Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins
It’s been three years since I last drove the Genesis G70 sports sedan, which leans more towards the athletic side of the lineup but also instills some of the hallmarks of the midsize G80 sports luxury sedan and full-size G90 touring sedan. The G70 has evolved with more coupe-like features, more extraordinary performance attributes, and cockpit satisfaction from its array of bells and whistles.
My black-on-black 3.3T RWD Sport Prestige caught the attention of various audiences who spoke up with both raving and inquisitive commentary. Most likely because the “Genesis Experience” is still making its way through the general car-buying market, so continuous education is required from the Korean brand. For example, none of my neighbors knew that I was driving a Genesis and thought the G70 was a Lexus. Still, ultimately, they were intrigued by the desirable styling and gorgeous interior. Thus, the automakers’ priority is brand awareness to consumers and increasing the validity of its engineering capabilities and magnificent design techniques through innovation and bold actions.
The G70 is pretty menacing with its elongated hood, dark chrome shield grille and lower wired grille, LED quad headlights and taillights, unique dual oval exhaust tips, 19” black alloy spins wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 performance rubber, side gills, and red Brembo brake calipers. My Sport Prestige model also came with an expansive sunroof. Ideologically you can compare the G70 to Lexus, Acura, INFINITI, Jaguar, Volvo, and Cadillac, but I wouldn’t put them head-to-head with the Germans just yet.
Offered with two engines, my ride was blessed with the venerable 3.3-liter turbocharged GDI V6 with 365-horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque for a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The efficient 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is your other powerplant option, and with 252-horsepower, the Korean sports sedan is still feisty with very grabby brakes to slow you down. Steering is taut and compliant, and paddle shifters for the 8-speed automatic transmission with Rev-Match allow added control. I had a RWD model, but the sophisticated AWD with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control is my preferred choice. A Limited-Slip Differential comes with the Sport Prestige Package along with an electronically controlled suspension. Drive Mode Select allows you to engage the vehicle in various settings including, Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Custom. Immediately when you switch to Sport mode, the seat bolsters squeeze your ribs in preparation for a bit of exhilaration. With the 3.3T, expect 18 city and 27 highway mpg.
Interior and Technology
Inside, the cabin feels dynamic and mature well beyond its years of experience. The steering wheel is designed with thumbprint indentations for aggressive cornering, the 12-way power seats keep you in place, and the center console is clean but intelligent. I also like the grip of the gear shifter. The 10.25” infotainment display with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto inherits cloud-based profiles and over-the-air updating. Also, anticipate a color Heads Up Display, heated seats and steering wheel, wireless charging pad, metal pedals, aluminum interior trim, and the 15-speaker, 660-watt Lexicon premium sound system with QuantumLogic, Clari-Fi music restoration, and classy metal speaker grilles. The back seat is tight so don’t assume adults will be comfortable back there on long drives. But all passengers will undoubtedly enjoy the diamond-stitched Nappa Leather seating.
MSRP for the 2022 Genesis G70 3.3T RWD is $42,100 but climbs to $51,945 after freight and handling, the Sport Advanced Package, the Sport Prestige Package, and the special paint. Perks of owning a G70 include complimentary service valet where they pick up your vehicle and drop off another, Genesis Connected Services, a 10-year powertrain warranty, and a 5-year new vehicle warranty. Of course, this comes with standard safety features such as Highway Driving Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, and much more.