RAY MASSEY: Genesis Offers Business Class Service at Economical Prices

Parked in the new Genesis G70, I was often approached by fascinated passersby demanding to know what it was and how much it cost.

This is because the new sedan from the premium branch of the Korean group Hyundai looks fantastic. Smart, sophisticated and a flashy touch. It is packed with a kit.

There is definitely a nod to BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley. Just look at the large grille.

Korean Class: The Genesis G70 is smart, sophisticated, a flashy touch, and packed with the kit

Big Aspirations: Genesis is the premium branch of the Korean group Hyundai with the new G70 nodding to BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley

Big Aspirations: Genesis is the premium branch of the Korean group Hyundai with the new G70 nodding to BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley

But it’s a tempting package that offers good value for money. It’s comfortable on the inside, the satnav is good and the digital dashboard mixes the right buttons and dials well.

It was the first diesel car I had driven in quite some time and it was extremely enjoyable. While racking up a few hundred miles, I had to keep checking the barely changing fuel dial to make sure the gauge wasn’t stuck.

At a stage of not particularly eco-friendly driving, I was hitting over 55 mpg, although with more engaged driving I was hitting around 45 mpg. Are we missing a tip here? Looks like there is still life in the old diesel dog.

Value: Prices for the G70 start at £ 33,850 for the 2.0-liter T petrol version in the Premium Line, rising to £ 39,300 for the Luxury Line and £ 40,480 for the Sport Line

Value: Prices for the G70 start at £ 33,850 for the 2.0-liter T petrol version in the Premium Line, rising to £ 39,300 for the Luxury Line and £ 40,480 for the Sport Line

Oil burner: The 2.2-liter Euro6D diesel starts from £ 35,860, rising to £ 38,510 for the Luxury Line - which I drove - and £ 40,030 for the Sport Line

Oil burner: The 2.2-liter Euro6D diesel starts from £ 35,860, rising to £ 38,510 for the Luxury Line – which I drove – and £ 40,030 for the Sport Line

Price is also an interesting topic, as prices for the G70 start at £ 33,850 for the 2.0-liter T petrol version of the Premium Line, rising to £ 39,300 for the Luxury Line and £ 40,480 for the Sport Line.

The 2.2-liter Euro6D diesel equivalent starts from £ 35,860, rising to £ 38,510 for the Luxury Line – which I drove – and £ 40,030 for the Sport Line.

My car was also charged an additional £ 8,000, including £ 1,130 for the eye-catching Bond Silver paint; £ 960 for the sunroof; £ 3,250 for a high-tech innovation pack; £ 1,850 for the luxury comfort seat package; £ 790 for the Lexicon Audi system. This brought the final price to £ 46,490.

Affordable luxury: The Genesis is comfortable inside, satellite navigation is good, and the digital instrument panel mixes the right buttons and dials well

Affordable luxury: The Genesis is comfortable inside, satellite navigation is good, and the digital instrument panel mixes the right buttons and dials well

Equipment: Extras on the G70 include £ 960 for the sunroof;  £ 3,250 for a high-tech innovation pack;  £ 1,850 for the luxury comfort seat package;  £ 790 for the Lexicon Audi system

Equipment: Extras on the G70 include £ 960 for the sunroof; £ 3,250 for a high-tech innovation pack; £ 1,850 for the luxury comfort seat package; £ 790 for the Lexicon Audi system

My G70 had good speed, going from rest at 62 mph in 7.2 seconds to a top speed of 143 mph.

And there are smart security twists. My favorite is a rear view live image on the dash so you can see what’s behind, left, or right when you point.

Genesis has a whole slew of new cars hitting the market and it’s exciting because the company is certainly offering business class service at premium economy prices.

Beaulieu launches the 007 exhibition

The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is about to launch a new exhibition featuring cars, gadgets and costumes from the latest 007 movie.

The Bond in Motion: No Time To Die exhibition opens on October 15, shortly after the film’s UK release on September 30.

The Bond in Motion: No Time To Die exhibition opens at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu on October 15, shortly after the film's UK release on September 30.

The Bond in Motion: No Time To Die exhibition opens at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu on October 15, shortly after the film’s UK release on September 30.

This will be the first chance to see the film’s folding wing glider as a full-size model, which will be suspended above the iconic Aston Martin DB5 (making ‘donuts’ above) with a new LED license plate and machine guns as driven by Daniel Craig.

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, driven in the film by new agent Nomi, will also be on display.

Fans of four-wheel drive will appreciate Bond’s Land Rover Series III and Land Rover Defender 110.

For tickets and details visit beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345.

Leon wins the award for best towing

Caravan and trailer fans take note: Spanish car company Seat’s sunny Leon Estate FR, pictured, has just been crowned towing car of the year 2021.

The 150hp 1.5-liter TSI practice was honored yesterday at the Caravan and Motorhome Club awards ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club in London.

Pulling power: Seat's sunny Leon Estate FR, pictured, just crowned tow car of the year 2021

Pulling power: Seat’s sunny Leon Estate FR, pictured, just crowned tow car of the year 2021

The car also triumphed in its trailer towing section in the 1,100kg to 1,200kg category after 32 vehicles were driven around the automotive industry’s UTAC Millbrook Proving Ground.

The vehicles have been tested on various types of roads, including at speeds of up to 55 mph on an alpine route.

The judges tested whether the car boots could swallow the bulky accessories normally required on a caravan trip and performed a series of technical and towing tests.

Full results at: camc.com/towcar/

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