2014 Hyundai Genesis Launch Review

2014 Hyundai Genesis Launch Review

Hyundai enters the large sedan market with new Genesis.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Launch Review
The new Hyundai Genesis s 91mm longer than a BMW 5 Series and 43mm longer than a Holden Commodore.

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

HID headlights

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

Head-Up Display

Around-View Monitor

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

Power boot-lid

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.


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

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