2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe | Road Test

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 by
2014 Hyundai Genesis
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 90%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
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  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
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Review Summary:

The 2014 Genesis probably isn't your first choice when looking at buying a performance , but maybe it should be.

Pros

Striking exterior design really makes the Genesis Coupe stand out.
Brilliant value proposition.

Cons

Build quality and use of materials within the cabin is of inferior quality.

Introduction and Summary

Korean car makers are usually disregarded when the topic of sports coupes comes up, mainly due to the existence of competition such as the Nissan 370Z and the Toyota 86. But lurking in the shadows, the Koreans have created the Genesis Coupe – a car that packs enough brawn to keep the Japanese auto-makers constantly looking in their rear view mirrors.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe top

Styling and Design

The Koreans have managed to pull off a two in one with the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, where it looks sleek and elegant from the front, while flaunting a steroid-fed rear end. Completed by a pair of large exhaust tips, the Korean Coupe is definitely a head turner.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe side

With such styling and a grille that makes the car seem it’s breaking out of its skin, what’s not to like? The one thing that is a letdown in terms of the exterior, however, is the pair of snouts on the hood. Although they look good at first, that feeling goes away when you see that they are false and offer zero functionality to the car.

Features

For a brand that has gained popularity because of the features their vehicles pack in, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes as a surprise with only a handful of toys and limited whizzbangery. A 2 stage traction control system, a basic entertainment system and some parking sensors are all you get in the Genesis Coupe.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe interior

Being a performance oriented vehicle, the boffins at Hyundai have spent more time and effort squeezing power under the hood, than merely adding features to please the technophiles. A look at the centre stack, which houses 3 performances oriented gauges and provides the driver with readings of throttle position, torque and oil temperature, are just a glimpse as to what lies ahead.

Drive and Handling

The Genesis Coupe is powered by a 3.8 litre V6 that pumps out 345 horsepower through an eight speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels, creating a rubber burning 300 Nm of torque. This power is only confirmed by a very pleasing exhaust note at high revs and every gear change. In order to keep this pocket rocket in check, Hyundai has added four huge BREMBO brakes to the picture. Mix all that with a low-slung car, some hard tuned suspension, and a stiff steering wheel, and you get the recipe for fun. This allows the Genesis Coupe to tame a 0-100 km/h sprint in just over 6 seconds.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe brakes

The pairing of a stiff suspension and extremely responsive steering wheel, make the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe handle like a charm with very limited body roll; all while the Potenza tires glue the car to the tarmac, allowing the bucket seats to do their job by hugging the driver in place.

Comfort and Practicality

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is no exception to the trade-off faced by all sports cars. While on one end, a soft, supple suspension would be great after a long day of work, a solid, spine crushing suspension is what brings its true characteristics out on a race track. Forgive me for sounding a lot older than I really am, but the suspension was a little too stiff and the exhaust was a little too loud for my liking, once the honeymoon phase with the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe wore off.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe front

Cost and Verdict

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes in only one trim and will set you back AED 132,000. Now, although the interior quality may not be the best and the exhaust note may get a tad annoying after a while, the Genesis Coupe follows a formula that is sure to impress. While being AED 8,000 cheaper than its Nissan 370Z rival, it offers 17 horsepower more. According to performance junkies like ourselves, more for less, usually equates to a brilliant product.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe rear

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