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Motor Trend begins its year-long review of the Genesis G70

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Motor Trend has added a G70 to their fleet for one of their long term reviews. They will have the G70 RWD 3.3T Elite for a year so it'll be very interesting to see how it does.

Here's the link to the first article -

I need to get one thing out of the way first: I didn't vote for the Genesis G70 to be MotorTrend Car of the Year. I was part of the underground movement trying to award it to the Honda Insight hybrid. But our effort was Sparta defending Thermopylae: valiant but doomed. And in the end, I can honestly say I'm fine with the Genesis having won. It deserved the honor of being the first South Korean vehicle to win an OTY award, and it won fair and square.

But this also means, dear reader, that my year-long loan period will not be a wet kiss to Hyundai's luxury brand. Sure, a fanboi would wax lyrical about the latest entry into the hotly contested "Is the G70 better than a BMW 3 Series?" battle (Answer: Yes, as seen in a recent comparison test)

From my perspective, however, this means I may be a bit more judicious in describing my year-long experience (I can hear our VP of advertising sales screaming from his palatial office in Detroit as I type this). But that circumspect tone will only serve to help you better, in terms of defining the nascent Genesis brand's place in the automotive world, and answering the questions that many of you have about this upstart entry:
Is the G70 just a Hyundai (or Kia) with better leather seats and stereo?
Is the G70 worth the price?
Is the G70 as good as the Germans or the Japanese?
Is the G70 service experience more like Lexus, or Hyundai?
And so on.

Trust me, over the course of the year, these questions will be answered. Just because a car wins Car of the Year doesn't mean it cannot have faults. We will find them and call them out. You only hurt the ones you love, after all.

But we will also celebrate the G70's victories, smart plays, and savvy decisions. And there are many, otherwise it never would have reached the top of our podium.

In ordering our COTY representative for a year-long loan, it was tempting to see if we could get a value-packed base model G70 with a 2.0-liter turbo-four to see if we could underprice a loaded Honda Accord (you can, BTW, as a base G70 starts at $35,895, and you can spec an Accord EX-L 2.0T all the way up to $36,034).

But the enthusiasts in the office (and my right foot) voted for the tire-melting 3.3-liter 365-hp, 376-lb-ft V-6 version. Turns out Genesis allows you to create a value-packed V-6 version, as well, for thousands (and thousands and thousands) less than the German triad. So, well done, there. The folks at Genesis must get up very early in the morning.

The G70 RWD 3.3T Elite sport sedan we ordered comes in at $43,750, plus $1,750 for the Elite package and $995 destination, totaling $46,495.

Sharp-eyed readers will see the price above and flip back to the October issue of MotorTrend, where Jonny Lieberman raved about the G70's platform-sharing, slightly larger cousin—the Kia Stinger GT—which crossed the pricing scanner at $50,100. This pricing paradox for two nearly identically equipped vehicles, the more expensive one coming from the mass-market brand, is something that should be reconciled in Seoul. If Toyota priced a Lexus ES cheaper than a Camry XLE, heads would roll in Nagoya.

So, what do you get with a G70 for 46 large? A lot.

The throaty V-6 is mated to an eight-speed shift-by-wire automatic transmission with paddle shifters and rev match, along with a limited-slip differential. The 19-inch wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires and clamped by Brembo ventilated front and rear disc brakes.

Lighting features include full LED headlights and taillights, automatic high beams, LED running lights, and LED turn indicator lights on the power-folding side mirrors.

Full leather seats provide the driver with 16-way adjustment and four-way lumbar support (the passenger seat gets a 12-and-4 adjustment pattern). Both driver and passenger get heated and ventilated seats.

A scan of the interior shows aluminum interior trim, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather, and dual-zone climate control. Information comes from a 7.0-inch instrument panel screen and an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and satellite radio blasting through a 15-speaker Lexicon stereo. There are three USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity.

