Hyundai Motors have been known to provide low cost affordable motoring. Their cars have been more of having cheaper asking rates and high fuel economy. However the introduction of the Hyundai Genesis sedan changed it all. In 2008, Hyundai Motors launched the Hyundai Genesis sedan, which was touted as a low luxury car from the Korean company. Well, now I have the 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan with me for a review and even though I have been in the coupe before the sedan is an all new fresh prospect.
Hyundai were kind enough to lend me their 3.6 liter V6 version of this car. Word is on that a refresh for the Genesis car is on the cards soon but till then North Americans would have to be satisfied with the 2011 version. Here is a review of the 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan.
The 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan like all its other brethren is actually a copy of the Mercedes S-class and the company’s own Hyundai Sonata. The grille at the front looks very similar to the one in the Mercedes S-class whereas the head lamps resemble those in the Sonata Embera. Missing though is the Honda copied “H” logo. As is the norm with all the car makers across the world, the front logo is given prominence however Hyundai have preferred to omit this logo for the Genesis sedan. The car that I had on review with me here had 18 inch low profile wheels. The wing mirrors have got this indicators embedded in them. Like BMWs, there is a Hofmeister kink at the rear. The rear profile looks too much like the Hyundai Sonata. The twin tail pipes are Jaguar inspired. So overall, there is nothing new in the styling department and as expected everything is a mix and match of design cues from other companies.
Lexus anyone? Well, that’s the first thing which would come to anyone’s mind. For starters, I have the 3.6 liter V6 variant with me and would be elaborating more about it. The all leather upholstery combined with the muddy brown color seats a la Merc E class looks fantastic. But then Hyundai has assured that this car is loaded to the gills with features that others would only offer as an option. Things like the Lexicon surround-sound 17 speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a four-way power passenger seat, an eight-way power driver seat and both the seats with cooling/heating options. Then there is the power rear sun shade, a navigation system, auto wipers, HID head lamps, electronic parking brake, adaptive cruise control and a wood rimmed steering wheel. If that isn’t enough, the super comfy seats would make you think twice before investing in any other car in this category. The brushed metal feeling that you get in only a Jaguar is present in this Korean cabin in abundance. Solid interiors also make it more Lexus like rather than Hyundai. Putting in a Lexus like glow to the interiors are the bright electroluminescent gauges. However these need to be replaced by Hyundai as soon as possible because the competition offers better mood lighting. Hyundai’s “fluidic concept” design has found itself into the interiors of the car with the dashboard boasting of many sweeping arcs and curves. The music system also sounds fantastic.
Moving onto the rear, the only place where one can find fault with this car’s interiors are, the joint seats. They don’t split and hence restrict cargo space. However even rear seat passengers especially taller ones wouldn’t find anything to fault with. The cargo space is 16 cubic feet, which by any standards isn’t small. Its comparatively wide loading lip ensures that loading all those suitcases and ski racks isn’t a problem.
Handling and ride quality
The 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan is projected like the Suzuki Kizashi. It is more of the pretentious handler than having sofa like ride quality. However the surprise lies in the fact that this sedan manages both with aplomb. Credit must be given to the absolute silent cabin which would easily rival that in a Mercedes S class sedan. The suspension setup is on the softer side and this means that on tarmac, the car has got a perfectly sorted ride quality. However when asked to change lanes at high speeds, the Genesis doesn’t shirk and there is minimal drama as well. The steering wheel feels feather light at low speeds however upping the speeds sees it going a lot more tighter. Over the occasional bump that I encountered, the car just glided over it. Body roll though noticeable, isn’t a deterrent for its handling prowess.
Engine, performance and fuel efficiency
The 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan is offered with two engine options. One is the base 3.6 liter V6 that makes about 290 Hp of power with torque figures of 264 pound feet. It is aligned with a Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. The bigger of the two engines, the 4.6 liter V8 produces 378 Hp and 333 pound feet of torque. It gets the same 6 speed transmission. Both the variants are available only with rear wheel drive option. The 0-60 mph run for my test 3.6 was a cool 5.9 seconds. The way the power is delivered is very smooth. However past the 4000 rpm makes, the engine seems to be possessed and bangs into the rev limiter time and again. That is if one is brave enough to keep the right foot planted on the accelerator. Stopping power is ample and the brakes are fade free. Assisting them is brake assist, ABS, stability and traction control. Safety on the other hand is top notch with a rear view camera, parking sensors, 6 air bags and a collapsible steering column. IIHS has accorded the 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan with a “Good” tag whereas the US government has given it 5 stars, the best possible scores on both the counts.
Fuel efficiency is up with the others in its class. The 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan with its 3.6 liter V6 engine returns and EPA estimated 18 mpg in city and 27 mpg on the highway. The 4.8 liter V8 returns 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, this being EPA figures. For the review, I got a combined 24.4 mpg for my 3.6 liter V6.
2011 Hyundai Genesis Photo Gallery
The 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan is a sportier alternative to the Chrysler 300 and the Buick Lacrosse. It is feature laden and has good road presence too. What it lacks is image and that may be the reason why Hyundai Motors have removed the Hyundai logo from the front. Any ways, I would prefer going for this car rather than a Lexus at a significantly higher price. Especially so because it comes with all the bells and whistles that one would want from an entry level luxury car. The 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan price starts from $ 33000 and goes upto $41000 for the top end V8. Pretty much value for money, I would say.