Some of you are wondering if I am on the Hyundai payroll. I assure you I am not, but it might be easy to see how you would think that. In less than three weeks, I have had three of Hyundai’s best products.
First Hyundai Equus, then Kia K900. I raved about them both. Now comes a review on the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, and I am wiping the drool off my face as I write these words. Let’s just get it out of the way now, it’s freakin’ awesome.
I was shocked when I reviewed the Genesis sedan back in 2009. It was a great car then, and an even better car with this new 2015 model. My evaluation car has the 5.0-liter V8, the same one in the Equus and K900, and it produces 420-horses via an 8-speed automatic transmission. This is a terrific combination of smoothness upon heavy acceleration and deliver better-than-good fuel economy for a car its size.
Outwardly, this is a beautiful car starting at the 6-slat grill in the front with a spoiler under the bumper, to the sleek lines with a swooping roofline and smaller side windows, to the muscular rear end. This car yells “look at me”. The cherry on the cake is the beautiful 19” alloy wheels. There is a Genesis badge on the hood, it says Genesis 5.0 on the back, and up high in the center of the trunk, you see a small Hyundai logo-which is just an H with a circle around it. Nowhere does the Hyundai name appear on the exterior. Quad chrome pipes adorn the bottom of the rear bumper to complete the aggressive look of the new Genesis.
Genesis gets even better when you open any door. My review car is Santiago Silver on the outside, with black interior. I am not sure I have ever seen a cleaner look inside any car I have driven. I do see many similarities with the Kia K900, but Genesis has a real shifter in the console (refer to 2015 K900 review). Higher quality leather front seats now have 12-way adjustments with available heating and ventilation. Real wood trim with a matte finish offers a more upscale look of luxury than before. Legroom for front and back seat passengers will accommodate any size human.