fuel costs shouldn't even be an issue, when last have we got a 3-Series rival as complete and worry free as this?
We’ve cracked 10,000 miles in our Best of 2019-winning Genesis G70, and it’s so far been a mostly problem-free experience. That’s great news for consumers — and this author’s sanity, as the person who manages our fleet of press and long-term vehicles — but not so great for an interesting story. Aside from fuel costs (we’ll get to those in a bit), we’ve spent a grand total of … $3.29 on needed items for the G70.
The G70 is still widely liked, or at least tolerated, by our staff, and it remains a joy to drive. For all its quirks and our complaints, the one constant has been that the G70 is fun. Senior Consumer Affairs Editor Kelsey Mays called the G70 a “hoot” to drive (because, apparently, he’s secretly a 77-year old millennial) and others echoed the sentiment. Senior Research Editor Mike Hanley said, “I still really love driving the G70 whenever I get a night or two in it. The big reasons are its just-right suspension tuning that delivers both a fun-to-drive feel and a forgiving ride at the same time, great steering feel, and a twin-turbo V-6 drivetrain that’s powerful and refined. For driving enthusiasts, it remains one of the best luxury sports sedans available today.”
Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder said, “overall, I think it’s a great car.” Editor-in-Chief Jenni Newman agreed.
“I recently spent a day in the G70 driving it out to Chicago’s suburbs and back, and what struck me was that the car was still so much fun to drive,” Newman said. “The engine and transmission work so well together, and zipping along the highway was a joy. That drive time was a good reminder of why this car was named our Best of 2019.”
The Genesis Connected Services app has also made owning the G70 somewhat easier, though it could certainly use some speed improvements.
One chief difference of our ownership experience compared to recent Best Of winners is that fewer staffers have taken the G70 for lengthy road trips. Does that have something to do with it being a compact luxury sedan versus our last three winners (two three-row SUVs and a minivan), plus more staffers having children? Most likely, but that just means more fun for those of us who don’t have kids.
It’s not all roses this far into our ownership of the G70, however — particularly when it comes to the interior. Some editors still manage to bonk their heads entering the driver’s seat.
“As the months wear on, I’m increasingly fed up with the G70’s cramped interior,” Mays said. “This car needs a bigger backseat, plus more headroom all around.”
We’ve also had significant wear and tear on the interior, which leaves us a bit disappointed. Color transfer from fabric has been an ongoing problem — we cleaned the seats in the spring, but as predicted, they’ve darkened again. Trim pieces at the base of the center console, ahead of the G70’s wireless charging pad, are also flaking. That’s not a serious issue, but it does speak to the materials quality of the G70 that we hope Genesis addresses in future models.
Copy Editor Patrick Masterson also has issues with ease of use for the G70’s multimedia system.
“Perhaps the most annoying thing for me is when I connect an external source via USB to the multimedia system,” Masterson said. “For the most part, I find the system to be clear and logical, but going from one menu to the next is difficult the deeper into submenus you get. The screen shows you a menu off to the left with things like artists, tracks and more, but touching the screen to skip backpedaling out of each submenu is impossible. It’s small, but if you’re the type of person to jump around songs or podcasts, it can be a needlessly frequent distraction from keeping your eyes on the road.”
We’ve also had some issues with the head-up display in our car, prompting two visits to the dealer. It needed scheduled service, as well, but we should again emphasize that the “visits” meant a dealer valet that meets you, leaves a loaner car and takes your Genesis in for service. That perk comes for the first three years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first), as does complimentary maintenance. Genesis covered all services save for the $3.29 out-of-pocket (for windshield washer fluid) under warranty and its complimentary maintenance program. It’s good the G70 has needed so little service since Genesis dealers have struggled to provide up-to-date digital service records as promised in the ownership experience.
Mays had high praise for the valet service. “The valet maintenance is turning out to be a huge perk,” he said. “In a gridlocked city like Chicago, where Cars.com is headquartered, eliminating the fuss of dealership visits is no small thing. Our dealer experience has had its warts, but the valet more than makes up for it. All in all, I’d take our experience versus an excellent dealer that still required you to show up.”
Back in my BMW ownership days, I would have loved to have that be my only downside. It sure beats wasting time going back and forth to the dealer. Driven conservatively enough the G70's MPG should be about average anyways.fuel costs shouldn't even be an issue, when last have we got a 3-Series rival as complete and worry free as this?
