2021 Genesis G70

2021 MODEL
$35,450 - $38,500
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2021 Genesis G70 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020
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Back in 2004 Hyundai with an ambition of making its mark in the luxury car market and drove in the Hyundai Genesis full-size luxury sedan. However, it didn’t appeal to the buyers and was a big flop. After 11 long years, in 2015, Hyundai announced the Genesis brand as its luxury car manufacturing division. Later in 2017, the Genesis G90, a full-size luxury sedan was unveiled to compete against the likes of Mercedes S-Class, Audi A8, and the BMW 7 Series. Subsequently, Genesis drove in a mid-size luxury sedan- the G80 in 2018 and then they came up with an entry-level compact luxury sedan- the G70.

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Pros

Plush interiors

Great handling and driving dynamics

Quick acceleration numbers

Cons

Infotainment system isn’t intuitive

Cargo area is scant

Lower fuel economy numbers compared to its rivals

What's New?

Additional standard features for all trim levels

Improved interior quality

8.0-inch touchscreen replaced by a larger 10.25-inch display


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Genesis G70 Review video
2021 Genesis G70 Interior video

Ratings

Engine And Performance

9.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Genesis G70 Base

Base

power
300 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$35,450 - $37,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $35,450 MSRP (22/25/3) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $37,450 MSRP (22/25/3) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Genesis G70 Advanced

Advanced

power
300 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$37,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Advanced 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $37,450 MSRP (22/25/3) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Genesis G70 Sport

Sport

power
300 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$38,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $38,500 MSRP (22/25/3) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 5

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The current Genesis G70 model comes at a starting price of $35,450 and goes up to $44,650. The car has been in the market for about a couple of years now and is expected to get a major refresh for the 2021 model year. The G70 is offered with three trim levels with two engine options and three drivetrain configurations. The Genesis G70 needs an urgent upgrade in order to survive in this growing luxury sedan market. 

The Sedan competes against the likes of Lexus IS, the Jaguar XE, and the Volvo S60- the cars that sit slightly lower in the rung in terms of market share as compared to the big three Germans. Let’s see how the new G70 goes in the segment with improved features and additional fittings.

2021 Genesis G70 Front View
2021 Genesis G70 Rear View

 

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Engine and Performance

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2021 Genesis G70 Features

The current Genesis G70 is offered in three trim levels- 2.0T, 2.0T manual, and 3.3T. We can expect that the 2021 model to be offered in the same three trim levels. All trims come with standard fairly equipped standard as well as optional features. We expect the new 2021 model to get advanced features, minor improvements in design compared to the outgoing model. 

Trim

2.0T Automatic*

2.0T Manual*

3.3T*

MSRP (RWD)

$35450

$38500

$44650

MSRP (AWD)

$37450

NA

$44650

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Full LED headlights

Leather upholstery

 

Intelligent drive modes

Brembo performance brakes

Integrated navigation system

 

High beam assist

Sports exhaust system

Chrome grille

 

12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat including 4-way power lumbar support

Heated and ventilated front seats

15 speaker Quantum logic surround sound system

 

Smart cruise control with stop and go

Limited slip differential

16-way power-adjustable driver seat and 12-way power-adjustable front power seats

 

Forward collision assist with pedestrian detection

   
 

Fully automatic projector-beam halogen headlights

   
 

8” touch screen infotainment display

   
 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

   

*2020 data used for reference

Expected price and release date of the 2021 Genesis G70

The 2021 Genesis G70 is expected to make its way into the market in the last quarter of 2020. Genesis will first release its brand new GV90 crossover first and then will release the 2021 G70. Prices of the 2021 G70 are speculated to around $37000 and there is no official statement from Genesis regarding the price.

2021 Genesis G70 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

There are rumors that Genesis would be upgrading the powertrain for the 2021 model year. The present 2.0-liter engine will be replaced with a larger turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that will churn out about 280-300 horses and the present 3.0-liter will be replaced by a 3.5-liter turbocharged 6 cylinder unit that will make around 380 horses which is equal to what the BMW M340i makes.

