2020 Genesis G70 vs. 2020 BMW 3 Series Sedan

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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 Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the G70 and the 3 Series Sedan 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, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

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 Sedan’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 Sedan. 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 Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the G70 has a standard 800-amp battery. The 3 Series Sedan’s 720-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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

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 3.3T’s 3.3 turbo V6 produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 369) than the M340i’s optional 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6 is faster than the 330i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

G70

3 Series Sedan

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.5 sec

9.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.5 sec

14.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.3 sec

2.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107.3 MPH

98.1 MPH

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 Sedan 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 Sedan doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The G70 stops shorter than the 3 Series Sedan:

G70

3 Series Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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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 Sedan; 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. Some models of the 3 Series Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

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The G70 handles at .95 G’s, while the 330i xDrive pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the G70’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the 3 Series Sedan’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The G70 AWD’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the 3 Series Sedan xDrive’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Passenger Space

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The G70 has 1 inch more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more front shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.

Ergonomics

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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 Sedan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Consumer Reports rated the G70’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the 3 Series Sedan’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

Both the G70 and the 3 Series Sedan offer available heated front seats. The G70 Prestige/Sport also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the 3 Series Sedan.

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 Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its August 2019 issue and they ranked the Genesis G70 higher than the BMW 330i.

The G70 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The 3 Series Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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

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