Lavishly equipped, the 2012 Hyundai Equus lacks for nothing, while delivering white-glove service to its quietly well-to-do owners.
Hyundai fills every Equus with a long list of standard equipment, including the usual power windows, locks and mirrors; leather upholstery; moonroof; and wood trim. For the connected crowd, the Equus has a navigation system controlled with a roller knob; an LCD display for its output and for the audio system display; Bluetooth; and iPod connectivity.
On Ultimate versions of the Equus, Hyundai fits limousine-like features, including a massaging rear seat with power headrest; a Lexicon audio system; a power trunklid; a forward-facing cornering camera; and a refrigerated bin tucked into the rear center console.
Some details are clearly still being worked on, as the Equus gains a foothold in the American market. The classic Korean executive car comes with a single rear-seat LCD screen mounted on the back of the console, for instance, where it's more common for luxury sedans (even household SUVs) to have twin LCD screens mounted in the front seat headrests.
In its first year on sale, Hyundai offered Equus buyers a free Apple iPad as an entree to the sedan's exclusive service experience. All Equus owners can download a mobile app, which they can use to schedule service appointments. The appointments are a time you set for the dealer to come to you, to fetch your Equus and drop off a loaner car while it's being serviced. The free iPad is no longer shipped with each sedan, but the app continues, while owners also receive a paper manual. If you carry your own iPad, you can be secure in storing it in the car, since the glovebox is big enough to hold even the first-gen Apple device.