2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Premium 2.0T from North America


Beware of design flaw with transmission line


Car always loses alignment.

Drinks gas like a V8, although I drive normally and don't rev.

Transmission line leaked and manual shifter stopped working at 18,000 km (11184 miles) due to a design flaw in the front compartment.

Transmission always jumps from 1 to 2.

Beware of a design flaw with the transmission cooler system. Can rupture easily

Will think twice before buying a Hyundai again.

General Comments:

I bought this car after a lot of research. Since I owned a Lexus GS400, which was a powerful V8, fast, but unfortunately a premium gas guzzler, I decided to look for something that will be reasonably fast but saves on gas. According to the reviews, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T was what I was looking for.

I purchased this car new for almost $33,000, as I paid for the Premium package, added automatic transmission with 5 speed manual shifter, leather, etc. The car is pleasing to look at and drive. Drives fairly okay in snow. I am using Michelin X-Ice. The traction control is not as good as the Lexus GS400, but did the job so far. The dealership is not pleasing though.

NOTE: One thing both my children and I noticed is that there is a smell of unburnt gasoline inside the cabin. I did some reading on the forums, others are reporting the same thing. The fumes are apparently entering through the trunk. Someone actually ended up in the hospital with Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Gasoline is a carcinogen, so it is worrying me. If anyone else is smelling gasoline in the cabin, please advise.

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Review Date: 30th December, 2011

5th Jan 2012, 07:29

Jan 5, 2012 - Update on my review. I took the car to the Hyundai dealership who kept it for a day. Said they could not find any problem. Gas smell is almost gone after that. The car is doing 14.7 l/100km = 16.0009921 miles per gallon for city driving. I don't throttle the car. Drive it gently. The MPG advertised for city driving is around 21-22 MPG. So this car consumes more gas than my Lexus GS400-V8. Otherwise, everything else is good so far.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0 turbo from North America




The car does not drive that great in the winter, due to it being rear wheel drive.

Back seats are too low, and there's not enough head space.

I use to drive a sedan, and wish the car had more space.

General Comments:

This car handles sharp turns well.

The acceleration of the car was good, and it has automatic handle shift gear.

Front seat of the car is good, good trunk space.

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Review Date: 5th January, 2011

6th Jan 2011, 19:27

I like the look of the Genesis! It's a very distinct, sporty car, and rear wheel drive. Hyundai is stepping it up!

13th May 2011, 22:04

It would be amazing car if it wasn't rear wheel drive!!

14th May 2011, 11:25

I greatly prefer rear wheel drive, and can't fathom a sports car with front wheel drive. The handling is far better with rear drive. I own a rear drive sports car, rear drive SUV and front drive mid-sized sedan. The mid-sized sedan is a good car, but on snow or ice the rear drive SUV will run rings around it. I've never found any advantage to a front drive car. They are grossly over rated.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Base Base 4 cylinder turbo from North America


A Korean Mustang


I DO NOT own this car. I'm an avid car enthusiast and test drive hundreds of cars because I enjoy it (as does my wife) and like to stay abreast of the new models. Although I would never dream of buying from ANY foreign car company during these tough economic times, I have tremendous respect for Hyundai. They are now ranked higher than Toyota and Honda in many areas, including reliability. They also offer the auto industry's best warranty.

General Comments:

The first reaction my wife had was "The interior is cramped". I had to agree. Compared to our Mustang the interior DOES feel cramped. Still, I was not uncomfortable and wasn't rubbing against any interior surfaces. It may be due to the design of the dash and console causing it to LOOK more cramped than it really was. In all it was very acceptable, well-appointed and used good quality materials assembled with apparent great care. Controls and gauges were located for easy view and access.

I chose the base 4-cylinder model with the 6-speed manual because I always buy cars with the smallest engine. ALL modern cars are amply fast with the base engines, and car magazine testers ALWAYS test the most powerful models, leaving no one with any information on the models that will ultimately sell far more. I found the turbo-charged 4 VERY acceptable in terms of performance. It was quiet, smooth, responded instantly and revved easily and effortlessly. It was a joy to drive. I found it not quite as powerful as my V-6 Mustang, but really hadn't expected it to be. It certainly was no slouch in the area of performance.

The 6 speed manual is a joy to drive. Shifts were precise and easy in spite of the fact that I had never driven one of these cars before. Downshifts for passing were easy and quick. The clutch had the best feel of any manual shift cars I've driven in a long while. The last manual shift car I had driven (a GM car) had a very touchy clutch, and until I got used to it (after 5 or 6 take-offs) I found myself either stalling the engine or smoking the tires. That was not an issue with the Hyundai. The very first take-off was smooth and easy. This was in spite of not owning a stick-shift car in 4 years. I regard that as excellent. Kudos to Hyundai.

I threw the Genesis into some hard, fast corners. It hung in there like a Mustang. It felt solid and precise in fast corners, with no noticeable understeer and no tendency break loose unexpectedly. It was actually better in this respect than my Mustang, which does have a tendency to wag its tail without warning.

The ride was good. My wife felt that it was about the same as my Mustang, but I felt it was a bit softer (in other words, my fillings actually stayed in). I could live with the ride, but what can I say? I live with a Mustang now. When I started driving Mustangs my dentist jumped for joy. He gets good money for replacing my jarred-out fillings.

Now for the part I HATE. I know it is trendy for some newer sporty cars to have a stupid button on the dash that you push to start the car instead of just turning a key. It was probably dreamed up by someone who hates car buyers and wanted to find ways to annoy them. When my wife took my place behind the wheel, she stalled the engine. This does NOT mean she is a poor driver. She is a very GOOD driver. But she had not driven a stick in over a DECADE. Well, it turned out that the salesman had not bothered to give us the KEY! Since you HAVE to have the key to start the car, we had to sit there for half an hour waiting for them to bring us the key so we could start the car. This has got to be the stupidest gimmick ever dreamed up. I remember my dad had a 1941 Ford that you pushed a button to start. Why take cars back to the 40's with such silliness? You have to have keys ANYWAY, so why not just START it with a key? DUMB!!

All-in-all, I'm pleased with the Genesis. It is a good, solid car with one of the best warranties in the auto business. Toyota, Honda and Nissan have nothing that comes even REMOTELY close to it in sportiness. It felt a lot like what I'd expect a Korean Mustang to feel like. I give Hyundai credit for going after the sporty car customers. Heaven knows, no other Asian manufacturer does.

The price was, I thought, a tad high. The base coupe I drove listed for over $25,000. A base 2010 Mustang can be had for under $17,000 and will hold its value better. Would I buy a Genesis? Yes, if it were made by an American company or in a few years as a used car. For now I'll stick with my Mustang.

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Review Date: 29th November, 2009

30th Nov 2009, 13:45

You are to be commended for not buying from a foreign company. I am only twenty yet I understand the consequences of buying foreign junk unlike most people my age, and that's why I'm selling my 91 Mercedes 300E. I also own a beautiful 95' Grand Marquis LS and a flawless cream-puff 98' Crown Vic LX.