2020 Genesis G70

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2020 MODEL
$35,450 - $46,650
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2020 Genesis G70 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 7, 2020

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Genesis is a very young automaker which was formed by Hyundai with the prime motive of getting into the Luxury league which was dominated by the Europeans then. Guess What? They managed to pull it off and create a name for themselves in just four years down the line!

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Plenty of upscale features for the price

Classy Design

Involving to drive

Worth every penny you pay


Soulless Manual Transmission

Cramped seats

Outdated Infotainment Software

What's New?

Upgraded Stopping power for the Manual Trim

All-season tires available as option

Power operation of trunk lid

Brown leather upholstery refreshes ambiance


vehicle bio

base price



4dr Sedan

passenger capacity




engine type


122 cu.in.


252 hp @ 6200 rpm


260 lbs.-ft. @ 1400 rpm


8 speed automatic


frame type


suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)




111.6 in.


184.4 in.


72.8 in.


55.1 in.

curb weight

3516 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.


passenger volume

93.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.5 cu ft.


zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

13.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.9 sec.

fuel economy


22/25/30 mpg

ev range

347.6 mi.

highway range

474 mi.


basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

12 yr. / 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited

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Engine And Performance






Trims and Configurations


 2020 Genesis G70 2.0T


255 hp @ 6200 rpm
24 combined

$35,450 - $38,500

Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $35,450 MSRP (22/26/30) 252 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Premium
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5
2.0T 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $37,450 MSRP (20/24/27) 252 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Premium
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5
2.0T 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $38,500 MSRP (18/24/28) 255 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Premium
6-speed manual w/OD rear wheel drive 5

 2020 Genesis G70 3.3T


365 hp @ 6000 rpm
22 combined

$44,650 - $46,650

Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.3T 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,650 MSRP (17/22/26) 365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, Premium
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5
3.3T 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $46,650 MSRP (17/21/25) 365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, Premium
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

Expert Review


Overall Rating

Genesis G70 is their entry-level luxury sedan which stays below G80 and G90. The primary focus is to provide the best experience in terms of comfort, luxury and driving for the occupants and driver. The G70 has been on a winning stride with more people choosing this over bimmers and audis.

2020 Genesis G70 is powered by two different powerhouses and coupled to an 8-Speed Automatic transmission. A 2.0L turbocharged unit for the simple and subtle lot and a bonkers 3.3L twin-turbocharged V6 for the adrenaline junkies.

Genesis has not shied away from providing us with the latest features in G70. A host of active safety features and driving aids come as standard. They also provide a lot of optional features to tune the vehicle according to your wish. Genesis G70 takes on the likes of BMW 330i, Lexus IS 300 and Volvo S60.

2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Front View
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Front View
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Rear View
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Rear View



Engine and Performance




2020 Genesis G70 Features


2020 Genesis G70 is offered in three vibrant trims that are unique from each other. Thankfully, the manual variant is still available and Genesis has been one of the few manufacturers who has held onto the manuals for this long.

The 2.0T trim is powered by a punchy 2.0L turbocharged inline four-pot which chunk out a wholesome 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and is priced at $35450. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. An All wheel drive variant is also available at an added premium of $2000 which adds to the driving experience. 

The rare manual transmission variant is priced at $38500 and a more powerful 3.3T trim is available at $44650 with a 3.3L Twin-turbocharged V6 engine under the hood.

All the trims are filled with top of the features with a quirky ones to make things interesting. An Intelligent Drive mode automatically detects your nature of driving and tunes the working of the engine, realtime to adapt efficiently.




2.0T- Manual













2.0L Turbo I4

2.0L Turbo I4

3.3L Twin-Turbo V6



Includes 2.0T features and:

All features in 2.0T trim includes 


8-Speed Automatic Transmission

6-Speed Manual Transmission

Dual Exhaust


Intelligent Drive Mode 

Full LED Headlights

Brembo Braking System


Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection

18-inch alloy wheels

Limited Slip Differential System


Lane Keeping Assist

Limited Slip Differential

Sport-tuned Suspension


Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go

Brembo Performance brakes

Integrated Navigation System


High Beam Assist

Sport exhaust system

Leather Upholstery


18-inch alloy wheels

Heated and ventilated front seats


Driver Attention Warning

Integrated Memory System


12-way power driver seat including 4-way power lumbar


Shift by wire



Genesis has offered a long list of added packages which can be opted with the vehicle. These packages further sweetens the whole experience. There are two sets of dedicated add-on packages for both the 2.0L and 3.3L engines. All the added benefits are listed below.



