Genesis, the luxury subsidiary of Hyundai, recently celebrated its European debut and, shortly after the luxury-class models G80 and GV80, is launching its first vehicle specially tailored to local needs. The new Genesis G70 Shooting Brake is also the first station wagon made by the Koreans and, visibly from afar, wants to be less of a designated load donkey, but more of a lifestyler with certain charging preferences.
When you first get to know each other personally, it quickly becomes apparent that you can fill the luggage compartment with 465 to a maximum of 1,535 liters, but you don’t have to. There are certainly other cars for tough transport tasks, but the Genesis won’t surrender immediately before a visit to the furniture store or hardware store. However, the roof that slopes down early, the high loading sill and a narrow trunk opening are obstacles that have to be overcome.
High quality interior, familiar service
If we work our way forward from the combination compartment, we arrive at the real highlight of the 4.69 meter long G70. Because the interior of the exhibited “luxury” variant shines with noble-looking leather work, foamed plastic surfaces and aluminum-colored accents. If the German auto journalist is generally known for reaching out to all possible and impossible places to uncover qualitative deficiencies, he is obviously having a hard time with the Genesis.
Everything sits, fits and looks more than properly processed, even in the pre-series trim. The debutant is forgiven for the fact that one or the other button in the center console does not quite meet the optical expectations. In contrast to the SUV GV80, for example, the Asians do without a huge steering wheel and prefer a compact sports valance. Meanwhile, a 10.25-inch touch display in HD resolution functions as the command post. The operating logic known from current Hyundai / Kia models is hidden behind the screen saver, which is ok, but not suspicious.
Numerous assistants, two engines at market launch
In contrast, the seating position in the comfortable leather chairs, which can be optionally heated and cooled, is pleasing. Even in the basic trim, Genesis promises a lavish range of assistance that not only includes a front collision avoidance, but also numerous systems for partially automated driving, especially on the motorway.
For the market launch at the end of the year, two different engines will be available in four variants. In the photo studio, the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel with 147 kW / 200 PS, 440 Nm, 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive was on display (vehicle is not yet for sale, homologation pending²). The same diesel engine can also be configured purely with rear-wheel drive. On the petrol side, a 2.0-liter turbo with 180 kW / 245 PS and 353 Nm torque is offered, the all-wheel drive is also optional here.
Comprehensive services included
Genesis is still officially silent about the prices, but a basic G70 Shooting Brake should start in the range of 40,000 euros in view of the competitive environment. No matter how much the customer is willing to spend on the station wagon, the manufacturer should always offer a five-year service plan. It not only includes extensive guarantees, but also vehicle service, a 24-hour breakdown service, a free rental car offer and over-the-air updates.
The Genesis G70 Shooting Brake is a big statement not only visually, but above all in terms of quality. Elegant in appearance, high-quality workmanship and most likely fairly priced, the Koreans are targeting the ostensibly German station wagon competition. As with the large G80 and GV80 models, it will now depend on economic fleet and leasing conditions whether we will see the G70 more often on German roads. (Text: Thomas Vogelhuber | Pictures: Manufacturer)