The G70's smart cruise control brings the Genesis all the way to a dead stop. Safety features include seven airbags (including driver's kneebag), forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, cross-traffic collision warning, lane keeping assist, driver attentiveness warning, and a rearview camera with parking guidelines.

Adding the Elite package nets rain-sensing wipers, parking distance warning, a "wide" sunroof, and a wireless charging pad.

In total, that's a lot of stuff in a well-priced package. This is no stripped-down version designed to lure in someone who just wants the cheapest V-6 engine in the segment. This is value, pure and simple. As for how this package performs, stay tuned.


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Glad to see this is happening as reliability is my biggest concern with the G70 being such a new car.
We have the first update from Motor Trend and unfortunately they have noticed some issues with their G70. They had to deal with replacing the transmission and a leaking turbocharger hose.

Here's hoping things go smoother from here because this isn't a good start.

The first long-term update for a vehicle added to the MotorTrend garage is when we list all the vital testing information about our new vehicle. Our shiny new Genesis G70 3.3T should have had about 2,000 miles on the clock by now, with a dash out to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana to run the gamut of 0-60, 60-0, quarter-mile, skidpad, and figure-eight tests.

Except in the case of our 2019 MotorTrend Car of the Year winner, you're going to have to wait another month. Because it broke. Twice.
It's almost ironic. When we named the Alfa Romeo Giulia our 2018 Car of the Year winner, the peanut gallery snarked about how our delicate Italian confection would be spending all its time in the shop. Except it didn't. It ran great for a year and 22,000-plus hassle-free miles.

And now, we have a car from Genesis—winner of the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study over every other brand—that has spent nearly a month in the shop with serious problems.

It all started in my driveway, in which I back uphill to a street, and, once I back out, I am then facing uphill. An interesting task for any transmission. Except that, when cold, the Genesis 3.3T would shift from reverse into drive with an ominous clunk. Whereupon, when driving for the first five minutes, the eight-speed automatic transmission would be plagued with random shift patterns out of context with its duty cycle.

More seriously, when asked for forceful acceleration (necessary when turning left from my quiet residential street onto a major artery), the transmission would seemingly slip and fail to deliver propulsion, while engine revs would scream to redline. This would happen for a terrifying three-Mississippi count as I drifted into cross traffic, until the tranny would sort itself out with another clunk and finally deliver power.

Once warmed up, or on a longer drive, there were no issues. The powertrain delivered prompt, rapid acceleration. Thus, I thought this was a teething problem and would sort itself out. But the issue started happening more frequently, about half the mornings I asked it to do this, and at the 1,200-mile mark I took it to the local Genesis (read: Hyundai) dealer. I also informed Genesis PR of the issue.
The instant Lexus-like response: Replace the transmission, and the transmission control unit. The instant un-Lexus-like service: Oil-stained seats.
Still, problem solved, yes?

pon return of the car, the G70 still didn't feel right. It felt significantly slower than before. Although the transmission was no longer lurching and performing erratically, it felt like the power delivery was restricted.
So we ran it through some preliminary performance tests. It ran much slower than all G70 3.3Ts that we had tested to date. In fact, road test editor Chris Walton forgot he was in a V-6 3.3 twin turbo and thought he was running a G70 2.0T single-turbo four-banger, the results were that much slower.
Back to the dealership it went. Diagnosis: a leaking turbocharger hose. Fixed, with free loaner car delivered and retrieved at the MT office. That's more like it.

Are these one-off problems? Hard to tell. Most consumer forums love the G70 (as we did at COTY). I checked the NHTSA database and—perhaps it's a function of our current laissez-faire regulatory environment—Genesis isn't even listed among the world's automakers in the drop-down menu for "file a complaint by keyword," although you can search for recalls by VIN, and it recognizes that Genesis exists.

Meanwhile, the G70 has since been thundering around Los Angeles' South Bay, roared out to this year's COTY testing as a shuttle vehicle, and in all senses seems to be in fine fettle.

