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Genesis G70 4-Door Sedan – A SECOND COMING

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Genesis G70 4-Door Sedan – A SECOND COMING

Genesis G70 4-Door Sedan


We’ll get this out of the way from the git-go: If looking for a sport sedan in a crowded parking lot, filled with the all-too-predictable inventory of crossovers, SUVs and Big Trucks, have your remote handy – ‘cause what you can’t see you might be able to hear. And at the Parking Spot near LAX Airport that’s exactly what I did; I couldn’t see the Genesis G70, but in hitting the unlock feature of its remote I was able to hear it. And once I did see it, I gotta’ tell you: This Genesis G70, the entry point into the still-new Genesis lineup, is a compelling alternative to its more established competition.

This G70 construct dates back 40+ years, when BMW first added rear doors to its by-then ubiquitous 3 Series. An athletic chassis, responsive powertrain and genuine room for four should be a no-brainer, but prior to the 3 Series 4-door few OEMs had attempted it – and almost no OEMs had succeeded. BMW succeeded wildly, and while the platforms have gotten bigger and the technology all-consuming, you can still detect – under all of its almost two tons – a smidgeon of that Ultimate Driving Machine.

With its entry-level sport sedan, the team at Genesis would hope to deliver more than a smidgeon. Available with either a base turbocharged four or twin-turbocharged V6, the G70 benefits from a refresh for the 2024 model year. 

Underpinning that refresh is dumping the G70’s 2.0 liter turbocharged four and replacing it with 2.5 liters of turbocharged four, which adds 48 more horses (bringing total output to an even 300) and bumping the torque to 311 lb-ft. That power is directed to either the rear wheels or all wheels (our test model was rear-wheel drive) via an 8-speed automatic. (And with that, this: While not believing sedans need to offer a manual trans, this sedan would be absolutely ‘perfecto’ with a manual trans. And I’d think the suits at Genesis would recognize that…)

Beyond the drivetrain is sheetmetal fully appropriate to a decade of ownership – as is, coincidentally, the Genesis 10-year drivetrain warranty. While the signature grille is a tad overdone, on the smaller scale used for the G70 the opening is proportional, something which can’t be said for the crossovers and larger Genesis sedans. The G70 comes with curves, but they’re conservative, while the greenhouse is generous. And since the 4-door is designed with rear-wheel drive, the cabin sits back on the chassis; you’ll not confuse this with Hyundai’s Sonata or Elantra.

Inside, with our press vehicle’s $4200 Sport Prestige trim you’ll enjoy perforated leather seating with piping(!), a wider choice of interior colors, what Genesis describes as a ‘wide’ sunroof, and a host of audio and electronic upgrades. While I have nothing against ‘sport’ or ‘prestige’, I was more impressed by the positioning of the driver and his or her three occupants. Although rearseat passengers aren’t riding in limo-like luxury, a family of four can comfortably go wherever they want to go, and while the 11 cubic feet of trunk space isn’t lavish, neither is it uncomfortably small – and that space is made for practical with a folding rear seat. For an empty nester, the available room for a long weekend’s worth of travel is absolutely perfect.

On the road the G70’s suspension, steering and braking hook up to provide whatever you’re inclined to do; the platform is comfortable, composed and controlled. It’s what I remember BMW delivering back in the day, and while the 2.5 turbocharged four isn’t as explosive – or expressive – as the Genesis twin-turbo V6, neither does the base four require a $50K-plus investment. The G70 starts at about $43K, and even with the Sport Prestige trim and all-wheel drive barely exceeds $50,000.

If push came to shove and I was replacing my Miata with a real piece of transportation, the G70 – probably in base/leatherette/no sunroof form – would be on a very short list. It checks most of the boxes, and with a roof-mounted bike rack would check them all. 

Boldt, a contributor to outlets such as, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings to his laptop some forty years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, The Washington Automotive Press Association and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild. David is the Managing Editor of txGarage, a regular panelist on the AutoNetwork Reports webcast/podcast, and the automotive contributor to Dallas' Katy Trail Weekly.

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