2014 Hyundai Genesis | new car review

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 by
2014 Hyundai Gensis
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AEDAED 123,000 - AED 154,000
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  • 2014 Gensis
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  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 85%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 85%

Review Summary:

Bold, luxurious, and 100% Korean, the Genesis is a Premium Sedan that first appeared in 2008. For the disappointed souls that craved a Genesis with more performance, they can rest easy and opt-in for the sporty, exciting, and adrenaline fuelled Genesis .

Pros

Good value for money

Cons

Manual transmission unavailable for the Coupe

Looks

Unlike the Genesis Coupe, the Sedan remains one of the few Hyundai’s that hasn’t integrated the innovative ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design scheme as seen in most of its fleet. The car is a modest, generic looking saloon. In fact it goes so far to keep a low profile that the front grille doesn’t even showcase the maker’s badge and can be confused for a car hailing from Germany; if it weren’t for the Italicized ‘’H” on the boot.

The Sedan and Coupe share the same name, but none of the exterior styling. The Coupe has a tonne of curb appeal with strong character lines, funky headlights, massive Brembo brakes, a rear spoiler and a wide exhaust that would make anyone impatient to get behind the wheel.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Exterior collage

Feels

The spacious interior of the Genesis Sedan is welcoming with generous head and leg room, and subtle leather stitching along with wood contours that make the Genesis a true contender in the luxury segment.  The wood however feels cheap, and has an unnatural plastic feel to it. In addition to heated and reclining seats, rear passengers will feel empowered with the arm rest console that allows them to adjust the distance of front seats, control media, and the climate control.

Buyers that go for the Coupe will have to sacrifice all the luxuries and spaciousness since the car’s 2+2 cabin is drastically cosier. The car’s racing spirit does not escape your thoughts as the interior is home to bucket seats, large paddle shifters and race car inspired torque and oil temperature gauges.

2014 Hyundai Gensis Interior collage

Engineering

Both cars come standard with Bluetooth, an AUX jack, a USB port, and a start stop button. The Sedan gets a boot that opens and shuts at the push of a button and a neat 8 inch touch screen to control the navigation and entertainment.

On offer

Both the Coupe and the Sedan come with the same 3.8L V6 unit under the hood. However, due to each being tuned differently to suit the size and personality of the car, different horsepower and torque figures are produced.

The Sedan produces 286 horsepower and 356 Nm of torque. Mated to an 8 speed gearbox, the Sedan offers smooth shifts and a smoother ride. The Sedan also comes with adjustable ride height and damper settings.

The Coupe on the other hand produces 299 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque. Mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission, the Coupe is believed to behave just like a manual car once the paddle shifters are engaged.

Verdict

The Genesis Coupe wears an AED 123,000 price tag while the Sedan commands a steeper AED 154,000. The Genesis is one of the rare cases where the Sedan is more expensive than its Coupe counterpart. However, it’s apparent that though both cars wear the same nameplate, they have entirely different personalities.


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