Written by Josh Merva – Photography by Zane Merva
Hyundai is demanding your attention with the all new and completely redesigned 2015 Genesis. Can the Genesis Sedan compete with the latest and greatest from the big German luxury brands ? Yesterday we took the new Genesis Sedan for a spin and walked away a little closer to the answer of that question.
At first sight, immediately, we knew we loved the how the 2015 Genesis looked. Definitely a matter of personal taste but this car looks even better in person.
First, we took a drive in a 3.8L V6 all-wheel-drive model. Getting inside rocked our world. The matte finish wood was fantastic, the seats were comfortable, and materials were rich. We think most buyers, if blindfolded and put inside, would not believe they were in a Hyundai.
The 3.8L V6 is the same as in the previous generation Genesis and despite producing a healthy 311-horsepower, it didn’t exactly knock our socks off. However, the refinement and tuning that has been applied is immediately noticeable. Even paired with a revised version of the 8-speed transmission in the last model, this 3.8L Genesis felt like an entirely different car. Shifts were noticeably smoother, quicker, and further refined.
The 5.0L V8, on the other hand, is impressive. With 420-horsepower pouring 8-gears and rear-wheel-drive Hyundai has produced a proper and exciting driving sports sedan.
All new for 2015 is HTRAC, an extremely versatile all-wheel drive system which can direct up to 90 percent of the engine’s torque to the front wheels or even 100 percent to the rear. We didn’t get a chance to truely test it out, but I also didn’t notice it was there, so at least it’s transparent.
The ride in the 2014 Genesis has been greatly improved. The suspension handled bumps and potholes much better than the outgoing model and now drives like a German sport sedan.
Technology and entertainment features are not lacking. A new color heads up display is one of the clearest and most informative we’ve seen. In theory, Hyundai’s Lane Keep Assist can automatically steer you away from crossing a yellow and/or white line. It also utilizes haptic feedback in the steering wheel to alert the driver that it’s been activated. Cool in theory, we didn’t have much luck getting it to work for us during our short drive.
One of the most useful new features in the 2015 Genesis is an automatic trunk opening system. No need to kick your feet around. When you stand behind the Genesis, the tail lights start to blink and after three seconds the trunk will open. Even though the car must be locked for 15 seconds, it seems like this would end up being annoying if you are tailgating or hanging around your car while locked. However, since you can turn this feature off, we feel it’s pretty damn cool.
Final First Thoughts
Hyundai is really on to something with the new Genesis. Starting at a reasonable $38,000 for the 3.8L V6 and $51,500 for the 5.0L V8, Hyundai should do well convincing buyers to visit showroom floors. We should get more time with the 2015 Genesis soon and will report back with what we think.