Motor Trend has named the 2019 Genesis G90 its car of the year, beating out the BMW 3 Series and countless other sport sedan offerings from Germany.

Noted standout features that secured the car’s win for the magazine included Genesis’ balancing comfort and handling while keeping the car excellent to drive.

Value earned them marks, too, with loads of features included despite the sensible price point.

The engines are smooth and the power delivery is good, Motor Trend wrote, and the G70 can also be equipped with an increasingly rare option: a manual transmission.

Was there ever a chance Genesis could fail? The entire design team is made up of heavyweights that once worked for the companies the brand is trying to upset, and they’re collectively run by former Lamborghini brand manager Manfred Fitzgerald.

The G70 shares a platform with the also-fantastic Kia Stinger, which won over the hearts of almost every automotive journalist last year. The only thing that stopped the Stinger from being MT‘s Car of the Year is the bland interior and not-so-sporty suspension.

All in all, the G70 is still a car that very much borrows the best design elements from its German Big Three rivals, and so it will be interesting to see what Genesis can do in the coming years to truly make itself into unique brand—one not so often compared to its competition.

Source: Driving

December 5, 2018