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Eric's Autos: 2020 Genesis G70

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It was once a kind of automotive axiom that if you liked to drive, you aspired to own a BMW. They were, after all, the ultimate driving machines -- and that wasn't advertising hype. It was behind-the-wheel fact. BMW was among the first to make four doors and fun driving not mutually exclusive -- by putting a third pedal in its sedans, among other things.

But BMW no longer does what it once did. If you want a luxury-sport sedan with a manual transmission, for instance, you'll have to try elsewhere.

Your local Genesis store, for one.

What It Is

The G70 is Hyundai's -- whoops, Genesis' -- compact-sized luxury sport-sedan. Like the BMW 3, Mercedes C, Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50 luxury-sport sedans, it's rear-wheel-drive, with all-wheel drive optional, and offers your pick of engines.

Unlike all of them, the G70 gives you the option to shift gears for yourself.

 

G70 prices start at $35,450 for the rear-wheel drive 2.0T trim -- $5,300 less than the base price of the BMW 330i sedan ($40,750).

You can opt for all-wheel drive ($37,450) and still pay thousands less than BMW asks for the rear-wheel-drive version of the 3 Series sedan.

And no matter how big a check you write to BMW -- or the others -- you can't get that third pedal.

Genesis offers it -- along with an 18-inch performance wheel/tire package, high-capacity Brembo brakes, a limited slip differential and a rowdier exhaust system -- for $38,500, which is still thousands less than the BMW without any of those features.

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