2020 Genesis G70 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Jetta

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Safety

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The G70 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Jetta doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The G70 Prestige/Sport has a standard 360-degree Multi-view Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Jetta only offers a rear monitor.

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 Jetta doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the G70 and the Jetta have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Genesis G70 weighs 557 to 999 pounds more than the Volkswagen Jetta. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

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 Jetta was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G70 4 years and 28000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Jetta. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Jetta ends after only 6 years or 72000 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. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Jetta.

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 Jetta’s standard 480-amp battery and largest (optional) 640 amp battery aren’t as powerful.

The battery on the G70 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the G70’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Jetta’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G70 first among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Jetta 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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Genesis vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Genesis 4 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The G70 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 105 more horsepower (252 vs. 147) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 184) than the Jetta’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The G70 2.0T’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 108 more horsepower (255 vs. 147) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 184) than the Jetta’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The G70 3.3T’s standard 3.3 turbo V6 produces 218 more horsepower (365 vs. 147) and 192 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 184) than the Jetta’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Jetta (manual transmissions tested):

G70

Jetta

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

87.3 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Jetta (automatics tested):

G70

Jetta

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.9 MPH

86.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The G70 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Jetta (15.8 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Genesis G70 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Jetta.

To help the driver achieve optimum performance and fuel economy, the G70 2.0T Manual has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift based on power needs and conditions. The Jetta doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

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 Jetta 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 Jetta:

G70 2.0T

G70 3.3T/6-speed

Jetta

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

10.8 inches

The G70’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Jetta are solid, not vented.

The G70 stops much shorter than the Jetta:

G70

Jetta

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the G70 has larger standard tires than the Jetta (225/45R18 vs. 205/60R16). The G70 3.3T/2.0T Manual/Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Jetta (F:225/40R19 & R:255/35R19 vs. 205/60R16).

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 Jetta’s standard 60 series tires. The G70 3.3T/2.0T Manual/Sport’s 225/40R19 front and 255/35R19 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Jetta R-Line/SEL Premium’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G70 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Jetta. The G70 3.3T/2.0T Manual/Sport’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels on the Jetta R-Line/SEL Premium.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Genesis G70 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Volkswagen Jetta has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The G70 has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Jetta’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The G70 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the G70 flat and controlled during cornering. The Jetta’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The G70 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Jetta’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G70’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Jetta (111.6 inches vs. 105.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G70 is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Jetta.

The G70 handles at .94 G’s, while the Jetta SEL pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The G70 Standard executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Jetta SEL (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The G70 has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Jetta.

Cargo Capacity

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the G70’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Jetta’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the G70. The Jetta doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the G70’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The G70 3.3T Prestige/3.3T Sport also has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Jetta doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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The G70 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Jetta uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the G70 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Jetta. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The G70 Prestige/Sport has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Jetta doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

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 Jetta’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

The Jetta R-Line/SEL Premium’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/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.

The G70’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Volkswagen charges extra for heated mirrors on the Jetta.

When the G70 3.3T/Elite/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Jetta’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The G70 Elite/Prestige/Sport has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Jetta offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The G70 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Jetta SE/R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium.

Both the G70 and the Jetta offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the G70 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Jetta doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2019 issue and they ranked the Genesis G70 Standard first. They ranked the Volkswagen Jetta S third.

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

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

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