How fine? Check in next month for our test results.
FYI, it looks like MotorTrend is doing these as end of the month reports, so "2019 Genesis G70 Long-Term Update 2: ___" should release next month!

I will be on the look out for it.
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I'm looking forward to reading it too, hopefully it's been smooth driving for them.
I'm looking forward to reading it too, hopefully it's been smooth driving for them.
By now we know the general consensus which is largely positive. I doubt their experience will change much from that.
Motor Trend published Part 2 of the year-long review and after that issue with the transmission it seems like it's been nothing but smooth sailing.

Having returned from the dealership to solve some baffling transmissions issues, our long-term Genesis G70 now appears ready to romp around Los Angeles, its snarling 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 full of energy and excitement.

As such, we were ready to take our still-minty Genesis out to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for instrumented testing. Sure, we had already tested the G70 for our 2019 Car of the Year competition, but those results were taken at the Hyundai-Kia California Proving Grounds, where the high summer temperatures made the results worthy of asterisks.

Our tester's patience was rewarded. At Fontana, we nailed down some pretty impressive numbers for a $46,495 car costing substantially less than similar-performing European rivals.

The G70 3.3T's 0-60 acceleration clocked in at 4.5 seconds. The quarter-mile run came through in 13-flat at 108.5 mph. That puts it in a bit of in-between. While markedly quicker than the comparably priced Lexus IS 350 F Sport RWD and Infiniti Q50 3.0t, the G70 is a shade slower than the BMW M340i and Mercedes-AMG C43 that cost $10,000 to $15,000 more.

Is that quick enough for you? Road test editor Chris Walton noted, "One of those stealthy-quick cars people won't suspect, and you can shock them with the acceleration. We got a strong one. Launch control works rather well. Revving to 2,250 rpm, and immediately releasing the brake almost produces some wheelspin and shoves you back in the seat. Upshifts are quick and smooth."

As for slowing down, the G70's best 60-0 braking distance of 109 feet is Subaru WRX STI turf. Walton described the G70 as having an "aggressive pedal jump-in, crisp bite, minor dive, some ABS noise, but little vibration, and always straight. Some odor after several quarter-mile passes, but no degradation."

Roaring around the figure-eight resulted in a posted 24.9 seconds @ 0.77 g (avg). That's on par with the aforementioned AMG C43 4Matic, as well as the Jaguar XE 35t R-Sport, which we lauded for its exceptional handling.

And for all you brand snobs out there, all the above G70 times and distances are just a hair better than those of the G70's longer, platform-sharing cousin, the Kia Stinger GT.

Testing director Kim Reynolds described it as such: "Lots of fun hanging the tail out, but it would probably scare most people half to death. I was upshifting early from 3rd to 4th on late corner exit to calm down the stern and bring it back into line. Good brakes, predictable, 'OK-plus' steering behavior, a bit iffy lateral seat support. But the whole shebang is dominated by tail-happiness (tail-euphoria). I don't recommend the average consumer turn off ESC."

Wailing around the skidpad is one thing. But do these tendencies replicate on city streets? Yep.

My daily commute up Pacific Coast Highway through the South Bay beach cities involves lots of threshold-braking panic stops as impatient drivers dart and weave to get that extra car-length advantage between stoplights. In this instance, brake control is just as important as stopping distance, and the G70 is calm and precise, never panicky.

And when I suffer my own dart-and-weave impatience, a quick twist of the drive-mode knob into Sport results in snappy acceleration and downshifts without delay.

However, that relative lack of cornering grip, when combined with the V-6's strong 365 hp and 376 lb-ft, means sharply entering PCH traffic flow from a side street often results in the powertrain overpowering the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 255/35/ZR19 tires, producing wheelspin and traction control intervention.

