Video: BMW 330i vs Genesis G70 and Lexus IS 350 Comparison

3 Series, Videos | August 13th, 2019 by 34
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The life of BMW’s 3 Series is getting more and more complicated every year. Competitors from all brands in the industry are showing up like mushrooms after rain, to try and take its crown away. For almost 40 years, the 3 Series model dominated its segment after inventing it. Now, there’s a new model out and the landscape has changed a bit. Apart from the usual Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class rivals, other car makers are now trying to steal its thunder away, like Genesis.

Genesis is a sub-brand of the Hyundai-Kia conglomerate. It was launched a while back as a brand to take on premium offerings from Germany. Did it succeed? Well, the guys from Car Advice are trying to give us an answer in the review posted below. Therefore, we get to see the BMW 330i tested against the Genesis G70 and the Lexus IS350. It’s interesting to point out that the BMW is the only four-cylinder car here and the one with the least amount of power.

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Nevertheless, the 330i manages to hang with its rivals here. The Genesis G70 is in its top-dog guise here, having a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 to rely on. The Lexus IS also has a V6 under the hood but it’s an atmospheric unit hooked up to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Needless to say, the Lexus is pretty much out of the game from the get go. That’s mostly because it is pretty old and in dire need of a revamp. Thus, we’re left with the Genesis and the 330i.

To be fair, the conclusion of this comparison doesn’t really have a clear favorite. The 330i and the G70 do trade blows but it’s hard to name one that’s clearly better than the other. That says a lot about how far the Genesis brand has gone already. Catching up to the 3 Series is not an easy thing to do and the Koreans are already really close.

34 responses to “Video: BMW 330i vs Genesis G70 and Lexus IS 350 Comparison”

  1. Ken says:

    since when does the Lexus IS have a CVT…? Another blind article as always… And yes, let us compare the 2 most recently redesigned entries with the oldest one on the market, yea what a comparison.

  2. jason bourne says:

    Why test the the four-banger and not the six against the Genesis and Lexus? That’s sorta dumb.

    I knew the Lexus wasn’t going to hang from the get-go… It’s a four-wheeled joke.

    • Mark says:

      A 4 wheel joke that out-lives both of those cars. Power is useless if it breaks down all the time. But you can stick with you money pits :)

      • Antonio Dai Amigo says:

        All petro cars a subject to breaking down. Toyotas are not social.

      • NWxSW says:

        People who buy these new don’t keep them for more than a few years. These are on the third or fourth owner by the time they get into high mileage.

      • Leopold Gering says:

        With the length of the Genesis warranty, no one should be worried about the G70S breaking down and even if it did, Genesis will come pick it up and drop off another Genesis for you to drive. “IF” I had to purchase a small 4 door car, it would be the G70S in blue.

  3. PK says:

    In the end BMW is a BMW. The 3 Series is their benchmark for a reason but I have to admire the Koreans catching up to them in a short period of time. They’ll be force to be reckoned with in the future! watch out!

    • Antonio Dai Amigo says:

      The age gap ratio between the brands diminished every year.

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

      They can’t even produce an I6, even Mercedes have returned to the format. If you want a bargain knock-off buy 1, but don’t confuse Korean volume 4 German engineering. Why do u think they hire from Germany?

  4. JERRY says:

    It’s hard to pick a winner when genesis stole an engineer from BMW that worked on suspensions for years to create genesis suspensions. People who drive it say it feels just like a BMW. That’s a bad thing considering it’s probably only thing left that makes the difference.

    • Ronald Stansberry says:

      I own a Genesis sedan and for my 💰 it is far better than BMw and the lower case means that they will soon be replaced by the Genesis brand! Get your stock now!

      • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

        The Genesis brand is Hyundai, they can’t compete with M340i or M3. Sell your stock now!

        • Antonio Dai Amigo says:

          Those cars are only factory tuned variants.

          Genius will have aftermarket mods to tune it just the same.

          With your savings from buying kia you will be destroying any factory bmw.

          In the end… model 3 wins

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

            In the end Model 3 looks like a years old fleet rental from the designer of an old Mazda 3. Because it is. M340i (& M3) actually have unique to the market drivetrains & multiple bespoke (Individual) options. If model 3 wins why is it named after the benchmark? & following in every other way? Unoriginal wannabe.

        • Leopold Gering says:

          With the large acquisition of talent from Audi, BMW, Lamborghini, and etc. Genesis as a brand will continue to excel in all area of build quality and performance. They have the talent, but will they invest the time and money to reach the pinnacle in performance and style.

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

            Not so far. Their efforts are too conservative, they chase the same targets everyone else does, they need to show leadership. Unless they produce the BEV coupe concept (& get it right) they now are moving to SUVs, again, the same segments every other manufacturer chases.

    • Antonio Dai Amigo says:

      The Petro engine existed from before any bmw engineer existed.

  5. Alex R says:

    The IS 350 does not have a CVT.

  6. nibot kram says:

    What a crap Clickbait BS review. It says nothing and compares apples to oranges and is in accurate about the Lexus’s powertrain.
    Get some decent Writers that actually know something

  7. Antonio Dai Amigo says:

    If a publicist can’t grow balls and stick their neck out for one or the other than the kia has already won vs the bmw.

    How old is the petro engine….there is nothing surprising about kia making a descent v6. Hell all bmw need do is put an fmic, intake and inlets on their 10 year old platform to beat the stinger….
    Is it just me or are automotive reporters even more boring than tech ones?

  8. Giom says:

    Lol, some of these comments… it’s like, why do kindergarteners comment on this blog? SO over dramatized…

  9. Nick Hayes says:

    Pretty sure the IS350 doesn’t use a CVT and instead uses an 8-speed auto. Its the 300h that uses a CVT as its a Hybrid. We just replaced a 2015 Mercedes C200 Bluetec after so many issues, with a 2017 IS300 and couldn’t be happier!

  10. Superman says:

    Yeah, but wonder which one will last longer.

  11. NWxSW says:

    Having driven a G70 3.3t and BMW 3 series recently while car shopping the Hyundai still has some work to do. The 3.3 has a great explosion of power, the interior is super nice but the details still fall short. Terrible throttle response is the biggest issue, which means that power is limited to drag style acceleration only. That and the standard Hyundai infotainment were deal breakers.

  12. Don James Johnson says:

    All autos.. Boo. Love my lexus is 200 se first gen over any modern techno babble

  13. Don James Johnson says:

    Just give us vehicles we can actually use all that time n money passing tests for, I’ve got no parking sensors or cameras and I ball at parking, yet you’ll have people with the wife out still waving them in..then you wana slap a £200 fine n 6 points on licence for using phone when the infotainment system, climate control n all that is done by a touch screen the same as 3 phones stuck together..

  14. Richard Williams says:

    Pretty big knocks on the Lexus but yet the Lexus beats both the Beamer and the Genesis in reliability and resale value, 40 more horses and the Lexus would win this comparison 👍

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