2.0T Elite

2.0T Prestige

2.0T Sport

3.3T Elite

3.3T Prestige

3.3T Sport









Includes 2.0T Standard Features and:

Includes 2.0T Elite Features and:

Includes 2.0T Prestige features and:

Includes 3.3T Standard features and:

Includes 3.3T Elite features and:

Includes 3.3T Prestige features and:


Full LED headlamps

Heads-up Display

19-inch sport alloy wheels with summer tires

Low Beam Assist

Heads-up Display

19-inch sport alloy wheels


Parking Distance Warning

Wireless device charging pad

Limited-Slip Differential

Rain Sensing Wipers

Surround View Monitor

Electronically Controlled Suspension


Power Folding auto-folding outside mirrors

Surround View Monitor

Performance Brakes

Parking Distance Warning

Nappa Leather trims

Copper Headlight bezel accents


Genesis logo approach lights

19-inch alloy wheels

Copper headlight bezel accents

Wireless Charging Pad

Heated Rear Seats

Dark tint taillight covers


Integrated Memory System

Rain sensing wipers

Dark Tint taillight covers

Heated Steering Wheel

Microfiber Suede headliner

Dark chrome grille and daylight opening


Power-tilt and telescopic Steering Wheel

Low Beam Assist

Dark chrome grille and daylight opening

Ventilated Front Seats

Power Trunk

Nappa leather trims with sport quilting


Heated Front seats

Ventilated front seats

Alloy pedals


Front passenger seat walk-in device

Nappa Leather seat trims

Nappa Leather seats with sport quilting


Wide Sunroof

Power Driver seat cushion extension


Lexicon 15-speaker audio system

Front Driver seat 4-way power lumbar


Leather seat trim

Heated rear seats


Aluminum door and console trims

Heated Steering wheel


Microfiber suede headliner


Which trim should you go for?

There is no particular trim that fits in completely and so Genesis has offered us the option to choose between trims, keeping the driving experience and features in mind. 

If you are on a tight budget and want to experience an enhanced driving experience with luxury as the topmost priority, then the 2.0T trim with the 2.0T Prestige package which oomphs up the luxury factor of the luxury sedan that puts many top contenders to shame. The whole package will cost you under $45000 including destination charges.

But, if you want to have a spirited driving experience while being cocooned in leather upholstery, then the 3.3T would make your perfect sidekick. The turbocharged V6 engine is a blast to drive around and the all-wheel-drive variant will do more justice to the added power. So, for $ 46650, you get a more bonkers car with the optional luxury features as standard. Performance Brembo brakes and tuned suspension are added perks for this trim. Genesis has got you covered with numerous options for the perfect car.

2020 Genesis G70 Engine and Performance


Genesis offers the 2020 G70 in two engine options. A 2.0L turbocharged inline-four which pumps out 252 horses and 262 twisties and a 3.3L twin-turbocharged adrenaline pumped V6 which produces 365 horsepower and 376-pound feet of torque. 

2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Engine
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan 2.0L Turbo I4 Engine

The power is transmitted in both the types via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Both the 2.0T and 3.3T trims are offered in either Front-wheel Drive or All Wheel Drive variants. Genesis has held on to the manual gearbox for 2020 as well and offers a 2.0T Sport trim which has the stick shift.


Genesis G70 2.0T

Lexus IS 300 Base

Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

BMW 330i 







2.0L Turbo I4

2.0L Turbo I4

2.0L Turbo I4

2.0L Turbo I4


8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic


252 hp

@6200 rpm

241 hp

@5800 rpm

250 hp

@5500 rpm

255 hp

@5000 rpm


260 lb-ft

@1400 rpm

258 lb-ft

@1650 rpm

258 lb-ft

@1500 rpm

295 lb-ft

@1550 rpm

All the competitors are in the same bandwidth with slight variants among them. The bimmer manages to top the list with an additional 3hp and 35 lb-ft of torque. Gneiss comes in second by a hairline difference. Lexus IS 300 is the least powerful of the lot.

How quick is it, off the line?

Genesis 2.0T trim does 0-60 in a respectable 6.2 seconds and crossed the quarter-mile mark in under 15 seconds. The time will considerably decrease in the case of the V6 powered trim. It will easily decrease the time to under 5 seconds. 

2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Front View
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan 0-60 MPH In just 6.2 sec

There will also be a slight variation in the rear wheel and all-wheel-drive variants. The impressive timing is courtesy of the closely packed 8-Speed Automatic transmission system. It close ratio and automatic transmission helps to drastically decrease shifting time, thus improving acceleration.


Genesis G70 2.0T

Lexus IS 300 Base

Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

BMW 330i 

0-60 MPH

6.2 s

6.9 s

6.9 s

5.6 s

Quarter mile

14.7 s


15.3 s


Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)





The bimmer excels in acceleration because of the oomph in power. But when it comes to the quarter-mile timing, the G70 surpasses it due to the closely stacked gears. Lexus IS 300 and Volvo S60 have similar figures as the torque produced by both is the same. The difference in power is neutralized by the weight difference. 

