Hyundai has bagged many automotive awards and they have rightfully achieved this by providing more to its customers. Hyundai’s have concentrated on design and trim levels while pricing at a segment lower than its competitors. The Genesis is a prime example, in Hyundai’s own words the second Generation Genesis gives “the performance of a BMW 5-Series and the interior packaging of a 7-Series at the price of a 3-Series.” Are they true to such tall claims?
2016 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Review
Yes they are and more!! We have loved the styling of the Genesis ever since its launch in 2015 and marveled at its lane keep assist from commercials where stunt drivers actually got off a fleet of Genesis’s following each other. But it was the specs and its price that floored us in seriously considering it over its competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz E Class and the BMW 5 Series. If you have been following my reviews lately, I always tend to compare mid-sized luxury sedans with the German duo as a benchmark for the obvious reasons such as people’s aspiration on buying them as a sign for success and their teutonic build quality and features.
Middle East is famous for its brand conscious demographics and more so in Dubai. That was the reason for Hyundai to make the Genesis as its separate luxury brand much like what Lexus is to Toyota, Acura to the Honda and Infiniti to Nissan.
Getting back to the Genesis, the sedan comes with two engines; a V6 with 310HP and a V8 with 407HP and can sprint to 100kmph in 7.5 seconds and 5.4 seconds respectively. Our tester was the V8 and comes with one trim (which is fully loaded) and priced at AED 208,800.00
It’s the specs that blows one’s mind. Both the V6’s and the V8’s can be purchased full spec’d (Royal Trim) and comes with everything!! Apart from the expected options such as navigation and parking cameras, the Genesis comes with vented seats all around and not just restricted to the front driver and passenger seats. The rear seats inclines so the occupants can relax more. The leather is soft and smooth and devoid of coarse grains which is important. But there are attention to details that really impressed us. Features such as lane keep assists and auto hold are an everyday luxury these days but for us it was the ease of getting off the car when switched off that really sold us. The seats would go back once the engine is switched off and the doors opened. This feature is available in the German cars which are prices much higher.
The British car manufacturer Lotus were consulted when developing the chassis of the Genesis. This specks volumes of Hyundai’s direction in aiming the Genesis as a sporty mid-sized luxury vehicle. The V8 has torque on demand and though the power delivery is not rushed you do feel a linear buildup of speed. It holds its line on sharp turn but is not in its element. The Genesis was designed to transport its passengers in a smooth and relaxed manner, the drive in the Genesis could be compared with that of a Lexus if I were to be bold.
Just have a look at the lines and stance and you would think for a moment that this is a European sedan. The lines are contemporary and the design is quite striking. We loved such small details as the satin aluminum trim bits around its huge grill and windows. If there was a vehicle which to us could be prefect as a daily car then this would be it. It’s smart, powerful, smooth, luxurious and beautiful.
The Genesis is for today’s smart buyers. Buyer who value the options against their hard earned money. South Korea has come to dominate consumer electronics in a few short years. Nowadays if one were to buy a smart phone or a TV they would most probably end up buying a Samsung product. The same goes for the automotive industry if you get what I am trying to lead to. Hyundai has come a long way, they are better spec’d, built well and priced at a segment lower than the luxury brands. It’s a testament on how far Hyundai has come in a few short years. They have not only stepped up their game but are probably getting nervous stares from its competitors.
2016 HYUNDAI GENESIS V8
|Rated Output||407 hp @ 6000 rpm|
|Rated Torque||505 Nm @ 5000 rpm|
|Transmission||8 Speed auto transmission RWD|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||5.4 s|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||77 litres|