The Hyundai Genesis G70, the smallest vehicle the brand makes, has received 21 industry awards since being launched just over two years ago. It has received awards for initial and long-term quality, safety, luxury, design, dependability, and Car of the Year from several respected automotive rating firms.
2020 Hyundai Genesis G70 AWD 3.3 Sport Review
Genesis is not as well known as competitors like BMW or Mercedes Benz, but the three Genesis models cost thousands less and were rated number one luxury brand for initial quality from J.D. Power for the past four years.
Driving the Hyundai Genesis G70 is a thrill – sitting in a luxurious interior with high tech, cutting-edge driver safety features, excellent handling response, and road grip fitting a superbly engineered race-track-worthy coupe-like sedan.
Drive modes are Eco, Normal, Sport, Individual, and Smart (which adjusts to your driving habits), always flawlessly matching the automatic 8-speed transmission with steering-wheel-mounted manual paddles for extra performance with excellent visibility.
Safety features are top-notch, and the dash-elevated 8-inch touchscreen with navigation can be intuitively mined for functions and information, similar to Hyundai models.
After adding $10,000 for the Sport version, our tester added two options – Elite ($4,500) and Prestige ($8,400) Packages including comfort, convenience, and minor safety features, like surround view monitor and parking distance sensors.
Genesis is Hyundai Motors’ luxury brand, like Lexus for Toyota, and our G70 (there is a G80 and G90 with less powerful engines) is the performance leader with its 3.3-liter Twin-turbo V6 engine (there is also a 5.0-liter engine choice and manual transmission).
The 2020 G70 now uses more powerful Brembo brakes, all-season Michelin tires on 19-inch alloy wheels, and a power trunk lid that opens remotely but requires a manual close. There is a compact spare tire.
Outside, an eye-catching profile includes a large chrome cross-hatch grille, extended sculpted hood, low stance, steady beltline, recessed fog lights, and side chrome arrow-shaped air vents hinting at better aerodynamics and performance.
Handling is precise and the ride is firm, comfortable on the sport-tuned four-wheel independent suspension.
Inside, the snug cabin has everything ergonomically placed for easy access and includes a 15-speaker audio system, wireless device charging, and access to smartphone apps.
Bolstered, ventilated and heated front seats are wrapped in quilted Nappa leather and comfortable for long trips while heated leather rear seats are tight, not suitable for large adults. Cargo space is only 10.5 cubic feet.
The warranty is extensive, reliability strong, and resale value better than average.
At a Glance
LIKES: Comfort, looks, quickness, value, safety features, luxury, reliability
DISLIKES: Tight rear seats, manual trunk lid close, limited cargo space
BOTTOM LINE: Value excellent, performance rivals European competitors
Fact File: 2020 Hyundai Genesis G70 AWD 3.3 Sport
3.3-liter, V6 twin turbo, direct injection, DOHC
365-hp at 6,000 rpm
376-lbs.-ft. at 1,300 rpm
8-speed automatic/manual paddles
17 mpg city; 25-mpg highway
15.8-gallon tank, premium recommended
0-60 in 4.5 seconds
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Tom Crosby has written more than 1,000 automotive reviews and is a retired Vice President of Communications for AAA Carolinas. He has seen dramatic changes in the automotive industry over the past 25 years and ponders the advent of self-driving vehicles, electric-only vehicles, sophisticated in-car telematics, and the financial challenges facing automotive manufacturers in an increasingly congested worldwide market.