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Hyundai Genesis Review 2015


Good points

  • Luxury features abound
  • Refined and supple ride
  • Lots of car for the money

Needs work

  • Chassis not buttoned down
  • Fuel economy
  • One or two interior parts are B-grade
Hyundai Genesis Review

The Hyundai Genesis is an astounding achievement for Hyundai. It’s a full size sedan that embodies supreme comfort, genuine quality, and generous features at a sharp price point. But it’s what they’ve learned building the Genesis that counts.

Building a proper luxury sedan requires a few things of a manufacturer. Discerning engineering, for one. Discipline in design is another. Cache is a desirable third quality. Hyundai may be a little short on the third, but with the full-size Genesis sedan, they’ve proved convincingly that they can now engineer seriously competent vehicles.

Driving – or being driven in – the Genesis makes it near unbelievable that this Korean brand was building Excels and Accents less than fifteen years ago. Refinement and quality abound; it’s plenty quick, too. And with a well-equipped base priced at $60,000, Hyundai have pitched the Genesis directly into a number of hot markets.

Is this a car you could consider alongside the similarly-priced Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series, or Holden Calais V? Absolutely, although it’s much bigger than all three. At five metres, the Genesis is just shy of a short-wheelbase 7 Series – and while it doesn’t attempt to reach the lofty heights of 7er and S-Class refinement, the Hyundai could easily be cross-shopped against a 5 Series or E-Class.

And that is a serious complement.

ChasingCars.com.au borrowed these trims for our Hyundai Genesis review:

  • 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sensory (middle trim), with the 3.8-litre aspirated V6 (232kW/397Nm) and eight-speed automatic, in Polished Metal with black leather, priced at $71,000 before on-road costs.
  • 2015 Hyundai Genesis Ultimate (top trim), with the 3.8-litre aspirated V6 (232kW/397Nm) and eight-speed automatic, in Onyx Black with tan leather, priced at $82,000 before on-road costs.
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Key specs (as tested)

Naturally aspirated
232kW @ 6000rpm
397Nm @ 5000rpm
Power to weight ratio
119kW / tonne
Fuel type
Fuel capacity
11.2L / 100km
Average Range
Rear wheel drive
Engine configuration
Unoccupied weight
Cargo space seats up
Cargo seats down
Seats do not fold

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