Meet the 2021 Genesis G70 Luxury Sports Sedan

The Genesis G70 has been updated for its 2021 iteration and sports a few subtle updates in the interior and exterior.


In 2003, the Korean carmaker, Hyundai declared that they were eying the premium luxury segment of cars and showcased the “Hyundai Genesis” concept and finally introduced it in America in 2008, as the Genesis sedan at the North American International Auto Show.

After a few years, they decided to launch that sedan under a different stand-alone brand, “Genesis”. A proper stand-alone luxury brand meant for premium products in the market

The genesis of “Genesis” took place in 2015. They announced the arrival of this new brand into the American market in 2016 with their first two products, the G80 and G90 sedan.

They soon introduced their third product for the US market, the G70 sedan in 2018 at the New York Auto Show. Since then, it has competed in the American market with the likes of the Audi A4, the BMW 3-series, the Mercedes Benz C-Class, and others in the executive compact sedan space.

The Genesis G70 has been updated for its 2021 iteration and sports a few subtle updates in the interior and some on the exterior front borrowing the design cues from its elder brother, the G80, or the newly introduced GV80 SUV.

How good is the 2021 Genesis G70 to sit in?

The level of comfort inside the 2021 Genesis G70 is at par as every other global luxury car brand or probably higher than a couple of them. Genesis has designed interiors from high-quality components, and the degree of fit and finish is excellent. The sedan has huge windows, and there's a lot of light going in, so the interior feels a little more spacious.

It feels very premium and luxurious with the usage of upmarket materials used overall. It is a very comfortable sedan with plenty of modern infotainment, technology, and connected car tech. The car can easily fit five passengers and provides sufficient legroom, headroom, and shoulder space for both the front and rear occupants. The cabin overall is a great place to be in and feels very rich and upscale.

The G70 is equipped with a simple eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that stands out from the otherwise clean dashboard. The standard setup is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, but the interface isn’t intuitive to use and looks likes picked-up from the cheaper Hyundai models and not from the premium elder siblings such as the Genesis G90.

How well does the 2021 Genesis G70 perform?

There are two engine options available on the 2021 Genesis G70, which are as follows –

2.0 liter turbocharged in-line 4 cylinder

3.3 liter twin-turbocharged V6

The Genesis G70 2.0 T comes with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline four-pot engine that makes 252 horsepower and delivers 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission and the power is sent to the rear wheels as standard. A stick shift and all-wheel drive (AWD) are available as an option that you can avail by paying an extra premium.

The 3.3T comes with the 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 365 horses and delivers 376 lb-ft of torque. This one is mated to an eight-speed shift by wire automatic transmission through which the power is channeled to the rear wheels. Other than the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) there is an All-wheel drive (AWD) available as an option.

The 3.3L Twin-turbo V6 is an enthusiast’s delight! It offers a staggering amount of power and when you floor that pedal to the metal, it catapults from 0 to 60 miles per hour, in just 4.7 seconds.

Its suspension absorbed most of the shocks on uneven surfaces, and the sedan remained composed when pushed to go sideways. Its steering feedback is precise and pleasant, with adjustable effort available by switching among the available multiple drive modes.

The sophisticated All-Wheel Drive system is available with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control and stability control that can transfer power to the wheels that need it the most, enhancing stability and optimizing performance in low traction situations.

How many miles to the Gallon will the 2021 Genesis G70 deliver?

The premium segment of cars isn’t generally known to deliver handsome Miles per Gallon (MPG) figures and the 2021 Genesis G70 is no different.

As per the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the all-wheel-drive (AWD) 3.3T is rated the least efficient, at 17 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. The rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2.0T with the automatic transmission is the most efficient, at 22 MPG in the city and 30 MPG out on the highway.

The G70 has a 15.8-gallon fuel tank, which means it can do a lot of miles without stopping for gas, which inspires confidence in the driver to go that extra mile.

What are the expected safety features in the 2021 Genesis G70?

The Genesis G70 was named as a “Top Safety Pick+” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2019, which is the highest honor that is awarded to any car by the independent crash-test agency. However, the Genesis hasn't been evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The sports sedan boasts several standard driver-assist technologies, such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology and forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking.

The primary features which make the Genesis G70 a good safety proposition are –

Genesis Connected Services Emergency SOS

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Rear Parking Camera

Forward Collision Mitigation System

Blind Spot Detection System

Adaptive Cruise control

Side blind spot alert

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

Traction Control System (TCS)

Final Question - Is the Genesis G70 a good choice?

The 2021 Genesis G70 is pitched in the executive compact sedan segment which has a lot of contenders, namely the Jaguar XE, the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Volvo S60, the Lexus IS, the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Acura TLX, the Infiniti Q50, the Cadillac ATS/CT4, the Buick Regal and the Lincoln MKZ.

The average cost of repairs and maintenance for the G70 is well below $600, which is much cheaper than the segment average of $650-$700. As it is basically a Hyundai, spare parts do come around quite easily, further meaning that Genesis is not expensive to maintain.

What makes the Korean engineered Genesis stands out is, their customer support, and the bulletproof reliability that owners vouch. The German competitors are infamous for their reliability issues, whereas Genesis has been appreciated for its robust reliability with awards from independent agencies like J.D. Power.

So, if you are in the market for a sedan that is practical, comfortable, spacious, reliable, and offers staggering performance which can give you a serious adrenaline rush, then the 2021 Genesis G70 is the perfect sedan that you are looking for and can place your $$ on it with confidence.

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