2020 Genesis G70 vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G70 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the G70 and the 3 Series Gran Turismo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, 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 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 3 Series Gran Turismo has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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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 3 Series Gran Turismo’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 BMW covers the 3 Series Gran Turismo. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 3 Series Gran Turismo ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the G70 first among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The 3 Series Gran Turismo isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The G70 has more powerful engines than the 3 Series Gran Turismo:

Horsepower

Torque

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

330i Gran Turismo 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

340i Gran Turismo 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

322 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G70 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The 3 Series Gran Turismo requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The G70 offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The G70’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the G70’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 3 Series Gran Turismo:

G70 2.0T

G70 3.3T/6-speed

330i Gran Turismo

340i Gran Turismo

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

12.3 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

11.8 inches

13 inches

The G70 stops much shorter than the 3 Series Gran Turismo:

G70

3 Series Gran Turismo

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The G70 3.3T/2.0T Manual/Sport’s 225/40R19 front and 255/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 340i Gran Turismo’s optional 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

The G70 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 3 Series Gran Turismo; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G70 is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 3 Series Gran Turismo.

The G70 handles at .94 G’s, while the 330i Gran Turismo pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The G70 Standard executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the 330i Gran Turismo (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G70’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the 3 Series Gran Turismo’s (36.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The G70 AWD’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the 3 Series Gran Turismo’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Genesis G70 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

The G70 is 5.6 inches shorter than the 3 Series Gran Turismo, making the G70 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Genesis G70 amounts to more than styling. The G70 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is lower than the 3 Series Gran Turismo (.29 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the G70 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The G70 has .6 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Gran Turismo.

Ergonomics

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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 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The G70 3.3T/Elite/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport’s standard 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 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The G70’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 3 Series Gran Turismo has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the G70 has standard extendable sun visors. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the G70 3.3T/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

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The G70 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The G70 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The 3 Series hasn’t been picked since 2014.

Motor Trend selected the G70 as their 2019 Car of the Year. The 3 Series Gran Turismo has never been chosen.

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