The Genesis G70 borrows rather a lot from the Kia Stinger, together with a model of its platform and a pair of powertrains, although the two.0T may be had with a guide transmission within the Genesis. I’ve had the chance to spend a superb period of time in Autoblog‘s lengthy-time period Kia Stinger GT1 AWD. Once we obtained a Genesis G70 AWD three.3T on the workplace, I lastly had the chance to drive the 2 automobiles again to again. Whereas the driving expertise feels pretty comparable — particularly in the best way they each put the V6’s 365 horsepower and 376 pound-ft of torque to the bottom by means of all 4 wheels by way of an eight-velocity transmission — this extra instant comparability introduced their variations into starker distinction.
The very first thing that jumped out once I acquired within the G70 this time round was the supreme degree of high quality loved in primarily each facet of the Genesis. Its exterior design is hanging in individual. I’ve acquired a justifiable share of admiring feedback in parking tons and fuel stations with the Stinger, and I do not disagree that it is a scorching-wanting quantity, in all probability sportier wanting than the smaller Genesis, even. However the G70 simply does extra to catch my eye and hold it there, from the large mesh grille, to its chrome accents and tidy however match proportions. The Stinger’s fastback profile is emotional, however the G70 is extra elegant.
That is amplified contained in the vehicle. As quickly as you open the door to the Status model of the G70, you are handled to an interior full of lovely quilted Nappa leather-based. There’s extra visible and literal texture all through the cabin, and the supplies really feel larger in high quality than the Kia’s. Even the headliner in our tester was pleasing to the eyes and fingertips, because of the inclusion of suede microfiber as a part of the Status package deal. There is a bit extra construction to the middle stack, and a format that’s simply barely extra intuitive than that of the Stinger.
What the Kia’s interior provides up in artfulness and decadence, it makes up for in sheer quantity behind the entrance seats. It is nonetheless a stunning place to spend time when it comes to design, however the massive attracts are the additional two inches of rear legroom, and the 23 cubic ft of cargo area, in comparison with 10 within the G70, extra in case you fold the Stinger’s seats down. Plus, that spiffy purple leather-based interior that is in our lengthy-time period Stinger is far beloved amongst many, together with different members of the Autoblog employees.
So far as experience, the Genesis is not precisely smoother than the Stinger, at the least not via the suspension, which is extra isolating within the Kia. The G70 undoubtedly feels calmer and extra assured, nevertheless. It additionally feels lighter and nimbler. Whereas I completely love the sensation of establishing for a nook within the Stinger with a tough dab of brakes, then feeling it roll into the flip, the G70 is far more competent at stringing these corners collectively. The Stinger is extra prepared to open up its soundtrack to the cabin and the world, although, and I welcome that lovely V6 voice.
The G70 is extra prepared to rotate, and it tucks itself in and fights roll within the corners. Its response to steering and throttle inputs really feel sharper, which is extra rewarding to me. It additionally feels considerably extra composed and prepared to bop at greater speeds. It is simpler to construct confidence and really feel heroic within the smaller Genesis, which issues extra to me than a clean experience — although the G70’s journey continues to be fairly rattling clean.
So how do the 2 automobiles examine in price? Our 2018 Stinger GT1 AWD, whose sole choices are a $one hundred twenty five purple interior (now not provided with the purple exterior), $50 cargo internet and $ninety five cargo tray, totals $forty six,620. The 2019 G70 AWD three.3T begins at $forty six,746, and our tester’s Status package deal brings that complete to $50,995. When configured with comparable gear, they’re priced very intently to at least one one other. Regardless of feeling costlier, a prime-of the road G70 ($fifty two,495) is definitely cheaper than the all-packing containers-checked Stinger ($fifty three,395).
If I needed to decide between the 2, the solely purpose I, personally, would select the Stinger over the G70 can be if I commonly needed to put an grownup within the rear seat. With that additional room and bigger cargo area beneath its hatch, the Stinger is the higher grand tourer. All issues thought-about, I might a lot moderately have the sharper dealing with, extra involving and much more luxurious G70. Who cares if the occasional rear passenger is brief on legroom within the G70? I suppose, to make it as much as them, I might use the $900 I saved by choosing the Genesis over the Kia to maintain the car stocked with complimentary $10 payments. Or, higher but, give the passenger a flip behind the wheel. They’d in all probability fall for the G70, too.
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