As Hyundai's first true luxury sedan--outranked but not replaced by the bigger Equus--the Genesis puts premium finishes on clear display in its spacious, subdued cabin. The uninitiated might feel they're in a Lexus or in an Infiniti, thanks to its cushy ride comfort and cabin appointments.
With a long wheelbase and ample width, the Genesis doesn't skimp on head or leg room. It's a true five-seater, with bucket seats in front that could use a bit more bolstering, if they're to bolster Hyundai's growing reputation. They're cozy, though, and knee room is good--and most versions come with heating controls, while the driver also gets seat ventilation.
In back, the Genesis' leg room is outstanding. It's much more spacious than most sport sedans wearing German labels, with enough space for tall passengers to cross leg over knee and have room to spare. The Genesis' trunk is suitably big, at 15.9 cubic feet; small-item storage inside the cockpit can be found in the console, the glove boxes, and the door panels.
Build quality and refinement in the 2011 Hyundai Genesis light years ahead of Hyundai appointments even five to ten years ago, and truly competitive with premium Japanese brands. There's leather, tightly grained plastic, laminated glass to damp noise, and plenty of handsome detailing.