2015 Hyundai Genesis | new car review

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by
2015 Hyundai Gensis
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AEDAED 111,000 - 207,000
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  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 90%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 95%
  • Performance
    Editor: 85%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

Bold, luxurious, and 100% Korean, the Genesis is a Premium Sedan that first appeared in 2008. Available as a and a Sedan, don't be fooled into thinking the sportier looking is actually more powerful, for it isn't.

Pros

* Good value for money

Cons

* Manual transmission unavailable for the Coupe

Looks

The is now in its second generation, and while the Sedan has undergone a major transformation both inside and out (for the better), the Coupe hasn’t been subjected to the brand’s fluidic sculpture 2.0 design philosophy yet. Up front, the 2015 sedan welcomes a single-frame, semi-gloss chrome hexagonal grille, which is flanked by sharp HID headlamps, LED indicators and fog lamps. And while the designers have created a work of art that is striking from all angles, it is worth noting that although the Sedan and Coupe share the same name, they share none of the exterior styling. The Coupe has a tonne of curb appeal with strong character lines, massive Brembo brakes, a rear spoiler and a wide exhaust, connoting its sporting pretensions.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan front

Feels

Opening the door to the Genesis sedan welcomes you to the world of, open pore wood on the door panels, aluminium on the arm rest, suede on the headliner, and full grain Nappa leather on the plush seats, in addition to reclining rear seats, and a brilliant 17 speaker Lexicon sound system. Buyers that go for the Coupe, however, 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.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan interior

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 9.2 inch touch screen to control the navigation and entertainment systems.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan rear

On offer

Two engines are available in the Genesis line-up: a 3.8 litre V6, and a 5.0 litre V8, but while the Sedan can be specced with either of the two, the ironic bit remains that the Coupe is restricted to only a down-tuned version of the V6. When fitted into the sleek and elegant body of the Sedan, the 3.8 litre V6 unit chucks out 310 horsepower and 397 Nm of torque, while in the Coupe, it’s a mere 300 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque. The mightier 5.0 litre V8 on the other hand, generates a very impressive 407 horsepower and 505 Nm of torque.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan side

Verdict

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan wears a price tag that starts at AED 111,000 and tops out at AED 207,000. The Coupe, however, is a lot cheaper, commanding a starting price of AED 114,000 and a top of the line price of AED 122,000. 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.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Specifications

Specifications2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L Coupe2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0L
Engine/ Cylinders3.8 litre / V63.8 litre / V65.0 litre / V8
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
310 hp @ 6,200 RPM300 hp @ 6,300 RPM407 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
397 Nm @ 4,500 RPM360 Nm @ 4,700 RPM505 Nm @ 5,000 RPM
Tranmission8 speed automatic8 speed automatic8 speed automatic
DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h6.9 secs6.4 secs5.4 secs
Top speed210 km/h240 km/h240 km/h
PriceAED 111,000AED 114,000 - 122,000AED 207,000

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