0:00 – 1:40 Intro
1:42 – 2:33 Exterior Impressions
2:33 – 9:22 In the Shoppe with Turbowski (Aero, Suspension, Tires and Motor)
9:23 – 13:55 V8 Driving Impressions
13:56 – 16:41 V6 Driving Impressions
16:42 – 19:00 The Nannies (Driver and Safety Aids)
19:02 – 22:40 Interior Impressions
The 2015 Genesis represents a new approach to Hyundai’s luxury moniker. There is no doubt that this is a step in the right direction for the company as a brand. This is the car you can drive knowing it does things legitimately better than its expensive competitors. It’s extremely simple yet so difficult to do everything right. Hyundai for the first time has a chassis and suspension to be proud of in this price point. A very hard core double wishbone suspension up front typically reserved for 65k luxury models. The rear takes on a very eloquent multi-link, all adjustable with tires you won’t have to replace every 24 months or less.
The interior is well sorted and simple without being generic or overly gimmicky. The infotainment besides menu and navigation quirks feels and looks modern with great speed. Power from the V6 is average but the 5.0L V8 is where this car shines. For us the V8 made the most sense, with 420HP it’s the perfect choice for the massive weight of the car at 4700lbs. It’s about as refined as you can possibly expect at 55k. The V6 was always smooth except it’s not nearly as refined. The transmission is programmed for smoothness not sportiness as it is slow to downshift and the manual control is average at best. The features and attention to detail all play together and the overall experience is one of the better ones we have had from a mechanical and driving standpoint.
Driving the car is a refined experience, solid quiet and controlled. Hyundai knew how important was to get this right and one of the areas again they listened to advice and contracted Lotus Engineering to help tune, sway bars, spring rates, damping rates and bushings. The car just feels at home on all pavement and remains well dampened without feeling like a couch on wheels. We hope Hyundai can trickle down the magic of the chassis and suspension to the lesser models
The biggest disappointment of the Genesis is the exterior design, it’s not that it lacks elegance, in fact it looks good. The problem is the car looks like everything else from every angle. Gripes aside this is the best car Hyundai has released at an attainable price