Ge­n­e­sis G70 AWD

Up­mar­ket Hyundai sa­loon is promis­ing rather than a rev­e­la­tion


Korean 3 Se­ries ri­val as­sessed

The steady rise of Ge­n­e­sis con­tin­ues with this new four­door sa­loon, con­ceived as a com­peti­tor to the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Se­ries. Set to go on sale in Korea and North Amer­ica in early 2018, the G70 is sched­uled to en­ter Europe by the end of the decade.

The G70 will of­fer three tur­bocharged en­gines in com­bi­na­tion with ei­ther stan­dard rear-wheel drive or op­tional four­wheel drive, in­clud­ing the head­line 3.3-litre V6 petrol unit tested here.

The en­gine has a sport­ing edge that en­thu­si­asts will ap­pre­ci­ate. There is plenty of torque and a freerevving na­ture to its delivery means it can be worked hard with­out any un­due harsh­ness. The stan­dard eight-speed gear­box, on the other hand, is a lit­tle slow to re­act both in au­to­matic and man­ual modes, even if the ac­tual shifts are quite smooth.

The so­phis­ti­cated in­te­rior fea­tures proper metal de­tail­ing, alu­minium trims, agree­able soft-touch plas­tics and loads of quilted leather. The cabin is well in­su­lated, with lit­tle wind noise at typ­i­cal mo­tor­way cruis­ing speeds, which helps to pro­vide the G70 with a pre­mium am­bi­ence that lifts it well above its main­stream Hyundai sib­lings.

The front seats of­fer plenty of sup­port and com­fort, with de­cent knee and head room. It is a dif­fer­ent story in the rear, where knee room is scarce and the slop­ing roofline com­pro­mises head room. The boot, mean­while, is quite deep, but a rather small aper­ture lim­its load­ing width.

Like its ri­vals, the G70 uses a mul­ti­link rear sus­pen­sion. It is al­lied to a me­chan­i­cal limited-slip dif­fer­en­tial and, in 4×4 ver­sions, a torque vec­tor­ing func­tion to jug­gle the ap­por­tion­ing of drive be­tween each rear wheel. It also has a 50/50 frontto-rear weight dis­tri­bu­tion.

The G70 has hit its tar­get of de­liv­er­ing com­fort over sporti­ness, with pre­dictable han­dling and a gen­eral ease of driv­ing. The Korean-spec model we drove was able to sponge away smaller bumps ef­fec­tively, though it was oc­ca­sion­ally un­set­tled by larger un­du­la­tions, re­veal­ing a lack of damp­ing con­trol.

What im­presses is the car’s abil­ity to sup­press road noise. How­ever, the elec­tronic-as­sisted steer­ing lacks con­sis­tent weight­ing; there’s a light­ness off-cen­tre but ar­ti­fi­cial weight­i­ness when you wind on lock.

Ge­n­e­sis could do no worse than to build on this model with a test pro­gramme in the UK if the brand is se­ri­ous about mix­ing it with the pre­mium class com­pe­ti­tion over here.

Hand­some, well-in­su­lated cabin sets the car apart from other Hyundais

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