2021 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport AWD. A Day in Toronto
Our Toronto day tour with the Genesis G70 3.3T Sport AWD was a day worth remembering.
We are familiar with the Genesis G70, Genesis’s entry-level sports sedan. Last year we reviewed the 2020 model, and this post is more a follow-up than a new review.
The 2021 Genesis G70 does not have a notable change in specifications. We again chose the range-topping 3.5-litre V6 twin-turbo engine with 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Genesis offers another, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 252 horsepower both with manual and automatic transmission.
Hyundai’s long-lasting effort to create a luxury brand was a big step and started bearing fruits. Unfortunately, Genesis began to creating its model range with sedans, and the trendy SUVs are following.
The Genesis G-70 sports sedan competes in a very crowded market dominated by almighty Germans; Mercedes, BMW and Audi, and Japanese brands; Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
The main characteristics of the Genesis G70 remain the same, and we had a detailed look at this in our previous test. https://www.autoandroad.com/2019/11/2020-genesis-g70-3-3t/
Genesis G70 3.3T Sport AWD: Driving impressions
The G-70 deserves its place in the entry-level sports sedan category. The powerful twin-turbo-engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with torque converter, and all-wheel-drive is standard as usual in the luxury class. The harmonious interaction between the engine and the transmission provides a very smooth, pleasant drive where you always feel the power reserves under your right foot. By name, the Genesis may sound like a newcomer in the luxury segment. But it is a very mature product. This vehicle drives great, and the torque distribution usually is 40 percent front and 60 percent rear wheels. Hence it typically drives like a rear-wheel-drive car. The engine is placed longitudinally.
Genesis G70 Adaptive Control suspension, which is standard with the 3.3T Sport provides a very smooth and responsive ride and is compatible with the best in the entry-level luxury class.
This time we drove the G-70 mainly in Toronto with many stops, although the traffic was not as heavy as pre-pandemic days. We came up with an average consumption of 17.2 litres. Considering the advanced technology of Genesis, this looked a bit too high. The braking distance in our last year’s test looked like a minor issue. But this time, the braking performance of Brembo equipment was comparable only to the best. We believe that Genesis made some fine-tuning, and it paid off.
Genesis also offers a great service package to enhance the ownership experience of a luxury brand that includes:
- Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance
- At Home Valet with Courtesy Vehicle Service
- Comprehensive Limited Warranty
- Genesis Connected ServicesComplimentary Multimedia & Navigation Map Updates
- 24/7 Enhanced Roadside Assistance
Tours By Locals: A unique way to discover the world
In the week I tested the Genesis G70, a great opportunity arose to demonstrate this car’s quality to two guests.
Tours By Locals (TBL) is a Canadian-based international tour guide provider. TBL has an extensive network of 4300 independent, local tour guides in 163 countries. Its system effectively matches these guides with guests. The hospitality industry is undergoing very tough-time globally because of the coronavirus crisis. Nevertheless, the expectations for the post-Covid-19 period remain strong. On this occasion, I, Varol McKars, as a TBL guide, had the opportunity to give a daily tour to two Canadian globetrotters, Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil, owners of Planet-D. TBL arranged this Toronto discovery Tour to promote the TBL experience, and I was honoured to be the guide in charge.
And I did not refrain from using the Genesis G70 for our tour. The Genesis G70 made our Toronto trip more enjoyable and luxurious, and my guests were happy to be driven by this sports sedan.
We met at the Esplanade and chose Nathan Phillips Square as our starting point. We started our tour with a panoramic view of the city from Polson Street. Then we spent some time to discover the historic Distillery District and the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood. We had a close look at the architecture of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Union Station and the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. We did not spare a drive through the Graffiti Alley which was also my surprise for my guests. Following our visit to the famous Casa Loma, we ended our tour near St. Lawrence Market. The fantastic weather with 22 degrees in mid-day made our day so much more pleasant.
For more information about Tours by Locals, please visit: http://www.toursbylocals.com
You can watch the video of Planet-D on our Toronto tour here:
For more information about Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil, our bloggers, please visit: http://www.planetd.com
Inside the Genesis G70, you feel the luxury in almost every aspect. The craftsmanship and the quality of materials used are first class. Genesis owners do not need to be shy against Mercedes C Class or BMW 3 Series. The dashboard and the instrumentation are very ergonomic and very legible. The infotainment screen with the centre console is slightly angled towards the driver, which improves visibility, and the system is easy to operate.
The main problem with the G70 is the relatively tight passenger room, especially in the rear. I wonder if this could be a general problem with the Hyundai Group? I noticed that the new Hyundai Sonata that we tested this summer is also a bit tight on the rear legroom. The Korean engineers should have a closer look at this and analyze the competitors. It may be useful for the next generations of these models.
Genesis G70 3.3T Sport AWD: Pricing and Equipment
- 19” aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/40R19 (F) + 255/35R19 (R) Michelin Primacy Tour all-season tires (0ur tester had winter tires)
- Quilted Nappa leather seating
- Adaptive Cornering System (ACS) for LED headlights
- Multi-View Camera System (MVCS)
- Front parking assistance sensors
- Head-Up Display (HUD)
- Wireless charging pad
- Driver’s seat power-adjustable thigh extension
- Power trunk lid
- Brembo® braking system
- Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering rack
- Dual exhaust system
- Sport Appearance Package*
- Limited Slip Differential (LSD)
- Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension (GACS)
- *Sport Appearance Package includes:
- Sport 19″ aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/40R19 (F) + P255/35R19 (R) Michelin Pilot Sport PS4 high-performance summer tires
- Dark chrome exterior accents and lower front bumper insert
- Dark-finish taillight lenses
- Black headlight housings with copper accents
- Sport-type quilted Nappa leather seating
- Red or grey interior contrast stitching
- 16-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, including thigh extension and side bolsters
- Black microfibre suede headliner
- Alloy pedals
This is a very good value for money if you want to set foot in the entry-level luxury segment.
You may argue if the Genesis may have the same resale value as a Mercedes and Lexus. Genesis may have a disadvantage in the short run against the more established rivals. However, considering the progress Hyundai Group achieved in the design and manufacturing quality, utilization of best talent (remember Peter Schreyer) and resources globally, this gap looks to close vert quickly.
Genesis G70 3.3T Sport AWD: Conclusion
The Genesis G70 is an attractive, well-equipped vehicle with almost all-safety and comfort features as standard. It shares the same platform with the Kia Stinger, its corporate cousin. Peter Schreyer, the chief designer of the Hyundai-Kia by then, penned this vehicle. It is a challenge to set foot in the hyper-competitive luxury car segment. Hyundai Group is determined to carve out a market share with its Genesis brand.
Genesis will not stop here. For the 2022 model year, the Korean brand will probably introduce a facelifted model with improvements and changes in finer details. On the other hand, Genesis rolled out its first SUV, the GV 80. Other models will follow shortly. The success of its SUV’s will contribute to the image and stronger presence of Korean luxury.
For more detailed and most up-to-date information, please visit: http://www.genesis.ca
Article and photos by Varol McKars