The Genesis G70 – Hyundai’s answer to the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Lexus IS sports sedans – has finally arrived in Australia after numerous delays.
For now, there is only one showroom – in the Sydney CBD – but others will follow in Brisbane and Melbourne in 2020.
Instead, Genesis plans to sell vehicles through factory-owned stores at a fixed price – no matter how hard buyers haggle – even though discounts in the luxury sector are now generous and commonplace.
There is a choice of two engines – a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder and a twin turbo 3.3-litre V6 – each available in three model grades.
The four-cylinder is available in the following designations:
- 2.0T – $59,300 plus on-road costs
- 2.0T Sport – $63,300 plus on-road costs
- Ultimate – $69,300 plus on-road costs
The V6 is available in the following designations:
- 3.3T Sport – $72,450 plus on-road costs
- 3.3T Ultimate – $79,950 plus on-road costs
- 3.3T Ultimate Sport – $79,950 plus on-road costs
The RRPs are dearer than originally forecast and closer to the pricing of more established brands.
Prices on the Genesis website as this article was published showed costs ranged from $64,100 drive-away for the cheapest model to $93,800 drive-away for the dearest model.
The formula for the Genesis sports sedan mirrors that of the prestige brands with which it is trying to compete: all G70 models are matched with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel-drive.
Four-cylinder versions have an output of 179kW of power and 353Nm of torque and a claimed fuel consumption average of 8.7L/100km.
V6 versions have an output of 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque and a claimed fuel consumption average of 10.2L/100km.
The fuel consumption for both engines is higher than their respective rivals.
Both engines require 95 premium unleaded, as per most European peers, however the Genesis engines only meet Euro V emissions standards rather than the latest Euro VI standards.
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All models come with a five-star safety rating and seven airbags. Advanced safety includes autonomous emergency braking, radar cruise control with traffic stop-and-go, blind zone warning, rear cross-traffic alert, individual tyre pressure monitors, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.
Missing are rear AEB (available on an increasing number of vehicles), cyclist detection when opening a door (as per Audi) and matrix high-beam lights that can mask oncoming traffic.
Speed sign warnings are based on built-in navigation data rather than camera-detected – as per BMW and Mercedes and numerous mainstream brands including Toyota, Mazda, Peugeot and Citroen, to name a few.
However, all G70 models come with leather upholstery, an 8-inch digital widescreen instrument display, one-touch auto-up windows on all four doors, an electronic park brake, a sensor key with push-button start, LED door handle and puddle lights, and a hands-free opening boot.
The boot is small by class standards (380 litres versus 480 litres on most rivals and 505 litres on the Audi A4) despite housing only a space saver spare wheel and tyre.
Standard equipment on the base model 2.0T includes 12-way power adjusted and heated front seats, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with embedded navigation, digital radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual-zone air-conditioning with rear air vents, wireless phone charging, two USB ports and one 12V power socket, and 18-inch alloy wheels with Continental tyres.
Sport variants – in both 2.0T and 3.3T guise – gain “black chrome” styling enhancements and sports instrumentation, as well as Brembo brakes (four-piston calipers up front and two-piston calipers at the rear), 19-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 high-performance tyres, and a mechanical limited-slip differential.
Ultimate variants – in both 2.0T and 3.3T guise – gain heads-up display, 360-degree camera, front cornering lights, panorama sunroof, 15-speaker premium audio, Nappa leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats (with 16-way power adjustment for the driver), driver position memory buttons, heated outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power-adjustable steering column.
Furthermore, all V6 variants gain adaptive control suspension, a variable gear ratio steering rack, and torque vectoring (which brakes the inside wheel in fast turns for increased stability).
Warranty for private buyers is five years/unlimited kilometres, currently best in the luxury class.
By comparison, Lexus and Infiniti have four-year warranty coverage even though their respective mainstream brands Toyota and Nissan have five-year warranties.
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have three-year warranties. All have so far refused to increase their warranty coverage, even though Audi’s sister brand Volkswagen shifted to five-year coverage in Australia at the beginning of this year.
Genesis is also offering five years free servicing up to 50,000km. Service intervals are 12 months/10,000km, whichever occurs first. Customers are given a loan car as part of its concierge program while the vehicle is taken for servicing.
Prospective buyers wanting to take a test drive need to live within 70km of their nearest Genesis showroom to take advantage of the test drive “home delivery” service.
A Genesis representative will come to your home or work to arrange a test drive. For now, there is only one showroom, in the heart of the Sydney CBD in the Pitt Street pedestrian mall. Other capital cities will follow in 2020, starting with Brisbane and Melbourne.
According to Genesis, more than 90 per cent of all luxury car sales are on the east coast of Australia.
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