Seat Time: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

April 15th, 2014 at 12:29pm

2015 Hyundai Genesis

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Hyundai
Make: Hyundai
Model: Genesis
Model Range: 4-door sedan
Competitors: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac CTS, Lexus GS (Primary); Lexus ES, BMW 5-Series & Audi A6 (Secondary)
Trim Levels: 3.8L RWD, 3.8L AWD & 5.0L RWD
Price Range: $38,000 (base 3.8L V6 RWD) to $55,000 (5.0L V8 RWD w/ optional Ultimate Package) + 950 freight charges
Made in: Ulsan, South Korea
Drivetrain: 3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 GDI (in both FWD & HTRAC All-wheel drive), 5.0-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 GDI (RWD) with 8-speed electronic automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual shift mode
EPA Ratings: 3.8L V6 RWD — 18 city/29 highway/22 combined; 3.8L V6 AWD — 16 city/25 highway/19 combined; 5.0L V8 RWD — 15 city/23 highway/18 combined

Read on for Chip Drake‘s final impressions of this vehicle

Notable Features:

  • 2015 Hyundai GenesisTechnology Upgrades include:
    *ABES (Automatic Braking System)
    *Smart Cruise Control
    *Blind Spot Detection w/ rear cross traffic alert & lane change assist
    *Haptic Steering Warning System
    *Head Up Display

  • Two World’s-First “Intelligent Features”
    *In-Cabin CO2 sensor to fight drowzy drivers
    *Hands Free Smart Trunk

Final Impression:

One thing about Hyundai, it likes to keep things simple. Take the new Genesis for instance. Only three trim levels based on the powertrain to choose from and just a couple of optional packages. But that ethic doesn’t stop there. You can see it carried on throughout the car. Just look at the interior. Despite being equipped with a world of technology, Hyundai engineers have made it easy to find the features that you’ll want to use on a daily basis including the new Head Up display. And while some luxury automakers — who will remain nameless (but you know the initials) — still make it a struggle to play music on the multimedia system let alone use many of the other software features, the Genesis is laid out in a very user-friendly way from the hardware on the center stack and steering wheel to the features on its 8-inch Touchscreen Display.

But there’s nothing simple about the power and the ride of the new Genesis. Test driving it on the roads of central Arizona it provided almost a cloud-like ride even over some rough patches of road. And when it comes to performance, with more than 300 horsepower from the 3.8L V6 RWD, many will be more than content with this power for the price. Upgrading to the 5.0L V8 RWD does give you another 100 in horsepower which is significant when you’re driving on the road to nowhere, but for my money, I’m happy with what I got out of the 3.8.

All in all, I might laud the 2015 Hyundai Genesis for being efficient and easy to understand and use, however, it is anything but simple. What the Engineering team has shoehorned into this car for the price, it’s amazing. It may be wishful thinking from the brand that it wants to go head-to-head with their German counterparts with this car, however, if it can get consumers to cross shop it they are going to be surprised what they get in Genesis.


2 Comments to “Seat Time: 2015 Hyundai Genesis”

  1. Jon Says:

    I’m not thrilled with the new Cadillac CTS and wondered what the genesis is offering in its latest model. Thanks for the review. I had the last generation genesis as a loaner for a few days to see if I liked it. It was certainly quiet although I felt it lacked the sporting pretense of the Cadillac CTS fe2.

    Is the new genesis sporty in feel to any degree? Or is it a quiet refined luxury sedan?

  2. Chip Drake Says:

    Having just driven a CTS 3.6 Performance last week, I would say that if you’re looking for a pure “sporty” feel and drive, the Cadillac is a little more along that line. However, the 3.8L Lambda V6 with the HTRAC All-Wheel drive option along with the Sport Mode function in the 2015 Genesis gives you every bit of driving excitement as the CTS. But when it comes to “the experience” behind the wheel, I would would say Genesis cockpit gives you more of a luxury sedan feel while the CTS is sportier. Hope that helps, Jon.