2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe | road test

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 by

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

A rear wheel drive sports riding on the power of close to 300 ponies under its bonnet, going for UAE Dirhams 123,000 (US$ 33500 apprx) – that’s what the 2013 Coupe is all about. The car feels less sporty than what it looks but has sufficient thrust to make you want to push the car around the corners. It is more of a city runner than a serious track contender. If your agenda is to make a social statement of your sporty personality, go for this car.

pointed its guns at none less than the likes of Infiniti G37 while designing the 2013 Genesis Coupe. Is this car up to the game?

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

A rather large front grill sits under the redesigned bonnet with fake air vents

A rather large front grill, creases and character lines all around, a restyled bonnet with dummy air vents and a rear air deflector boldly state the sporty character of the car. In the past few years, Hyundai cars and SUVs have started looking younger and sportier; and the 2013 Genesis Coupe blends well in the family. The new generation car looks much better than the one it replaces.

Does it have enough muscle?

A 3.8 litre V6 all-aluminium lambda engine, carried forward from the previous Genesis Coupe, powers the 2013 car. Mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission, the engine is designed to deliver a peak power output of 299 horsepower at 6300rpm and maximum torque of 361Nm at 4700rpm.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Brembo designed 18 inch 4 piston brakes in the front coupled with 17 inch 4 piston callipers in the rear are responsible for reducing the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe to a trotting pace, if not a complete halt. Anti lock braking system, traction control system and brake assist system are critical aides in getting the job done and come as standard fitments on the car.

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe wears 225/40R19 rubber in the front while a set of wider 245mm tires of similar profile mount the rear 19 inch rims.

Does it ride well?

The 600 and some odd kilometres drive, our longest test drive till date, took us through multi lane highways, city traffic, inter emirates roads, and hilly, curvy, bendy roads – pretty much all of what UAE has to offer, except the traffic jams luckily.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Having a cruise control came in handy on the boring, straight line highways dotted with speed cameras. Not much fun there.

Anything beyond the 6th cog on the car’s 8 speed auto gearbox is to put the car is a sort of overdrive mode. It almost feels sedated and lazy beyond that point. Push the gears a few notches down and its behavior changes.

Genesis sedan and Coupe have a lot, certainly not all, in common. It’s not difficult to see the sedan underpinnings come to play in making the ride comfortable and sure footed.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

UAE has some interesting, not very busy, bendy roads in its central and eastern regions – our favourite playgrounds. Changing the settings to manual mode and playing with steering mounted shifters brought out a rather different animal from within the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The 3.8 V6 produces required grunt on demand with engine notes that sound symphony to ears and the car is eager to take on corners as they come. Nimble and surefooted it is.

Is it a good daily runner?

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a surprisingly spacious sporty car. Normally, rear seats in such cars are best fit for kids or dwarfish adults; or in some cases, for cosmetic purposes only. Not here. Space at the back is good enough to fit reasonably tall adults.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

If you do get in the back seat, the glass roof-line will feel a tad close to your grey matter without posing any serious threats, unless the car goes belly up. By when, it’s a bit late anyways.

I suppose one could try to hear the echoes of self in the car’s cavernous boot to see if it works. The boot space is big by any standards, more akin to a sedan than a sporty 2 door.

Driver seats are electronically adjustable and come with lumber support. Passenger gets to play the manual game of adjusting the seat. Memory settings were sadly missing.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Fuel gauge and temperature meters are nicely integrated into instrument cluster. An information screen is nestled in between the speedometer and tachometer. It can be flipped a few times to show a variety of numbers.

Steering mounted controls are a bit simplistic but work well. Who wants a cluttered steering anyways? Simplicity is carried into the centre console area too. Buttons for audio controls are large and functional.

Right under the audio controls sit a three dial clan that shows you acceleration, torque and oil pressure of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, a nice touch that speaks volumes about the sporty character of this car. Steering mounted gear shifters also add to the sporty flavour of this Hyundai.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Air conditioning cooled the car down to comfortable degrees at a reasonably quick pace.

An Infinity premium audio is assigned the task of performing to your acoustic tastes. For us, this was a bit of a letdown. Two benefits of doubt that can be given to the car here are – either the radio frequency coverage was a bit too thin on our test drive route or the car an audiophile had taken the sound system to its expiry limits. Clarity lacked and crackle was abundant for our sound buds.

Six airbags and active head restraints are fitted as standard. They are entrusted with the responsibility of keeping your bodily components intact, should the need arise. We had no reasons to test their capabilities and therefore did not even attempt to do so.


The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes at a ticket price of AED123000 as informed by the Dubai Hyundai dealer.


Price (as tested)

  • AED 123,000 (US$ 33500 approximately)


  • Engine: 3.8 liter V6
  • Layout: Front engine rear wheel drive
  • Max power: 299 hp @ 6350rpm
  • Max torque: 361 Nm @ 4700rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive
  • Fuel tank capacity: 65 liters
  • Seating capacity: 3+1
  • Turning Radius: 5.7 meters
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds (manufacturer specified)

Dimensions (mm)

  • Length: 4630
  • Width: 1865
  • Height: 1385
  • Wheelbase: 2820


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One Response to 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe | road test

  1. arfan khab Reply

    August 13, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I have driven this car on track bahrain international circuit i think its a pretty awsme car for this price . I personally loved it.

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