How does the luxury sedan handle?

The 2020 G70 has a balanced driving character that doesn’t dull out under pressure. The suspension setup is bang in between which is enough to go over uneven surfaces without feeling a thing and to have a spirited drive as well. 

2020 Genesis G70 Sedan 3rd Quarter view
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Front View

There is minimal body roll at corners and you will feel confident enough to take it with much speed. The top V6 powered trim gets the added benefit of adaptive dampers which gives freedom of active adaptation according to driving needs. The driver can control all this with the flick of a button. The steering is precise and easy to master and the various driving modes help give you varying driving experiences in the same car.

How well does it brake?

Genesis has given due importance to braking and equipped the G70 with an electronically distributed braking unit. There is no nose dive while hard braking and the bite is linear and progressive. 

2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Brakes
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Front Brake 12.6 in.

The brake pedal is also responsive with no pseudo effect. The brakes come into effect as soon as the pedal is depressed. There is no lag and you can easily judge situations. The 3.3 trim gets an extra bite with performance Brembo brakes that takes care of the extra horses.


Genesis G70 2.0T

Lexus IS 300 Base

Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

BMW 330i 

Brake Front (in.)





Brake Rear (in.)





60-0 MPH (ft)



127 (est.)


Genesis comes equipped with the smallest brake rotors of the lot. But that doesn’t decrease the efficiency of the brakes. Clever use of materials help it extract the most from the setup. Volvo has the largest setup from the lot. All of the contenders are equipped with all-around ABS with added brake aid systems to help you in case of extreme situations.

2020 Genesis G70 Fuel Economy

Genesis G70 is offered in two powertrains with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive option. This makes it give varying EPA values. The 2.0T trims give more miles to the gallon than the V6. The V6 powered 3.3T trim gives 17 miles to the gallon in cities and 25 on highways.

In real-world situations, both trims are expected to give nearby values without much deviation. The automatic transmission helps extract more MPG as it is more efficient than a manual. 


Genesis G70 2.0T

Lexus IS 300 Base

Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

BMW 330i 

MPG (city)





MPG (highway)





MPG (combined)





Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal.)











BMW 330i surprised us with its impressive efficiency numbers which is more than the G70 in spite of having more power. This is mostly because of how the power and torque is distributed in the rev band. Lexus IS 300 is the least efficient with just a combined 24 miles to a gallon.

2020 Genesis G70 Interior


The G70 surely lives up to its name. It provides a luxury experience with exceptional build quality and the use of plush materials. The dashboard is well laid out with the console tilted towards the driver. The upholstery is of finest leather which gives it an upmarket feel. 

2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Seats
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Front Seats

Genesis forbids the use of fake carbon fiber parts and thus creates a more genuine experience. The front seats are well padded with ample body support and comfort for long rides. The rear seats don’t reciprocate similarly. The limited legroom at the rear makes it cramped. There is limited storage space in the cabin as door pockets are small. We think that Genesis could have done a better job of organizing the center cluster.


Genesis G70 2.0T

Lexus IS 300 Base

Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

BMW 330i 

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





The front row is, all in all, a comfortable place to be in with luxury oozing out. This is the case with all the contenders. But the bimmer and Volvo manage to chuck out more second-row room. These two are the most comfortable and spacious of the lot.

What are the various infotainment features?

All trims are equipped with a standard infotainment system that stays highlighted on the dashboard. It is positioned at the top and feels like levitating on the dash. It is equipped with all the latest features including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Infotainment System
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Infotainment System

But it feels cheap as its borrowed from cheaper Hyundai models. The animation is cartoonish and the response is low for a luxury sedan. It has a complicated interface that gets tough to use at times. The floating 8-inch touch screen unit takes care of all the input data. 

Infotainment Features

  • 8-inch Infotainment System
  • 6-Speaker Set including Subwoofer
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 6-Channel Internal Amplifier
  • Genesis Connected Services telematics
  • SiriusXM

How much cargo can it carry?

Cargo space is at most satisfactory with 10.5 cubic feet. It has the least cargo space of the lot. The tailgate is positioned higher and the opening is narrow. You might feel loading and unloading cumbersome.

2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Cargo
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Cargo Space is 10.5 cu ft.

The interior also speaks a similar story with very small door pockets. The center console alone has a tray that can be used to store smartphones at most.


Genesis G70 2.0T

Lexus IS 300 Base

Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

BMW 330i 

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)





BMW 330i has the largest cargo space due to the clever use of space and a low cargo floor. The Volvo comes in second but we expected more from it, as it had the largest dimensions. Lexus IS 300 and Genesis G70 have similar cargo volume.

