Overview

       

The Genesis G70 returns for 2020 after an award-winning debut year, with achievements such as the 2019 North American Car of The Year award, Motor Trend's 2019 Car of the Year crowning, and the number-one ranking in the Initial Quality by J.D. Power in the compact premium car category. It brings a great mixture of high-class luxury features, elevated style, and outstanding performance at an attainable price. With top-tier passenger comfort, amenities, and safety features, drivetrain choices of rear-wheel or all-wheel, plus the availability of a manual transmission to please true driving enthusiasts, the G70 is in every way a formidable rival for those more expensive German sports sedans.

       

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Trim Levels and Standard Features

   

The G70 is only offered in two trim levels, but there are some available packages of amenities (including upgrades like 19-inch alloy wheels, a wireless charging pad, and a surround-view monitor) for customization. The base 2.0T trim can hardly be called a base, since it's loaded with great standard features. Its luxurious and spacious cabin is outfitted with 8-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats, a split-folding rear seatback, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an information/entertainment system that features an 8-inch touchscreen, hands-free smartphone integration, auxiliary and USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system. It also comes standard with hands-free entry, push-button ignition, automatic climate control, integrated turn signals with heated mirrors, and dusk-sensing headlamps. The next trim level, the 3.3T, adds LED headlamps, self-leveling headlights, a wide sunroof, ventilated front seats, alloy pedals, an integrated navigation system, and a premium Lexicon 15-speaker sound system with Quantum Logic Surround and Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology.

       
   

   

Mechanical Features

   

Both 2020 G70 trims are offered in either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The 2.0T is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine (252 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque), which is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. This is a true sports sedan, and so a 6-speed manual transmission is also offered, but only with RWD. The 3.3T trim gets a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which delivers a substantial 365 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to the same eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters (the manual transmission is not offered on this trim).

   
   

Safety

   

The debut version of the G70 earned a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for its outstanding collision-test results. There's no reason to expect anything less in the 2020 model year, as those advanced safety features are largely unchanged. All G70s come standard with a blind-spot collision warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, smart cruise control with stop & go, high beam assist, driver attention warning, and a rear vision camera. On the passive safety side of things, there's an advanced airbag system and solid-body construction to ensure maximum protection in the unfortunate event of a collision.