2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A joy to own and drive. A real head turner

Faults:

The radio was replaced under warranty. It worked for most features, but a couple of extra features were not working, like the 3D sound for example, and it would not update software.

There was a recall on the rear tyres, so I got a year's free tyre wear :o)

General Comments:

There is too much to comment on so I'll keep this brief. First off, the aesthetics. What a gorgeous looking car. Amongst the overpriced BMs, Mercs and Audis, it looks stunning and stands out from the crowd. The car is rear wheel drive, as all cars should be, and the driving is slick and well balanced. The steering has just the correct weight and feel and adds a confidence to the drive. It uses an electric motor to assist. The brakes are light and very effective, considering it's a 2 ton car. The cornering is flat and assured. The layout of the dash is just great and the radio/nav unit is high on the dash where it should be, and is easy to read and use. A second LCD between the speedo and tacho gauges gives a load of reassuring information regarding the state of the car. There are a load of high tech gizmos that are too many to mention. I will mention the smart cruise which will follow the speed of the car in front right down to stopping. This car scored the highest safety score with a well known test agency that tests all cars and has the highest record score. Don't believe me, then Google. Here in the UK we get just one model that comes fully loaded, and even has extra features not on the USA Ultimate model, like auto parking for example. We also get cameras all around that give a bird's eye view to assist parking or checking proximity with other vehicles. Just amazing, it looks like a view from about 30ft above the car from a drone or something.

This is just an amazing car. I cannot see how it is any worse than BMs and Mercs costing tens of thousands more. Well done Hyundai. This is a manufacturer who will be the world's best soon enough, if not already there. This is my 4th Hyundai over 20 years motoring and they gave a 100% reliability record, even passing the MOT first time every time.

I said I would be brief. Compared to what praises I could be singing, this comment is brief.

I will criticise Hyundai wanting 974 GBP for a replacement alloy wheel (I scraped mine slightly). This is just a rip-off as usually Hyundai have been value for money for servicing in the past. Fortunately I have 5 year's free servicing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2016

1st Jan 2017, 21:46

Over £50k for a Hyundai - what do you do to keep warm? Burn fivers?

2013 Hyundai Genesis Base Sedan 3.8L V6 from North America

Summary:

Overall this Genesis is a great combination of comfort, handling, and power. Love it!

Faults:

This car is still very new, and I have had no problems with it at all.

General Comments:

I took a year to try to make a decision on whether or not to buy a Hyundai Genesis or a Toyota Avalon (much to my wife's disgust). I had been driving a Grand Marquis for 12 years and they quit making them, so this was a big decision for me. I finally test drove a used 2011 Genesis over 3 sets of railroad tracks, and that was when I decided on a Genesis. I wanted a good ride and I had noticed that Toyota had changed the ride on the 2013 Avalon, and it definitely was not as smooth as a 2012 Avalon. I do not regret not buying the Avalon one bit.

The power in the 333 HP V6 is unbelievable. I love it when my wife goes to sleep and I can crank it up. I was even caught by my daughter in the back seat with her GPS. "Dad you are going 92 mph".

I have no idea why anyone would want to buy the Genesis with the 5.0L V8 with 429 HP. I was told by one Hyundai dealer that most of them are retired pilots. Ha.

I am getting 27.5 MPG on highway trips and I doubt the car is broken in yet. My brother has a 2012 and he got 32 MPG on a trip from Denver to Wichita. I was shocked since that is over the EPA estimate of 28 MPG. I do put my foot into this car, and I believe if I would quit it, that my mileage would improve.

The more I drive this Genesis, the more I like it. I had not intended on buying a new one at all, but at the end of the year a small town Texas dealer knocked off $9,000 off MSRP and I bought the new one.

I am not the type of individual who gets a car serviced at a dealer, I use a private mechanic, but I needed to get a smart key programed for this car and the dealer only charged me $26 for the programing. I was very surprised, because friends of mine have told me how they have had to pay $150 and up at car dealers for a programing fee, and that did not include the key. I read recently that Hyundai has become the #1 inexpensive cars to repair and moved Toyota to #2. From my experience so far, I believe it.

I am totally impressed with the 8 speed transmission. It is extremely smooth and I cannot feel many of the shifts. I have even tried watching the tach to tell when it is shifting.

My 1st impression of the 7 speaker base sound system was that it was just average, but after I spent a short time tweaking it to my likes, I am impressed with it also. Definitely plenty of bass. I am glad I did not spent an extra $4,500 for the Premium Package.

I am 64 years old and I'm driving like I did when I was 25. This car seems to be faster than my daughter's 1993 Mazda MX6 with a large V6. Yes, it will probably take a speeding ticket to slow me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2014

27th Feb 2014, 12:09

Great initial review; I've been looking at the Genesis coupe myself. Please keep us posted on reliability and service.

3rd Mar 2014, 06:09

I bought the Genesis sedan and not the coupe.

1st May 2015, 02:33

I went today with someone to look for a 2015 Sonata, so while in the show room I sat in a Genesis sedan and had a look. It seems it was a 'base' model, with black leather of fine but not spectacular quality and some terrible wood(?) trims that looked and felt exactly like the cheapest laminate flooring that's sold at your local hardware store.

The interior was surprisingly small in the front seats for a car this class; it seemed similar to the one in Sonata. The center console looked cheap; nothing compared with a Mercedes or BMW. The one in the 2015 Sonata looks better (although the one in the Hybrid version of the 2015 Sonata also looks cheap). But what was more shocking is that some of the center console knobs as well as the knobs for the seat adjustment did not have a 'tight' feeling; they felt like they were about to fall off.

The front seats were OK in comfort, while the rear seats were very comfortable, but the rear leg room was nearly the same as in the Sonata. Sitting in the back, the dimensions and even the looks were rather similar to a Honda Accord.

The metal sheet on the door panel is thin and feels like it will easily dent when someone will be slamming it with his door in a parking lot.

I'm 6'1. In the Sonata, Elantra and Genesis there was barely head room with the seat at a normal driving position. The Genesis has the least head room of all; with the same seat height adjustment, my head was basically touching the ceiling.

All in all, only by the way the interior looks, I don't see how this car can compete as a luxury brand at this tag price.