The Hyundai Genesis is a full-size luxury car and one of two upper end models amplifying this Korean brand. The Genesis sedan is the first luxury model from Hyundai sold in North America and a distinctly separate model from the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Hyundai slots this model above the Azera and just below the Equus.
2015 to Present: Hyundai Genesis
The second-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan arrived on the market for the 2015 model year. Hyundai markets this model as the V6-powered Genesis 3.8 and the V8-powered Genesis 5.0.
The Genesis 3.8 comes with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 311 horsepower and is EPA-rated as high as 18/29 mpg city/highway. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.
The Genesis 5.0 is EPA-rated at 15/23 mpg city/highway and features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 420 horsepower. Both models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Hyundai Genesis sedan offers an imposing presence with its long hood, short rear deck and elegant profile. Its stateliness is evident with its broad, open grille flanked by fashionable lighting assemblies with boomerang LED lights. A set of LED lights is located at the front bumper.
Strong shoulders lead to a high beltline. Artistic character lines lead from the headlight to the taillight assemblies. A second, indented line moves along the rocker panel and ends at the rear bumper. From the rear, this model features a stylish rear deck, dramatic wraparound LED tail lamps and as many as four chrome exhaust finishers, depending on the model.
Inside, the Hyundai Genesis offers a cabin that is bright, luxurious and comfortable. There is excellent room for five with generous head- and legroom for rear-seat passengers.
In the Genesis, Hyundai generously applies high-end materials throughout, including genuine wood trim, metal grain interior accents, leather seats, heated front seats, an 8-inch navigation display and a 7-speaker audio system. A heated driver’s seat with 12-way adjustment and lumbar support is included. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system are standard.
Upgrades include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, a head-up display, a power rear sunshade and manual rear side-window sunshades. A hands-free automatic trunk is standard. Trunk volume measures 15.3 cubic feet.
With the Genesis, Hyundai targets Europe’s luxury brands. The BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class are competitors. Shoppers might also consider the Lexus GS, Cadillac CTS and Chrysler 300.
Earlier Hyundai Genesis Models
The first-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan was sold from 2009 to 2014. The sedan was originally powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine and offered a 4.6-liter V8 as an option. Both engines came paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Beginning in 2012, Hyundai updated its powertrain offerings. It added a second V8 displacing 5.0 liters, which was also offered in the Hyundai Equus. Hyundai also provided an eight-speed automatic transmission across the product line. In 2013, Hyundai dropped the smaller V8 from the lineup.