The lesson here is rather counterintuitive: If there's no traffic, you can enjoy a wee slide if your hands are quick. But when you're merging into a small hole in the midst of heavier congestion, being deliberate and rolling into the throttle, rather than mashing it to the firewall, may result in a more precise outcome.

What we are rapidly finding is that, in a performance-per-dollar equation, the Genesis G70 3.3T is one of the best values on the market.
Here's their latet update for the review. Apparently their G70 is turning a lot of heads. It's pretty funny that they've met people that think it's a Lexus.

The only thing that isn't working properly is the windshield wiper assembly of all things. Hopefully it's a quick fix for them.

Our Genesis G70 Is Attracting a Lot of Attention

It ain't me, it's the car.

I have been more than a bit surprised by the public acceptance regarding the looks of the new Genesis G70. In a world of samey, elephantine SUVs, could it be the compact sedan is now the cool-indie choice of transport? Certainly, the Genesis delivers on all the styling fronts.

From the restrained hexagonal grille that shares geometric language with the headlights and other air inlets, to the sculpted wheel wells and arches, to the carved fluidity of the body-side sheetmetal, to the fast, coupe-like roofline, this sedan talks to people. Even the high trunklid, which shares its roots with the much-derided Bangle Butt of the early 2000s BMWs, works well in this aspect.

I'm not a fan of the chromed asymmetric chevron detail trailing the front wheel arches, but I've also envisioned the car without it, and the result would be plain and anonymous. So I get why it's there.

My personal design philosophy leans toward the, "If it looks right, it is right," school. And the G70 looks right in proportion and stance. It's hard to make a compact car look ready to pounce, but the Genesis succeeds. From 50 yards away, it stands out in a parking lot, which is likely why many folks—mostly women—have approached and asked what kind of car it is.

If it were a new BMW, the conversation would be a quick, "Oh, OK." Many think it's a Lexus that has finally done away with the Predator grille. But when I tell them it's a Genesis, there's often some confusion. American? Japanese? Clearly, this is a brand that still needs to get its name in the forefront of the American car-shopper's psyche.

It helps that our G70 comes with a paint color that reacts well to a Southern California sunset. Pedants will call it "white," but the Siberian Ice paint carries a faint undertone of sky blue that gives it depth and warmth—even when an intestinally distressed seagull unloads an impressive-and-disturbing scat on the hood.

As for driving the G70 around town, following the car's early woes and transmission replacement, everything has seemed well. The G70 squirts through microscopic holes in traffic—its 365-hp twin-turbo V-6 providing instant thrust, the suspension (set in Sport mode, natch) keeping the car composed under such sudden moves.

Then it rained. That's when I discovered that the windshield wipers may have been incorrectly installed. Not the blades—the actual wiper assembly. When actuated, the driver's-side wiper leaves a larger-than-normal expanse of uncleared rain at the foot of the windshield, and the sweep of the wiper sends the tip past the junction of the windshield and the A-pillar. At the apogee of each wiper sweep, my ears are assaulted by a thwack of the blade overshooting the mark.

But as rain is a rare occurrence here in L.A., I can wait for when the car goes in for its next service to have the dealer investigate.
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Here's Part 4 of the review -

They aren't too keen on Genesis' semi-autonomous system but again no major issues to report on their G70.

Receiving delivery of a new car should be a celebratory occasion. So imagine my distress, on my first day of striding across the company parking lot to my shining-new, MotorTrend Car of the Year-winning, Genesis G70 … and discovering a massive, vulgar seagull scat plastered across the hood.

An omen? In some cultures, such avian offense actually means good luck. And after some initial teething problems, the G70 has performed flawlessly.

I am continually surprised by the horsepower-plus-luxury-per-dollar equation this car delivers. Typically, if you want 365 hp of sweet turbocharged six-cylinder goodness wrapped in luxury leather and tech features galore, you are spending well north of $50K (especially if the brand is German). But the Genesis G70 3.3T, as tested, weighs in at $46,495. That, friends, is value.

