Genesis G70 Shooting Brake (2022) Review

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Genesis G70 Shooting Brake (2022) At A Glance

3/5
Honest John Overall Rating
With stylish looks and increased practicality over the saloon, the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake is a tempting alternative to a BMW 3 Series Touring. It's not as practical as you might think, however, and what you save in servicing costs you'll spend at the petrol pump.

+It's more practical than the Genesis G70 saloon. Looks pretty good. Fun to drive. Five-year all-inclusive care plan including servicing.

-Not very economical. Feels dated compared to other Genesis models. Not as practical as many rivals.

You can be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Genesis before. It’s Hyundai’s premium brand, attempting to break into a market where others (ahem… Infiniti) have failed. In order to do this, it’s launching an extensive model line-up and offering a premium car buying experience without the use of traditional dealers.

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We’ve already driven the Genesis G70, but now it’s time for the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake. Yes, in some ways it is just an estate version of the saloon car – but it represents much more than that. It’s the brand’s first model destined exclusively for Europe.

Rivals range from the premium German estates (cars like the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class Estate), to other slightly obscure premium wagons like the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake.

Just like the G70 saloon, the Shooting Brake’s interior feels a bit old school – but in a good way. Unlike the newer GV70 SUV, the G70’s cabin feels instantly homely, with lots of easy-to-find buttons and an intuitive infotainment system. It’s not quite as upmarket as its competitors, but a few select options (the Nappa leather seats of our test car spring to mind) mean it feels suitably opulent.

While it’s more versatile than the G70 saloon (not particularly difficult…), the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake isn’t as practical as a lot of rivals. Its 465-litre boot is pretty mediocre in the world of estate cars, while access isn’t particularly easy. It’s a classic case of style over substance, unfortunately.

Still, it looks pretty, and it’s decent to drive, too. All Genesis G70 Shooting Brake models sold in the UK are rear-wheel drive and feature a petrol or diesel engine paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There’s no electrification, though, and the fuel economy figures are on a par with a BMW from at least 10 years ago. Maybe more.

There are three trim levels to choose from, all pretty comprehensively kitted out. The entry-level Genesis G70 Shooting Brake Premium Line comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, faux-leather seats and a 10.25-inch navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Genesis G70 Shooting Brake Luxury Line adds leather seats (heated in the front) and a heated steering wheel. It also comes with fancy adaptive suspension. If you’re after a sportier G70 Shooting Brake, the Sport Line model features bespoke exteror styling, 19-inch alloy wheels and a limited-slip differential for improved handling.

Ultimately, the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake is a difficult car to justify objectively but, if you really want to stand out on the crowd, it's going to attract a lot more attention than an Audi A4 Avant. Orders are now open with prices starting from £35,250.

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