Hyundai enters the large sedan market with new Genesis.
Commodore and Falcon sales are tanking, but Hyundai believes there’s still life in the large sedan segment.
Granted, the Hyundai Genesis with a $60,000 starting price is aimed at the more premium end of the market than your traditional Australian large car buyer. Launched today, Behind the Wheel contributor David Conole reports the new Hyundai offering is an impressive unit.
Hyundai has, traditionally, not been associated with luxury cars. Even the foray into that area some years ago with the Grandeur failed to ignite interest.
Enter the Genesis, a 3.8L V6 contender with Audi, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and others firmly in the Korean giant’s sights. Packed with equipment like 360 degree camera views, Collision Avoidance radar, lane change awareness, the 232kW/397Nm beauty will be aimed at limousine style customers.
Build quality is above reproach, it’s unbelievable in its quietness on road, with the Hyundai built 8 speed auto imperceptible in its gear changes. A five metre length and three metre wheelbase bely its nimbleness and with a claimed 11.2L per 100 km it won’t trouble the credit card either.
A five year unlimited km warranty with a 75000/five year service cost included wrap up an exceptionally well-priced and competent entry into the luxury car circus.
Genesis truly is a new beginning.
The Genesis is being offered in base model trim and then two higher specification models known as the Sensory Pack and Ultimate Pack.
2014 Hyundai Genesis standard features;
Smart Cruise Control
Smart High Beam
Lane Departure Warning
Tyre-Pressure Monitoring System
LED Daytime Running Lamps
Rear-view camera with parking guide
Parking Assist System (PAS) with guidance (4 sensors front and 4 sensors rear)
Leather Appointed interior
9.2-inch Satellite Navigation system
Lexicon 17-speaker premium audio system
Proximity Smart Key with push-button start
Dual-zone climate control with auto defog function
12-way Power driver and passenger seat
Heated front seats
18-inch alloy wheels
Rear power blind
Genesis - Sensory Pack (from $71,000) adds;
Blind Spot Detection
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Lane Change Assist
Premium leather appointed interior
Power Bolster and extendable base (driver’s seat)
Driver’s seat memory system
Power tilt and telescopic steering
Electro-chromatic auto-dipping exterior mirrors
Genesis - Ultimate Pack (From $82,000) adds Sensory Pack items plus:
Panoramic glass roof
Power door latches
Ventilated front seats
Heated rear seats
Noise reducing acoustic glass
7-inch LCD Supervision cluster
19-inch alloy wheels
Rear door side curtains
We will have more detailed, real-world reviews of the Hyundai Genesis in the near future.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 3.2 litre V6 producing 232kW and 397Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Five years
Origin: South Korea
Price: From $60,000