Historically, the world’s best sports sedans have been German. BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz invested heavily in intricately engineered vehicles with exquisite driving dynamics. These days, though, Germany’s best sometimes feel cold. Even classic driving machines like the BMW 3 Series have lately skewed more toward isolation than excitement.
That left room for upstarts to challenge the Germans on their historic turf. Two such models are the 2021 Cadillac CT4 and the newly updated 2022 Genesis G70. The G70 is the first compact sedan from Hyundai’s premium division, which got its start with full-size models. It debuted to rave reviews in 2019 and now features fresh styling and an upgraded infotainment system. The CT4, introduced last year, is an overhauled version of the Cadillac ATS — a compact sedan with sterling ride and handling but also a host of drawbacks. Priced from less than $40,000, they promise luxury and driving fun at relatively attainable prices. Which one pulls it off better? Keep reading as we break down these two sedans in different categories and name an overall winner.