Test Drive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 Review

Jerry Reynolds | May 21, 2014
Test Drive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 Review

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.

2015 Hyundai Genesis

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 it delivers 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.

First In-Car CO2 Filter

This is kind of cool: the Genesis has the industry's first in-car CO2 filter, which, according to Hyundai, will keep drivers more alert. In-car entertainment and connectivity are improved as well, with Hyundai's BlueLink, which now includes Apple's Siri Eyes Free integration to connect an owner's iPhone into the system. Hardware by Harman Kardon's Lexicon division finds a system that has Aha, HD, Pandora, Soundhound, Yelp, SiriusXM-enabled and includes a Wi-Fi client data app. Speaking of SiriusXM, the system allows listeners to rewind to the beginning of a song. A well laid-out dashboard draws the driver's attention to most of the information you could need, starting with a very clear view from the heads-up display. Heads-up preferences are included in the car's memory settings function and are easy to adjust.

Standard Equipment and Options

The list of standard equipment is extensive. Highlights include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, front and rear cameras, pushbutton start, power closing trunk, and power rear shade. Also free are panoramic sunroof with a power sliding shade, LED headlights, electronic stability control, parking sensors, and real wood accents. This one has the Ultimate Package for $3250 and that gets you the heads-up display, Premium navigation system, 17-speaker sound system, continuous damping suspension system, and power trunk lift. Speaking of the power trunk, get a load of this: Genesis is equipped with the world's first Hands-Free Smart Trunk. It detects the proximity key and flashes the lights to let you know that it recognizes it and will open the trunk in three seconds if you are within three feet of it. Ding, ding, ding, Hyundai wins the prize for most innovative trunk opener.

Ride and Drive

The Genesis drives like a dream and has a very quiet interior. New for the 2015 Genesis is all-wheel drive if you need it, and it also comes in a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder that gets slightly better fuel economy but doesn’t have near the punch. Genesis 5.0 competes with Audi A6, Mercedes E350, and Lincoln MKZ and I have to say, it stacks up very nicely for less money, something that Hyundai is getting very good at. This is a spectacular mid-sized, rear-wheel drive luxury car, and make no mistake, this is a luxury car that anyone could be proud of. So Hyundai, what do you do for an encore?

  • What I liked most: Everything.
  • What I would change: Nothing.
  • MSRP: Base price $51,500, as equipped $55,700.
  • Fuel Economy: Stated at 15 in town/23 highway/18 combined.
  • Odometer reading when tested: 2440 miles
  • Weight: 4541 Pounds.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.3 gallons
  • 2015 Genesis in a few words: This is the Genesis of big sales numbers for Hyundai.
  • Warranty: 5-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with unlimited mileage roadside assistance, 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
  • Manufacturers website: https://www.hyundaiusa.com/genesis/comparison.aspx
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