2021 Genesis G70 Review | Car News | Auto123 (2022)

Auto123 reviews the 2021 Genesis G70.

That Genesis went out some time back and plucked selected designers from the German heavyweights of the sport sedan field is pretty obvious from the moment you get a look at the G70. The car leads with a biggish grille and long nose, has a pleasing (though space-reducing) silhouette highlighted by a sloping roofline, and its back end comes to an almost abrupt halt just beyond the rear wheels. It makes for a sleek-looking car that actively seeks a certain classicism, so there’s nothing particularly jazzy to its looks but it’s well-proportioned and attractive.

The 2021 Genesis G70, the design of which stayed largely pat this year ahead of an overhaul in 2022, also sits quite low to the ground for, yes, optimized aerodynamics, but also to ensure a more steely-eyed demeanour. And a mighty nice demeanour it is, in my opinion. But the flip side of that is this, of course: my partner, who long ago departed the sedan realm for the world of reasonably-sized, high-sitting SUVs, found the drop required to get into the seats ludicrously long, precipitous even. She was still cursing that aspect of the G70 at week’s end.

Which is fair enough, but not really that big a deal for those who will buy a car like this. Like the absence of a large tailgate and cavernous cargo area, a few grunts when getting into or out of the damn thing are just something you expect going in.

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2021 Genesis G70, profile

Getting past the badge
It’s getting frankly a little monotonous the way Genesis keeps hoovering up awards for its three sedans (and now its first SUV), and on top of that Hyundai’s luxury brand continues to seriously undercut its German rivals on pricing. And yet, the lack of a certified status symbol on the front and back ends of the car represents a significant hurdle in the premium sedan segments the company competes in. Kudos to Genesis for sticking with it, however, and it’s not unrealistic to think that sooner or later those awards and strong word of mouth will help it make a real dent in that Teutonic armour.

That word of mouth centres around the in-the-zone handling of the G70, the smooth but enthralling performance of its engines – the base unit is a 2.0L 4-cylinder making 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, the other a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 good for 365 hp and 376 lb-ft when using high-octane fuel – and the evident quality of both its construction and its interior.

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2021 Genesis G70, front

One of the things that have made me a friend of the brand since virtually its inception is the blessed simplicity of its product offerings. And so it is that the 2021 Genesis G70 comes in a just a few, very well-stocked editions. The “base” 2.0T Advanced edition, priced starting at $43,000 (freight fees included), shouldn’t even really be considered a base model, so well-equipped is it. That version comes with the perfectly capable 4-cylinder. For 2021, the Advanced now comes with standard LED headlamps.

Note that this version of the G70 still comes with a manual transmission option, but it’s your last chance to get it - starting next year it will be gone from the product offering.

The 2.0T Elite, like the Advanced, is configured with all-wheel drive. The 2.0T Sport is the one for you if you want rear-wheel drive. The other G70 is the 3.3T, available for $56,000 if taking the Prestige version, which comes with the and all-wheel drive only. It can be had as the Sport ($58,000).

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2021 Genesis G70, badging, trunk lid

On the road
As nice-looking as the smallest Genesis sedan is, it drives even more nicely. I’ve mentioned the handling, which is as taut and faultless as in any German sedan out there. I’ve alluded to the power of both engines, but particularly the larger 3.3L unit. I’ve referred to the low stance of the car which helps reduce drag. But the smooth-operating 8-speed transmission is also worth mentioning, as are the pleasingly stiff steering wheel and sharp braking power. As for raw straight-ahead speed, 0-100 km/h takes barely 4.5 seconds if you’re purposeful about it, and 60-100 acceleration is just as impressive.

Pay heed to the rear visibility, however, which is pretty limited due to the shape of the car and the rear window. In this regard this is light years removed from the carmaker’s new – and first – SUV, the GV80 with its large fenestration.

I note as well the relatively subdued screen, which spans “only” 8 inches diagonally. Really, it’s fine for doing all you need to do on it, but in 2021 this is a relatively small unit in this car segment. That said, what is accessible there is ergonomically friendly and the screen resolution is solid. Largely, it’s as simple and straightforward as the G70’s pricing structure.

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2021 Genesis G70, interior

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Otherwise, the seats are supremely comfortable, once you’ve managed to drop yourself into them of course. The seats in back are just as comfortable, but the problem there is occupants won’t enjoy them nearly as much due to the limited space available for legs and heads. The G70 is a four-door sedan but it’s not that practical as a family sedan. For that you have to look next to it in the Genesis showroom (or mall boutique) at the G80.

As you can see, I had occasion to drive the 2021 G70 on snow-covered and icy roads, and found little-to-no fault with the able all-wheel drive, not a constant system like Subaru’s but one that kicks in as needed to meet the road conditions. It ensured solid grip and control on tricky surfaces that might have forced the RWD G70 into caution mode.

As you’d expect, there are drive modes to choose from (Comfort, Eco, Sport, Smart or Custom) that tweak certain parameters to give you the G70 you want on the road. Eco might help you improve (slightly) the model’s otherwise mediocre performance on the fuel-economy front, but I suspect most drivers will spend most of their time toggling between Comfort and Sport (the first when there are others in the car, the second when there aren’t).

