2021 Volvo S60 vs. 2021 Genesis G70

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Genesis G70 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The S60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The G70 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the S60 and G70 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The G70’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The S60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The G70 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The S60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The S60 offers optional CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The G70 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the S60 and the G70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The S60’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the G70’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Engine

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The S60 has more powerful engines than the G70:

Horsepower

Torque

S60 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

S60 Recharge 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the S60 T5 is faster than the G70 2.0T (automatics tested):

S60

G70

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

7.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.4 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

91 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the G70:

MPGe

S60

AWD

Auto

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

G70

MPG

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

On the EPA test cycle the S60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the G70:

MPG

S60

FWD

Auto

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

Auto

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

T6 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl.

21 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

The S60 Recharge can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The G70 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the S60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G70 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the S60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Genesis only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the G70 2.0T Automatic.

The S60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The G70 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo S60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Genesis G70 (3). This means the S60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G70 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the S60 Polestar’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the G70:

S60 T5

S60 Polestar

G70 2.0T

G70 3.3T/6-speed

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

14.6 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 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 S60 has a standard brake assist system 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 S60 stops much shorter than the G70:

S60

G70

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the S60 has larger tires than the G70 (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The S60’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G70 (235/45R18 vs. 225/40R19).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S60’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the G70 (113.1 inches vs. 111.6 inches).

The S60 R-Design AWD handles at .91 G’s, while the G70 Sport pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The S60 Polestar executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the G70 Sport (25.4 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the S60 Momentum is quieter than the G70 (75 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space

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The S60 has 2.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the G70 (96 vs. 93.8).

The S60 has .3 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear legroom than the G70.

Cargo Capacity

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The S60 has a much larger trunk than the G70 (11.6 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The G70 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the S60 offers cargo security. The G70’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Towing

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The S60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The G70 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the G70 3.3T/Elite/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport, the S60 R-Design/Inscription has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

If the windows are left open on the S60 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G70 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The S60’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 optional on the S60 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The G70 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The S60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the G70.

The S60’s optional Park Assist Pilot 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.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the S60 second among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The G70 isn’t in the top three.

The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Genesis G70 by 70% during 2019.

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