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2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan review

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  1. The power and torque offered is really good, but I feel that the mpg offered is average. The 17/26 mpg is really bad compared to its rivals. It does need an improvement in its mileage. Rest features are impressive.

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