Traditionally, the best sport sedans come from Germany, with BMW a good example. The Korean car maker Genesis is now competing in this market, so we got an example of both for comparison.
First up is the redesigned BMW 4 Series. There are four engine choices available. First is the base four-cylinder engine at 255 hp, or a six cranking 383, and another six at 473 ponies. But for $2,900 more this rare competition model cranks out 503 horsepower. It also raises the base price of $45K to $75K, and with options here reaches a hefty $81K.
A computer program offers three modes of driving, Comfort, Sport and Sport+. These can be applied to the engine, chassis, steering and brakes.
Driving this 4 Series is a blast. It can reach 60 mph in about four seconds and loves to be driven quickly. It corners like a champ. I racked up 650 miles in one day. The exhaust noise sounds great but is fake, piped in through the speakers. This is a nice car, but even with the smaller engines, not cheap to buy or maintain.
Next up is the Genesis G70. It has a small four-cylinder, 252-hp engine, or this optional V6 turbo cranking 365 hp. Its 0-60 mph time is 4.8 seconds. Once loaded up with all options, the tab jumped from $36K to $52K.
Years ago, this company went to Europe and hired some former engineers from BMW and other luxury car makers, and they now work for Genesis. So it is no surprise this G70 styling resembles a BMW 3 Series, and the swank interior is similar to what we see in a Bentley. The car drives like a European vehicle too, with brisk handling, powerful acceleration and great build quality. Another selling point is the 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, so they have you covered.
Genesis isn’t going to put the German luxury brands out of business. But for those wanting a car with comparable quality and performance with a lower price, the brand is worth a look.
Chad Haire, of Phoenix, test-drives vehicles for this feature.