I had a good idea of what to expect from the 2019 Genesis G70. After all, the new sport sedan boasts a powertrain, suspension setup and list of features nearly identical to our long-term 2018 Kia Stinger GT2. The Kia was good enough to win our 2018 Roadshow Shift Award for Vehicle of the Year, and with bones like that, the G70 seemed very promising.
As it turns out, the devil is in the details. There are small differences between these Korean sports cars, and the Genesis packs a few pleasant surprises that make it more interesting.
As I said, the Genesis G70 shares its underpinnings with the Kia Stinger. The engine bay is home to a 3.3-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but my example was equipped with the optional HTRAC all-wheel drive system.
The Good The Genesis G70's turbocharged performance and sharp-handling make for a thrilling driving experience. Genesis Connected infotainment is simple and easy to use without being too feature-laden. A solid loadout of driver aid features is available.
The Bad Any drive mode aside from Sport feels lazy by comparison. Manual gearbox option is only available with the smaller 2.0-liter engine.
The Bottom Line Not just a low-cost alternative to the Germans, the 2019 Genesis G70 Sport delivers a world-class driving experience at a very reasonable price.
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