2019 Genesis G70 vs. 2019 Audi A4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The G70’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the G70 and the A4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G70 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A4 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

The G70 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The A4’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G70 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G70 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A4.

There are over 16 percent more Genesis dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the G70’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the G70 has a standard 800-amp battery. The A4’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

The G70 has more powerful engines than the A4:

Horsepower

Torque

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 2.0T Sport 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

A4 40 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

188 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

A4 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the G70 3.3T is faster than the A4 45 TFSI (automatics tested):

G70

A4

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.5 sec

9.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.5 sec

14.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.3 sec

2.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107.3 MPH

98.6 MPH

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Genesis G70, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A4.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the G70’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A4:

G70 2.0T

G70 3.3T/6-speed

A4

A4 Quattro

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

11.8 inches

13 inches

The G70 stops much shorter than the A4:

G70

A4

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The G70’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A4’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G70 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the A4.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G70’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the A4 (111.6 inches vs. 110 inches).

The G70’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.1% to 46.9%) than the A4’s (56% to 44%). This gives the G70 more stable handling and braking.

The G70 Dynamic handles at .95 G’s, while the A4 Prestige Quattro pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The G70 Advanced executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the A4 Premium (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G70’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the A4’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The G70 AWD’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the A4’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the G70 Dynamic is quieter than the A4 Prestige Quattro (37 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

The G70 has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Ergonomics

The G70 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The G70’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Consumer Reports rated the G70’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the A4’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The G70’s headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the A4’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

The A4’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Dynamic/3.3T Sport’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Recommendations

The G70 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The A4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the G70 as their 2019 Car of the Year. The A4 has never been chosen.

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