2021 Genesis G70

MSRP $35,450

Ranked #3 in Compact Sedan

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2021 Genesis G70 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With its premium cabin, sporty performance, and excellent safety scores, the 2021 Genesis G70 also comes with an unbeatable price tag. While most cars that are priced competitively leave a lot to be desired, the G70 does not compromise on luxury in the name of a cheaper price tag. With a starting price tag of $36,000 for the base level trim, it is available in a total of 3 trim options. It offers a long list of standard features, that includes an 8-inch touch screen, synthetic leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic emergency braking stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, and much more.

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Pros

Good performance from the V6 power plant

Value for money pricing

Upscale interior

Extensive features list

Cons

Poor fuel economy

Small trunk

What's New?

The 2.0T Sport trim has been discontinued and the 3.3T model's Elite package features have been made standard for the trims that come powered by the twin-turbo V-6 engine

The feature shuffling and the trim discontinuation there are no actual changes or updates made by Genesis


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35450

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

167 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

252 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

260 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4/12.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111.6 in.

length

184.4 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

3516 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94 cu ft.

cargo volume

1.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

7700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

151 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

1 yr./ 10000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$35,450 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Genesis G70 in Black Forest Green color
Black Forest Green

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Buying Advice

8.2

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.4

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The Genesis G70 features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor and a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 engine that powers its range-topping 3.3T trim. Both engines can be paired to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. While rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional on most trims. The 2021 model year offers no major changes that mean that it still comes with below-average fuel economy estimates. It goes up against its more expensive rivals such as the Jaguar XE, Lexus IS 300, and BMW 3 Series.

2021 Genesis G70 Sedan front view
2021 Genesis G70 Sedan rear view

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.4/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2021 Genesis G70 Features

The Genesis G70 is available in a total of 3 trims; 2.0T, 2.0 T Manual, and the range-topping 3.3 T. The base 2.0 T trim ($36,000) is powered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor and can be available either with a rear-wheel-drive or an all-wheel-drive setup. The 2.0 T Manual trim is priced at $38,600 and comes with a six-speed manual transmission and adds many features such as ventilated front seats, a limited-slip differential, a sport exhaust system, and Brembo performance brakes. The 3.3 T trim comes with a starting price of $46,200 and features the more powerful V6 engine along with many other luxury features. 

Trim

2.0 T

2.0 T Manual

3.3 T

MSRP (RWD)

$36,000

$38,600

$46,200

MSRP (AWD)

$38,000

N/A

$48,200

Key Features

High beam assist

Adds to Genesis G70 2.0 T trim features :

Adds to Genesis G70 2.0 T Manual trim features :

 

Intelligent driving modes

Limited slip differential

Leather upholstery

 

Lane-keeping assist

Heated and Ventilated front seats

Built-in navigation system

 

Forward collision assist system with pedestrian detection

Brembo performance brakes

16-way power-adjustable driver seat

 

12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with four-way lumbar support

Manual transmission

12-way power-adjustable passenger seat

 

18.0-inch alloy wheels

Full LED headlights

Sport-tuned suspension setup

 

Smart cruise control with stop and go system

Sports exhaust system

 

Along with a host of standard features the Genesis G70 also gets many options; packages. The Prestige package that costs $8,000 with the base trim adds features such as ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, and much more.

The Prestige package with the 3.3 T trim costs $2,850 and adds upgraded leather upholstery, a surround-view parking camera system, a head-up display, and a power trunk lid. The Sports Package costs $4,150 and adds many styling enhancements, with an electronically controlled suspension,

Which Trim should you buy?

If you want a car that can put a smile on your face, we would recommend you to go with the range-topping 3.3 T Trim. It not only offers more features but also comes with a more powerful V6 engine. Thus, it is more engaging and entertaining to drive. However, if you are on a budget, the base trim offers the best value, thanks to the new features that have been added as standard.

2021 Genesis G70 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2021 Genesis G70 gets two engine options to choose from. The base trim is powered by a standard 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 engine that can produce 252 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. It is enough to get you through your everyday chores along with providing a fuss-free highway cruising experience. Paired to either a six-speed manual or an 8-Speed Automatic transmission, it feels quite refined. 

2021 Genesis G70 Sedan engine bay

The second and the more powerful engine option is the 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. It is capable of generating 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. While clearly being the more enthusiastic powertrain, it is only available with an 8-Speed Automatic transmission. It is capable of pushing you back into your seat with its surge of power and torque past 4000 rpm.

Model

2021 Genesis G70

2021 Jaguar XE

2021 Lexus IS 300

2021 BMW 3 Series

MSRP

$36,000

$39,900

$39,000

$41,250

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

252 hp @ 6,200 RPM

247 hp @ 5,500 RPM

241 hp @ 5,800 RPM

255 hp @ 5,000 RPM

Torque

260 lb-ft @ 1,400 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 1,300 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1,650 RPM

295 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

0 - 60 MPH

6.2 secs

6.5 secs

6.9 secs

5.6 secs

Quarter Mile

14.7 secs

14.7 secs

17.6 secs

14.0 secs

Top Speed

167 MPH

142 MPH

143 MPH

146 MPH

Even with the cheapest price tag, the Genesis G70 is not the slowest car in its segment. It can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds which is at par with its rivals. Equipped with the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 engine it can do the same in just 4.7 seconds. The 2021 BMW 3 Series still remains the fastest sedan here, thanks to its more powerful engine.

