2015 Hyundai Genesis | First Drive

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 by
2015 Hyundai Genesis
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AEDAED 111,000 - 207,000
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  • Genesis
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  • Performance
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Review Summary:

Price, Safety, Design, Boot space? It doesn't matter what your criteria to compare the Genesis to its competitors is because quite frankly, it's beaten them all.


There aren't many other cars in its segment that look as stunning as the Genesis does.


The brake pedal is a little custard-y and requires some getting used to.

The is an important car for the Korean brand, a very important one, in fact, because in 2008 when Hyundai introduced the first generation Genesis, it was the car that showcased the company’s capability to manufacture a lot more than just everyday economical city runabouts.

2015 Hyundai Genesis front side

To introduce its all-new second generation Genesis, Hyundai hosted a gala ceremony at the Marriot Marquis hotel in Dubai, which started off with a brief press conference and then went on to a brilliantly organized drive activity that saw us behind the wheel of both, the 3.8 litre and 5.0 litre Genesis zooming down the ruler straight roads of Al Lisaili and parts of Hatta.

2015 Hyundai Genesis front

Striking, stunning, spectacular, smashing, call it what you may, but the all-new Genesis flaunts Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy and looks absolutely spectacular. Up front, resides a single-frame, semi-gloss chrome hexagonal grille, which is flanked by sharp HID headlamps, LED indicators and fog lamps.

2015 Hyundai Genesis side

Walk over to the sides and you’ll notice a number of things; a prominent crease that commences from the front fenders and sprints the length of the car, a fast sloping roofline and a wheelbase that measures in at 3,010mm – putting competitors like the BMW 5-Series and Lexus ES to shame.

2015 Hyundai Genesis rear side

The rear is no exception, sporting full LED tail lamps, bumper-integrated dual mufflers, or dual-twin tip mufflers in the case of the 5.0 litre models, a rear reflector and a shark fin type roof antenna. All I’m saying is, there’s a reason 3,500 people rushed to the nearest showroom and held their money out on the first day of pre-orders…

2015 Hyundai Genesis rear seat

For the first leg of the trip, I elected to ride in the backseat, to see if the 2015 Hyundai Genesis could really cut it as a car that will appeal to the pickiest of backseat passengers. Welcomed by real 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, I was pleasantly surprised.

2015 Hyundai Genesis rear controls

With a drink in my left hand, a sunshade to keep it cozy and a reclined rear seat that emitted gusts of cool air onto my back, many people would say I was “living the life”. The centre console that housed an array of buttons, bestowed me with the power to control everything from the 9.2 inch tilting monitors to the 17 speaker Lexicon sound system and even allowed me to shove the front seat passenger ahead if I required more leg space. However, no matter how hard I tried, fellow motoring journos in the car refused to call me Sir Zaran as I gazed out of the large windows and admired the beautiful dunes.

2015 Hyundai Genesis clock

Being a Hyundai, the wickedest of technology is expected and the Genesis delivers. With advancements in the technological department, the all-new Genesis showcases a range of features, many of them being Hyundai firsts, such as the Smart Trunk and Smart Air Conditioning System that features the world’s first in-car CO2 sensor that automatically activates the ventilation system to add fresh air into the cabin, in an attempt to reduce drowsiness.

2015 Hyundai Genesis dashboard

Catered to the shopaholics of Dubai, the Smart Trunk function makes opening the trunk with full hands a lot easier. Unlike the Ford Escape where individuals need to wiggle their feet to open the trunk, in the Genesis, all it takes is an individual to stand behind the trunk for three seconds with the key in possession. More impressively, is a mind boggling 433 litres of cargo space once the trunk is opened. Just to make it clear, that’s more than the Lexus ES and the BMW 5-Series.

2015 Hyundai Genesis front - 2

Upon arriving in Hatta, it was time for Sir Zaran to hand over his crown and hop into the driver’s seat. With the brand’s most powerful 5.0 litre V8 engine at the disposal of my right foot, I knew it would it be quick and it was! Producing 407 horsepower and a very impressive 505 Nm of torque, the Genesis was heaps of fun to drive, accelerating to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds.

2015 Hyundai Genesis front - 3

As soon as I got behind the wheel of the 3.8 litre Genesis, I was almost certain that the car would feel under-powered and wouldn’t be as much fun to drive as its brawnier sibling, but I was wrong. Utilizing a three-stage variable intake system, triangular pattern fuel injector and an air-gap exhaust manifold, the 3.8 litre V6 engine chucks out 310 horsepower and 397 Nm of torque, enough to zoom the  tamer Genesis from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. Under-powered? Far from it!

2015 Hyundai Genesis drive modes

As I engaged Sports mode and progressed through the 8 speed automatic transmission, a couple of things became clear. Firstly, the Korean sedan was extremely stable even at very high speeds and that could be due to the improved body stiffness and increased steel in the chassis. However, what was also very prominent at high speeds was wind noise, something that deteriorates the experience of a premium sedan almost instantly.

2015 Hyundai Genesis HUD

Cruising the streets of Hatta, the Genesis was extremely peppy with its abundance of torque and even the slightest hint of throttle was enough to make it lurch forward, or kick its tail out on roundabouts. What impressed me though, was the 9.2 inch display that sat neatly in the centre of the dashboard. With 153 pixels per inch, it is the world’s highest specification in-car system that possessed a brilliant navigation system that not only knew the most deserted of roads, but the speed limits on each as well!

2015 Hyundai Genesis controls

In terms of driver aids, there was no shortage whatsoever either. Everything from a Head-Up Display to a Blind Spot Detection system, to a Lane Departure Warning System and Around View Monitor were present and worked wonderfully.

2015 Hyundai Genesis side - 2

After testing nearly everything from the way the car drove, to the features it packed in, I couldn’t help but ask myself why we don’t see more of the Genesis on our roads. Priced between AED 115,000 and AED 207,000, pricing clearly isn’t the issue. It all just boils down to the connotations of the badge, really. So let’s just sit back and laugh at every individual that walks into the BMW or Lexus showroom, because as far as statistics go, we know the Genesis has trumped them all. Shhh.

One Response to 2015 Hyundai Genesis | First Drive

  1. mansour Reply

    April 16, 2014 at 12:50 am

    • Rated 5 stars

    Value for money 100%

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