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CAR REVIEW: Genesis sedan

The Genesis 4 door sedan was first available in Australia in November 2014 and is the most advanced and luxurious car to ever to wear a Hyundai badge.

The global launch of the first Genesis sedan in 2008 was a big deal for Hyundai as it was a statement by the company of its confidence in producing vehicles capable of matching or exceeding the established luxury brands.

First sold in left-hand-drive-only the Genesis garnered rave reviews and major awards, including the coveted 2009 North American Car of the Year.

This second-generation Genesis sedan eclipses its predecessor in every way and has already collected a long list of international design, quality and technology awards. Included in those awards are the prestigious Red Dot Product Design and iF (International Forum Design GmbH) awards.

Our First Impressions of the Genesis:

As I stepped into the Genesis for the first time it was clearly evident that I was about to enjoy a car that smacks of style and purpose, and a vehicle that looks great on the outside and inside. At first glance the Genesis could easily have been one of the European 4 door luxury sedans that are available to Australian buyers. My comment would be exactly what the Hyundai execs are wanting potential buyers to be thinking.

The Genesis reflects the care and detail that the Hyundai design team has spent getting this car ready for the global market. It offers a sense of luxury and refinement with a vast array of driver and passenger aids.

The 'Ultimate' package fitted to our test car provided a list of additional features that included a Panoramic glass roof and a soft-closing function on the doors that is nice but by no means something that will be on most buyers 'must-have' list.

As an owner of a recently purchased used-car with heated seats I quickly warmed to the Genesis' offering of this feature for both front and back passengers.....in my view heated seats are now a 'must-have' accessory.

I think that safety is a really big part of the final decision process for most Australian car buyers and the Genesis has achieved an impressive maximum five-star ANCAP Safety Rating and with the highest safety score in ANCAP history. By any measure this result is a big deal and Hyundai have now lifted the safety bar in the luxury motor vehicle sector in Australia.

On the road the Genesis moves along nicely courtesy of its 3.8-litre GDi V6 offering 232kW and 397Nm of torque. The engine is matched to a 8-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual shift and paddle shifters and can achieve a 6.5-second run for 0-100km/h.

An extensive year-long local suspension tuning program has delivered Australian buyers a sedan that travels comfortably on the open road. As you would expect from a luxury eighty thousand dollar 4 door car, the Genesis delivers an effortless driver and passenger experience in luxury surroundings.............what you were wanting from the Genesis is served-up in style.

The seats in this car offer plenty of support and comfort with ample leg-room, head-room and space in the rear passenger compartment. A pull-down rear centre console with an array of buttons on the up-market spec 'Ultimate' package certainly adds to the travel experience for your passengers.

The long wheelbase on the Genesis provides a platform for great ride quality and ensures the car travels well over all types of roads on the 19-inch wheels of the top-shelf Ultimate.

At 4990mm, the Genesis is 91mm longer than a BMW 5 Series and 43mm longer than a Holden Commodore. The generous wheelbase, at 3010mm, is not only longer than that of a BMW 5 Series but also 1mm longer than the wheelbase of a Holden Caprice. At 1890mm the Genesis is 30mm wider than a 5 Series and very similar to a Commodore Ė only 8mm narrower.

The Genesisís V6 emits a satisfying growl if you push the car harder and performance is a respectable 6.5 seconds for 0-100km/h. There is no stop-start technology fitted on any of the models in the Genesis range which would have helped improve the official Hyundai fuel consumption figure of 11.2 litres per 100 Klm.

In the next 12 months Hyundai will offer a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder version of the Genesis on overseas models with 272kW and 510 Nm of torque. We can only hope that the Australian arm of Hyundai has convinced their parent company to include us in the list of countries where this upgrade will be available.

The Genesis comes with five years of warranty and free servicing and used models appear to holding their value well. A friend of mine purchased the same Ultimate version in black that I drove and he is about to sell his car after 18 months of ownership. He told me that he has a Hire Car company in Sydney more than ready to buy his car at a good price.

During our test drive I did comment that the driver experience of the Genesis would be so much better if the suspension could be tightened by a flick of a switch. Although the car does not display a lot of body roll relative to its size, it would be a more responsive and enjoyable car on a tight twisty section of country road with a variable suspension setting - similar to what we recently experienced in the Tesla S sedan.

That said, Hyundai's local suspension development team, led by Hee Loong Wong, Andrew Tuitahi and utilising the master skills of tuning guru David Potter, evaluated 42 individual combinations of springs, stabiliser bars and dampers, including 13 different front dampers and 19 rear dampers as they searched for the right set-up for the new model prior to launch.

