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Ultimate trim adds an elaborate rear-seat treatment comprising a console with a refrigerator, cooled and massaging rear seats, La-Z-Boy-style lower-leg supports, a front-mounted peekaboo camera and an 8-inch video screen.
The Ultimate includes power headrests for both seats, a refrigerator in the center console, and an eight-inch monitor. Your driver will appreciate the forward-view cornering camera, and bellmen the power trunklid.
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The leather is luxurious and the extensive spans of wood trim on the dash and center console look good.
Unfortunately, you have to share the refrigerator in the center armrest and single-screen rear entertainment system with any traveling companions seated in the erstwhile business class behind the driver. But since they don’t get the footrest or massage you still have plenty to lord over them.
When oil-change time comes around, pull out the Hyundai-supplied Apple iPad that takes the place of the owner's manual (a dead tree edition is included as well), dial up the service app and you can schedule an appointment through the tubes of the Interwebs.
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.
Hyundai offers unparalleled service for Equus owners, but last year's free Apple iPad was a limited-time offer.