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2020 Genesis G70 vs. 2020 BMW 3 Series: Which Is Better?

The 2020 Genesis G70 and 2020 BMW 3 Series are fierce rivals among luxury sport compact sedans. The German sets the benchmark for how these cars perform, while Genesis demonstrates it’s a fast learner. Let’s see which is better.

Quick Facts

  • Genesis is one of the few to offer a manual transmission in the segment
  • BMW’s M340i variant makes an impressive 382 horsepower

2020 Genesis G70

2020 Genesis G70

Base Price: $36,445 / Read our 2020 Genesis G70 Review

What we like: Good balance between ride and comfort, Sport model with a manual transmission, AWD availability, industry-leading warranty

What we would change: More space needed in the back seat, make the trunk opening larger, add a hybrid option

Overview: The Genesis is a good looking, well-equipped sport sedan that challenges the established order. Its handling is on par with the best in class, there are two powertrain choices including a turbo 4-cylinder and twin-turbo V6, as well as the availability of all-wheel drive. A Sport version of the 255-horse base model is equipped with a manual transmission, one of the few in the segment for those looking to change their own gears.

What’s new for 2020: Relatively new to the segment, the Genesis G70 has only minor updates in the 2020 model year. Among them are a hands-free power trunk lid option on 3.3T models. All-season tires are now available on 19-inch rims. There have also been some minor tweaks to various trim levels and packages.

Features and technology:  Starting with the base model, all 2020 G70 trims include a long list of standard features Highlights include faux-leather upholstery, 12-way-power driver’s seat and 8-way passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, and an infotainment system that bundles an 8-inch touch screen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Notably, all G70 models include a suite of active safety and driver-assistance features including forward-collision avoidance with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, and smart cruise control with stop-and-go. New Genesis vehicles also include three years/36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

What does the future hold: Introduced for the 2019 model year, the G70 is at the start of its product cycle, so we don’t anticipate any major updates in the next model year or two. See 2020 Genesis G70 models for sale near you

2020 BMW 3 Series

2020 BMW 3 Series

Base Price: $41,845 / Read our 2020 BMW 3 Series Review

What we like: Powerful and efficient engines, spacious interior with high-class materials, confident driving character, a wide selection of models and trims

What we would change: Add Android Auto, make a manual available, simply model lineup and pricing

Overview: The BMW 3 Series sets the standard for handling among compact luxury sport sedans. The recent redesign results in a cabin that is more generous in its accommodations, including a 17-cubic-foot trunk space. It’s not as closely coupled as the G70 and the interior has a modern, clean and luxurious look to its design and use of materials. And unlike other models in the line that are labor behind ever-bigger twin-kidney grilles, the 3 Series managed to keep its nostrils in check. The new design is more of an evolution of what we’ve come to expect from BMW.

What’s new for 2020: A high-performance 6-cylinder version, the M340i, added to the lineup. The 330i adds a digital driver information display along with navigation as standard. There’s also been some shuffling of other standard and optional features. The wagon and Gran Turismo (GT) variants, based on the previous generation, are no longer available. See the 2020 BMW 3 Series models for sale near you

Features and technology: The inventory of standard equipment includes 18-in alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated/power-folding side mirrors, self-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, powered moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, digital driver information display, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, simulated leather upholstery, selectable driving modes, 40/20/40 split/fold rear seats, an 8.8-in infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth phone/audio, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, two USB ports, AM/FM/HD radio, a 10-speaker/205-watt audio system, a universal garage door opener, and a driver fatigue monitor.

As you’d expect from BMW, a Track Handling package boasts an M Sport rear differential and upgraded M Sport brakes. The M Sport package adds a sport suspension, 19-in alloy wheels wearing performance tires and an uprated steering system.

What does the future hold: Fresh off a redesign, we don’t expect to see many changes for the BMW 3 Series for the next several model years. See 2020 BMW 3 Series models for sale near you

G70 vs. 3 Series: Strengths comparison

Genesis G70 Benefits: Lower price, simpler product lineup, longer warranty

BMW 3 Series Benefits: Best handling sport sedan in segment, plenty of high-performance options

G70 vs. 3 Series: Which is better?

If you want the real deal, the BMW 3 Series still delivers the goods. It has contemporary styling that keeps in BMW tradition without going overboard. That said, you will pay a pretty penny for the honor of driving a car affixed with the BMW Roundel. And in paying the high price, you’ll much steeper depreciation than with the Genesis G70. For our money, it might be better to bet on the up-and-coming Genesis. It delivers nearly the same driving thrills, costs considerably less, has fairly good resale values and you get a longer warranty with three years of routine maintenance included. Find a Genesis G70 for sale or Find a BMW 3 Series for sale

2020 Genesis G70 2020 BMW 3 Series
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.0-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 252 hp @ 6,200 rpm 255 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque 260 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 1,550 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-Spd Automatic, 8-Spd
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city/30 hwy) 30 mpg (26 city/36 hwy)
Also Available 3.3-liter turbo V6; Manual, 6-Spd 3.0-liter turbo I6
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating n/a n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.6 inches 112.2 inches
Overall Length 184.4 inches 185.7 inches
Width 72.8 inches 71.9 inches
Height 55.1 inches 56.8 inches
Turning Diameter 36.1 feet 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.7 inches 38.7 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.9 inches 37.6 inches
Legroom, Front 42.6 inches 42.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 34.8 inches 35.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.3 inches 56.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 54.6 inches 54.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 93.8 cu. ft. 94.0 cu.ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 10.5 cu. ft. 17.0 cu. ft.

Matt DeLorenzo
Matt DeLorenzo
Matt DeLorenzo is an author who specializes in writing news, advice, and car reviews. A member of the North American Car of the Year jury, he has spent more than four decades covering the auto industry and has held key posts at industry and consumer publications including Automotive News, AutoWeek, and Road & Track. He is also an author of automotive books including Modern Chrysler Concept... Read More about Matt DeLorenzo

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