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Genesis G70

Brendan McAleer/The Globe and Mail

Tech specs

Price: $42,000-$57,500.

Engine: 2.0-litre turbo four cylinder, 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6.

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Transmission/drive: Eight-speed automatic/all-wheel.

Why it matters: The G70, smallest of the three sedans from Genesis, includes all-wheel drive as standard on all Canadian models. The manual version, available in the United States, “is fun and interesting and recommended,” according to Globe Drive correspondent Brendan McAleer, “but a week with the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V-6 was eye-opening. ... The all-wheel-drive system has a clear bias to the rear, and the car pivots under throttle. The driving modes are simple to understand and activating sport mode even tightens up the seat bolsters. While the V-6 doesn’t sound particularly distinctive, the G70 grips and goes with gusto. The G70 is not quite a light car, but it feels nimble, agile and eager."

The premium division of Hyundai, Genesis is a relatively new and brash entry into the market, going up against both the traditional German cars and the tide of SUVs. Consider, though, what you get in a fun-to-drive automobile.

The base four-cylinder comes with idle stop-and-go, safety features such as blind-spot collision warning with rear cross-traffic collision warning, forward collision avoidance-assist, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control. There’s a wide-type power sunroof, heated steering wheel, 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar, and an eight-inch touch-screen display.

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