2020 Volkswagen GTI vs. 2020 Genesis G70

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Safety

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The GTI has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The G70 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the GTI and the G70 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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There are over 82 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Genesis dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GTI’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen GTI’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the G70’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen GTI is faster than the G70 2.0T (manual transmissions tested):

GTI

G70

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.4 sec

12 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.2 sec

18.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.6 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.9 MPH

91 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen GTI is faster than the G70 2.0T (automatics tested):

GTI

G70

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.9 MPH

91.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the GTI gets better mileage than the G70:

MPG

GTI

FWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

G70

RWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/28 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen GTI higher (7 out of 10) than the Genesis G70 (3). This means the GTI produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G70 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The GTI offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The G70 doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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

GTI

G70

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The GTI has a standard Hydraulic Brake Assist to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The G70 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The GTI stops much shorter than the G70:

GTI

G70

80 to 0 MPH

211 feet

220 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

114 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The GTI’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G70’s standard 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The GTI SE handles at .96 G’s, while the G70 Sport pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GTI SE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the G70 Sport (25.1 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 26 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GTI’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the G70’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.1 feet). The GTI’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the G70 AWD’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Volkswagen GTI may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 650 pounds less than the Genesis G70.

The GTI is 1 foot, 4.4 inches shorter than the G70, making the GTI easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The GTI has 1.2 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the G70.

Cargo Capacity

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The GTI has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the G70 (22.8 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the GTI the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the G70 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The GTI’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The G70’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the GTI to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The G70 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the GTI has a standard rear wiper. The G70 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The GTI Autobahn’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The G70 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the GTI owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the GTI will cost $165 to $3945 less than the G70 over a five-year period.

The GTI will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the GTI will retain 45.13% to 46.99% of its original price after five years, while the G70 only retains 41.05% to 41.79%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen GTI will be $9055 to $18576 less than for the Genesis G70.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen GTI and the Genesis G70, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The GTI was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 14 of the last 14 years. The G70 hasn’t been picked since 2019.

The GTI was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 5 of the last 13 years. The G70 has never been an “All Star.”

The Volkswagen Golf/GTI outsold the Genesis G70 by over three to one during 2019.

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