from driving around town like a hooligan. I guess that’s a good thing. Tooling around Detroit for a few days the four-cylinder G70 feels solid and light, with neutral handling. It feels at least as wieldy as the competition. And it’s quiet inside.
The Genesis is plenty quick for a turbo-four, with one caveat. There is a slight dead spot in the torque curve that seems to occur around 2,000 rpm while accelerating away from traffic lights. It’s not exactly a hesitation or a stumble … it’s not that drastic. The engine just skips half a beat, then gets on with it, as though the throttle-position sensor was funky. I hadn’t noticed it in previous four-cylinder G70s I’ve driven. Weird.
It’s in no way a deal killer. Last year, Genesis moved about 12,000 G70s, and the company says it has helped bring younger buyers who tend to lean more toward performance. Never a bad thing. I’m betting Genesis sells more G70s in 2020 (or would have, if it weren’t for the coronavirus). The car is more than competitive.
2020 Genesis G70 2.0T Sport Specifications
On Sale: Now
Base Price: $39,495 As-Tested Price: $39,495
Powertrain: Turbocharged 2.0-liter I4, six-speed manual transmission, RWD
Output: 255 hp at 6,200 rpm, 260 lb-ft of torque at 1,400 rpm
Wheelbase: 111.6 inches
Length/Width/Height: 184.5/72.8/55.1 inches
Curb Weight: 3,581 lb
Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined): 18/28/22 mpg
Pros: Looks great, drives well, lots of standard equipment.
Cons: Powertrain not quite as refined as the best out there.
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