The 2019 Genesis G70 Bottom Line Review
Motor Trends 2019 Car of the Year
By Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net
The Bottom Line: TheGenesis G70 is a completely new model for 2019. It is engineered to compete head-on with the best sports sedans in the world, most notably the BMW 3-Series. The G70’s cabin blends the futuristic feeling of contemporary technology, including real aluminum and steel trim, with the old-fashioned-luxury look of quilted leather. With these amenities the all-new Genesis sports sedan rivals all the established German players in the entry level luxury field.
Of course, these days the German triumvirate doesn’t hold a monopoly. Strong competition from Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Lexus, Infiniti and Cadillac means buyers have more viable choices than ever before for a sexy, four-door performance machine. It’s a good time to be affluent, that’s for sure.
What sets the G70 apart is not just its competence, its sparkling handling, herculean power and lavish cabin equal some of the best products in this class, earning it Motor Trend’s 2019 Car of the Year crown, but also for its sense of value.
It starts at $34,900, thousands less than the base Mercedes C-class or Lexus IS, and tellingly, the exact same price as the benchmark 2018 BMW 3-Series.
You don’t have to look far, only under the hood, to see the differences. The base BMW 320i comes with a 180-horsepower engine, not the kind of prodigious power most people associate with BMWs. You’d have to step up to the 330i at $40,250 to get comparable performance to the Genesis, and even then, the base G70 ever-so-slightly out-muscles the 330i, 252 horsepower to 248.
For even more power, a turbocharged, 3.3-liter V6 engine is optional. It creates a V8-like 365 horsepower and can rocket the car from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, Genesis claims.
Inside, I love the contrasting mixture of high technology with old-fashioned, quilted upholstery. The thick leather is reminiscent of classic British luxury cars, with real brushed aluminum trim and stainless steel speaker grilles, that look thoroughly modern.
And modern it is. The G70 can be connected to any Amazon Alexa device for voice control, for example, letting you remotely lock and unlock the vehicle, start it up and set the cabin to a certain temperature, all by simply speaking to Alexa.
While the base price is under $35,000, the V6 3.3T version is priced from $43,750. Pricing tops out at $52,250 for the Dynamic Edition with all-wheel drive.
What was tested? The 2019 Genesis G70 3.3T that starts with a base price of $43,750. Options on the test car: The Prestige package for $4,250. The total MSRP price as tested, including the $995 destination charge came to: $48,995.
Look closely at the options list, and you’ll see the G70 tries hard to out-offer its competitors at every price point. It’s a feature-for-feature bargain. It’s not only an impressive performance luxury car, but a fantastic value too. It matches the speed and sophistication of the best sports sedans in the world, while undercutting the price on all of them. And remember: “You Are What You Drive ©”
Maybe, just for those reasons alone, you should “Drive one, Buy one, Today ©”.
This Bottom Line Review is provided by: Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net
“Tony the Car Guy” is an automotive writer, editor and publisher in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have a question, or comment for Tony, send it to TonyLeo@pacbell.net or visit AutoWire.Net at www.AutoWire.net
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