How well does the 2021 Genesis G70 handle?

Being an entry-level luxury sedan, the Genesis G70 is tuned towards offering a comfortable and compliant ride. Its well-balanced suspension setup is capable of ironing out rough road surfaces. Even the bigger potholes and sharp speed bumps do not manage to unsettle the car. The 3.3T trim comes with adaptive dampers that can adjust the ride according to the surface you are driving on.

The new Genesis models are nothing like the old ones when it comes to handling and steering setup. The G70 is a testament to that fact as its steering sends excellent feedback to the driver. While it remains light within the city limits, it gains enough heft over the highway as you pick up the pace. Overall, the ride and handling package does not leave much to be desired.

2021 Genesis G70 Braking Performance

In the braking department, the Genesis G70 leaves a bit to be desired. While it is one of the heaviest cars in its class, it does not get the biggest brake hardware. This leads to a longer stopping distance than all its rivals in terms of the 60-0 mph timings. However, the stopping distance is only slightly more than the average. The brake pedal sends sufficient feedback to the driver and the brake bite feels quite progressive.

2021 Genesis G70 Sedan brake rotor

Model

2021 Genesis G70

2021 Jaguar XE

2021 Lexus IS 300

2021 BMW 3 Series

Front Brakes (in)

12.6

13.8

13.1

12.3

Rear Brakes (in)

12.4

12.8

12.2

11.8

60-0 MPH

127 ft

123 ft

124 ft

123 ft

Curb Weight (lbs)

3516

3395

3583

3295

The 2021 BMW 3 Series and the Jaguar XE offer the best braking performance in the segment. While the BMW 3 series manages to stop under 125 ft due to its lighter weight, the Jag manages to do the same due to its beefier brakes. The Lexus IS 300 gets a similar braking setup with the Genesis G70 taking the longest distance to come to a halt, thanks to its heavier curb weight.

2021 Genesis G70 Fuel Economy

7.5/10

The G70’s lineup lets the user decide if they want a pocket-friendly car or a car that is thrilling to drive. It not only gives you an option to choose between two powertrains but also two drivetrains. Further, you can also choose between an automatic or a manual gearbox. The 3.3 T trim that comes powered with the V6 engine offers 17 mpg in the city and 25 over the highway. The manual 2.0T trim offers 30 mpg, while the automatic 2.0T trim paired to an all-wheel-drive system gets you 31 mpg. The most efficient trim however is the rear-wheel-drive 2.0T trim with the automatic transmission as it offers, 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg over the highway.

Model

2021 Genesis G70

2021 Jaguar XE

2021 Lexus IS 300

2021 BMW 3 Series

MPG (City)

22

25

21

26

MPG (Highway)

30

34

30

36

MPG (Combined)

25

28

24

30

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

15.8

16.6

17.4

15.6

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

348/474/395

415/564/464

365/522/417 

406/562/468

Even when paired with the more fuel-efficient motor, the Genesis G70 still ranks at the bottom of the list in terms of fuel economy. The fuel tank capacity of just 15.8 gallons translates into a combined range of 395 miles, which is also the lowest in its class. Thanks to its excellent fuel economy numbers, the BMW 3 Series offers the best range.

2021 Genesis G70 Interior

8.6/10

While the G70 is an entry-level luxury sedan, its interior does not feel very entry-level. With a cabin full of quality materials and clever features, the G70 strikes a good balance between value and luxury. The dashboard remains driver-centric and looks attractive with the faux carbon-fiber trims spread throughout the cabin. Most touch spots are covered with soft-touch materials that enhance the affluent appeal. The metallic trims are used in abundance and the leather-quilted seats exude a level of sophistication.

​  2021 Genesis G70 Sedan dashboard

Talking about seats, the front row seats offer excellent overall support and hold you well in your place. The extra bolstering provides the support you need while taking on sharp corners. The rear seats feel a bit short on legroom but provide good under-thigh as well as back support. In terms of storage space, the G70 fails to impress with its small door pockets and a below-average-sized glove compartment.

​  2021 Genesis G70 Sedan front seats

Model

2021 Genesis G70

2021 Jaguar XE

2021 Lexus IS 300

2021 BMW 3 Series

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

39.7/56.3/42.6

37/56.8/41.5

38.2/ 55.9/44.8

38.7/56.0/42.0

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

36.9/54.6/34.8

37/54.7/35

36.9/ 53.4/32.2

37.6/54.6/35.2

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)

10.5

12.5

10.8

17.0

The Genesis G70’s boot has about enough space to store about 5 to 6 carry-on suitcases behind its second row. The boot sits near to the ground making it easy to load your luggage. However, the high-loading lip still means that you would have to lift heavy items to load them into the boot. If you need maximum cargo capacity, the BMW 3 Series will keep you happier. Key Interior features include:

  • Two-zone Climate Control
  • Push Button Start
  • Heated and Ventilated front seats
  • Heated Rear Window with Timer
  • Front Seats w/Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar
  • 8-Way Power Driver Seat
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Garage Door Transmitter
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Remote Keyless Entry

What’s there to keep you entertained?

