2019 Genesis G70 first drive: Hyundai’s luxury division makes a good start in a tough racket

Published on September 29, 2017

 

 

 Not rocket science, is it? Genesis intends to grab some turf now occupied by compact sport sedans from the German 3 and sundry other luxury brands in one of the most competitive slots in the car biz. 2019 Genesis G70 first drive: Hyundai\'s luxury division makes a good start in a tough racket

 

The 2019 Genesis G70 will join the full-size G90 and middle-child G80 as Genesis’s smallest, most driver-focused sedan. It debuts with solid credentials, including more power than competitors like the Audi S4, BMW 340i and Mercedes-Benz C300. The G70 completes Genesis’s sedan lineup, and while the fledgling luxury brand still has some significant holes to fill, a successful compact could take it a long way.2019 Genesis G70 first drive: Hyundai\'s luxury division makes a good start in a tough racket

 

 

 

 

 

On Sale: Spring, 2018

Base Price: $33,000-$41,000 (projection)

Drivetrain: 2.0 turbocharged I4, 3.3-liter turbocharged V6, six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, rear- or all-wheel drive

Output: 255 hp, 260 lb-ft (I4, est); 365 hp, 376 lb-ft (V6, est)

Curb Weight: 3400-3850 lbs (est)

0-60 MPH: 4.7 sec (V6 awd, manufacturer)

Fuel Economy: 27 mpg (2.0 rwd, converted from Korean govt rating); 23 mpg (3.3 awd)

Pros: More horsepower than competitors in a well-finished compact sedan, more stuff for the money, fantastic warranty

Cons: The things that go with a fledgling luxury brand: lack of heritage, unproven resale value, evolving customer experience.

2019 Genesis G70 first drive: Hyundai\'s luxury division makes a good start in a tough racket

 

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