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2019 Genesis G70 Review | carsales

2019 Genesis G70 Review | carsales


The mid-size luxury sedan segment has a new
player, but this one isn’t German. Instead, it’s Korean, it’s rear-wheel
drive, and if you stump up the right amount of money, it makes a whole lot of power. This is the Genesis G70. Yes, Genesis has upped the stakes in Australia,
with the assistance of its giant parent company Hyundai. Five years after giving us the chauffeur-centric
Hyundai Genesis sedan, the Korean mark returns for real, with a two-pronged line-up: The
rehashed G80, and the smaller, more affordable G70 driven here, which starts at $60,000. Now, the G80 is basically a rehashed version
of the Genesis limousine that we first saw in Australia five years ago. But the G70, well, it’s an entirely new
proposition altogether. In some respects, it is a spin-off of the
Kia Stinger, and for that reason, you get a 2L four-cylinder entry model, and a 3.3L
twin-turbo V6. If I’m honest, that’s the car that I’d
be looking at, because it has a real sporting character and a point of difference from your
mainstream entry-level Germans. Entry into the V6 range starts at $72,000,
bringing standard performance equipment such as a mechanical limited-slip diff, launch
control, sticky Michelin rubber, and Brembo front brakes. Elsewhere, the Genesis gets the latest safety,
technology, and comfort features expected at this end of the market. On the way it performs, I’m quite impressed. It’s a really competent, cohesive, and well-rounded
car on the road. It’s had the typical tuning programme that
Kia and Hyundai get, and it’s given this car a really nice all-roundedness. That means it’s comfortable on long road
trips, but equally, through the bends, it’s compliant and it’s controlled, and it’s
still really fun to drive irrespective of your 1.7t curb weight. There are a couple of caveats with this car. It needs premium unleaded fuel, and there’s
a few little features missing that you kind of expect for this price point. Whether the Genesis can truly trump its German
competitors on a twisting road will need to be left to a direct comparison. The rear-drive feel feel, balanced chassis,
and punchy six certainly bode well for the Korean. Inside, the G70 loses out to its immediate
rivals with the lack of a fully digital instrument cluster. Elsewhere, the presentation is clean, the
build quality is strong, and the cabin quiet and comfortable, if a little bit short on
typical European flair. Where the Genesis begins to make more sense
is with equipment levels and after-sales. Each model comes with five years inclusive
servicing and a five-year warranty, and the only available option is a $2,500 sunroof. Clearly, the G70 is a Genesis model in more
ways than one. The manufacturer has plans for at least ten
studio-style showrooms, along with SUVs and electric cars. In many respects, the G70 could be the vehicle
that puts Korea on the luxury car map.

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