At the start of this road test, we wondered whether the European G70 would stay true to its original billing as a sports saloon or follow its more recent range-mates and prove to be a comfy cruiser. In practice and on British roads, it’s a slightly muddled recipe.
There is without a doubt a talented and balanced chassis hiding in there and rear-wheel drive and performance tyres mean you rarely worry about traction or grip on dry roads, either. However, it lacks the ultimate polish of the BMW 3 Series or Jaguar XE.
The G70 turns in keenly, but the steering is the first element that lets it down. It responds in a linear fashion, but it’s too light, slightly vague and on the road fairly mute, which can leave you second-guessing your inputs.
Most road surfaces are dealt with in a natural fashion, with body control that is generally tight, particularly resisting roll well. On bad road surfaces, it will start to fidget and shimmy where an XE would glide calmly over the same bumps. Luxury Line and Sport Line cars get adaptive dampers, but the effect on either ride or handling of changing the driving mode is close to imperceptible.
None of this is at all bad. The Genesis is a pleasant car to drive down a twisty road, and drivers coming from lower segments or SUVs will still perceive it as a step up, but in the face of competition like the Alfa Romeo Giulia, XE or 3 Series, the G70 fails to bring anything new to the table.