2022 Genesis G70 Review: The BEST small luxury car?

Welcome to Tech in the Car! This beautiful 
car is a Genesis G70 saloon and Genesis are  
new to the uk market they actually started 
in 2015 when they became their own brand  
they used to be the luxury division of Hyundai 
now their own division but part of the same  
group and they launched in the uk in may 2021 
so this is the G70 and i love the way this car  
looks this looks to me like my rs3 Audi RS3 
made love to an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio  
and put a bentley style grill on the front it 
looks stunning this is a head turner of a car  
everywhere i drive people stop and look at it 
and ask me about it this color is my yorker blue  
but this car just looks quite quite stunning let’s 
talk about the engines and different trims so this  
is the 2.2 liter diesel this has 197 horsepower 
and over 400 newton meters of torque so we got two  
different petrol versions they’re only available 
as eight speed automatics and there’s several  
different trims there’s your premium trim your 
luxury trim and your sport trim this is a sport  
trim this has also got the innovation pack and the 
comfort seat pack which we’ll look at in

a second  
but the innovation pack includes stuff like that 
head up display which you may not be able to see  
from here and lots of other cool stuff as well now 
one thing which you might notice when you look at  
the front you might go that grill it looks a lot 
like a bentley well the guy that designed the  
bentley continental actually is now at genesis 
and he’s the one that designed this car so that  
is why it looks very familiar and it gives it an 
understated elegance i say understated everybody’s  
been looking at this car and asking me about it 
maybe it’s not that understated but it gives it  
an elegance at the front and the front of the car 
is meant to represent the badger genesis badge  
some wings with a crest in the middle well the 
dual led headlights are meant to represent the  
wings with the lines and then the grille is meant 
to represent the badge in the middle so that’s why  
it looks like that at the front really really 
beautiful like a car there’s a ton of safety  
features on this car we’ve got a surround view 
360 camera here we’ve also got our adaptive cruise  
control and lane assist cameras up there and it’s 
got this really nice bulge on the bonnet here  
which actually looks really really cool how much 
does the Genesis G70 cost well the petrol version  
in the premium trim starts at around 33 000 
pounds and the most expensive model is also  
a petrol version in the sports room which is 
around 40 000 pounds this car has spent cost  
46 260 pounds including the innovation pack and 
the comfort see and as i mentioned the innovation  
pack has all of the cool bits of technology on 
it the sports line which is what this is also  
has these massive 19 inch wheels with the red 
brembo brake calipers and the innovation kit  
includes stuff like the head-up display it 
also includes 3d drivers dials yes i did say 3d  
like seeing a 3d movie except for much better 
than a 3d movie and not nearly as long that is  
very very cool as part of the innovation pack so 
there is like some really cool technology in this  
car there’s one other thing which genesis do 
which is amazing there’s a five-year care plan  
which includes warranty and servicing and courtesy 
car and everything you could need to worry about  
with a car this is really convenient how does it 
work when it’s due time for service you call up  
your genesis personal assistant another benefit 
you get with these cars and somebody on the phone  
in genesis for you to contact directly and they 
arrange for a lorry to come out pick up your car  
take it away they give you a replacement car your 
car gets serviced and they bring it back i really  
love that that’s really thoughtful and it takes 
away one of the biggest hassles of having a car  
servicing having a car while your car’s being 
serviced the cost and the inconvenience is  
included so really really clever from genesis big 
thank you to genesis for doing that because it is  
really really something and i love it i feature 
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let’s talk side design of this car so you will 
notice there is a very very nice swooping roof  
line here a coupe yes roofline even though 
this is a saloon that gives it a very distinct  
look in fact this part of the car is very much 
reminding me of an alfa romeo julia quadrifoglio  
with this swooping roof line despite looking 
fantastic there is a disadvantage and that is that  
there isn’t as much face in the back of the car as 
you would get in a traditional saloon of this size  
now if you’re not always carrying people in the 
back of the car then i’d be fine but if you have  
a lot of people in the back then they’re probably 
going to be squashed up there and i’ll get in the  
back so you can see for yourself in a minute so 
not as spacious in the back as you would want  
front plenty of space again this is a result 
of the design which is a longer bonnet and a  
shorter back which means there’s less space here i 
love this car i think it’s fantastic to look at i  
think it’s fantastic with technology i think it’s 
fantastic to drive as well but that is one of the  
negatives one of the minor negatives i would have 
is rear space the other thing you might notice is  
