Genesis G70 3.3T Ultimate

The Genesis G70 is the car that should makes buyers sit up and take notice of the prestige sub-brand of Hyundai.

Genesis went on sale here in 2014 with a single model, a large V6 sedan, that failed to really make much impression in the market.

But the new mid-size Genesis G70 sports sedan could, or more to the point should, be the car that makes buyers sit up and take notice of the prestige sub-brand of Korean maker Hyundai.

Sweetening the purchase and ownership experience is a comprehensive range of ‘extras’. This includes test-drive home delivery, concierge pick-up/delivery for scheduled servicing/warranty work with complimentary courtesy car, and convenient handover delivery for new purchases.

Completing the premium all-inclusive experience is a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, five years/75,000km free scheduled servicing, 24/7 roadside assist, free map updates and subscription to Genesis Connected Services all for five years, plus two years complimentary access to Genesis Lifestyle Concierge and Global Privileges that includes travel and medical assistance.

The 3.3T Ultimate is generously specified with creature comforts, safety features including seven airbags, and advanced driver assistance technology, just as a premium prestige model should be. One notable exception is speed/traffic sign recognition, with the head-up display only showing map-based speed-limit data.

Genesis G70 Ultimate Sport interior

There are three 2.0-litre turbo models and three 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 versions. Selected 2.0-litre models and all the V6 versions are equipped with Brembo brakes front and rear for powerful and progressive stopping power. Adaptive suspension, torque vectoring, and grippy 19” Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres all grace the V6 trio too.

272kW and a brawny 510Nm of torque from the responsive V6 engine, similar to that used in Kia Stinger, ensures satisfyingly rapid performance. Experiencing its surge of acceleration and ability to fire the G70 out of corners can become addictive. An eight-speed auto with launch-control and rev-matching delivers drive to the rear wheels.

Driver engagement continues thanks to highly capable rear-drive dynamics and well-weighted accurate steering that means any opportunity to take a winding back road certainly shouldn’t be missed. Handling skills have been nicely balanced with well-controlled mostly comfortable ride characteristics.

The well-finished interior has a premium look featuring soft-touch trims and diamond-quilted leather appointed seats.

Rear occupants won’t find head and leg space overly generous, a large driveline tunnel intrudes in the centre position, and width is a bit squeezy for three adults.

Outer rear seats are heated, while front occupants score comfortable and supportive heated and cooled pews, the driver also enjoying wind-in bolsters and cushion extensions.

KEY STATS

  • MLP: $79,950 (plus on-road costs)
  • ENGINE: 3.3-litre, twin-turbo petrol V6
  • ANCAP SAFETY RATING: 5 stars
  • TAILPIPE CO2 (g/km): 238

FOR:

Strong engine performance, braking and dynamics, refinement, equipment, quality finish, purchase/ownership ‘extras’.

AGAINST:

Space-saver spare, space limitations, no speed-sign recognition.