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2023 Genesis G70 Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

German automakers have had their thumb on the entry-luxury sedan segment longer than print magazines have been selling cigarette ads—but times have changed, and the Korean-built Genesis G70 sedan is a smoking-hot challenger. To compete against sporty sedans like the BMW 3 Series, the G70 is offered at two levels of temperature: warm and hot. The base engine is a 252-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, but the 365-hp V-6 is where the G70 transcends into an experience that’s more than just comfort. Both powertrains come standard with rear-wheel drive, but offer all-wheel drive for extra coin. Based on the same platform as the rowdy Kia Stinger sports sedan, the G70’s ride is controlled and as neat as the stitching on the seats. An affordable starting price complemented by an excellent 10-year powertrain warranty makes the G70 a sensible choice with plenty of sporty upside.

What’s new for 2023?

While the G70 was just refreshed last year, the affordable luxury sedan sees only subtle equipment changes for 2023. The 2.0T Sport Prestige replaces the Prestige package, giving it different wheels, a dark grille, ventilated front seats and shiny pedals. Genesis also added a powerbox for 3.3T Sport Prestige models. In the paint department, Siberian Ice and Mallorca Blue will only be available until the end of 2022.

Prices and which one to buy

Even the higher-end versions of the G70 represent good value compared to competing sports sedans, so we’ll splurge on the Sport Prestige 3.3T model. Not only is the twin-turbo V-6 more powerful, in our testing it was almost as efficient as the base turbo-four. The Sport Prestige trim brings just about every high-end feature Genesis has, including a head-up display, upgraded Brembo brakes, a 360-degree exterior camera system, nappa leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and a luxury microfiber -main line.

Engine, transmission and performance

The base G70 2.0T features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that sends 252 horsepower to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission; four-wheel drive is optional. Its engine felt reserved around town, though its acceleration was peppery (60 mph in 5.8 seconds). Our hearts skipped a beat, however, when we got behind the wheel of the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 model, with its 365 ponies and 376 pound-feet of torque. We have some personal time with the rear-drive 3.3T and was hit by the engine’s wave of thrust that sent it from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds in our testing. Regardless of the powertrain configuration, the G70 has expertly balanced ride and handling characteristics. Its suspension smoothed out uneven surfaces, and the sedan remained calm during spirited cornering sessions. The more powerful 3.3T has the benefit of adaptive dampers that allow the driver to firm up the ride if necessary, but every G70 we’ve driven has a remarkable work to send information to the driver’s hands. Its steering feedback is precise and pleasant, with adjustable effort available by switching between the multiple drive modes.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

According to the EPA, the most efficient G70 model is the rear-wheel drive version with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That car earned ratings of 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. On us 200 mile highway fuel economy test, the four-cylinder G70 returned 31 mpg; with the twin-turbo V-6 on board, we recorded an impressive 29 mpg. For more information on the G70’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

Inside, the G70 delivers a luxurious experience, thanks to attractive materials and excellent build quality. Its driver-centric layout and simple controls cater to driving enthusiasts. Similarly, the luxurious brightwork and decoratively stitched surfaces on our test car appeased our well-heeled side. Genesis also keeps things classy by avoiding the urge to plaster fake carbon fiber pieces and a flat-bottom steering wheel into the cabin, resulting in an interior that looks more luxurious than the Alfa Romeo Giuliasay. While the front seat strikes a good balance between comfort and sport, the rear seat suffers from limited legroom. We managed to fit five carry-on bags into the G70’s trunk, and 14 in total with the rear seat folded. Interior cube storage includes a useful tray at the front of the center console that’s perfect for smartphones and other small items. Unfortunately, the door pockets are small, and the center console bin lacks organization.

Infotainment and connectivity

Every G70 is equipped with a standard 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system that juts out from the otherwise clean dashboard. The setup includes desirable features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. We’ll know more about the 2022 G70’s infotainment offerings closer to the car’s on-sale date.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

The G70 boasts several standards driver assistance technology, such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. For more information on the G70’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

Genesis covers every G70 with an exceptional warranty and complimentary scheduled maintenance. The luxury brand also offers a valet service – by appointment – where it will pick up and drop off the vehicle for maintenance visits and provide a Genesis model for use in the meantime.

  • Limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Genesis G70

VEHICLE TYPE
front engine, rear or four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

BASE PRICE
2.0T, $38,570; 2.0T AWD, $40,670; 3.3T, $43,145; 3.3T AWD, $45,245

ENGINES
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 252 hp, 2 lb-ft; twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.3-liter V-6, 365 or 368 hp, 376 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 111.6 inches
Length: 184.4 inches
Width: 72.8 inches
Height: 55.1 inches
Passenger volume: 96 feet3
Hull volume: 11 feet3
Combat weight (C/D east): 3700–4000 lbs.

PERFORMANCE (C/D IS)
60 mph: 4.3–6.2 sec
100 mph: 10.8–16.0 sec
1/4 mile: 12.9–14.9 sec
Top speed: 145–167 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 20¬–24/17¬–21/25–31 mpg

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