2019 Genesis G70 now on sale in Australia from $59,300

There’s a new premium mid-size sedan in town, called the Genesis G70. It’s been on sale overseas for a little while now, and it looks set to become a very popular contender in Australia.

The Genesis G70 is loosely based on the same rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the Kia Stinger. But don’t get them confused. They are entirely different vehicles, and compete in different market segments. The G70 is a sedan, while the Stinger is a fastback four-door coupe.

Six main variants are being introduced for Australia, with three trim levels featuring a 2.0T four-cylinder, and three trim levels with a 3.3T V6. Trim levels span from 2.0T, 2.0T Sport, 2.0T Ultimate, and then 3.3T Sport, 3.3T Ultimate, and flagship 3.3T Ultimate Sport. All are rear-wheel drive and feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2.0T engine produces 179kW and 353Nm, promising a 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds. This version comes with an official combined cycle fuel consumption rating of 9.0L/100km. Going for the 3.3T gets you a twin-turbo V6 that develops 272kW and 510Nm. It offers a fuel consumption average of 10.2L/100km, and a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 4.7 seconds.

All models come with an 8.0-inch touch-screen media interface inside, packaged with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital radio, and at least a nine-speaker audio system with sub-woofers. Upper variants come with a 15-speaker premium sound system.

In terms of safety tech, all models come extensively equipped. Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, auto high-beam headlights, and radar cruise control with stop and go functionality are all standard. Head-up display is added to the 2.0T Ultimate, 3.3T Ultimate, and 3.3T Ultimate Sport.

The Genesis G70 will head into the market to contend with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Lexus IS and co. It is expected to become quite a popular model, especially considering it undercuts many rivals on price. Manfred Fitzgerald, executive vice president, global head of the Genesis, said:

“Technology, ultra-luxury and high-performance align in our all-new G70 sports sedan. The first-generation G70 ushers in new and appealing offering in the medium luxury segment, with the unique customer benefits of our Genesis To You concierge services and an all-inclusive ownership experience.”

The order books are open now with prices starting from the following (excluding on-roads). Genesis offers a segment-leading five-year warranty and five years free scheduled servicing with all models. Head over to our first Australian drive review here for more – includes 0-100km/h videos of both the 2.0T and 3.3T.

2019 Genesis G70 2.0T: $59,300
2019 Genesis G70 2.0T Sport: $63,300
2019 Genesis G70 2.0T Ultimate: $69,300

2019 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport: $72,450
2019 Genesis G70 3.3T Ultimate: $79,950
2019 Genesis G70 3.3T Ultimate Sport: $79,950

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.