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Auto review: Genesis begets the G70, a new smaller sporty sedan

Scott Sturgis, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Automotive News

2020 Genesis G70: A new small luxury sedan. Will it rival its big brothers for value?

Price: $48,995 as tested. The Elite Package added low-beam assist, sunroof, and more for $1,750; the Prestige Package added around-view monitor, head-up display, and more for $2,500.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes the "fun-to-drive nature, classy interior styling, fantastic value proposition," but not the "lackluster manual transmission, cheap-o infotainment software, cramped rear seat."

Marketer's pitch: "You can't change the world while imitating it." (Hey, that's pretty deep.)

Reality: It's hard for any carmakers to claim they are really going their own way, but Genesis does offer a lot for the price.

What's new: The G70 is new for 2019 and the third model released from the luxury offshoot of Hyundai. (It joins Toyota's Lexus, Honda's Acura, and Nissan's Infiniti as an Asian luxury brand.) The G70 is the smallest of the three models from Genesis and the last sedan to be offered, according to Genesis press materials. Interesting.

 

I drove a 2019 model, but it's fairly unchanged for 2020.

Up to speed: The Genesis G70 packs plenty of punch, for people who like a sporty drive. The 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 creates 365 horsepower, and the small sedan absolutely rockets to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, according to Car and Driver.

The G70 also packs plenty of punch for passing.

Note that the G70 also comes with a 2.0-liter turbo four, which Car and Driver observed is decidedly less enthusiastic.

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