The staff is learning its way around some of the Hyundai-borne technology, such as the semi-autonomous smart cruise system. When lolling through the morning traffic of L.A. 's South Bay beach cities, the Genesis system is among the industry's best at gauging following distance and the initiation of slowing down, stopping, and re-engaging with traffic—without leaving a too-large gap that invites others to dive in front.

However, as features editor Scott Evans discovered on a road trip to Palm Springs, that smart cruise is less capable on open freeways prone to surging speeds. This is especially true when smart-cruising at a free-flowing 80 mph and there are unexpected brake lights about a half-mile ahead—and then waiting (and waiting) for the Genesis to recognize that those brake lights aren't for cars slowing down … they've stopped. By the time the G70 recognized the situation, the braking was a bit aggressive, making Evans hope the driver behind him was paying attention.

To be sure, many cars' semi-autonomous systems still struggle with this issue, under varying conditions. In the case of the G70's irritatingly delayed reaction time, Evans finally just switched the system off rather than have to constantly hover his foot over the brake pedal just in case the car's reaction time was too slow for his comfort.

Otherwise, the G70's infotainment and interior layout are smart. The detents of the toggles, the sweeps of the switches and stalks, and the smooth clicks of the knobs provide a sense of elegance. Transitions between vehicle systems (such as satellite radio or Genesis' excellent live-traffic map) to and from texting or calls in Apple CarPlay are handled cleanly and without fuss.

And while the leather seats are supportive and comfortable, the G70's hip-point-to-headliner ratio seems proportioned to a 90th percentile Korean driver, rather than to a 6-foot-1 American with high hair that continually brushes the headliner's sunroof cutout.

Speaking of omens, the Genesis delivered a second one more recently. As I hopped in the G70 on my way to work one brisk December morning, with SiriusXM streaming through the crisp 15-speaker, 660-watt Lexicon stereo, Eminem dashblasted me with "Lose Yourself." Later that day, I was named editor-in-chief of MotorTrend. You only get one shot. Do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime. You said it, Marshall.
We finally have a new update on the G70! This time around they have been dealing with the driver-side wiper of all things. Somehow they wiper arm on the long term car was reversed!

Enter Kim Reynolds, MotorTrend testing director and someone who loves a challenge. We had a short-term loaner G70 for another test, so we lined them up side by side. What do you know … as you can see from the photos, in Kim's words: "The arms themselves are reversed on the long-term car versus the identical short-termer. The blades are the correct sizes and are on the correct sides but will have to be switched when the arms are swapped."

That the Korean car industry has made stunning strides in quality is no recent event, but some folks still haven't heard about it. After fighting the same "cheap tin can" arguments faced and overcome by the Japanese automakers some 20 years prior, Hyundai stunned industry-leading Toyota in having fewer defects in the 2004 JD Power & Associates Initial Quality Survey.

Hyundai built on its quality reputation from there, most recently with the Genesis luxury brand winning JD Power's brand award for having the best initial quality in 2019.

That left me pondering what happened on the assembly line the day our MotorTrend Car of the Year-winning Genesis G70 rolled to completion. We've already documented the issues with the transmission, but we had yet to find an answer to why the windshield wipers worked so erratically. The driver's-side wiper, specifically.

Any time a driver would activate the wipers, the arc of the driver's-side wiper left a huge expanse of unreached water on the lower corner of the windshield, while making an accompanying thwack sound as it reached the apogee of its arc. Thing is, it hardly rains in California, so there was no urgent motivation to take it to a dealer to check it out.

Enter Kim Reynolds, MotorTrend testing director and someone who loves a challenge. We had a short-term loaner G70 for another test, so we lined them up side by side. What do you know … as you can see from the photos, in Kim's words: "The arms themselves are reversed on the long-term car versus the identical short-termer. The blades are the correct sizes and are on the correct sides but will have to be switched when the arms are swapped."