2021 Genesis G70 Engine Bay

The 2020 Genesis G70 2.0T comes with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-barrel engine that makes 252 horses and delivers 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and power is sent to the rear wheels as standard. Manual box and all-wheel drive are available as an option and you have to pay extra to avail it.

Models

2021 Genesis G70 2.0T* (Expected)

2020 Jaguar XE

2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

MSRP

$35450

$39900

$38560

$38560

Engine

2.0-liter, turbo inline 4 cylinder

2.0-liter, turbo inline 4 cylinder

2.0-liter, turbo inline 4 cylinder

2.0-liter, turbo inline 4 cylinder

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8 speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM)

252@6200

247@5500

241@5800

250@5500

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

260@1400

260@1300

258@1650

258@1500

*2020 data used for reference

The 2020 G70 has the best power and torque figures in the competition and we expect the things to get even better in 2021. However, with the bump in power figures, the fuel efficiency numbers are expected to go down a little bit as well.

How quick is the 2021 Genesis G70?

The 0 to 60 MPH timings of the 2021 G70 aren’t yet out but we’ve got the figures of the 2020 model for you. Now, you can’t compare this sedan with a sports car that you would take on the race track but it largely will be driven on the city roads and will be used by owners to haul their families in it. The G70 goes flat out from 0-60 mph in about 6.2 seconds and on the drag strip, it hits the quarter-mile mark in 14.7 seconds. The G70 also has the best-in-segment top speed of 170 mph.

2021 Genesis G70 Accelerate 0-60 MPH in just 6.2 sec

Models

2021 Genesis G70 2.0T* (Expected)

2020 Jaguar XE

2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.2

6.5

6.9

6.9

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.7

15.2

NA

15.3

Top-Speed (MPH)

170

142

143

155

Engine

2.0-liter, turbo inline 4 cylinder

2.0-liter, turbo inline 4 cylinder

2.0-liter, turbo inline 4 cylinder

2.0-liter, turbo inline 4 cylinder

*2020 data used for reference

The G70 has the best acceleration timings in the competition. The Jaguar XE comes closest to it in terms of acceleration and does a 0-60 mph in about 6.5 seconds and the quarter-mile in about 15.2 seconds.

How well does the 2021 Genesis G70 brake?

The braking stats of the car often get ignored by buyers but strong brakes come extremely handy in avoiding any untoward incident. The G70 gets 12.6 inch ventilated discs at the front and 12.4-inch solid disc brakes at the rear. You also have the high-performance Brembo brakes as standard. The stopping distance of the G70 isn’t available yet but we expect the car to be as good as the rivals since this is the lightest car in the competition.

2021 Genesis G70 Brake

Models

2021 Genesis G70 2.0T* (Expected)

2020 Jaguar XE

2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

13.8

13.1

13.2

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.4

12.8

12.2

12.9

Curb Weight (lbs)

3516

3750

3583

3657

60-0 (feet)

NA

NA

127

127

*2020 data used for reference

The Volvo and the Lexus perform similarly in this area. Both the cars come to a halt at a distance of 127 feet when brakes are hit at 60 mph. The fact that these vehicles are not exactly light weight makes it imperative that they come with sufficient braking power.

How well does the 2021 Genesis G70 handle?

The ride dynamics of the G70 are top-notch and Genesis totally impresses us in this particular area. The suspension set up of the car is well balanced and the car absorbs all the bumps and undulations with ease. The cabin insulation is also very good and you hardly hear any noise from the outside world. The car feels extremely agile while driving and gives you all the confidence to throw it around the corners and have fun with it. It may not be a very powerful car but it still is great fun to drive as compared to other cars in this segment.

2021 Genesis G70 Rear Side View

The G70 also handles really well. Power delivery is smooth and linear and the car stays firm to the ground while driving. The steering wheel responds to inputs instantaneously and offers good feedback to the driver. The steering dynamics are extremely precise and at no point does it feel vague. The handling and ride quality is simply great in this car and hardly any car in the segment will match it and we expect it to get even better with the 2021 model year.

