The guys over at Genesis have set out an ambitious goal for its 2019 G70: convince consumers accustomed to BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Audi, Infiniti and others high-end luxury car makers to turn their attention to the now-separate luxury brand of Hyundai. For a few years now the South Korean automaker has been making moves into the market with the Genesis sedan (which became the G80 in November 2016 when the brand officially launched as a stand-alone entity), as well as with the Genesis coupe, a rear-wheel-drive sport model that has showcased the Seoul-based company’s performance base since 2009. Though the Genesis may be fairly new as standalone brand, they’ve set out to be on top of its segment with the G70 which comes packed with design, tech, luxury and power that will rival any compact luxury sports sedan out there.

Exterior

The G70 is designed to stand out and not blend in, the front section of the G70 still features a prominent grille decked with a winged badge. The headlights are also well-designed, but its actually the opening thats carved into the bumpers that give the car some real character. They serve as a direct airflow to the front brakes and along the sides of the vehicle. In the rear, the design of the taillight might appear simplistic, but it serves to highlight the width of the model since the G70 is actually the largest and sits the lower than any car in its segment. The G70 is also equipped with 4-piston Brembo brakes with its sports trim package and anthracite-colored 5-spoke 19-onch alloys wheels. So its easy to say that visually, the G70 certainly looks the part, especially out back where it oozes with confidence thanks to its muscular stance. More cars like this please.

Interior

On the inside, the cockpit is very driver-centric, with the smooth steering wheel embracing the driver. The dash and the gauge cluster sit low, giving excellent forward visibility, and the beautiful bolstered seats are 16-way adjustable. Speaking of which, the driver’s seat tighten up when you select the sports setting, which is pretty dope. There are five selectable drive modes to spoil you with: Eco, Smart, Custom, Comfort and Sport which alter steering feel, throttle response, transmission shifts, engine note and adaptive damper firmness. Unlike many manufacturers, Genesis isn’t shy about using knobs to control the audio and climate-control systems. An 8-inch infotainment screen dominates the center of the G70’s dashboard and is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. But what really gives it the upscale look is the quilted perforated leather seats, the brushed aluminium trim and the stainless steel speaker grilles.

Powertrain

There are two engine choices; a 3.3 L twin-turbo V6 that produces 365 hp and 376 lb. ft, mated to the same Hyundai-designed 8-speed automatic transmission found in the G80, or a 2.0L turbo-charged four that puts out 252 hp and 260 lb. ft. Standard on all Sport models is a multi-plate clutch type mechanical limited slip differential similar to the one found in the Mercedes Benz C63 AMG. For our test-drive, we drove the 3.3L twin-turbo V6 and let me tell you, its an absolute joy to drive. The G70 is a rock-solid, perfectly composed sports sedan with a genuine driver’s car kinda feel. Zero to 100kmh takes 4.7 seconds and the top speed is set at 270 kmh making this variant the quickest Hyundai product ever to be offered to the public. A stiff, responsive chassis worked over by ex-BMW M boss Albert Bierman - makes the G70 really entertaining in cornering too. Genesis is definitely not holding back on anything when comes to pure driving excitement.

Verdict

We do like this car. Especially since the Genesis inherits Hyundai’s reputation for reliability and undeniable quality and driving dynamics. The G70 is an excellent car for the entry-luxury buyer who still cares about cars and with a price tag starting out at just BD14,990 for the base model and BD19,990 for the full option, the G70 comes with lots of equipment as standard. Its accelerative, balanced, agile and genuinely playful. It definitely out performs the very best the europeans have to offer especially with price tag that won’t hurt your wallet for all that fun and luxury.

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