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Genesis G70

(2021 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

64
%
C

Used car score:

60
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

56
%
E

Safety Rating:

86
%
A

Eco Rating:

55
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

39
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

64
%
C

Used car score:

60
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

56
%
E

Safety Rating:

86
%
A

Eco Rating:

55
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

39
%
D

Summary


The Genesis G70 is a mid-sized saloon and estate (called a shooting brake, but it’s not really) that arrived in the UK in Autumn 2021, joining the likes of the Audi A4BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Genesis is a spin-off upmarket brand owned by Hyundai and the G70, alongside the GV70 SUV, is part of its first foray into the European automotive market after successes in Asia and the USA. There is another saloon available in the range, the larger Genesis G80.

You won’t be able to buy a Genesis at a traditional dealership; orders are delivered to the customer, and cars are collected from the owner for servicing over a standard five-year care plan, as the brand looks to provide an attractive premium ownership experience.

All variants of the G70 are fitted with an automatic gearbox, with customers able to choose between a 2.0-litre petrol engine or a 2.2-litre diesel unit. “Unfortunately, its diesel engine sounds horribly coarse and sends unpleasant vibrations into the car”, explains What Car?. “It feels closer to diesels of the early noughties than the refined four-cylinder units used today by the likes of Audi and BMW.”

Reviewers often comment that, like the rest of the Genesis range so far launched in the UK, the G70 is let down by its weak range of engines, and the fact that there are no electrified models currently on offer.

On the other hand, British reviews of the G70 consistently praise this executive saloon for the impressive amount of equipment included on the base model, and for its high quality interior trim.

That said, due to a lack of practicality and poor fuel economy in the face of the quality models produced by established premium brands, Car finds the G70 hard to recommend, “With interior space being on the tight side and pricing that’s competitive but in no way a bargain, you’d have to really fall for the looks or the promise of a stress-free ownership experience. For some that might be enough, but we want a little more.”

As of January 2024, the Genesis G70 holds a New Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 64%. It has an excellent safety rating, but its CO2 emissions are only average, while its running costs are poor and media review scores are very poor. We also don’t yet have reliability data for the G70, so check back again soon.

G70 highlights

  • Well-equipped
  • Refined and comfortable interior
  • Care plan and five-year unlimited mileage warranty
  • Five-star safety rating

G70 lowlights

  • Unimpressive range of engines
  • No electrification
  • Tight rear space and boot
  • Poor fuel economy

Key specifications


Body style: Medium saloon and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £33,400 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2021
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2021
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 89%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 76%
Safety assist: 88%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Genesis G70 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. If it happens, we will publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Genesis G70 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the G70, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models181 g/kmC201 – g/kmD – A
Diesel models175 g/kmC166 – 180 g/kmC – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F

We only have limited running cost data on the Genesis G70 at this time, but the scores we do have are average to poor. We’ve also cross-checked with other sources, which confirm that the G70 is an expensive car to run.

Check back again soon for a more comprehensive breakdown of running cost data.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Genesis G70 has received

2022

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Estate

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Genesis G70, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Alfa Romeo Giulia | Audi A5 Sportback | BMW 3 Series | BMW 4 Series Gran CoupéGenesis G80 | Jaguar XE | Kia StingerMazda 6 | Mercedes-Benz C-Class | Peugeot 508 | Polestar 2 | Skoda Superb | Subaru Levorg | Tesla Model 3 | Vauxhall Insignia | Volkswagen Arteon | Volkswagen Passat | Volvo S60 | Volvo V60


More news, reviews and information about the Genesis G70 at The Car Expert

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Genesis G70 Shooting Brake review

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Five-star safety for seven new cars – but none for Renault

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