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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
“the Genesis does without some of the baubles of the luxury-car establishment”
“full control of an iPod through the head unit”
The 2009 Hyundai Genesis uses a centralized, screen-driven control system similar to BMW’s iDrive, called the Driver Information System, and it was almost universally appreciated by reviewers. Motor Trend declared that “it works much better, with controls duplicated elsewhere on the dash.” Edmunds also applauded how some frequently used controls are “thankfully made redundant with more ergonomically friendly controls on the steering wheel or by the multimedia controller on the center console just aft of the shift lever.” Autoblog also heaped on the praise, saying, “Credit goes to Hyundai for creating an IP interface that we like almost as much as the Jaguar XF’s,” with the right amount of buttons to get the job done quickly, though they noted that a touch screen would have made it even better.
Inside the cabin, the 2009 Hyundai Genesis has a few of the latest high-tech features available, such as a live traffic feature for the navigation system and a power rear sunshade. Adaptive cruise control will be available in late 2009, according to Car and Driver.
But Automobile pointed out the technology features that the Genesis lacks compared to the competition, including all-wheel drive, direct injection, variable valve lift, air suspension, and dual-clutch gearboxes.
Several reviewers noted that Hyundai is offering a high-end sound system from Lexicon—a brand that’s only otherwise available in Rolls-Royce.
The 2009 Hyundai Genesis will be well equipped even by most luxury standards, but it lacks a few of the standout high-tech features that differentiate the world’s top sport sedans.