Tesla Model 3 Vs. Genesis G70: Video


Can the new hottest new kid on the block keep up with its electric counterpart?

When it comes to competing against the Tesla Model 3, the Genesis G70 is no slouch. At least if, unlike us, you can forgive its internal combustion engine. Recently crowned car of the year by MotorTrend — which, for whatever reason, didn’t include the new Performance variant of the mid-sized Tesla sedan in its contest — the Kia Stinger-based sports sedan is the heir apparent to the gasoline-fueled sports sedan throne. The video above, from the Redline Reviews YouTube channel, takes a look at how the two compare.

The review kicks off discussing the styling, both inside and out. Despite the dimensions of the two contenders being equal, the differences are rather huge. Of course, many elements of style can be subjective, so there may be room for disagreement here, especially when it comes to the exterior. It’s inside the car that things become more interesting.

The Korean car, with its upgraded interior, has a more traditional type of luxury feel. Our host here brings up the Bentley brand as he discusses how its vast swaths of animal hide cover the dash, seats, and steering wheel. Certainly the quilting on the door panels and heated and ventilated front thrones look upscale, and better adapted to sporty driving than those in the American car. Its switchgear isn’t overpopulated either and, for the most part, seems thoughtfully laid out.

Still, it falls down in a couple areas: the rear seating area is cramped and it aside from featuring Apple Carplay and Android auto compatibility —  something the Model 3 lacks — its in-car technology is somewhat wanting. It “features” a 7-inch screen running software borrowed from lesser vehicles in the Hyundai lineup. It does, though, offer a 360-degree camera view, another thing the Model 3 currently lacks.

For its part the Model 3, as our readers are no doubt aware, employs an entirely different design philosophy. Styling is minimalistic, with the accent firmly on technology instead of buttons and bows. Aside from its steering wheel, there is no leather in this interior, the surfaces are plainer, but the cabin feels more spacious due to the advantages of having a drivetrain that doesn’t intrude on interior space. The glass roof panels also accentuate its airiness.

As far as on-the-road performance, our host is quite impressed by the experience the Genesis offers. He calls it very European and definitely superior to competitors from Japanese manufacturers. The optional twin turbo V-6 has lots of power and its sound can be artificially augmented (blech), but it’s also very thirsty. Like 18-mpg-city thirsty (double-blech). Its steering is very direct and this rear-wheel-drive variant can make the backend step out under the right circumstances.

If you thought it might have an edge on the Tesla here, you’d be wrong. At least, according to this reviewer. With its instant response, superior acceleration, excellent grip, and even-more-direct steering, the Tesla making our host giggle while accelerating, turning, or doing both of these at the same time.

There are lots of other points made in the video which are quite salient, so we recommend finding the time to watch it. It’s a little over 35 minutes in length, but it presented well enough that the time passses quickly. Enjoy!

Video description:

As electrification continues to grow in popularity around the world, we’re seeing a huge shift in vehicle technology among car brands with #Tesla leading the change in what people are demanding in today’s modern cars. In previous years, compact sport sedans were often the vehicle of choice for younger drivers looking to make their first big purchase fresh out of college.

Today, both Tesla and #Genesis are the newcomers on the block with the #Model3 being the first all-electric sport sedan to offer over 300 miles of range with either RWD or available dual motor AWD.

While the all-new 2019 #G70 offers a more traditional approach with two turbocharged gasoline engines, standard RWD or AWD, and the availability of an enthusiast friendly 6-speed manual transmission on 2.0T Sport trims. For the first time ever, we have two compact sport sedans from new brands designed to not only steal sales from Germany, but give this new tech savvy buyers a glimpse into the future of motoring… But which one is actually the better option?

Source: YouTube

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I like the rims on the Model 3.

I’ll take the G80 electric over any Tesla.

The 18 mpg city made me cringe more than anything else on the G70. I’m just too found of my home planet. I would be pleased with a long-range electric version though.

I heard the G80 electric will come with 300+ miles and 400kW fast charging. There are some spy shots online.

some day some day – 2 years? give me a break

Great, the more BEV options and buyers the better!

How do you know what “any Tesla” will mean when the vaporware car to which you refer becomes a reality?

If by electric G80 you mean the Essentia concept, I can understand the enthusiasm.


Which will be if ever produced a limited production super car with pricing to match.

At sub-20 MPG, the Genesis will quickly become the more expensive car.

On another note: if “exhaust note” is a deciding factor for you, then you’re a moron. Engine noise is just that: noise, a by-product to be mitigated. EV manufacturers don’t have to pay “acoustic engineers” or whatever you call them millions in R&D to make a bad thing sound good.

For people that are passionate about driving, then the audible part of the total sensory experience is very important.

Until they spend time in a high performance EV, and then they realize that the noise is just numbing their senses, like run-flat tires. And that without the constant battering of noise you can actually connect even more with the road.

As someone who loves the sound of a revving engine, I would love it if we got an “Easter Egg” to make the car sound like various super cars via the audio system.

I spend a lot of time in high performance EV’s and I enjoy it very much, but the auditory experience is at least 50% of the experience to me. There’s more to driving then a nice low 0-60 time. I could own pretty much anything within reason, but I choose to daily a 17 year old C32 because of it’s noise. I’ll be upgrading that to an E55 soon, again, for the noise. A good sounding car will always make a boring trip more exciting.

Quoth Elon: “You won’t care”

(Yeah, he was speaking about the HUD or something else, but still applies.) Going from a 5-speed manual Saturn SL to a Model S, I thought I’d miss shifting; I really don’t.

Professional drivers taking EVs such as the Model 3 Performance on the track say the opposite: Without overbearing engine noise it’s easier for them to hear what’s happening with the grip of the tires.

Are you sure about that? I do a LOT of high speed driving in different vehicles in different conditions for my job and my hobby, I’ve even done some instruction and tutoring and as far as we are concerned if you need to wait for your tire’s to make a noise to tell you what grip you have left you probably aren’t competent enough to be driving that fast in the first place. If I was in a car with someone like that I’d ask them to stop and let me out.

We listen to the noise made by the G70 and see the exhaust and “that reason alone is the reason you might want to choose a G70 … because Tesla doesn’t make any noise…the G70 is obviously going to win because of the engine noise.”

Ummm… no. Precisely the opposite, actually.

It was interesting watching him breathe in the carbon monoxide straight from the tail pipe with a smile on his face though, you have to admit. You can’t do that with a Tesla!

It seems to me that the Tesla runs it’s exhaust right into the Cabin, try that with the G70!

Its much easier to make an engine sound ‘interesting’ than to make it silent.. Hence all the hoopla around engine noise. Actually EVs can make any sound they want or be silent which ICEs are simply incapable of.

Did this kid really just say his Model 3 is a competitive car to the C63?!

It’s better, actually. He’s just trying to be “balanced”.

Model 3 vs G70? There is no comparison. Only one of them comes with an available manual transmission…Get it while you can!

The M3 could have been so much more if it weren’t for the styling. Bland and featureless. Like a blob of Playdoh.