down here we have an interesting little feature 
now is that a real vent it is a real vent there is  
really a vent here and air comes through the back 
and out here to reduce the pressure at the front  
of the car and it’s got the same dual design 
as the headlights and the genesis logo as well  
a real vent in a place where you would not expect 
it that is something cool let’s have a look at  
the back design of this genesis g70 so this is 
a diesel version so it’s got dual exhaust here  
on the petrol version there’s a oval exhaust 
on both sides this is kind of a mercedes-esque  
look for the exhaust pipes and the back here we’ve 
got a little boot lip and then we’ve got our 360  
camera for the rear we’ve got the genesis logo 
across the back here and now one thing you might  
notice which is very very unusual is you might 
notice these two areas here these actually shine  
light onto the road when you’re reversing so they 
show you where the car is on the road with actual  
physical lights and not just on the entertainment 
screen where you get lines displayed over the  
camera view but they actually project right onto 
the road i’ve never seen that before that’s very  
very cool how much luggage space is there in the 
back of the G70 so we’ve got an electric boot  
press the button it goes up there’s 330 liters 
of space back here there are some tether points  
at the side you can put the seats down but you 
have to do it inside the car it’s about on par  
with other cars in the segment i do like the fact 
it’s got electric lid you can also lock the car  
from here as well how is it for space here in 
the back of the G70 well first of all this seat  
the passenger seat in front of me is in a position 
where i can just about sit and you can see there’s  
actually quite a lot of space here it’s slightly 
less space at the top because it’s got a coupe  
esque roof line but it’s okay but one thing you 
will notice looking at this car is that if you  
look across my knees here to the driver’s side 
there is not a lot of space here now i’m one meter  
78 i’m gonna see if i can fit behind that seat in 
the driving position i’m over here now sitting on  
the driver’s side this is my driving position 
i don’t have as much space i think it’s fair to  
say that the design of this car compromises a 
bit on the room on the back seats of this car  
you can live with it no problem at all but if 
you were to be constantly carrying people in the  
back of your car then this design may not be the 
best genesis have even thought about this because  
on the seat on this side it actually lets 
you move the seat forwards and backwards
to make more space so they’ve thought about it and 
they obviously agree that space in the back here  
may be a bit of a premium you can’t obviously 
do that on the driver’s seat you wouldn’t  
want anybody moving your seat forwards backs or 
driving that wouldn’t be very safe but what about  
in general the ambiance and the feeling in the 
back of this car so we’ve got a nice little coat  
hook here which is metal i like that i haven’t 
seen any metal coat hurts on the back here  
we’ve got this netting here which allows me to 
store stuff i love some good netting we’ve got  
this sandstorm gray color which is really really 
nice it looks more cream to me but it’s going to  
have some gray and gives a nice contrast we’ve got 
a usb port down here in the middle we’ve got two  
climate ports there and you know the seats are 
comfortable they’re even heated as well on the  
back of the car so you can actually turn the seat 
heating on and off to keep yourself warm in the  
winter not all cars have heated seats in the rear 
inside the g70 it feels very very very luxurious  
and comfortable and advanced and modern yet also 
maybe more classical and what i mean by that is  
most brand new cars they don’t have buttons inside 
at least not as many buttons as this car has  
this car has a shortcut row of buttons for 
map navigation radio media favorite setup and  
then your volume and power control and file seek 
buttons that’s very unusual normally most of these  
controls exist in the infotainment system likewise 
we’ve got actual knobs for adjusting the climate  
control turn the knobs and it gets warm or colder 
depending on what you want on most cars there’s a  
little screen by the climate control which shows 
you the temperature even if it’s not displayed on  
the big screen on this car there isn’t but it 
displays everything up here so you don’t miss  
anything plus this car has a comfort seat pack so 
we’ve got heated and cooled seats which you just  
press a button this car’s got a heated steering 
wheel as well and we’ve got buttons down here  
underneath the dials for the climate control 
for front and rear demisting nice and easy to  
control when you’re driving now if you watch my 
video on the mercedes eqs450 plus that i drove  
in santa monica in los angeles and california i 
complained there were too many buses on that car  
this is a very good compromise because we’ve got 
the climate control easily laid out and then we’ve  
got shortcuts to enter the infotainment system 
and we still have this 10.3 inch infotainment  
display with android auto apple carplay able 
to connect to the genesis connected services  
and access all of the benefits that this car has 
because the innovation pack which is also on this  
car includes wireless charging and also includes 
this fantastic 12.3 inch 3d display now i can’t  
