"Performance/luxury bargain of the decade!"5.0 starson by kayone73
Pros: 1. Attractrive, if derivative, understated good looks
2. Smooth, and powerful V8 drivetrain
3. Excellent handling and road manners for car in its size class
4. Great features package: BT, nav, etc, radar parking
5. Plenty of backseat/trunk space
Cons: 1. Hyundai badge stigma (if you really care that much about those things)
2. iPod integration not perfect: unable to shuffle playlists
3. cooling only driver's seat, not passenger seat
Summary: Hyundai really shatters the stereotype and stigma of korean automobiles with the Genesis sedan, regardless of which engine you pick. Based on its size and features, this car is clearly designed to compete with a variety of mid size luxury RWD Japanese and German rivals including the Lexus GS, Infiniti M, MB E Class, 5 series and the A6. Feature for feature, the Genesis easily beats all of these rivals in price by $15K or more, and for a fully loaded V8 with the technology package (I paid barely ver $41K including tax, title and destination fees) you get a car with unbelievable fit/finish, quality, options and performance.
My previous 3 cars have all been Subaru's because I was a fan of the import/modification scene but as I've gotten older and my priorities changed, I was looking for a car that offered more luxury and space without sacrificing too much performance. Yet all the usual suspects I shopped for cost at least $50K to start, but when I started researching into the Genesis sedan, the more I read the more I liked about it. When I got to check out a production model at the local auto show and took a test drive later a few things stood out in my mind: the enormous rear seat legroom (something one would expect in a long wheelbase LS or S Class) and a rear trunk mounted battery (again something only seen in german performance sedans).
Driving this car in city streets and highways is relaxing yet engaging with suspension that's firm without being overly stiff, which is expect for a car in this class. Adjustable suspension that alternates between sport and comfort modes would have been nice, but at this price range, not necessary. On smooth freeways the interior is nearly whisper quiet but at full throttle you can hear some of the V8 exhaust note. Steering is surprisingly heavy at low speeds which makes the driver feel more connected to the road and despite the large size, the Genesis is very nimble and maneuverable thru tight parking lots and streets. Turning circle is also impressive, much better than most asian cars i've drive, able to clear a 2 lane street at a U turn in full lock where I was forced to do 3 point turns in smaller japanese sedans. While urban driving is mostly effortless and relaxing, the Genesis is also very fun to drive in the mountain twisty roads, as I've discovered in a 400 mile road trip from LA to the mountains to Santa Cruz, and it steers with more confidence and less understeer than my previous cars.
Interior features include a fantastic bluetooth handsfree system which is loud and clear when paired up to my iPhone. As long as BT is activated in my phone it automatically pairs up with my car's system as soon as I step in. Voice clarity is superior to any headset I've used and most callers have no idea I was speaking to them on speakerphone. The iPod integration is done via special cable, enabling control of iPod playback thru the nav screen interface and it works very well, however my only real gripe is the inability to use a 'shuffle' playback mode, everything plays in the order songs are listed on my playlists. Hopefully a simple software upgrade can fix this. The HD based navigation system is also great and easy to use despite being non touchscreen (which i actually prefer) and the rotary knob input is very easy to use and quite intuitive. Best of all, the system allows input of addresses while the car is in motion. I can go on endlessly about the features, but they are top notch for a car in this class and price range.
I suspect this car will be seen as a serious game changer in the industry, much like the original Lexus LS was almost 20 years ago.