2024 Genesis G70 Sport Prestige RWD (Photo provided by Genesis)

2024 Genesis G70 Sport Prestige RWD (Photo provided by Genesis)

2024 Genesis G70 Sport Prestige RWD

  • By Larry Lark
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024 12:08pm
  • LifeCars

In my humble opinion, the 2024 Genesis G70 Sport Prestige sport sedan provides the most bang for the buck in the competitive luxury market.

Forget Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus and the others, the award-winning rear-wheel drive delivers agile and powerful driving performance with a renewed focus on its interior cabin experience – all at a surprising low price tag.

My tester was powered by a 3.3-liter, twin turbo, V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The combo delivers 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, accelerating from 0-to-60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 149 miles per hour.

The secret sauce includes an electronically-controlled suspension, limited slip differential, MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension, and the newly added Brembo brakes.

Enhanced features for this model year include new touch-type climate controls and a frameless rearview mirror as standard equipment. G70 seats four adults in posh comfort, includes a spacious trunk, and receives a 27 miles per gallon rating down the highway by the EPA.

“We are pleased to bring important updates to our award-winning G70 lineup,” said Claudia Marquez, chief operating officer of Genesis Motor North America. “Customers are passionate about the exhilarating driving experience provided by the G70 sport sedan, and we can’t wait to offer them a number of enhancements, including more standard power and performance for the 2024 model.”

I was fortunate to test the G70 on recent golf outings to the Olympia Country and Golf Club and North Bellingham golf course. Both were lengthy trips, giving me plenty of time to experience the beguiling combination of power and handling that make this a driver’s car par excellence.

My personal favorite creature comforts were the Nappa leather, heated and ventilated front seats with lumbar support, bolsters and cushion extensions, wide sunroof, 10.25-inch navigation system that guided me with ease, smart cruise control that made navigating freeway traffic a breeze, and the Lexicon premium audio system that spun tunes in crystal-clear clarity.

Other goodies included Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charger, head-up display, heated steering wheel, power trunk, surround view monitor, USB C charging, and microfiber suede headliner and pillars.

Exterior upgrades were 19-inch alloy wheels, variable exhaust valve system, sport aluminum trim, and a “Cavendish Red” coat of enamel. G70 lines a sleek and elongated, creating the illusion of forward movement, even when parked in the driveway.

The enhanced G70 delivers Genesis “Digital Key” with “Near Field Communication” compatibility. The Digital Key is paired using Apple Wallet and Samsung Pass. The vehicle intelligently recognizes the driver and automatically authenticates them, loading their customized vehicle preferences. Genesis Digital Key also allows the vehicle owner to share keys with others. For example, a driver with an Apple device may share their key with another via iMessage, and revoke access to the vehicle with the click of a button.

Completing the tight Genesis G70 luxury package is an advanced safety technology suite that pushes the car to the front of its class.

Highlights include forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning, blind spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, rearview camera, safe exit warning, and rear occupant alert.

G70 is manufactured in South Korea and comes with a complimentary 3-year, 36k maintenance, service valet and map care warranty.

Base Price: $51,200

Price As Driven: $56,250

Destination charge is included in base price. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.

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