All trims of the Genesis G70 come with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that features AppleCarplay and Android Auto as standard. Available features include navigation, wireless device charging, and a 15-speaker Lexicon stereo. While the screen is quite responsive to touch, the interface feels a bit outdated. It seems to have been adopted from cheaper Hyundai cars. Nevertheless, it does the basic job of offering a largely fuss-free experience. Key Infotainment features include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • HD Radio
  • Available Wireless smartphone charging pad
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • In-built navigation
  • Two USB ports
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Available 15-speaker Lexicon stereo

2021 Genesis G70 Exterior

8.0/10

The Genesis G70 comes with a very refined and smooth-looking design language. It certainly looks quite contemporary and if you dig deeper, the attention to detail becomes more obvious. At the front, its nose dives sharply towards the road and the muscular front fenders enhance the bold look. From the side, it looks long and low, exactly how a luxury sport sedan should. Large strakes and air intakes reaffirm the imposing characteristics of its design. Overall, the G70 exudes the levels of luxury on the inside with its exterior look as well. 

​  2021 Genesis G70 Sedan 

Model

2021 Genesis G70

2021 Jaguar XE

2021 Lexus IS 300

2021 BMW 3 Series

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,516

3,395

3,583

3,589

Length (in.)

184.4

183.9

185.48

185.7

Width (in.)

72.8

72.8

72.48

71.9

Height (in.)

55.1

55.8

56.49

56.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.1

4.0

5.3

5.7

Wheelbase (in.)

111.6

111.6

110.2

112.2

In comparison, the Lexus IS 300 is the longest and the widest sedan here. However, the BMW 3 series gets the longest wheelbase with the Lexus having the shortest wheelbase. The G70 is right up there with its more expensive rivals in terms of road presence and head-turning looks. Exterior features include:

  • 19” alloy wheels
  • Express Open/close sliding and tilting glass 1st-row sunroof w/ power sunshade
  • Body-colored power w/ tilt down heated auto-dimming side mirrors w/ power-folding and turn signal indicator
  • Fixed rear window w/ defroster
  • Speed sensitive rain detecting variable intermittent wipers
  • Trunk rear cargo access
  • LED brake lights
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Auto on/off projector-beam LED low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling
  • Laminated glass

2021 Genesis G70 Safety

8.4/10

The 2021 Genesis G70 gets a host of active and passive safety features. Its healthy features list makes it quite a safe car even at a relatively cheaper price. Thus, even if you pay less, you get the same levels of safety as its rivals. This is reaffirmed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety which named it a Top Safety Pick+. It has not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, yet. It gets many drive-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking. Key Safety Features include:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Active lane control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind-spot monitoring

2021 Genesis G70 Competition

8.0/10

2021 Genesis G70 vs 2021 Jaguar XE

The Jaguar XE brings a lengthy features list along with sporty driving dynamics to the table. With a spacious interior, it feels properly luxurious on the inside. It also offers better fuel efficiency than the Genesis G70, which makes it more pocket-friendly in the long run. However, its cramped rear seat and an unrefined infotainment system hold it back. The G70 feels more luxurious than the XE and simply offers better value for your money.

2021 Jaguar XE

2021 Genesis G70 vs 2021 Lexus IS 300

With its ample standard safety features and excellent cabin build quality, the Lexus IS 300 is quite a desirable compact luxury sedan. Its new model now features refreshed exterior styling and even a retuned chassis and suspension. Lexus has also updated its infotainment system. However, it still cannot match the fineness of the Genesis G70’s cabin. Also in terms of performance, it lacks behind all its rivals.

2021 Lexus IS 300

2021 Genesis G70 vs 2021 BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series ranks near the top in its class when it comes to performance. With its agile handling and quick-shifting gearbox, it is much more fun to drive than the Genesis G70. It also features a spacious cabin and trunk with excellent fuel economy with its base engine. However, it lacks behind its rivals in terms of interior appeal and quality. Thus, if you want the best in terms of luxury, the G70 is a better choice.

2021 BMW 3 Series

 

2021 Genesis G70 Final Verdict

8.0/10

The new Genesis G70 lives by the rules of offering a lot for less without being called a compromise. With its nimble handling, refined ride, premium cabin materials, and a long list of standard features, it is a complete value for money package. However, things like the low-fuel economy and an outdated infotainment system feel like a trade-off for the cheaper price tag. Thus, if you can ignore these two trade-offs, the G70 is sure to keep you satisfied with its potent V6 engine option and a high-class cabin.

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