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The 2019 Genesis G70 is a head-turner, one of the sharpest designs you'll find on a luxury sedan. The 2019 Genesis G70 is a head-turner, one of the sharpest designs you'll find on a luxury sedan. Photo by Matt Myftiu/

The sedan that has been racking up awards all year, including the big Car of the Year prize at NAIAS to kick off 2019, was not what everyone expected.

The Genesis G70, the third vehicle offered by Hyundai’s still-new luxury Genesis label, debuted in style, and has earned nearly universal praise.

But is this small sport sedan worth all the hype? Read on for a full report of my time in the 2019 G70 to find out.


Upon viewing the exterior of the G70, you’ll find one of the sleekest, most classy designs in the luxury car realm. Its unique grille is a particular standout feature.

18-inch wheels are standard, but you can upgrade to the Dynamic package and get 19-inch wheels.

Moving inside, you will find intricately stitched leatherette seats, which are truly comfortable even on longer rides. Controls are well-placed for driver use.

The G70 features automatic halogen headlights and LED taillights, leather-wrapped steering wheel and dual automatic temperature control.

With the G70 being the smallest sedan in the Genesis lineup, a small back seat was to be expected, and that’s what I found. Adults can sit in the back, but it’s a very tight squeeze and you better hope the people up front aren’t tall. So it’s not really targeted at families who will be shuffling a lot of people around in the back. 

If you want to increase the cargo space in the G70, you can fold down the rear seats.

Opting for the Elite package (a $5,000 option) will get G70 buyers: Full LED headlights, 

an integrated navigation system, parking distance warning, power folding auto-dimming outside mirrors, a wide sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, a 15-speaker surround sound audio system, and an upgraded interior with leather seating surfaces and aluminum trim.


There are a couple engine options offered on the G70. My test ride featured a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Numbers on this base engine were 252 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.

If that’s not enough power for you, the G70 also offers a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 … offering 365 horsepower, 376 lb.-ft., and will go 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. Also, manual transmission fans will be happy to hear that a manual version of the G70 is offered.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, but on most models you can upgrade to All-wheel drive (Manual transmission models do not have the AWD option).

Regarding the drive quality itself, I’ll be short and sweet: It’s one of the smoothest rides I have experienced in forever.

You literally feel like you are floating when you’re behind the wheel of the G70. And the terms fast, powerful and responsive can all be applied. The brilliant overall driving experience is arguably the best you can find in the luxury sport sedan class, and that’s saying a lot when you have all the heavy hitters in Europe battling in this class.

I did not test the upgraded engine, but I’m sure it’s an equally sublime experience, just with more oomph behind it.


Overall, the G70 delivers in the area of technology and safety features, though there is some area for improvement.

The system is generally responsive to voice commands, but from a design and functionality standpoint, the infotainment system was not up to luxury standards, and a newer, more modern design in future editions would be a wise move.

There is a 7-inch color LCD multi-information display in front of the driver, and at the center of the infotainment system is an 8-inch display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both compatible. Bluetooth connection is included, as are 3 USB ports (2 front and 1 rear), and a 90 day trial of satellite radio.

Regarding safety, Genesis has things covered well. 

Seven airbags are in the vehicle, including Driver’s Knee Airbag.

Key safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control and Brake Assist
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Rearview Camera with Parking Guidelines
  • High Beam Assist
  • Hillstart Assist Control
  • Smart cruise control with stop-and-go

The Prestige Package ($3K) adds even more options, such as Heads-up display, Surround view monitor, Wireless charging pad, Nappa Leather seating surfaces with luxury quilting, and heated rear seatsThe G70 also includes a three-year Genesis Connected Services package, and three years of SiriusXM Travel Link.


Official fuel mileage numbers are 22 city/30 highway/25 combined … I averaged 21.6 mpg while driving the G70.

These numbers lag behind the main competition from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz sport sedans, so mileage is one of the few negative marks on an otherwise remarkable vehicle.

The G70 I tested was priced just under $45K; base price starts about $35K, and a fully maxed out G70 will run you more than $52K.

Warranties are among the best in the industry: 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty, 10-year/100k powertrain warranty, 7-year/unlimited mile anti-perforation warranty, and G70 owners also get 3 years/36,000 milles of complimentary maintenance.


Perhaps the biggest upstart in the luxury vehicle space right now, the 2019 Genesis G70 lives up to its 2019 NAIAS Car of the Year honor.

It offers arguably the smoothest ride in its class, is strong on safety, and looks beautiful inside and out. Other than issues presented by its smaller size (which make it impractical for families), a lackluster infotainment system and low fuel mileage, the G70 hits the bullseye. And if you want to solve the size issue, a move up to Genesis’ equally impressive G80 or G90 sedans will solve that issue for most people.

There’s a large hill to climb for Genesis and the G70 in the luxury sales charts, but I can guarantee you this: The automakers atop those charts are taking notice of the Genesis lineup and the impressive debut of the G70.

--- can be found on Twitter @AutoTechReview, or stay updated at the AutoTechReviews Facebook pageMatt Myftiu can be found on Twitter @MattMyftiu.


Additional Info

  • Vehicle: 2019 Genesis G70
  • Price as tested: $44,895 (starts at $34,900)  
  • Best feature: Thrilling and responsive ride quality  
  • Rating: 4.5 out of five stars  
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Luxury sedan buyers looking to get one of the sharpest and smoothest new entries in the category 
Matt M. Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

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