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ergonomically friendly controls on the steering wheel
full control of an iPod through the head unit
Hyundai controller "works much better" than others
The 2010 Genesis has a smart array of standard luxury and entertainment features.
They include dual-zone automatic climate control; a sunroof; cruise control; power doors, locks, heated mirrors, and heated seats; leather upholstery; and a seven-speaker, AM/FM/CD/XM audio system with an auxiliary jack and a USB port.
The V-8 Genesis adds premium leather on the seats and the dash, rain-sensing wipers, and a rear sunshade. A new touch-screen navigation system is also standard on the V-8 and available on the V-6 sedan; it includes XM NavTraffic and Bluetooth. Motor Trend observes the Bluetooth system "is a stand-alone piece and isn't integrated into the audio system, but it works."
A Technology Package adds ventilated front seats, adaptive headlights, and an electronic parking brake. TheCarConnection.com recommends the optional 500-watt Lexicon sound system, which comes with 17 speakers, HD Radio, and exceptional sound quality.
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis uses a centralized, screen-driven control system similar to BMW's iDrive, called the Driver Information System, and reviews admire its functionality. Motor Trend declares, "it works much better, with controls duplicated elsewhere on the dash." Edmunds also applauds 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 says "credit goes to Hyundai for creating an IP interface that we like almost as much as the Jaguar XF's," and Popular Mechanics notes that the system enables "full control of an iPod through the head unit."
The few omissions on the Genesis' features list include paddle shifters, an integrated Bluetooth setup, voice controls for the audio and navigation (a system like Ford's SYNC is in the pipeline), and all-wheel drive, "something that's available on rivals such as the Audi A5, Acura TL, and BMW 328xi," BusinessWeek points out.
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis brings a big bag of features to the luxosedan party, but it's missing a few of the options found on the competition.