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2021 Genesis G70, interior, drive mode knob

Conclusion
It wouldn’t be fair – it would be kind of silly in fact - to call this G70 an aging model. But the substantial update coming next year will be welcome, because others in the segment have been giving themselves youth treatments and are starting to outpace the Korean product in terms of technologies, luxury touches and other amenities. I would add to that the car’s looks, as much as I like them. From what we’ve seen, the next G70 will be a little flashier, and that’s a good thing. This is already an exceptionally fine car, and the right changes could take it to another level. And they will have to, if Genesis can realistically hope to overcome the status deficit its luxury compact sedan currently has to deal with.

See also: 2022 Genesis G70 Revealed: The Brand Applies New Style Signature to its Smallest Sedan

We like

Exceptional handling
Plenty of power
Comfortable interior (in front)
Thoroughly elegant, inside and out

We like less

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Rear visibility
Cramped second-row
Middling fuel economy
The refresh that’s coming is right on time

The competition

Audi A4
BMW 3 Series
Cadillac CT4-V
Lexus IS
Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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The 2021 Genesis G70, under the snow

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FAQs

How reliable is the 2021 Genesis G70? ›

The 2021 Genesis G70 has a predicted reliability score of 88 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

Where does Genesis G70 rank? ›

Rankings & Research. The 2022 Genesis G70's #4 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Small Cars category. Currently the Genesis G70 has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

What car compares to the Genesis G70? ›

The BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C Class are stalwarts and still the benchmark that others are measured against. Each have similar powertrains to the G70, but deliver their goods in different ways—BMW edges toward performance, Benz is a little more graceful.

Does the 2022 Genesis G70 require premium gas? ›

No matter which type of Genesis model you drive, we suggest using premium fuel for your vehicle, especially if you drive a 2021 Genesis G70 Sedan.

Is Genesis G70 expensive to maintain? ›

A Genesis G70 will cost an average of $500 per year in repairs and maintenance. This is lower than the average of $739 for luxury midsize cars and the average for all vehicles in different segments, which is estimated at $652.

Is the Genesis G70 a safe car? ›

The Genesis G70 was introduced in the 2019 model year. The G70 is derived from the G80, but is smaller and lighter.
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Are Genesis reliable? ›

On February 12, 2020, J.D. Power revealed that “Genesis ranks highest among luxury brands” in terms of dependability, ahead of Porsche, Buick, and Lexus. U.S News gave top Genesis reliability scores to the entire lineup, with the new G70 receiving a perfect 5 out of 5.

Is the Genesis G70 good on gas? ›

2022 Genesis G70 Overview

The standard 252-hp 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4-cylinder engine with rear-wheel drive produces a fuel economy rating of an EPA-estimated 21 city and 31 highway mpg. The same engine with the optional AWD system gets an EPA-estimated 20 city and 28 highway mpg—not far behind.

Is Genesis a good car? ›

Yes, Genesis is a top luxury automaker known for making high-quality cars. While the automaker doesn't have an extensive lineup, it does provide reliable transportation. Additionally, it shouldn't cost more to repair or maintain most models, but the severity of problems can be higher.

Does Genesis sell well? ›

Genesis started selling in the U.S. in 2016 with 7,000 sales, advancing to 21,200 in 2019 then slipping to 16,400 in 2020. In 2021 sales zoomed to nearly 50,000.

What is special about Genesis cars? ›

Long Term Reliability

The following things make Genesis a truly reliable vehicle: Powerful turbo engine. Fuel efficiency. Powerful acceleration.

What are the differences between a Genesis G70 and G80? ›

In terms of technology, you get a 10.25-inch HD touchscreen display with navigation, Lexicon® 15-speaker Premium Audio System, and wireless charging on the 2022 Genesis G70, while the G80 gets a more prominent 14.5-inch infotainment display with a 12-inch Heads-up display and a 12.3-inch 3D digital cluster.

Can I put regular gas in my Genesis? ›

What type of gas should I use in my Genesis vehicle? Premium Gas is recommended for Genesis vehicles for optimal performance. However, you can also use regular gas in your Genesis, which can result in an average of 20-25 cents of savings a gallon at the pump.

Does Genesis G70 have remote start? ›

Every G70 model, regardless of trim, has access to Genesis Connected Services, which lets you use features like remote start and remote locking on your smartphone.

Does the Genesis G70 have a heated steering wheel? ›

The Genesis G70 3.3T: This top-of-the-line trim provides you everything that comes in the Elite Package (see next section), sport enhancements, a V6 engine, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, a sport-tuned suspension, a dual-exhaust system, and wireless device charging.

Is Lexus or Genesis better? ›

Overall, the 2021 Genesis G80 has a better value overall when compared to its rivals, including the 2021 Lexus ES 350. The Genesis is less expensive than many other midsize luxury sedans on the market, but it also comes loaded with more features and amenities than most.

