2010 Hyundai Genesis | new car review

Posted on May 20, 2010 by
2010 Hyundai Genesis

2010 Genesis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For many years the Korean auto giant was quite happy producing cheap and cheerful supermini, small family cars and the occasional SUV. However, back in 2008, Hyundai launched the Genesis saloon – it’s attempt at a mid-size luxury sedan to take on the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Cadillac CTS. And for a first real attempt in this sector, it’s rather impressive.

The Genesis has a rear-wheel drive chassis, and is powered by a potent 3.8-litre V6 engine which delivers plenty of performance out on the road. There’s a six-speed automatic gearbox with manual override should you wish to get more involved in the driving.

The four-door sedan offers up plenty of space for all those onboard – rear-seat passengers are certainly well taken care of. Comfort on the move is very impressive with softly-sprung springs providing a relaxed ride, however there’s still enough stiffness in the suspension to ensure the Genesis can handle itself on twisty stretches.

Equipment levels are extremely high, especially for the reasonable price Hyundai is asking for the car. The top spec ‘full option’ car gains such kit as leather seats, rear parking camera and sensors, a six DVD changer stereo complete with iPod connectivity and even an electronic rear blind system to keep prying eyes at bay.

If you want quality, space and performance all wrapped up in a seriously good value for money package, you can’t really get much better than the Genesis. European buyers may struggle to look past the Hyundai badge on the rear, but badge snobbery shouldn’t really put you off one of the most surprising of modern day cars.

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