Andrew Tuitahi is quoted as saying his team didnít want compromise with the suspension set-up on the Genesis:

"We wanted supreme everyday ride comfort combined with fantastic body control and recovery. We wanted passenger isolation combined with driver engagement and adjustability. We wanted calm and easy cruising combined with handling dynamics that get better the harder you push. We expected boulevard cruising combined with corrugated dirt road touring. And we wanted European luxury combined with the best qualities of an Australian large sedan".

In the large the team has achieved what they set-out to do with the suspension quality on the Genesis and most drivers will be more than comfortable with the ride settings on this car.

We delivered the Genesis back to Hyundai with a solid and positive impression on this car. It is a great car to drive and perfect for long country drives...............I made the statment during our drive that the Genesis was a perfect car for a "cocky"........country folk will appreciate the comment Smile

This is a most enjoyable car to drive and at times we had 4 passengers in the Genesis, all riding in comfort and style.

The 'Ultimate configuration is superbly appointed and worthy of your consideration if you are in the market for a luxury 4 door sedan.

The price-point for the Genesis will certainly catch you eye when you compare what you get against higher priced rivals from Europe and Japan.


Prices start at $60,000 (Sensory Pack: $71,000, Ultimate Pack: $82,000)

Equipment levels on the range of models are:


- 9 airbags:driver & front passenger, driver knee, driver & front passenger side (thorax), rear passenger side (thorax), full length curtain
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
- Smart High Beam
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Pre Safety System including front seatbelt pretensioners
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) incorporating Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS)
- Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Traction Control System (TCS)
- Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
- Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
- Tyre-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with washer system and auto-levelling
- Static Bending Lights
- LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
- Rear-view camera with parking guide
- Parking Assist System (PAS) with guidance (4 sensors front and 4 sensors rear)
- Seatbelt reminder (all seats)
-Leather Appointed interior
- Premium steering wheel and gearknob
- 9.2-inch Satellite Navigation system
- Lexicon 17-speaker premium audio system
- Proximity Smart Key with push-button start
- Dual-zone climate control with auto defog function
- 12-way Power driverís and passengers seat
- Heated front seats

Plus additional features including:

Electronic Park Brake (EPB)
18-inch alloy wheels & 245/45 R18 Hankook tyres
Smart Boot function (hands-free power-open function)
Rain-sensing wipers
Rear power blind
4.2-inch LCD Supervision cluster
Electro-Chromatic Mirror (ECM) with auto-dimming interior mirror
Electric folding side mirrors
Puddle lights (Genesis logo illumination) in side mirrors with courtesy lights in door handles
One-touch window up and down function on all windows incorporating anti-pinching safety feature
Interior mood lights
One-touch turn signal (3,5 & 7 flashes)
Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
Solar control glass
Dual-zone climate control with auto defog function


Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Lane Change Assist (LCA)
Head-Up Display (HUD)
Around-View Monitor (AVM)
Premium Leather appointed interior
Power Bolster and extendable base (driverís seat)
Driverís seat memory system
Power tilt & telescopic steering
Electro-chromatic auto-dipping exterior mirrors
CO2 sensor
LED front foglights

GENESIS - ULTIMATE PACK (includes Sensory Pack items plus):

Panoramic glass roof
Power door latches (automatic soft-closing function)
Ventilated front seats
Heated rear seats
Noise reducing acoustic glass
Power bootlid
7-inch LCD Supervision cluster
19-inch alloy wheels & 245/40 R19 (front) & 275/35 R19 (rear)
Dunlop tyres
Illuminated front scuff plates (with Genesis logo)
Rear door side curtains


The Genesis comes with an exclusive Hyundai iCare Inclusive Service Plan, with complimentary servicing for the first five years, or 75,000km, of ownership.

The Genesis iCare Programís complimentary servicing incorporates all scheduled maintenance items including labour, parts, lubricants and sundries such as oil and workshop supplies.

The Genesis is backed by Australiaís first five-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

The Genesis iCare Program includes Hyundaiís range-wide Lifetime Capped Price Servicing. Lifetime Capped Price Servicing means Hyundai owners know the exact cost of their next scheduled service for the lifetime of their car.

Genesis owners also receive Hyundaiís complimentary Hyundai Care MapCare Plan, which provides three yearsí free map updates for their carís cutting-edge factory-fitted satellite-navigation system.

The Genesis is also supported by Hyundaiís 12-month complimentary Roadside Assist Program. Through Hyundai iCare Service Centres, the program can be extended to 10 years.
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