2014 Hyundai Genesis Review

April 28, 2014
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Hyundai still leaves a lot in wonder with its Genesis. The luxury sedan/coupe has attractive styling, competitive features and powerful engines all for just little money. It does not, however, offer all-wheel drive system which is becoming more popular among larger luxury automakers.

NEW FOR 2014 GENESIS

  • Assurance Connected Care program (includes collision notification, car care, roadside assistance, etc.)
  • optional heated steering wheel on the 5.0 R-Spec model
  • standard 18-inch wheels on 3.8 models
  • standard auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry with push-button start, fog lights, and cruise control, among others, on the coupe
  • 8-speed automatic transmission on Genesis coupe 3.8

UNDER THE HOOD

There are two engines powering the rear-wheel-drive Genesis coupe. One is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 274 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. The other engine is a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Both engines can be paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic with manual shift control.

The sedan gets a 3.8-liter V6 engine also, but it generates 333 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque with an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. A 5.0-liter V8 engine is also available for the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec. It puts out an impressive 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque.

The following figures are the EPA’s fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Hyundai Genesis:

City/Hwy/Combined MPG
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cyl (manual) 19/27/22
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cyl (automatic) 17/27/21
3.8-liter V6 (348 hp, manual) 16/24/19
3.8-liter V6 (348 hp, automatic) 16/25/19
3.8-liter V6 (333 hp) 18/27/21
5.0-liter V8 15/23/18

 

ON THE ROAD

The 274-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine gives the Genesis coupe satisfying amount of power. Going for the V6 is purely up to you. There’s really no need for an upgrade. The suspension makes the coupe feel like a small car on the road. Steering is responsive and the ride is compliant.

The sedan offers quiet ride—or expensive-car-like quiet ride—credited largely to its improved acoustic insulation. The 3.8-liter V6 engine and the 8-speed automatic transmission cause the sedan to accelerate quickly and smoothly. The V8 is the most powerful in the lineup and it performs just as impressive as the Genesis’ more expensive rivals do. But because suspension is stiffer with the R-Spec, expect the ride to be a bit harsh and less comfortable especially on imperfect road conditions.

INSIDE THE 2014 GENESIS

The Genesis’ cabin does not look like its price tag. Both the coupe and the sedan feel like a Lexus or an Audi from behind the wheel. Some reviewers like the sloping dashboard and the low-slung driving position in the coupe. These designs keep the sporty feel, they say. The layout of the controls is organized. The electroluminescent gauges are clear and easy to read and the telematics system is easy to learn.

All seats in the sedan provide comfort and ample legroom and headroom, which are good for longer trips. But the rear seats cannot be folded to expand the 15.9 cubic feet of space that the trunk offers. On the other hand, adult passengers will not be comfortable in the back seat of the coupe. And the trunk is small at just 10 cubic feet compared to the Genesis’ rivals.

KEY FEATURES

The base Genesis coupe or 2.0T comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, remote keyless entry, automatic headlights, LED taillights, fog lights, proximity key with push button start, automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, Bluetooth, iPod/USB auxiliary input jacks, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sirius XM audio system.

The Genesis sedan 3.8 has many of the base coupe’s standard features but adds and replaces some with 7-speaker audio system, heated front seats, leather seats, power front seats, and LED daytime running lights.

The Premium group of features for the coupe adds rear park assist, power sunroof, automatic climate control, leather/cloth seats, Blue Link, 10-speaker Infinity audio system, and HD radio. For the sedan, it adds the same and a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, driver-seat memory function, navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen, and 14-speaker Lexicon audio system.

In addition to these features, the 3.8 Grand Touring pack has LED daytime running lights, and leather seats. And the 3.8 Ultimate includes 19-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, Brembo brakes, and xenon headlights.

All R-Spec models have limited-slip rear differential, 19-inch alloy wheels, hill start assist control, Brembo brakes, leather/cloth seats, sport suspension, unique exterior and interior accents, and 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sirius XM audio system.

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