The Bottom Line: TheGenesis G70 is a nicely upgraded new model for 2020. 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.
With a fun to drive nature, classy interior styling, and a fantastic value proposition, the 2020 Genesis G70 has put the premium sports sedan segment on notice.
The Genesis G70 embodies a smarter, award winning, more progressive approach to luxury. Plus it includes free scheduled maintenance, free valet service, free 24 hours / 7 days a week roadside assistance and free Sirius XM satellite radio for 3 Years.
Plus a drive train warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles and an overall bumper to bumper warranty that covers the entire vehicle for 5 years and 60,000 miles, and it comes with 5 years and 60,000 miles of free road side assistance. These warranty numbers are the best in the business from any vehicle manufacture selling cars in the United States today.
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 only $35,450, thousands of dollars less than the base Mercedes C-class or Lexus IS, and tellingly, the exact same price as the benchmark 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 you will love the contrasting mixture of high technology with old fashioned, quilted upholstery. The thick leather seating is reminiscent of classic British luxury cars, with real brushed aluminum trim and stainless steel speaker grilles, that look thoroughly appealing and 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 $36,000, the V6 3.3T version is priced from $43,750. Pricing tops out at $52,250 for the Dynamic Edition with all-wheel drive.
The 2020 Genesis G70 starts with a base price of $35,450. Options on the test car: The Prestige package for $4,250. The total MSRP price as tested, including the $995 destination charge came to: $40,695.
Bargain cars usually have drawbacks, but they’re hard to find in this one. Its trunk isn’t the roomiest and fuel economy isn’t the most frugal, only due to the decision to offer a powerful base engine, but the usual nickel-and-dime quality cuts are invisible. Soft-touch materials reign in the cabin, where tight construction, sculptural design and excellent sound insulation make it feel palatial over the road.
The only functional downside is its relatively small trunk. It swaps luggage volume for sleek design, a necessary tradeoff to make the rear proportions look perfect.
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 ©”
And maybe, just for those reasons alone, you should “Drive one, Buy one, Today ©”.
This Bottom Line Review is provided by: Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net
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