But I wasn't done there. As there have been quite a few errors with this supposedly high-quality vehicle, (a converse of often-mocked Alfa Romeo Giulia, which had nary an issue during its year with us), I dug a little deeper.

Or G70's date of manufacture was October 4, 2018. Would there have been any news of import that would have been a distraction to factory workers? Typhoon Kong-rey was lurking off the coast. Peace talks with North Korea were about to get underway. And former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption—but that's not as big a deal as it sounds, as he was the country's fourth ex-leader convicted of said offense.

So I called Genesis PR. It's a truism that it's best to avoid any brand-new vehicle in its first model year, no matter which brand. Teething problems usually need to get sorted, as we are discovering with our G70. Turns out, our unit was around the 6,500th down the assembly line. Hardly the first, but still a relatively early build. Hopefully more recent buyers are having better luck.
The G70 spends some time on the track in the latest update. Deosn't seem like there's been any issues since the last article.

When I was given the keys to the Genesis G70 3.3T for a recent Top Gear America filming stint, I was extremely excited. We don't get Genesis the marque in the U.K. or Europe (though there are plans to launch in 2020), and I always think they look great zipping around California. I'm also a big fan of the characterful and hilariously oversteery Kia Stinger. Surely a smaller, lighter, and more agile Stinger with a higher-quality interior would be something pretty special?

My week with the G70 took in plenty of freeways, a blast up into the Angeles Forest area for filming, and a few laps of Streets of Willow. Sorry about the slightly noisy brakes, I'm sure they'll settle down. Probably.

For the most part the G70 lived up to expectations. It's quick, nicely balanced, and genuinely entertaining. Most of all, there's an honesty and intuitive feel to the chassis, which I like. It feels like a sport sedan that wants to be a sport sedan, whereas the German competition seem so keen to be luxurious and tech-heavy that the dynamism is hidden away for only the truly committed to discover. It's funny how manufacturers with such a rich history seem less sure of their identity than a relative upstart like Genesis.

Which isn't to say the G70 is perfect. I like the slightly gruff, gutsy 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, but the eight-speed automatic gearbox is pretty annoying. It's never silken or invisible when you're simply going with the flow in traffic, and when you ask for precise, punchy shifts in Sport mode and start exercising the gearshift paddles, it pretty much ignores your requests. It'll change up whenever it damn well chooses, OK?

Other gripes: For me the interior is still some way off something from Audi or BMW, despite so many cues clearly borrowed from the latter. It feels a little lightweight and brittle. On the other hand, perhaps that plays into the sense that this is a sport sedan that harks back a couple of generations. Its sensibilities are rooted in handling, steering accuracy, and body control rather than endless driver aids and connectivity (though the Apple CarPlay starts up instantly and is about a million times easier to access than in a BMW).

Up on Angeles Forest Highway the G70 felt pretty tidy. It's not blessed with an abundance of grip, and the Michelins squeal and screech in protest. But despite the aural drama, the Genesis is calm and collected. There's very little understeer, and although the G70 likes to slide at the rear, it does so with almost slow-motion progression. It's just the sort of balance I like, but I can imagine it would feel a little too loose for some.

I'd like to say the traction control system tidies it all up without fuss, but it's a mark of the car's inherent rightness that I turned off all the electronics as soon as the road started to twist and turn ahead. The only chip in the armor is that big bumps really unsettle the car when the chassis is loaded. Body control generally is just a little on the soft side.

On track the G70 is a hoot. The brakes really protest after just a couple of laps, but the Genesis slides with real grace. The gearbox remains a weak link, and the G70 won't trouble any lap records, but there's just something fundamentally right about the chassis underneath this thing.
I can't help thinking there's a great M3 rival lurking within the G70, if only they'd uncork it. Doesn't the G90 come with a 5.0-liter V-8 with 420 hp? Wonder if those clever Genesis people could retune that engine for top-end power rather than lazy torque, cram it into a G70, and really go to town on tying down the chassis. Now that's a car I'd like to borrow the next time I'm in town…
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When folks buy a car, most hope that's the last they'll see of the dealership. But in the luxury-car arena, many brands have created Taj Majal showrooms that, before the global health crisis, served as well-heeled hangouts—complete with espresso bars, putting greens, and other glitzy touches. If you needed an oil change, it was a far more plush place to chill than at Jiffy Lube with a stack of old magazines and the hoi polloi.

