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GENESIS G70 DIESEL SALOON

2.2D Premium Line 4dr Auto

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With this G70, luxury brand Genesis offers a rather different take on the compact executive sports saloon Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

If there's one market sector that the German brands expect to be their own, it's that for the compact-to-mid-sized executive sports saloon. The kind of car epitomised by the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes C-Class and the Audi A4. Brand after brand has tried valiantly to break this segment's Teutonic dominance. Infiniti, Cadillac and Mazda's Xedos nameplate all failed; Honda's Acura brand didn't bother and even more established makes like Alfa Romeo, Lexus, Volvo and Jaguar have had very limited success here. So what chance a completely unknown Korean class entrant, Genesis, with this car, the G70? You might be inclined to write this model off with little more than a cursory glance, but don't do that quite yet. Genesis, in case you didn't know, is the Hyundai Motor Group's premium brand and the Korean conglomerate has hired some of the biggest names in the motor industry to make sure that Genesis succeeds. This G70 is offered as a saloon and a 'Shooting Brake' estate and there's a separate GV70 SUV model featuring the same mechanicals too - a platform and engineering shared with the impressive Kia Stinger GT. So yes, the G70's worth a second look.

Driving Experience

Interestingly, Genesis has chosen to completely ignore the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid tech it has access to from other Hyundai Motor Group brands and go straight from conventional combustion engines to full-EVs. For the time being, customers are being offered those ordinary engines, a 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel for those inclined to ignore the current environmental zeitgeist; or a 2.0-litre petrol turbo unit offered with either 194bhp or 241bhp. Most of the rear-driven platform engineering here is shared with the Kia Stinger but disappointingly, that model's 3.3-litre twin turbo petrol V6 (available on the G70 in other markets) isn't currently in the UK price list. The looks of this car suggests that it might be a bit of a wafter, like, say Volvo S60 or a Lexus IS, and sure it can do that in the drivetrain's 'Comfort' mode. But in 'Sport', you might be surprised by just how agile the G70 can be. Those modes also alter the damping, plus the fast versions get for pot Brembo brakes, a sports exhaust, grippy tyres and a mechanical limited slip differential for extra cornering traction. Across the range, you have to have an 8-speed auto gearbox, but it rushes through the ratios in the 242bhp petrol version to reach 62mph in 6.1s. There's no 4WD option; you'll need the GV70 SUV model for that.

Design and Build

Ex-Bentley and Lamborghini stylist Luc Donckerwolke is clearly still getting into his stride with Genesis models but he arrived at the Hyundai Motor Group soon enough to oversee some quite neat design touches to this otherwise conventional three-box saloon, which you might prefer in its alternative 'Shooting Brake' estate guise. Owners who can persuade their friends to accompany them inside should find them more impressed. There are plenty of premium materials used and the 10.25-inch centre touchscreen is just well enough disguised from the monitor you'd find in a Hyundai or a Kia for questions not to be asked. Through the wheel, you view the 12.3-inch digital dial binnacle screen with 3D-effect gauges that work much better than those used in a Peugeot 508, though the display isn't as customisable as the one you'll find in a comparable Audi or Mercedes. The seats are broad and comfortable, but headroom can be compromised a little if you've a model fitted with the big glass sunroof. Which can also affect head space at the rear, where leg room isn't particularly generous. The boot capacity (330-litres) isn't especially large either, though if that were an issue, you'd be looking at the alternative 'Shooting Brake' estate version of this car (with 465-litres); or possibly at the GV70 SUV model.

Market and Model

Prices start at just under £33,500 for the 2.0-litre petrol version - or from around £36,000 for the 2.2-litre diesel. Either way, there are three trim levels - 'Premium', 'Luxury' (around £1,800 more) and 'Sport' (around £4,000 more). These prices are comparable with the entry-level figures for cars like Audi's A4, BMW's 3 Series or the Mercedes C-Class, but with those models, you'll need to spend a lot more to get a comparable level of equipment that fitted with the G70. Just about everything you can imagine is fitted as standard. Genesis doesn't have a network of UK dealerships. Instead, everything is done via so-called Genesis 'Studios' - which will be shopfronts in upmarket shopping centres. One has already been opened in London and others will follow. But you don't have to go to one of those. You simply connect with Genesis online, then you'll be allocated your own Genesis Personal Assistant who'll take you through the sales process, from test drive to delivery - and they'll deal with after-care as well. This Assistant isn't won't be salaried on commission as an ordinary car salesperson would be, so you won't get any hard sell.

Cost of Ownership

In 2.2-litre diesel form, this G70 is reasonably economic - quoted at 42.7-44.5mpg on the combined cycle. With the 2.0-litre petrol engine, those readings fall to 31.9-35.4mpg. If you want to do better, then you'll need to ask your Genesis Personal assistant about the alternative all-electric version. Insurance is rated at either 37A or 38A. Every Genesis is covered by a 5 year Care Plan which includes scheduled servicing for 5 years or 50,000 miles. With each service visit, Genesis will collect and return the car to your door. This also applies to any necessary work required, including warranty work. You simply contact your Genesis Personal Assistant to make it happen. Who can also arrange a courtesy car. The 5 year Care Plan also includes updates to in-car navigational maps. And there's complimentary subscription to Genesis Connected Services, which will allow you to access information services from your 'phone to digitally enhance your ownership experience.

