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Car and Driver awards the G70 and Editor's Choice award and places it second in class, just behind the recently redesigned BMW 3-series, but ahead of the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and A5, BMW 4-series, etc. The fact that it is less expensive is only the cherry on top. They like just about everything, including a "high-end cabin", athletic handling, the powerful V6. In fact, they said that their drive of the V6 version caused their hearts to "skip a beat" due to the "wave of thrust" giving it a 4.7 second 0-60, and its "expertly balanced ride and handling" providing a comfortable yet composed ride during "spirited cornering sessions".
Lyn from Kelly Blue Book loved driving the Genesis G70. So much so, that they make a funny graphic during the video which shows a stock photo of an unidentified woman driving a G70 (shot shows the interior of the car but not the woman's face). The caption of the photo reads "Lyn wishes this were her car". Then another caption pointing to the woman which reads "not Lyn". The video is fun and she does a good job pointing out several highlights (as well as one lowlight). She loves the power from the 3.3TT, the amazing handling without sacrificing comfort (a firm but well-damped suspension), and a luxurious interior. The lowlight? It has a small back seat so it isn't for adults back there unless the person riding up front is very short.
Then in this video she covers many of the updates to the freshened 2022 G70. I forgot to mention that she also loved the looks of the G70, and the 2022 model looks even better! For the drive, she brought in a colleague, Mike, to give his opinion. I didn't realize that the G70 was the lowest and widest car in its class, helping to give it an athletic stance and great center of gravity.
Perception amongst those that don't work in the car business is catching up to the fact that Hyundai and Genesis build great vehicles that are among the very best in their segments when it comes to quality, comfort, performance, and value. Those who do work in the car business have known this for years. The "last frontier", so to speak, is resale value, meaning how well cars hold their value. Many are aware that Honda and Toyota tend to do well in this area, but Hyundai and Genesis are at a point where they do as well. While Honda won the overall mainstream brand award and Lexus the premium award, Hyundai and Genesis placed model winners, and that doesn't happen without brand recognition. This year, Genesis places a segment win for the G70. See the 2022 JD Power ALG Residual Value Awards winners here. Hyundai tied Honda for most segment winners, while Genesis placed a win for the G70.
The Genesis G70 took second best in the Compact Premium Car segment of the 2022 JD Power Initial Quality Study. This measures number of problems per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. Its second place finish ranked it ahead of all the German offerings like BMW, Mercedes, and Audi.
AutoGuide here revirews the changes for the 2022 model year G70. They say it has the same winning formula as before (which is why it remains their favorite luxury compact sport sedan), but now has improved looks on the interior and exterior.
MotorTrend drove the G70 in New England, both on the roads and on what the editor said was a rather challenging race track, calling it more of a roller coaster than a track. He says the twin-turbo V6 runs like its backside is on fire, but also that the turbo 4-cylinder is excellent. Dynamic, comfortable, and elegant, the editor says he judges a car by whether or not he would be willing to spend his own money on one. And, in the case of the G70, he says the answer is an "unqualified yes". He summed up saying that the G70 is the car we have been asking for: "luxurious, affordable, reasonably practical, great to drive".
MotorTrend praises the G70's simple exterior design and simple interior controls. They point out that the engineering team took great pains to achieve a terrific ride using simplicity as well. Lead engineer Albert Biermann (formerly lead engineer of BMW's performance M division) says that while electronically adjustable suspensions are great, most consumers don't know that they exist or how to set them, so he preferred a more mechanical approach. The results? "impeccable road manners" and "Refinement and elegance: achieved." That being said, the option of an adaptive suspension exists; it just isn't needed. MotorTrend sums up by saying they believe that Genesis will have a bright future.
In this article, MotorTrend proves its prediction right when reviewing the changes for the freshened 2022 Genesis G70. Restyling on the outside brings the car more in line with the twin-light, large grille look of the rest of the line-up. The interior welcomes a larger infotainment touchscreen and minor other tweaks. They sum up calling it a "serious threat to longtime luxury automakers" and saying it "strikes an excellent balance between performance and comfort".
Road and Track wraps up their article about the G70 saying that they know that the G70 will be priced lower than its German competition but that it doesn't understand why. The ride is comfortable, the cabin extremely quiet, the handling very sound, the interior rich, and it all comes with an abundance of easy-to-use technology. And it is all wrapped in a beautiful exterior with striking paint. This car is ready to take on the best competition in the class right out of the gate.
And here is a video review from Road and Track of the G70. They say it looks great and drives great - and that it drives better than its competition that has been making great cars for 40 years.
Road and Track did instrumented testing of the 3.3TT model but this article covers the 4-cylinder as well. They made an interesting comment about the weight of the car - they say it isn't light - but it isn't light in a good way. They commented that on the track it isn't fidgety and could be taken over a dip and drive into small curbing on the track without upsetting the chassis. The Brembo brakes provided little-to-no fade and the steering was spot on (better than BMW and Mercedes-AMG in some ways). While it won't embarrass in the track, the car is made for the road. Find some fun twisting back roads and they say it is more fun than a Mercedes-AMG C43 and as good as a BMW 3-series. R&T sums up saying that while another sport sedan may not have been needed in the market, they sure are glad that Genesis built one.
Consumer Reports, in their first drive of the G70, feels that it has the stuff to be competitive with the establishment in the class. They spoke highly of the ride and handling and overall refinement.
Cars.com agrees with everyone else about how fantastically the car drives: it is comfortable, has world-class refinement of ride, and has lots of power from either engine choice. But they spend time talking about something I only have seen briefly mentioned in other reviews: the simplicity of the infotainment and climate controls. Many luxury brands are turning to more complex systems that are flashy but not easy to use while driving. Genesis has kept it simple, realizing that flashy but distractingly difficult-to-use systems aren't the best when trying to change the radio station or the temperature at 55 miles per hour.
Knowing very few people will opt for the manual transmission, MotorTrend opted instead to drive the Turbo 4-cylinder with automatic transmission. How do they feel about the automatic 4? Their staff said it "represents the pinnacle of a segment" and that it beats the comparable 3-series BMW. And those comments after they pointed out that they had a couple of minor electrical issues with the car, that it lacked a semi-permanent manual mode, and that it was slower than the German competition 0-60. Then how did it vault ahead? It has a near perfect 51/49 weight distribution anc is a perfect balance between sport and luxury in the driving experience. While 0-60 isn't as quick as the competition it is still a quick car. And they commented that the steering "compliments the excellent chassis tuning". And they liked the interior layout. So it came down to being an excellent driver's car with an inviting interior.
Car and Driver drove the 3.3TT V6 version and came away calling it a "worthy 3-series competitor". They commented that their nits are pretty minor, then listed two, followed by "That's pretty much it." They loved the way it drove saying that its reactions to your inputs just asks the driver to push harder. They commented on the beautiful look of the interior, and the accompanying quiet cabin. See all their comments here.
How does it handle on the track at VIR for Car and Driver? They say this luxury car feels right at home on the track (with the right package for track driving - early versions were the "Dynamic Package" but the "Sport Package" has the right stuff, too.)
In this article, Car and Driver comments on the 2022 updates to the G70 after spending some time behind the wheel. They appreciate the styling tweaks to the interior and exterior new for 2022, which bring the styling in line with the rest of the Genesis lineup. Other changes include the addition of a Sport+ driving mode that affects engine and transmission mapping for more speed. They still love the way it handles (and that it handles well without sacrificing comfort). About the only thing they didn't like, and I agree, is that the rear seats still aren't made for adults.