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Genesis will rock you! New G70 Shooting Brake from Hyundai’s premium spin-off brand hits all the right notes, says RAY MASSEY

You know your car is a beauty when a gaggle of primary school children start taking pictures. So it was with the sleek, new Genesis G70 Shooting Brake, completed in fetching Havana Red paint, which I tried out this week. 

Its low-slung, sporty style is a head-turner, whatever your age. 

Genesis is the new premium brand from Korea’s Hyundai Group, famous for its value-for-money Kia, but now ready to take on Europe’s top carmakers such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. 

New creation: The Genesis G70, from the Hyundai Group, is sleek and sporty New creation: The Genesis G70, from the Hyundai Group, is sleek and sporty

New creation: The Genesis G70, from the Hyundai Group, is sleek and sporty

On looks alone, this Genesis would trump the German trio. Its designer is Luc Donckerwolke, previously at Bentley.

I was driving the 2.2-litre diesel 197bhp 8-speed automatic rear-wheel drive, which accelerates to 62mph in 7.7 seconds, up to a top speed of 140mph. 

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It has a smart, cockpit-like interior with a well-designed dashboard — and, stocked with high-tech kit, is fun to drive. Expect clever rear-cameras that show you the blind spot when you indicate, lane-keep assist, voice-control, electric lumbar support, heated front seats, and all manner of warning signals. 

Drive settings encompass frugal fuel-saving Eco as well as cruising-friendly Comfort.

Or you can opt for the more engaging Sport, which you can feel kicking in as the seat grips your sides. Meanwhile, Sport+ disengages some of the traction control safety for full driver engagement. 

I stuck mainly to Comfort to glide round town and moved to Sport for more oomph on main highways and country lanes. 

Will it fit in my garage? Genesis G70 Shooting Brake 

Model driven: 2.2 litre diesel rear-wheel drive Sport Line

Base price: £41,430

Price as driven: £46,530

Range priced from: £37,600

Colour: Havana Red

Length: 4685mmWidth: 1850mm

Width inc mirrors: 2086mmHeight: 1400mm

Wheelbase: 2835mm

Weight: 1810kg0-62mph: 7.7 seconds

Top speed: 140mph

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Drive modes: Eco; Comfort; Sport; and Sport+

MPG: 40.7mpg

CO2 emissions: 182g/km

Fuel tank: 60 litres

Boot space: 403 litres

Rear seats folded flat: 1,535 litres.

Kit on my car:

Smart cruise control with stop/startBlind spot avoidance Lane Keeping Assist Intelligent speed limit assist Forward/junction collision avoidance warning Driver electric lumbar support Electric seat adjuster Heated front seats Leatherette seat cover and dashboard Innovation pack Comfort seat pack 

 Other variant options:

2.0 litre Turbocharged petrol, Price: from £35,250

Diesel power offers low CO2 emissions of 182g/km and returns 40.7mpg. There’s a bit of diesel rattle from start-up, although that quickly disappears. Alternatively, there’s a 241bhp 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. 

The Genesis G70 is not quite as big a car as it appears, being particularly snug in the rear. And it’s definitely a premium price — from £41,430 up to £46,530 with extras. But I like its sporty coupe-like lines, and the 403-litre boot expands to 1,535litres with the rear seats down.

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