I think both Laurie and I had a lot of fun driving the 2020 Genesis G70 RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) 3.3T Sport. Not one being afraid to steal good words from somewhere else, Genesis writes, “The award winning G70 redefines the sports sedan with an unmatched combination of performance, design and standard luxury features.” Good statement. This really is a ‘sports’ sedan. Four doors and I found the back seats to be comfortable. Yes, of course, at my size, it took a little maneuvering to get in the back but, hey, once in, I was plenty comfortable. From the cockpit of this little rocket, I was immensely comfortable in the Nappa Leather seating with Luxury Quilting. The standard G70 comes with a 2.0L, 252 HP engine. Ours is designated the “3.3T” which means it is a 3.3L twin turbo GDI V6 with 365 horsepower. You know by now, I am all for the V6 engine in anything called ‘sporty’. 2.0L 4 cylinders may be great on gas, but they always leave me wanting more from a dead stop. Not so, the Genesis G70 3.3T, which goes from to 60 in 4.5 seconds, so I’m told, ha ha.
While I gave you a really good side picture of the car, I have to add one from the front for two reason. One is to show the grill which really sets the Genesis apart from other cars. You don’t see the classic symbols that you do on BMW’s or Mercedes, but the Genesis is quite recognizable, I think by the big grill and the chevron on the hood. Second, I wanted you to see the width of the car. It seems to me as a driver anyway that the length and width of the car are in great proportion to provide, not only a sleek, beautiful exterior, but also the dynamics of road hugging, and driver control, that I think we all want in a performance vehicle of any kind, but especially a sedan.
Oh, did I mention the Drive Modes? Your choices are Smart, Eco, Comfort, Sport and Custom. Each adjusts certain aspects of the car to refine your driving experience. Yes, most of the time I simply stayed in Comfort, the standard driving mode, but sport adjusted your seat, changed the pitch of the engine, apparently adjusted the suspension and certainly gave you more of a sports car feel – in a sedan. Beautiful handling, beautiful response, beautiful feel. Our Sport model also came with paddle shifters for those creating their own custom gear shifting. The 8 speed automatic worked well and very smoothly for me. Because it is a rear wheel drive, it also came with a Limited-Slip Differential. I remember when that was a new thing on cars, and that was a long time ago. It’s coming back now since there are any number of cars that are rear wheel drive anymore. Just so you know, a limited-slip differential is a type of differential that allows its two output shafts to rotate at different speeds but limits the maximum difference between the two shafts. The Genesis G70 comes with a dual exhaust too – good looking and nice sound.
As we look inside the car, I have to tell you that it really suited me – good sized knobs, easy identification of purpose, everything where you would expect it to be, 7” Color LCD Multi-Information Display through the steering wheel with Heads Up Display as well, and an 8” Touchscreen navigation system. Touch the Home symbol, and you get a split screen with navigation on the left and your radio station on the right. Touch either of those halves for a full screen display.
There is a simple wireless charger in front of the leather wrapped gear shift. You simply lay your phone in the cradle and it’s charging. The front seats are heated and ventilated and the driver’s seat has two memory setting for you and the Mrs. or the Mrs. and you, as the case may be. Of course, the Genesis G70 has a Lexicon 15-speaker system with Quantum Logic Surround Sound and Clari-Fi by Harman, which restores the rich, original sound of music that gets lost during the digital audio compression process. Cool!
I also found out the G70 was designed to compete with the BMW 3 series, and I believe it certainly does that, and is priced comparatively while offering more horse power and luxury features. Our 2020 G70 RWD 3.3T Sport comes in fully loaded, with, actually, most things standard, at $57K. Considering the Genesis continues to offer the best warranty in the market today – 5-year/60,000 mile New Vehicle Warranty, 10-year/100,000 mile Powertrain Warranty, and 7-year/Unlimited -mile Anti-perforation Warranty. You also get 3 year, 36K miles Complimentary Maintenance, 3 year, 36K mile Complimentary Service Valet, 3 year Complimentary Genesis Connected Services, 3 Year Complimentary Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, and 3 Year Complimentary Map Care.
And I can’t leave the review without talking about Safety, my number one function in any car. The Genesis Advanced Safety Technology is part of the Standard Features, and includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control and Brake Assist, 7 Airbags with driver’s knee airbag, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Rearview Camera with parking guidelines, High Beam Assist, Hillstart Assist Control, and a Brembo Braking System. This Brembo Braking System really intrigued me so I followed up with a search to see why it was highlighted. It is referred to as the Braking System of the Future. Rather than try to give you all the technical details, please go to https://www.brembo.com/en/company/news/future-brake and read for yourself. I think it is fascinating and only shows how technology in many areas of the automotive industry continue to grow and evolve into systems that keep us safer.
Overall, I have to say that I really enjoyed the Genesis G 70 3.3T Sport. Smaller than the G80 and G90 series, it is the sport model of the luxury sedan. Like it? You bet I did. Is it affordable luxury with get up and go? You bet it is. Is Genesis a real competitor in the luxury market? You bet it is. Check it out.
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GENESIS DEALERS in Pinehurst, NC, Fayetteville,NC and New Rochelle, NY:
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Pinehurst, NC 28374
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1960 Skibo Road
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125 East Main Street
New Rochelle , NY 10801