Interior Features

  • 12-Way power-adjustable Driver seat
  • 4-Way power lumbar seats
  • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat
  • 60/40 Folding rear bench seats
  • Manual Tilt/Telescopic Steering
  • Leather upholstery
  •  Remote Keyless entry
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Day/Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan

2020 Genesis G70 Exterior

There have been no major changes in the G70 for 2020. It is still the same bold car that has kept increasing the value of luxury sedans. It is a handsome car which cuts are sharp lines defining its presence.

2019 Genesis G70 Sedan Side View
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan Side View

The front fascia is most notable and it makes G70’s presence felt instantly. If analyzed, you would even find the design elements from many of its competitors. Moreover, deep down it’s a Hyundai that has evolved to give a more luxurious experience. It is unlike any other luxury sedan in the market and that is what differentiates it from the rest.


Genesis G70 2.0T

Lexus IS 300 Base

Volvo S60 T5 Momentum

BMW 330i 

Length (in)





Width (in)





Height (in)





Ground clearance (in)





Wheelbase (in)





Track width (in) F/R





Curb weight (lbs)





Volvo is the elephant in the house with the most heavy structure. It is also the longest with 187.4 feet in length. The bimmer follows next which is the costliest of the lot. Lexus and Genesis tie in with similar numbers.

Exterior Features

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Bold Hexagonal Grille
  • LED HEadlamps and Fog Lamps
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Angular front bumper
  • Tinted glass
  • LED Brakelights
  • Lip Spoiler
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan
2020 Genesis G70 Sedan

2020 Genesis G70 Safety

Safety features are loaded in the G70 with various driver-assist and passive safety features available as standard. It is well built and has good structural integrity because of which it should bag a Top Safety Pick + by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just like last year.

The various standard features which it boasts include adaptive cruise control, Stop and Go feature and forward collision warning with pedestrian alert.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Genesis Connected Services Emergency SOS
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning System
  • Back up Camera
  • Forward Collision Mitigation System
  • Blind Spot Detection System

2020 Genesis G70 Competition

Genesis G70 vs Lexus IS 300

Lexus’s offering is not as potent when it comes to luxury. It is much more costlier than the Genesis and offers less features on board. The power produced is also inferior and handling is lackluster. The V6 offered in the IS 300 is also not exhilarating as the power produced is uneven and is not optimized for fuel-efficiency. The interior is well built but doesn’t provide you with the luxury options available in the Genesis.

The infotainment system is also tiring to use. Taking all these factors into consideration, Genesis has pulled off a pretty impressive feat by providing us with a car that can be luxurious and practical at the same time. It is our choice for sure.

2020 Lexus IS 300 Sedan
2020 Lexus IS 300 Sedan


Genesis G70 vs Volvo S60

Volvo is a very prominent automaker that has always strived to build the safest cars. The S60 is no exception. Apart from safety, the S60 excels in performance and luxury as well. It has the largest cabin space of the lot and thus provides a comfortable and cozy experience. The quality of materials used is top-notch and has several driving aids. 

When compared to the G70, Volvo S60 provides a more elevated driving and traveling experience. The cabin feels more premium and the power band is much more linear which makes it more fuel-efficient. The rear seats are one of the best in this segment. Volvo S60 is our choice of the two as it provides all of what is offered in the Genesis and much more!

2020 Volvo S60 Sedan
2020 Volvo S60


Genesis G70 vs BMW 330i

The German in this list is more like the arc rival of the G70. For a premium of $5000, BMW 330i provides a compilation of impeccable German engineering coupled with a perfectly balanced driving experience. It produces marginally more power than the Korean and treats us with a more spacious cabin. If cost is not your primary priority as the completely bimmer is worth the extra pounds.

2020 BMW 330i Sedan
2020 BMW 330i


2020 Genesis G70 Final Verdict

Genesis G70 is an all-rounder that checks on all the ingredients required to make a foolproof luxury sedan. It demands a thorough second look, as the designers at Genesis have managed to give it the perfect proportions and highlight curves and creases. 

The interior is equally worthy of the smart choice of quality materials which elevates the overall experience. It has a dual personality, which allows it to be driven smoothly and also ready to be hooned at will. It is impressive to see such a young car, give the segment leaders a run for their money. The value for money proposition is what makes the Genesis G70 such a desirable machine. 

But Volvo S60 provides all of the features available in the Genesis and a more premium build with more aggressive use of materials. It is more stringent in terms of safety and has a more modern infotainment setup. The Volvo in all sense outweighs the G70 and we would go for it as well.