2021 Genesis G70 Fuel Economy

The one area we would like the G70 with the 2021 model is the fuel economy. The 2020 G70 does about 22 miles on a gallon of fuel in the city and 30 miles on the highway. The car gets a combined EPA rating of 25 mpg which isn’t all that really great for a car in this segment.

Models

2021 Genesis G70 2.0T* (Expected)

2020 Jaguar XE

2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

MPG (City)

22

24

21

23

MPG (Highway)

30

34

30

34

MPG (Combined)

25

27

24

27

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.8

16.6

14

14.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

348/474/395

415/564/448

365/522/417

334/493/391

*2020 data used for reference

The fuel consumption of the G70 is the second-highest in the competition. The Volvo and the Jaguar both get a combined EPA rating of 27 mpg which is pretty decent.

2021 Genesis G70 Interior

People tend to think that Genesis is a non-mainstream luxury brand and the levels of luxury may not be as good as the German or British brands but that is totally wrong. The levels of luxury inside the Genesis are at par with any other major luxury car brand and are in fact better than a few of them. Genesis has built the interiors with high-quality materials and levels of fit and finish too are superb. The sedan gets large windows and there’s ample amount of light coming in and so the cabin feels a little bit more spacious.

2021 Genesis G70 Front Seats

There is plenty of room offered on the inside and even the tall passengers wouldn’t have any problem in accommodating themselves in. The seats as standard are wrapped in premium quality synthetic leather as standard. The front seats can be power-adjusted in 12 different ways as standard while you have to pay extra to get the heated and ventilated seats. The cabin overall is a great place to be in and feels very rich and upscale. 

Models

2021 Genesis G70 2.0T* (Expected)

2020 Jaguar XE

2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.7/56.3/42.6

38.2/55.9/44.8

38.2/55.9/44.8

37.4/56.1/42.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.9/54.6/34.8

36.9/53.4/32.2

36.9/53.4/32.2

37.2/54.5/35.2

*2020 data used for reference

All the cars in the competition offer a similar amount of room on the inside and are equally spacious. In terms of interior quality though, the Genesis is a bit better than the others in the competition.

What about the infotainment system?

Another downside of Genesis G70 is its infotainment system. It is a very basic system and it almost feels like it has been brought straight off from some Hyundai car. You get a standard 8-inch infotainment display that sits on top of the center of the dash. The infotainment display isn’t all that really intuitive and it becomes tiring and boring while scrolling through all the menus and functions.

2021 Genesis G70 Infotainment Display

The notable features of infotainment system include:

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 6 speaker audio system
  • 8-inch display
  • Bluetooth
  • SiriusXM HD radio 

How much cargo can the Genesis G70 carry?

The trunk of the Genesis is tiny. You only get 10.5 cubic feet of cargo storage capacity which isn’t all that great and luggage of 5 people seems a little bit difficult to fit in.

2021 Genesis G70 Cargo Space

Models

2021 Genesis G70 2.0T* (Expected)

2020 Jaguar XE

2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

10.5

12.5

10.8

11.6

*2020 data used for reference

The Jaguar XE has the largest trunk of 12.5 cubic feet of the competition and is followed by the Volvo S60 and the Lexus IS 300. The G70 ends up having the lowest trunk storage in the competition.

What are the other storage spaces inside?

There are quite a few storage spaces on the inside. There are pockets on all the four doors that can hold bottles or similar stuff. You also get two cup holders in the front in the center console and at the rear, the center seat folds down as an armrest where you have two cup holders. In addition to this, there’s a glove box up front where you can store all your tiny bits and pieces.

2021 Genesis G70 Interior
2021 Genesis G70 Interior
2021 Genesis G70 Steering
2021 Genesis G70 Steering
2021 Genesis G70 Infotainment
2021 Genesis G70 Infotainment
2021 Genesis G70 Instrument Cluster
2021 Genesis G70 Instrument Cluster
2021 Genesis G70 Front Seats
2021 Genesis G70 Front Seats

2021 Genesis G70 Exterior

The 2021 G70 is expected to get a major cosmetic upgrade. Spy shots and leaked factory photographs have revealed the new look of the G70. The 2021 G70 gets the trademark Genesis double line quad lamp LED headlights along with the Genesis crest grille. All the cars in the Genesis line-up look similar and have a similar headlight and grille styling and one can easily identify that it is a Genesis that’s approaching them.

