Genesis G70 vs Volvo S60: Nonetheless influx of SUVs and crossovers, the compact luxury sports sedan is one of a thing that remains. Further, it’s still a thing as, when done right, a small sedan can define and elevate a brand. Furthermore, it is a kind of segment with influence, and thus it keeps it healthy and full of cars fighting to distinguish themselves by integrating sportiness, luxury, design, and technology.
Genesis clearly understands that when it created the G70, and it is the brand’s first attempt in this space, the Genesis G70 manages to combine performance, value, and further luxury. Thus, further giving our highest honor, a 10Best award a spot in our long-term garage. Further, Volvo has been building cars for this segment for several years.
The fresh start, the Volvo S60, is an attractive four-door with the best seats on this side of Stub Hub. Besides this, The S60, however, is essentially a front-wheel-drive player in a rear-drive field. Likewise its competitors, the Volvo offer all-wheel drive, but only as an option on certain versions.
Above all, it’s still possible to get a G70 with a 365-hp twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6. However, instead of a lightly optioned test car with a big engine, we tend to go for a well-equipped rear-drive G70. This further consists of the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four making 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, In the interest of parity to the S60, we may opt for the available eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the standard six-speed manual, something the S60 doesn’t offer.
On the Road
The Genesis appears to be the brightest on a winding road, where its taut chassis and sticky summer tires shine. Further, The G70’s steering encourages a good deal of feedback, undulations in the pavement come through to the driver’s hands. Furthermore, the secure rise and fall of steering effort during hard cornering are apparent. On the contrary, the S60’s steering is bit aloof, and while it’s much easier to react to inputs, feedback is absent, which therefore erodes confidence when you create a hustle.
The base engine in the G70 is a version of the same corporate four-cylinder that you may find in other Hyundai and Kia products. While it isn’t bad, it isn’t further something that makes us look forward to spinning it toward it’s a redline. Besides this, the eight-speed automatic will occasionally slur a shift and it may even shift too harshly. Further, the Genesis is slower than the Volvo both to 60 mph and through the quarter-mile mark by 0.3 seconds. Although that’s not a huge gap, we expect stronger straight-line performance once Genesis replaces the 2.0-liter with the parent company’s turbo 2.5-liter four.
Above all, The G70 resists understeer to the limit, while the Volvo beats on its front tires until and unless they surrender grip.
The Inside View
Considering the cabin of the Volvo S60 is decorated with beautiful wood inlays, a flowing dashboard, supremely comfortable, and further supportive seats. Furthermore, Volvo’s vertically stipulated touchscreen infotainment system. Besides this, while the touchscreen still works better the more it is in usage. Thus we do wish for a few actual buttons instead of having to scroll and tap through the menus of the system for understanding the basic functions.
The approach of G70’s interior is different but is every bit as rich and inviting as the Volvo’s.
Leather front seats feature heating, ventilation, and further quilted stitching. Moreover, the instrument panel is driver-oriented, and you may like it.
But a few bits, such as the infotainment system and some switchgear, seems like taking an idea from Hyundai.
Although these two cars are almost identical on paper when it comes to passenger and cargo space.
The S60 consists of the larger trunk—14 cubic feet versus the G70’s 11 cubes—and feels subjectively larger on the inside. If you have to drive any meaningful distance in one of these cars with three other adults, people may prefer the Volvo.
The Bottom Line
The Volvo S60 vs Genesis G70 indicate different approaches to the same segment. The Volvo is the more luxurious of the two. Further, inside and out, the design is more cohesive and elegant. Furthermore, it can’t master back roads like the G70, however, it is slightly more refined and comfortable than the Genesis. However, they willing to trade a little bit of luxury and comfort for Genesis’s greater sense of athleticism. People like sedans sporty, and the G70 simply is more fun to drive than the S60, yet it remains similarly polished and strong in value. Above all, for those reasons, the Genesis wins the round over the Volvo.
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