2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe | road test

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 by
The Genesis Coupe looks good, but a bit derivative

The Genesis looks good, but a bit derivative



  • Powerful engine
  • Great chassis
  • Sounds good


  • Styling not hugely original
  • Overly light steering
  • Plasticky interior


Another part of the revolution for , the Genesis Coupe is a rear wheel drive with decent power for a bargain price. It looks good, if perhaps a little derivative of other vehicles, and it’s fantastic to drive. This is a proper performance car on a budget, and enthusiasts will have a lot of fun in it.

Performance is the Genesis Coupe's strong point

Performance is the Genesis Coupe's strong point


The 3.8-litre V6 engine is excellent with large amounts of its 303bhp available from low down in the rev range. The throttle response is keen and acceleration is fantastic, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

The six-speed automatic gearbox has a manual mode and is perfectly serviceable, with quick shifts and an automatic mode that changes when you want it to. It can be controlled via paddle shifters on the steering wheel.


The Genesis Coupe’s handling is just right with a stiff, balanced chassis that changes direction beautifully. The rear end of the car will shimmy around slightly under hard acceleration and if you’re so inclined you can slide the back end in a very controlled fashion once the electronic stability control has been turned off.

Being a sports car, the ride is hard – you’ll notice when you drive over bumps and you’ll want to take it easy over rough ground as things can get clattery.

The steering is on the light side and feels a little artificial, although there is enough feel to be able to keep track of the front wheels. We’d like a bit more meat to it, however.

The interior is pleasant, but full of hard plastic

The interior is pleasant, but full of hard plastic


The exhaust note is superb, booming around the cabin under acceleration and rumbling away in the background when cruising. It sounds like a sports car should, but thankfully wind and road noise is kept to a minimum. It’s not as refined as something higher up the price scale but there’s nothing intrusive to the experience.

The driving position is low down and sporty, as it should be. The wheel is just the right size and adjusts for reach and rake and the pedals are nicely spaced.

The interior is a sea of hard plastics but inoffensive on the eye, with the buttons and controls placed where you’d expect to find them. Everything feels like it’s been built to a budget, but it still feels solid with no rattling or creaks.


The Genesis Coupe is built for performance, not practicality, but having said that, there is a decent sized boot – certainly large enough for shopping or a couple of overnight bags. There are rear seats although they’re strictly for kids only. We’ve seen far smaller seats in sports cars, where even the smallest of children would struggle to get in. These aren’t quite so bad, but anyone over the age of about 12 will find it quite uncomfortable and even the younger passengers won’t want to endures them for long journeys.

The front houses a couple of cupholders and small door pockets, while there’s a fair sized cubbyhole under the centre armrest and on top of the dash. There’s no storage space in the back though.

Sports seats are comfy and driving position is nice and low

Sports seats are comfy and driving position is nice and low


Don’t expect a wealth of features on the Genesis Coupe, keeping in mind both price point and performance focus. Having said that however, the GLS version we tested features a six-CD changer, a sunroof and leather upholstery, as well as a powered driver’s seat, cruise control and automatic air conditioning. Front fog lamps and rear parking sensors are also included, as are 19-inch alloy wheels.


The Genesis Coupe comes as standard with front, side and curtain airbags, as well as active head restraints, ABS, traction control and electronic stability control.

In the US NHTSA crash tests, early models of Genesis Coupe received a four-star safety rating for front impacts, while later models received a five-star rating for driver safety and four for the front seat passenger.


At 115,000AED the Genesis coupe is similar in price point to the Honda Civic Type R. We love the Type R, but given the choice between a 200bhp hot hatch and a rear wheel drive sports car with 100bhp more, for pure driving fun we’d go for the Gen Coupe every time.

The official fuel economy is 13.8l/100km around town and 9.0l/100km on the highway, although if you drive the car in the manner befitting its purpose, you’ll get nowhere near that. The car has a 65-litre fuel tank.

Hyundai offers an excellent five-year/100,000km warranty on all its cars. It also offers service contracts which cover all services over a certain mileage or length of time. At the time of writing, service contracts for the Genesis Coupe cost 1,095AED for one year/20,000km, 3,550AED for two years/40,000km and 6,110AED for three years/60,000km.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2010 Coupe

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Engine: 3.8-litre V6
Max power (bhp/rpm): 303/6,300
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 361/4,700
Transmission: Six speed automatic
Driven wheels: Rear wheel drive
Kerb weight: 1,537
Price (AED): 115,000

One Response to 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe | road test

  1. George Reply

    April 21, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Always knew that Hyundai had it in them to produce a fun powered rear wheel drive coupe. Its a shame to see the people of Dubai not welcome such a grand tourer with a gist of  positive clamor. Look beyond the badge, one that represents the working class, inexpensiveness and  reliability, all of which are good things…..and find a true sporting personality.
    303 bhp, rear wheel drive, 2 door coupe….If that doesn’t spell fun…then obviously your not very good with spellings.

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