Do Genesis hold their value? ›

After five years, most of the Genesis lineup sits between 40% and 45% of the original value. After five years, the G90 sedan holds on to only 35.3% of its initial value. The G90 Premium retained only 35.4% of its value.

How long do Genesis cars last? ›

The Genesis GV70 is expected to last between 200,000 and 250,000 miles providing it's maintained properly and driven conservatively. With usual car usage, this means a GV70 should last for 13 to 17 years on average before repair costs become uneconomical.

Which is the safest car in the world? ›

So, to help you make an informed decision, here is a list of the top 10 safest cars in the world and their features.
  • Genesis G70. Genesis G70 is a low-cost sports sedan with high scores on various crash tests. ...
  • Mazda 3. ...
  • Toyota Camry. ...
  • Honda Accord. ...
  • Hyundai Tucson. ...
  • Kia K5. ...
  • Subaru Legacy. ...
  • Honda Insight.
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Who owns Genesis? ›

Who Owns Genesis? Genesis, or Genesis Motors, LLC., is the luxury vehicle manufacturing division of the Hyundai Motor Group. So, the Hyundai Motor Group is the owner of Genesis Motors.

Does Genesis G70 have ventilated seats? ›

Premium trims of the 2020 Genesis G70 are equipped with heated and ventilated seats and a 16-way power driver's seat for even more comfort.

How much is a fully loaded Genesis G70? ›

2023 Genesis G70 Pricing

A 3.3T with all-wheel drive and the Sport Prestige package comes to just over $51K.

What is the Genesis G70 top speed? ›

Performance Data i
  • Top Speed. 149 mph.
  • 0-62 mph. 6.1 seconds.
  • Power-to-Weight. 15.26 lb/HP.
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How fast is the Genesis G70 0 to 60? ›

2020 Genesis G70 0 – 60 Time: 6.4 seconds. Horsepower: 252 hp. Torque: 260 lb-ft. EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway.

How fast is 2021 Genesis G70? ›

Another spec that shows off the 4-door's consistent power, the 2021 Genesis G70 has a top speed of 145 miles per hour (estimated).

Are Genesis reliable? ›

On February 12, 2020, J.D. Power revealed that “Genesis ranks highest among luxury brands” in terms of dependability, ahead of Porsche, Buick, and Lexus. U.S News gave top Genesis reliability scores to the entire lineup, with the new G70 receiving a perfect 5 out of 5.

Is Genesis a luxury car? ›

Genesis is made by Hyundai. Genesis is Hyundai's luxury vehicle division, and while fairly new, every new Genesis model is made with precision engineering to deliver unrivaled levels of reliability and set a new standard for sophistication.

Is Genesis a good car? ›

Yes, Genesis is a top luxury automaker known for making high-quality cars. While the automaker doesn't have an extensive lineup, it does provide reliable transportation. Additionally, it shouldn't cost more to repair or maintain most models, but the severity of problems can be higher.

Which Genesis is fastest? ›

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The sporty Genesis Coupe hits 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds, and actually outpaces the Genesis over longer distances with a top speed of 260 km/h. Its naturally aspirated all-aluminium Lambda 3.8-litre V6 engine allows it to generate a substantial 348 horsepower.

What is the top speed of a Hyundai Genesis? ›

That said, your 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T can hit a very zippy top speed of about 146 mph.
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How fast is the genesis SUV? ›

Across the four powertrain options, the 2021 Genesis GV80 has a top speed of 149 mph. With the 2.5-liter engine, it may take a longer time to reach higher speeds when compared to the 3.5-liter engine option. Plus a list of safety and driving assisting features make the GV80 a compelling luxury and sporty SUV.

How do you activate launch control on G70? ›

How To Activate And Use Launch Control On Genesis G70
  1. First, press and hold the traction control button to disable TCS and Stability Control.
  2. Turn the drive mode selector to Sport or Sport Plus mode.
  3. Put your left foot on the break.
  4. Rev the gas until it hits 2,000 RPM, activating the launch control.
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Is the Genesis G70 twin-turbo? ›

The 2022 Genesis G70's available twin-turbo V6 is an outstanding powertrain, and the base engine is plenty capable. Handling and ride quality are impressive as well, making the G70 both easy and enjoyable to drive.

How fast is a Genesis G70 in a quarter-mile? ›

The 2022 G70, with the base standard 252 hp 2.0L Inline-4 engine when partnered with the also standard 8-speed automatic transmission is able to sprint from 0-60 MPH in just 6.2 seconds, all the while crossing the quarter-mile mark in 14.9 seconds. The top speed is limited to 145 MPH.

Is the Genesis G70 a Hyundai? ›

The Genesis G70 (Korean: 제네시스 G70) is a four-door compact executive sedan manufactured by the Korean luxury automaker Genesis, which is owned by Hyundai Motor Company.

How fast is a Genesis 0 60? ›

There's also an available 3.3L twin-turbo GDI V6 365-hp engine, which carries earns a Genesis 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds.

How fast does a Genesis G80 go? ›

What is the Genesis G80 Top Speed? Top Speed of the 2021 Genesis G80 is an estimated 149 miles per hour.

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