Genesis G70 Shooting Brake
By Bill McCarthy
The Genesis models are coming thick and fast and one of the most stylish must surely be this estate. The designers have cleverly targeted their audience with trim and and styles with more appeal to younger buyers and the Shooting Brake, is a prime example.
Like many estate type cars or tourers, style and practicality have been married to deliver coupe-like styling, with little compromise on interior space.
The term “shooting brake” supposedly from turn-of-the last century England, where it referred to a car used to transport a hunting party and its gear. “Brake” referred to a chassis that was used to break in horses.
It eventually just came to refer to early wagons in general.
The term was later applied to custom-built wagons by high-end coachbuilders and subsequently became synonymous with station wagon or nowadays estate.
Both Mercedes and Jaguar have produced shooting brake models and this newcomer sits easily with that company.
With a choice of Premium Line, Luxury Line and Sport Line trim levels, it certainly is a premium, stylish vehicle with its sleek, coupe-like profile and featuring the signature crest grille quad lamps and not forgetting the Bentley lookalike winged bonnet badge.
The Sportline model adds dark-chrome finish for the window surrounds and front grille, which also gets a dark tinted chrome mesh insert. It also features 19-inch alloys with red Brembo brake calipers.
To the rear of the vehicle, where a single-piece glass hatch accommodates part of the light cluster and a “floating type” integral spoiler.
Rear wheel drive, it features a powerful 2.2-litre diesel engine mated to an eight-speed auto box that offers reasonable economy while delivering decent pace.
Packed with high end goodies, it is spacious with a premium interior.
It also features artificial intelligence that learns about the driver and builds on existing state-of-the-art advanced autonomous driver assistance.
One of the star attractions are the two main binnacle dials which turn into cameras to show the road it is turning into when the indicator is activated.
A real safety feature that helps keep cyclists and pedestrians safe.
This is a proper premium motor with state-of-the-art technologies, quality materials, and a finish to create what the GENESIS describe as ‘a fighter jet cockpit appearance.’
Central is the 10.5-inch HD infotainment screen and 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster controlling connectivity and navigation functions.
It operates the impressive sound system, while the Genesis Connect system offers voice recognition and live updates and smartphone integration.
Boot spaces on these type of estates or tourers are not as capacious as some of the older styles, but with 465 litres available, expanding to 1,535-litre load area with 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats, it offers plenty of stowage space.
On the road, the refined 200PS diesel delivers smooth acceleration. It powers to 60mph in around 7.5 seconds, with little diesel noise. Plenty of punch but delivering real world economy of around 40mpg.
Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+, selections allow the driver to go from fuel economy right through to a more sporty drive, by tweaking steering, suspension, throttle and transmission response.
The ride and handling are excellent, with tuned suspension and electronically controlled adaptive dampers soaking up the worst of the potholes, while delivering agile handling for such a big car.
A mechanical limited slip differential also improves handling and traction on twisting roads.
Genesis G70 Shooting Brake 2.2D Sport Line
Mechanical: 200PS, 2,199cc, four-cylinder diesel engine driving rear wheels via eight-speed automatic transmission
Max Speed: 140mph
0-62mph: 7.5 seconds
Combined MPG: 40.7-41.8
C02 emissions: 177-182g/km
Bik rating: 37%
Warranty: Five years/unlimited miles