Ten years ago, if I’d told you that the Audi A4 would be taking on competitors from a Hyundai-offshoot, you’d have probably laughed at me. However, today, that’s exactly what’s happening and not only can a Hyundai-offshoot take on the Audi A4, it should make the engineers in Ingolstadt very concerned.
In this new comparison test from Kelley Blue Book, the A4 takes on the all-new Genesis G70 and the results are going to shock most Audi fans.
On paper, the two cars are quite close. The A4 uses a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. It gets an automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox as-standard and Quattro all-wheel drive (I’m not even considering the front-wheel drive model because it’s pointless). While the Genesis G70 2.0T also uses a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-pot with 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It has an eight-speed automatic and is rear-wheel drive as-standard.
After those initial specs, though, things really don’t start to look good for Audi. The new A4 Quattro starts at $40,900, while the Genesis G70 2.0T starts at $35,450. So the Genesis is already cheaper and has the same performance. If you want all-wheel drive in the Genesis, it will still only cost $38,475. To sweeten the Korean pot even further, the G70 is available with a Sport Package, rear-wheel drive and six-speed manual (!) for under $40,000.
Not only that but it’s a pretty unanimously opined that the Genesis G70 is the better driving car. In fact, the G70 is among the best driving cars in a segment that includes cars like the BMW 3 Series and Alfa Romeo Giulia. So it’s a fantastic driving car and, while still good, the A4 just isn’t engaging enough.
So when you factor in that the G70 is cheaper, comes with a manual, more fun to drive and almost as well-equipped, it’s the no-brainer winner. The Audi A4 is still an excellent car and one that more customers will still choose but anyone that chooses the A4 instead is doing so on brand prestige. On the road, the Genesis is the better car.