More than anything else, the Hyundai Genesis brings a lot of core value to the line. It represents Hyundai's first entry into the luxury market segment, and its past successes have led to increased production and demand for the four-door Genesis.
Since the first-generation Genesis, Hyundai has taken excellent strides building a competitive luxury sedan. The 2016 Genesis has kept features consistent since the 2015 redesign.
The Genesis's steering is far better than expected and has motor assist that feels like it could translate to a sportier luxury car. The brake pedal may be undertuned for quick city stops, but overall, the vehicle is athletic. It's sports Continuous Damping Control air suspension, which can be toggled from Normal to Sport mode to filter out rough patches of road.
The Hyundai Genesis is built with a lot of value even at the base level. It has everything you could ask for in a large luxury sedan - for frequent highway and city drivers. The Genesis is a dynamic, performance car to drive, yet it's still quiet on most roads. With an ideal mix of style and comfort, it's an affordable, entry-level luxury sedan with refined style and a feature-rich cabin.
In terms of design, it's easy to see the Hyundai Genesis take inspiration from other luxury vehicles, especially on a used car lot. It has the sleek, low-hanging body design that mimics many of its competitors. And when it comes to overall performance, this vehicle brings both power and fuel efficiency to the Hyundai lineup. It has two engine options:
The Genesis makes an effort to make its powerful engines more fuel-efficient, but stops short of using hybrid technology to do it - providing value in this car is its main focus. The V6 earns 18 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The V8 option does a little worse at 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
Furthermore, this car is surprisingly quick for its size. As a large sedan, it may feel a bit large and gangly to drive, so it may not be the perfect car for you if you're looking for more maneuverability.
The base 3.8L V6 engine cranks out 311 horsepower, while the 5.0L V8 engine pumps out 420. The V8's acceleration is much stronger than the standard option. Furthermore, the V8 engine revs just a little more triumphantly than the V6 can. Each engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic. Though it's clearly not a sports car, this Hyundai vehicle is built with rear-wheel drive to add a bit of athleticism to the standard architecture. All-wheel drive is also an optional swap-in.
The Hyundai Genesis balances a delicate dichotomy: it needs to blend in with the other luxury cars, but stand out against other Hyundai vehicles. The result is that it takes design inspiration from competing luxury dealers like Lexus, Infiniti, and Audi, while adding a bit of Hyundai flair to the mix. On a lineup level, the Genesis's look hasn't changed since its jump to the second generation.
The interior of the Hyundai Genesis has been updated to look a lot more attractive, more thoughtfully designed, and to be quite spacious after its 2015 redesign.