Genesis G70 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Performance & drive

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  • Genesis G70 2021 front
  • Genesis G70 2021 rear
  • Genesis G70 2021 dashboard
  • Genesis G70 2021 rear seats
  • Genesis G70 2021 climate controls
  • Genesis G70 2021 side
  • Genesis G70 2021 headlight
  • Genesis G70 2021 boot
  • Genesis G70 2021 touchscreen
  • Genesis G70 2021 gear selector
  • Genesis G70 2021 interior driver display
  • Genesis G70 2021 interior front seats detail
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the Genesis G70 produces 194bhp or 241bhp, or there's a 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel. Each has four cylinders and feeds its power to the back wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. However, unlike with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, there's no hybrid offering.

We tried the more powerful of the two petrols, and it's impressively responsive even from low revs. It can get you up to motorways speeds without becoming overly stressed, and offers a good amount of shove for overtaking. 

More positively, wind noise is well contained, even at motorway speeds, but you hear quite a lot of road noise.

We drove the G70 with the adaptive suspension you get with the Luxury Line and Sport Line trim levels, and it's pretty good at isolating you from scruffy road surfaces when it's in the Comfort setting. However, the car can still crash and shudder over larger bumps and potholes.

Switching to Sport mode firms up the suspension slightly to keep body lean well controlled in bends. It also adds greater heft to steering, but this remains disappointingly vague, so the G70 is nowhere near as fun as a 3 Series or Jaguar XE on winding roads.

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