2015 Hyundai Genesis

Starting MSRP: $38,000 - $51,500

Estimated MPG: 18 city / 29 hwy

2015 Hyundai Genesis Review

The Hyundai Genesis is a large, five-passenger rear- or all-wheel drive luxury sedan. Introduced in 2009, the second generation model is now available. The 2015 edition is new from the ground up and suited to take on the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class, the Lexus GS and other far more expensive vehicles.

By Matt Keegan
Last Updated 10/26/2016

Think Hyundai and you might consider any number of models that compete with Toyota, Ford and Volkswagen. Hyundai also has a few upscale vehicles, including the Genesis sedan, what match up well against far more expensive European models. The second generation Hyundai Genesis is a strong competitor, bringing a rich combination of luxury, engineering and value to the market.

Exterior

Exterior
10

Where critics noted that Hyundai made a good effort with the first generation Genesis, most agree that the latest interpretation brings this sedan to a new level, inside and out.

The new design is more evolutionary than revolutionary, but it does incorporate several important changes of note. The sedan’s new grille is more striking, featuring a large, six-slat intake flanked by projector headlights with defining LED daytime running lights.  A deeply creased hood, available LED fog lamps and the Genesis’ winged logo amplify this sedan’s refinement.

The new Genesis adds three inches to its wheelbase with its overall length staying nearly the same. The update gives this sedan a more limousine-like look marked by a sweeping roofline, defined upper panel profile characteristics and rocker panel trim. Every model is outfitted with premium alloy wheels, chrome touches, color-keyed power side mirrors and dual chrome exhaust tips. 

The rear deck is raised, marked by wrap around tail lamps and LED accents. The trunk automatically opens as you approach it with key fob in hand. The sedan detects your presence, issues a series of beeps and raises the lid hands-free.

Interior

Interior
10

Keyless entry brings you inside the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, delivering to you a world that is spacious, bright and generously outfitted with leather, real wood trim and aluminum accents. The Genesis’ cabin must be beheld to be appreciated as it is suggests a car much more expensive than it actually is.

Your eyes will immediately focus on the generous slab of textured wood, what runs from the center console to the right side of the vehicle along the lower end of the dash. Aluminum accents, rich leather seating and doors inlaid with real wood magnify this sedan’s luxury credentials.

Behind the steering wheel is a sculptured instrument panel with brightly lit dials and displays. The center console features a large, color display or what represents the technological nerve center of this vehicle. Control your audio, navigation and vehicle information with large screen icons, buttons or switches providing access. Voice command control is also possible. 

To the rear is a compartment large enough for three, but ideal for two with the center armrest folded down. Rear side window sunshades and a power-operated rear back window sunshade provide respite and a private sanctuary for the rear passengers. In most cars people vie to sit up front — in the Genesis sedan you can lose yourself in your private domain by opting for the back seat.

The driver’s seat offers very good bolstering with superior shoulder, back, thigh and leg support. The extra three inches added to the Genesis’ wheelbase translate into bountiful legroom to the rear. 

Standard equipment includes: push button start, heated and ventilated front seats, a power-operated cushion extender for the driver, front seat back pockets, a front center armrest with two cup holders, a control console and anti-whiplash protecting front head restraints. Customers may upgrade to premium leather seats, heated and ventilated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and a power-operated tilt-and-telescopic steering column.

Performance

Performance
9

As tested, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis was equipped with the standard 3.8-liter V-6 engine. This engine is rated at 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 foot-pounds of torque at 5,000 rpm. It is a 24-valve gasoline direct injection engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capabilities. Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters are included.

The standard engine offers very good power and should be sufficient for most buyers. The sedan pulls away from a stop with no lag detected. On the highway the V-6 swept past slower traffic with ease, delivering needed power on demand.

As equipped, this rear-wheel drive sedan held the road with confidence, taking every twist and turn with certainty. The ride is smooth and quiet, its rack-mounted power steering agile and overall handling is quite good. 

For the driver desiring superior handling, the not tested all-wheel drive model could fulfill that desire. The larger V-8, as tested previously in the Hyundai Equus, provides performance rivaling Europe’s finest sedans. All-wheel drive is not currently available with the V-8, but should arrive in an R-Spec model by 2016.

Technology

Technology
9

Every Hyundai Genesis comes equipped with all the expected amenities. Power windows, power door locks, dual automatic climate control, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and a seven-speaker audio system are standard.

This model also comes equipped with a 12-way power driver seat with power lumbar support, heated front seats, steering-wheel mounted Bluetooth, cruise and audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and auxiliary input jacks, 12-volt outlets, a navigation system and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system.

Hyundai makes connecting with Blue Link easy, giving customers smartphone and web application connectivity that go beyond the standard in-car use. The system is comprehensive, bringing in automatic collision notification, emergency assistance, service notifications and a monthly vehicle health report.

Technology upgrades include heads-up display, a suite of safety features such as automatic emergency braking, and a pair of Lexicon audio system packages. The upgrades are offered as part of one of three available packages.  

Safety

Safety
10

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is rated a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the institute’s highest award. The Genesis received the IIHS’ highest scores in crashworthiness for small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints & seats testing. IIHS also recognized this sedan for superior front crash prevention when the optional automatic emergency braking system is included.

Hyundai equips every Genesis sedan with a large group of safety equipment. These include: daytime running lights, antilock rakes, stability control, a rollover sensor and a driver knee airbag. Every sedan also comes with front, front side and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags.

Cost-Effectiveness

Cost-Effectiveness
10

With a starting price of $38,000, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is the value leader for its class. By “value” that does not mean this vehicle comes stripped, rather it provides a good starting point for customizing the sedan.

As tested, the Genesis sedan came with three package options: Signature ($4,000), Tech ($3,500) and Ultimate ($3,500). The Signature package brings in such items as a power tilt-and slide panoramic sunroof, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a 14-speaker Lexicon audio system.

The Tech package brings in upgraded leather seats, safety features including lane departure assist and lane keeping assist, and a 7-inch cluster display. Choose the Ultimate package and your sedan comes equipped with heads-up display, upgraded wood and aluminum trim and a power trunk lid.

Fully optioned, the V-6 model is priced near the $51,500 starting price for the V-8 edition. Hyundai provides all-wheel drive with the V-6 only, itself a $2,500 upgrade.