2021 Genesis G70 Instrument Side View

All the Genesis’ have always been handsome and the G70 is no different. The sedan looks striking and aggressive with its massive front grille and sharp bumper design. The headlights also look great and give the car a clean yet appealing look. The car isn’t fancy looking but it is subtle enough to grab your eyeballs. The G70 can easily be deemed as one of the best looking cars in the segment.

Models

2021 Genesis G70 2.0T* (Expected)

2020 Jaguar XE

2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

Curb Weight (lb)

3516

3750

3583

3657

Length (inches)

184.4

184.2

184.3

187.4

Width (inches)

72.8

77.4

71.3

80.3

Height (inches)

55.1

56.1

56.3

56.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.1

4.0

5.3

5.9

Wheelbase (inches)

111.6

111.6

110.2

113.1

*2020 data used for reference

The Volvo is the longest, widest and tallest car in the competition. The Genesis, on the other hand, has the lowest curb weight in the competition. The dimensions are pretty decent and it is relatively easy to maneuver around towns.

Exterior Features

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights and fog lights
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Front lip spoiler
  • Large chrome-clad front grille
2020 Genesis G70 Front
2020 Genesis G70 Front
2020 Genesis G70 Rear
2020 Genesis G70 Rear
2020 Genesis G70 Side View
2020 Genesis G70 Side View
2020 Genesis G70 Side Angle View
2020 Genesis G70 Side Angle View
2020 Genesis G70 Wheel
2020 Genesis G70 Wheel

2021 Genesis G70 Safety

The G70 leaves us impressed with its safety quotient. The sedan gets a ‘good’ rating in all the safety tests conducted by the IIHS and is the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick + which tells a lot about the safety standards of this vehicle. Genesis has further the safety aspect of the car by adding a lot of advanced safety features to it. 

Some of the stand out safety features included with Genesis G70 are:

  • Emergency brake assist
  • Forward collision mitigation system
  • Blind-spot detection system
  • Side impact beams
  • Lane keep assist with lane departure warning

2021 Genesis G70 Competition

2021 Genesis G70 2.0T vs 2020 Jaguar XE

The Genesis is cheaper than the Jaguar and makes more power than it. The Genesis also beats the XE in terms of flat out acceleration. On the other hand, the Jaguar offers slightly better fuel economy figures and a bigger trunk. Looks are a matter of taste but we think that the Genesis looks more striking than the Jaguar and grabs more attention.

2020 Jaguar XE

However, the Jaguar has got more snob value and brand recognition than the Genesis. The competition here is pretty tight but we think that Genesis has an upper hand over the Jaguar in this competition.

2021 Genesis G70 vs 2020 Lexus IS 300

The Genesis G70 is priced less than the Lexus and beats the Lexus in terms of power, performance, and fuel economy. Once again the brand reputation factor comes into the picture and the Lexus beats the Genesis in this area. However, the G70 makes much more sense and is a much better car and you should totally buy it if you ever have to choose between the two.

2020 Lexus IS 300

2021 Genesis G70 vs 2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

The Genesis G70 costs less than the Volvo and offers more power and better performance figures. Volvo, on the other hand, has got a better fuel economy and offers more trunk volume. Volvos have a reputation for their safety quotient and both the cars in this competition are on par with each other in terms of safety. Both cars can be said to be equally good and it is very difficult to pick one clear winner in this comparison.

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

2021 Genesis G70 Final Verdict

Just like other Japanese carmakers like Toyota and Honda, Hyundai’s main intention to develop the Genesis sub-brand was to compete against some popular German luxury car brands. Toyota’s Lexus and Honda’s Acura already have a healthy share in the market but Genesis hasn’t been able to capture all that much. Genesis lacks appeal since there aren’t many cars in the brand’s portfolio. The G70 is a good looking sedan, does everything right, offers everything that you seek, and is a superb proposition and things are only to get better with the 2021 model year. If you happen to be in the market hunting for an entry-level luxury sedan then the Genesis G70 should totally be on top of your charts.