The Genesis G70 compact sedan, which debuted for the 2019 model year, has a lot to boast about. At the Detroit Auto Show, this sporty and well-appointed sedan was named the 2019 North American Car of the Year - a distinctive honor by all accounts. It serves up some truly elegant style at an affordable price, especially compared to similarly equipped high-end cars. The Korean-made G70 holds its own against elite European cars such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Alfa Romeo Giulia, as well as two fellow Asian luxury sedans, the Lexus IS and ES.


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Trim Levels


There are two versions of the G70, each with their own trim hierarchy: the 2.0T, which gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque) and the 3.3T with a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 (365 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque). The 2.0T series offers the 2.0T Advanced as its base trim, followed by the 2.0T Elite, 2.0T Prestige, 2.0T Dynamic, 2.0T Sport, and 2.0T Sport M/T. The 3.3T series starts with the 3.3T Advanced as well and moves up the same ladder with the Elite, Prestige, and Sport, but the Dynamic trim becomes a limited-edition version alongside the 3.3T Design.



Standard Amenities


The 2.0T Advanced comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear-wheel (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Its amenities are highlighted by a hands-free liftgate, proximity entry with push-button ignition, power-adjustable front seats, simulated-leather upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The AWD version of this trim gets a heated steering wheel and a limited-slip rear differential. With the 2.0T Elite, LED headlights, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, automatic wipers, a sunroof, a power steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory functions, and leather upholstery are all included. The 2.0T Prestige is AWD only and adds heated rear seats and quilted leather upholstery.


The 2.0T Dynamic comes with all of the above features in addition to performance tires and a mechanical limited-slip differential for RWD models. The 2.0T Sport provides copper and black trim accents and unique interior quilting. As its name implies, the 2.0T Sport M/T swaps in a six-speed manual transmission for the automatic. It also gets a limited-slip rear differential, Brembo brakes, a sport exhaust system, and a few of the Elite's features: LED headlights, driver's seat with memory, heated and ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering wheel.


The 3.3T gets most of the features from the 2.0T Elite along with Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, and performance tires. With the AWD version, a heated steering wheel is added. The other three trims (Elite, Prestige, and Sport) come with the same equipment as the respective 2.0T models, although the 3.3T Sport gets an adaptive suspension. The 3.3T Design starts with the equipment from the Prestige trim and adds unique styling elements, while the 3.3T Dynamic builds off the 3.3T Sport with improved performance tires, upgraded brakes, and a specialized suspension.


Technology and Active Safety


The 2.0T Advanced is set up with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, three USB ports, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2.0T comes with a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system, while the 2.0T Prestige adds a head-up display, wireless charging pad, and surround-view parking camera, which all carry over to the 2.0T Sport M/T. The 3.3T Advanced receives all of that equipment, as do the remaining trims.


Active safety features are included on every 2019 Genesis G70. This desirable state-of-the-art crash-mitigating technology includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. Some additional active safety equipment is either standard or optional on higher trim levels.