show you what that looks like on camera because 
it has two cameras down here which track your eyes  
and so i can’t give you a demonstration of that on 
this video but i can tell you that when you change  
your dials between modes the dials become 3d when 
you’re looking at your car assistant information  
it will tell you where the lanes are and you’ll 
see it in 3d so you have a layer of depth to it  
which helps you see what’s going on this is part 
of the innovation pack i would recommend it if you  
buy one of these cars buy the innovation pack 
because it gives you all this cool technology  
plus the 360 surround view camera which is 
absolutely fantastic now the seats i have to give  
a special call out to the series because these 
are 12-way adjustable so that includes not only  
the obvious bits like the angle and the height 
and how far forwards and backwards they are it  
also includes the side bolsters which can adjust 
to tighten or loosen and actually automatically  
change when you put the car into sport mode it 
also includes the thigh rests and there’s lumbar  
support on here as well so you’ve got four-way 
lumbar control so these seats are exceptionally  
comfortable i really really really like these 
seats the genesis g70 saloon is a very beautiful  
to look at car i’ve mentioned how people always 
look at me in this car and they ask me questions  
about it so it’s definitely got the striking look 
the look that everybody wants to know about this  
car but what’s it like to actually drive well it’s 
a very very easy to drive car this is the diesel  
version with a 2.2 liter engine which puts out 
197 horsepower or 200 ps at 440 newton meters talk  
it’s in my orca blue and this car does 0 to 60 in 
7.4 seconds or 0 to 62 miles an hour i should say  
because it’s a diesel it has a lot of torque and 
you can definitely feel that when driving the car  
the engine could do with being a bit more powerful 
and i think if i was going to buy one of these i  
would go for the more powerful petrol version 
but it has enough power for you to overtake and  
for you to drive around and quite comfortably 
not feel like you’re lacking for power so you  
can enjoy the diesel just as much as you can do 
the petrol obviously the benefit of the diesel  
is better fuel economy so you’ll save money on 
your fuel costs and this fantastic 3d instrument  
display in front of me so the dials in front of 
me are in 3d and it’s really cool this class is  
3d and there’s a camera in the front here which 
looks at my eyes and then changes the position  
of the dials depending on where i’m looking you 
can turn it off in the settings if you don’t  
like it but i think it’s fantastic and it makes 
seeing information like the driver assistance  
even better because you have some depth the 
information that you’re seeing so this car all  
round is a really really good car are there much 
differences in the mode so i in eco mode now so in  
eco mode i get these really cool 3d dials and then 
the most 3d dials you can get on this 3d display  
they look really really cool and funky you can 
see the rpm is sort of behind the speed which is  
behind the temperature on the right hand side 
so it’s very very very clever how this works  
in eco mode this was designed obviously 
to give you the best economy when driving  
if i move to comfort mode it’s a bit more 
responsive there isn’t a lot of change when  
driving around in normal traffic i would say 
when i change it into sports mode a few things  
happen first of all the bolsters on the side 
of the seat which hold you in suddenly get  
really tight to hold you in because obviously 
in sport mode the idea is you’re driving more  
spiritedly so you want to be holding your seats 
so that’s the first thing i’ve never had that on  
a car before happened to me the second thing is 
obviously the revs get a bit higher so you get  
a nicer noise from the engine and then the third 
thing is and the performance and the third thing  
is the dials turn to the sporty dials the car 
definitely feels a lot more responsive and a lot  
faster accelerating and i think if you were going 
to accelerate somebody there’s a bit of a delay  
when it kicks down in the other modes you probably 
want to put in sport mode there is another mode  
sports plus and in sports plus stability mode 
turns off the fact that there is a more intense  
version of sport which turns off the stability 
control that you could potentially use at a race  
track and take advantage of that rear differential 
is really really really clever and cool and it  
shows that genesis have been thinking about not 
only the luxury side but also about the driving  
side so what is my final conclusion let’s head 
back what’s my take in the car rating for this  
the genesis g70 saloon comfort it gets four 
out of five it’s really comfortable to drive  
driving assistance five out of five it has 
everything including highway lane assist  
which adjusts the speed and keeps you in lane 
automatically for connectivity i give it five  
out of five it’s got the connected app so you can 
see what’s going on from your phone and then for  
value i give it four out of five although it is 
more pricey as it goes up towards the top end  
is fantastic value for what it is and it really 
is a fantastic car and overall this car gets  
25 out of 30 in my tech in the car rating 
it’s a great car definitely check one out

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