2020 Genesis G70: Capable, elegant–and a blow to other luxury brands

22 Dec 2020 | 503 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds Wow. Who knew? The Genesis brand, Hyundai's classy luxury lineup, which has only been around for a couple of years as a separate entity,  is serving notice on the stalwarts of the luxury market and basically telling them all, "Move the heck over--there's a new sheriff in town and he's got game!" A newcomer to the midsized luxury sport field is giving the 3, (BMW 3 Series), the C (Mercedes C series) and the fours (Audi A4), a a real run for the money. This was the first Genesis I had ever driven, and I had absolutely no idea what this car would be like behind the wheel. But the 2020 Genesis G70 AWD 3.3T Sport was a more than satisfying, strong handling sport luxury sedan that be the bargain of the century for buyers of luxury cars.  "Stick like glue" cornering. It easily outperforms some of its competitors, and ties with others. The word "superb" comes to mind. Here's a short list of the things I loved. One of the rowdiest, menacing sounding exaust notes I've heard in a while. Strong, sure, straight as an arrow steering, a shifter to die for because its throws are short and quick; beautiful quilted trim inside; very supportive, grippy seats; cool styling with an athletic, brawny stance, and a beautiful, lustrous, deep Mallorca Blue paint finish--and what?  A Power trunk lid. Very cool. And here's what I think may need to be change a bit: Some of the trim bits and pieces look a bit as though they came from mother brand Hyundai; cramped backseat; the infotainment system is needlessly complicated and nonintuitive, especially when linking it up with Bluet00th. Want to know more?  Check out some of the details: Car: 2020 Genesis G70AWD 3.3T Sport, all wheel drive luxury sedan Price: Not listed or available on Monroney, but I've seen pricing at dealers between $34,000 to $38,000. Performance: Absolutely dazzling, from top to bottom.  You will be looking for reasons to leave the house.  The car corners like a champ, and acceleration is absolutely explosive when you have it in Sport mode.  All I can say is hang on tight, and make sure you are paying lots of attention because the steering will respond precisely and quickly--this is not a car to just sit back and relax and forget about what you are doing. Economy: 20 miles per gallon overall, 17 city, 25 highway. We actually got an average of about 19 miles per gallon in comfort mode on the road. However, though the mileage is decent, it is not the best in its class.  It uses 5.0 gallons of gas to go 100 miles, and you spend a whopping $4,750 more for gasoline over five years than the average new vehicle.  Annual fuel cost is $2,450 based on 15,000 miles of driving annually for five years using gasoline that costs $2,70 a gallon. The car: Hyundai has long said that it wanted to enter the luxury field, and when they finally did it--they did it big time.  All of the Genesis lineup have been drawing rave reviews for styling, content, value and performance. The G70, arguably the mainstream model, is anything but mundane and unordinary.  It is an extraordinary piece of automotive pleasure and should be on every entry level luxury car shopper's list. Safety: Vehicle Stability Management, ESC with Traction Control & Brake assist, seven airbags including driver's knee airbag, forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection; lane keeping assist, Cross-Traffic Collision warning, driver attention warning, rearview camera with parking guideline; Hillstart Assist Control, Brembo brakes, and other features. Technology: I really don't think you can go wrong at all with this amazing lineup of cars.  They are all winners.  But if you insist on making a distinction, here's the lowdown:
       You can get your Genesis G70 in three versions: 2.0T, 2.0T six speed, and 3.3 T. We had a 3.3T with the Sport package as our test model. You can get two different engines, and you can order all-wheel drive in either version, as long as you have the eight speed automatic.  If you get a manual equipped G70, well...you're plum out of luck to get an all wheel drive system on it. You can only have automatics  if you want all-wheel drive. The truly lavishly equipped base model, the 2.0 T, has a 252 horsepower turbocharged 2.0 liter four, and it produces a pretty generous 26-0 lb. ft of torque Now that you've settled on your model, you can choose from any of four packages called Standard, Elite, Prestige and Sport. Did you want the standard package in your 2.0T? You will get the automatic transmission with selectable drive modes, and blind-spot warning. The Elite adds LED headlights, a park-distance warning and some other niceties. If you want to go for broke, head straight to the Prestige version in which you will enjoy standard goodies such as wireless device charging and 19-inch wheels and heads-up display. Sport trims include all the Prestige content plus summer tires, upgraded brakes and a limited-slip rear differential. If you get the 2.0 standard, you are getting a rear wheel drive car equipped with 2.0T six speed manual. As we said earlier, an automatic is not available on this model. You will get, as standard, 19-inch wheels with summer tires, Brembo brakes and a limited slip differential. Last but sure as hell not least, there's the fabulous 3.3T.  Here's the one you want if you want explosive power, hard to beat brakes, and handling that will blow your socks off.  It really does either match or beat what you would get out of more well known brands, but at a price that is several thousands less. The  T comes with  a quite lusty turbocharged 3.3-liter, 365 horsepower V6 with 376 lb-ft. of torque. Your work isn't done yet, though, once you've settled on this model. Now you get to choose among four packages-- Standard-package 3.3T trims get navigation, while stepping up to the Elite adds a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats. Prestige trims include everything that you get on the Elite version, plus a head-up display and a surround-view monitor. Sport trims include all the content from the Prestige trim and add an electronically controlled suspension, 19-inch wheels and  a cool variety of trims that are, I understand, unique to the 3.3 T. Styling/Aesthetics:
It really looks the part of a prestigious custom built car, with a grille that looks  quite like the ones on the top level luxury cars costing six figures.  The overall effect puts me in the mind of a BMW M Series. It has a low, sleek profile that crouches low to the ground, well-done character lines, and a muscled air about itself.  Inside, you get gorgeous seating with red stitching that looks handmade, and one of the best expression of quilted seat covers that I've ever seen. The dash layout and trims on doors and panel surfaces are terrific--exactly what you would expect if you were paying thousands more for the car. Warranty: 5 year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty;`10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.3 year/36,000 mile complimentary maintenance; 3 year/36,000 miles complimentary service valet; 3 year complimentary Genesis Connected Services, Sirius XM traffic and travel link, three year complementary map care.

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