2012 Hyundai Equus Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The progress Hyundai has made in the past decade--everything from styling to performance to quality--can be observed inside the Equus sedan.

The four-door's cockpit succeeds at contemporary luxury like no Hyundai before it. The automaker clearly has studied the Lexus LS and benchmarked everything from fit and finish to the comfort of the seats. There, the Equus takes the side of comfort, leaving the heavy bolstering to German performance sedans. The front seats are heated and ventilated, and like some competitors, the Equus driver seat can inflate and deflate some of its cushions to massage the driver's back. Whether you think it's a great stay-awake feature or a gimmick is between you and your backside. 

Every square inch is filled with high-quality materials, but the Hyundai Equus doesn't quite have the back-seat space of its rivals.

Surrounding those front seats is a dash capped in walnut or birch trim and trimmed out with fine leather. The headliner's sueded, just like the headliners in the top-line Jaguars, and the center console is framed in wood.

That console houses the knob controller that directs some of the climate and entertainment functions, which are displayed on a big LCD screen, framed by winged vents that mimic the Equus' Korean-market hood ornament. (The hood ornament doesn't fit U.S. safety requirements, though we're sure you could find one on eBay and fit it on your own).

The Equus' rear seat comes either as a three-person bench on Signature editions, or as a pair of buckets on the luxury-overload Ultimate edition. On the latter Equus, Hyundai fits a reclining, massaging seat in back--but only on the passenger side. A legacy of its role as a chauffeur-driven car in Korea, the single reclining chair also accepts the reality that this Equus isn't quite long enough to sport a fully reclining chair. Trust us--you'll be fine with the ventilation and massaging, and the gentle power rake to the backrest. And that reclining chair makes complete sense in long-wheelbase Equus sedans, should they ever make their way Stateside.

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