Summary

The G70 isn't going to cause BMW, Mercedes and Audi too many sleepless nights, but that doesn't mean it can't be considered a success in its own little niche. What you have here is a car with handling almost as engaging as a 3 Series; with build quality like an Audi A4; and the kind of dealer support and reliability you'd get from a Lexus IS. All combined with a unique level of 'we come to you' customer service. There's a market for that. Perhaps it ought to be bigger. What we can say for certain is that few of the rare people who will opt for a G70 will end up disappointed with their choice. The engines lack of electrification, the styling is an acquired taste and the cabin doesn't feel especially cutting-edge, but there's little else to criticise if you can make efficiency figures add up here. And this is just the first opening salvo from Genesis. We can only imagine what else might be in store.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions166.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed143mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10.25" navi screen + DAB radio + phone mirroring + genesis connected
  • 8" Dashboard cluster TFT display
  • Blind spot collision avoidance assist rear (BCA-R)
  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Electric power steering
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist Junction Turning (FCAJX)
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
  • Intelligent speed limit assist (ISLA)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Lane keeping assist (LKA)
  • Lighting backup guidelines
  • Manual speed limit assist (MSLA)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera with dynamic guidelines on screen
  • SCC smart cruise control with stop and start

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Standard suspension
  • Without limited slip differential

Entertainment

  • Front door speakers
  • Rear door low speakers
  • Steering wheel audio remote control
  • Tweeters

Exterior Features

  • Auto headlights
  • Auto high beam + dusk sensor
  • Auto up/down windows
  • Automatic window defogger
  • Black painted single rear muffler and chrome coating
  • Body coloured outside door handles
  • Dual front LED low and high projection headlamps
  • Electrochromic inside rear view mirror
  • Electrochromic outside rear view mirror
  • Laminated front side glass
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear combination lamp
  • LED rear fog lamp
  • LED rear stop light
  • Outside electrical folding rear mirror
  • Outside rear mirrors electrical adjustment + heated
  • Puddle lamps with logo
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear boot
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Standard appearance
  • Tow hitch receiver
  • Windshield acoustic film

Interior Features

  • 1x USB front
  • 2nd row heating floor output
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 4 way mechanical electric lumbar support for driver
  • 6:4 split back folding and cushion for 3 passengers
  • Central armrest
  • Console storage box
  • Console ventilation duct
  • Drink holder at centre armrest
  • Driver and passenger standard sunvisor
  • Driver height adjuster
  • Electrically adjustable driver seat
  • Electrically adjustable passenger seat
  • Front air condition with dual zone adjustment
  • Front headrests
  • Front passenger seat
  • Front power outlet
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Paddle shifter
  • Passenger dual height adjuster
  • Perforated leather with metal grain steering wheel
  • Rear headrests
  • Soft paint interior garnish
  • Standard a/b/c pillars
  • Standard pedals
  • Tilt/up and down headrest adjustment
  • USB charger console inside (1port)
  • USB charger console outside (1port)
  • USB charger front tray (1port)

Passive Safety

  • 17" front brake ventilated disc
  • 17" rear brake ventilated disc
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS + ESC + HAC + MCB (Multi Collision Brake)
  • Driver and passenger depowered airbag
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Forward collision avoidance system (car/pedestrian/bicycle)
  • Front center side airbag
  • Front thorax and pelvis + rear thorax + side curtain (ff/rr) airbag
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Rear seat alert without sensors
  • Standard brakes
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Upper and lower rear Isofix child anchor

Security

  • Central door lock driver's control
  • Immobilizer + deadlock
  • Smart key/button start

Trim

  • Leatherette dashboard

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH
    169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL
    161
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH
    148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL
    140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH
    239
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL
    235
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH
    176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL
    170

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2199
  • Compression Ratio
    16.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    85.4
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    96
  • Engine Code
    2FC5
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    6.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    42.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    44.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    43.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    45.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    49.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    52.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    31
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    31.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    42
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    43.6

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.2
  • Badge Power
    200
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    D
  • Coin Series
    Premium Line
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    36A
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    89
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    87
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    88
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    13000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    200
  • Engine Power - KW
    147
  • Engine Power - RPM
    3800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    325
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    44.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    440
  • Top Speed
    143

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1400
  • Length
    4685
  • Wheelbase
    2835
  • Width
    1850

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    60
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2240
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    330
  • Max. Loading Weight
    467
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1773
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11
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Customer Reviews

   
Mike Lowe

Mike Lowe

"Have to give the whole team at Silverstone a massive 5 stars ( my wife would have given them 6 stars for having to deal with me :-) ) From start to finish a truly professional service for the three cars that myself and my colleges chose for company cars, working with Tom and Michelle has been a pleasure, speed of response to questions has been quick and precise. Thank you and would defiantly recommend Silverstone for your leasing partner."

"6 months ago"

Lewis Higginson

Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

"2 months ago"

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"5 months ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"5 months ago"

Liam Beck

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"From initial enquiry, to keeping us informed of the car’s delivery progress, to the vehicle collection, the whole lease process with Ryan & the Silverstone Team was excellent. Myself and my partner have been really impressed by everything and hence have since recommended Silverstone to friends and family who are looking at leasing plans for later this year."

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