But Genesis is going a slightly different route—partly as a futuristic endeavor, and partly out of necessity. You see, Genesis is an offshoot of Hyundai Motor, and Hyundai dealers wanted to get Genesis franchises, as well, just like Toyota dealers did with Lexus. Problem is, Hyundai dealers rank below the industry average among mainstream brands in the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Index. Plus, Hyundai dealers were resistant to spending millions of dollars on a shiny retailing palace for an uncertain return. Add in numerous states' arcane and often conflicting franchising laws regarding new dealerships, and it's not the greatest starting point for a new brand.

Amidst this standoff, Genesis still had cars to sell, and it didn't want its quizzical customers to go to a Hyundai store. So it created a concierge service that would deliver cars to your door for a test drive and do the paperwork online. If service was needed, the concierge would deliver a loaner car and whisk away your car until it was ready. That the operation was based out of Hyundai dealers didn't matter; the customer never saw how the sausage was made.

Until current social distancing rules set in, that is. And that was how I discovered how my long-term Genesis G70 got worked on.

Early on, when the G70 had some transmission and turbocharger woes, the local Genesis dealer responded promptly, delivered a top-trim Genesis replacement loaner, and took care of the issues (though leaving a reminder in the form of oil-stained seats).

But then quarantine and social distancing measures went into place. In an abundance of caution, our local Genesis dealer pulled the plug on the concierge. That meant I would be going into a rather bedraggled Hyundai store to get service done.

When photographer Brandon Lim came back from a photo shoot reporting some rear-end vibration in the G70, he looked at the rear tires and noticed some premature rear in the right-rear Michelin. He didn't remember hitting a pothole and swore he wasn't doing donuts in the parking lot. Still, the wear looked pretty harsh. And it was just the one tire, with a shade more than 12,000 miles on the clock.

I called the Genesis, ahem, Hyundai dealer and made a service appointment to get a second opinion on the tires and also have an alignment check—because, hey, free maintenance for three years on all Genesis products, plus this could be a warranty issue.

Turns out the Hyundai dealer has a service deal with a neighboring dealership; the Genesis got shipped over to the nearby Mazda dealer for its alignment check. The Mazda dealer gave the alignment a slight true, and gave it the all clear. But I took another look at the tire, and it looked pretty bad. Down-to-the-threads bad.

I asked the service writer, "You know I work for MotorTrend, right? We drive cars hard. We don't just commute down Hawthorne Boulevard at 35 mph." His response: "Oh yeah, the mechanic said the tires are fine." (So said the first service adviser ever who passed up a chance to sell a new set of tires at outrageous dealer-markup prices.)

But with another MotorTrend staffer ready to put some big miles on the G70 with a run to Mendocino, CA, I didn't want to take any chances. And although we're pretty good at analyzing tires, I wanted to confirm my caution. I sent some photos to Jen Stockburger at Consumer Reports, who in a previous life led tire evaluation for Pirelli Armstrong. She saw the bad tire, called it out for "chunking," and advised immediate replacement.

Fortunately, our friends at Continental sprung for us to have a new set of ExtremeContact Sports, and the folks at Tire Rack got them to us in no time flat. ZipTire switched out the rubber, and we were back in business.

Still, I was disturbed that the Genesis/Hyundai/Mazda dealers missed this one. And it made me wonder if, when Genesis finally opens a proper showroom in L.A. 's South Bay, they'll hire mechanics with sharper diagnostic skills.
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