I gotta agree, if fuel economy is one of their main gripes for a sporty sedan, I'll happily take that over any other issue lolfuel costs shouldn't even be an issue, when last have we got a 3-Series rival as complete and worry free as this?
Here's the link - https://www.cars.com/articles/tire-damage-on-2019-genesis-g70-results-in-close-shave-410049/Genesis’ owner portal has yet to show any online service records for our G70, a capability the portal purports to have, but this time — unlike the first few times our G70 went in — we at least received paper records on the back end. (After we reported on missing records of any type in July, Genesis officials told us the brand was still grappling with technical hurdles to getting the online records posted. Soon afterward, our dealership sent us paper records for all visits.)
That's some really bad luck with their tire. I wonder if they got too close to a curb and that's how it got damaged.Cars.com has published the second article for their long term review. They've already had to replace a tire due to tire damage.
Also, they're still having issues with the owners portal which is very surprising.
Here's the link - https://www.cars.com/articles/tire-damage-on-2019-genesis-g70-results-in-close-shave-410049/
Yeah I'm curious about what happened as well. Too bad they don't seem to know what caused it.That's some really bad luck with their tire. I wonder if they got too close to a curb and that's how it got damaged.
Hurry Up and Weight
All that weight dials the G70’s thunderous acceleration back to merely proficient.
Allow me to provide some context: Our car has all-wheel drive and the top available engine, a turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 with 365 horsepower and 376 pounds-feet of torque — enough to get the 2-ton sedan to 60 mph in 5 seconds flat, according to Genesis’ internal testing. Driven solo, it feels just that quick. Pound the gas, and the 3.3-liter G70 springs from a stop to highway speeds with power to spare.
But with four adults aboard, acceleration lost some high-revving intensity. The G70 remained strong, moving our quartet around slower traffic with relative ease — but the howling, push-you-back burst was no more.
Gas mileage, on the other hand, was good. With tires at their recommended pressure and temperatures in the 70s, the mostly highway trip averaged 28.8 mpg, according to the G70’s trip computer. My pump fill-ups averaged 27.2 mpg, although that’s from two separate pumps — not the same one, as Cars.com editors often do on measured fuel-economy tests. Still, either figure handily exceeds the AWD 3.3-liter G70’s EPA-estimated highway mileage (25 mpg). That was with a lot of cruise control, windows generally shut and liberal air-conditioning usage throughout.
Given that experts say every 100 pounds of extra weight can lower fuel economy 1-2 percent, color me impressed with our G70’s numbers. Equally impressive? The sedan’s performance on something less than premium fuel.
Again, indulge me some context: Genesis’ sports sedan recommends premium fuel to achieve full power, but it stops short of requiring it. Officials told me at last year’s media preview that the sedan can run on 87-octane all day with no problem — a provision some competitors warn against. We’ve been filling our G70 with premium fuel, 93 octane in most cases, though in a few instances 91 octane, the minimum grade for premium.
I stumbled into testing sub-premium gas by accident, filling most of the tank with 87 octane while taking photos of the G70 at a gas station in west St. Louis. At 10.1 gallons in, I realized my error and, after some choice words I shan’t repeat here, switched to 93 octane for the remainder. The G70 has a 15.8-gallon tank, so my Missouri mishap meant 64 percent of the tank now had 87 octane. I’d have to drive back to Chicago on the rough equivalent of mid-grade, 89-octane gas.
It’s Still a Gas, Gas, Gas
Rough, however, the G70 was not. Although I didn’t conduct any measured acceleration tests with 89-octane-equivalent fuel, the G70 felt just as capable in highway acceleration for the return leg. With four adults aboard, the drivetrain had similar reserves to overtake slower traffic, and high-revving acceleration up various onramps struck me as similar.
Back in the Chicago suburbs, I filled with 9.8 gallons of 93 octane, which brings the G70’s fuel mixture back into premium territory. But if my experience proves anything, owners of the 3.3-liter G70 aren’t missing out on that much by filling up with the cheaper stuff — and given premium fuel averages 22 percent more per gallon as of this writing, per AAA, I can’t blame them.
The fuel mileage numbers they're getting is really impressive with a full car. I'm also glad to see that there wasn't much of a difference with 89 octane fuel compared to 93.Part 3 is now out, this time they looked at how it performs with 4 adults on a long road trip.