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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Lack of room in the back makes this strictly a two-passenger vehicle
The Detroit News
Folding rear seats help make the 10-cubic-foot trunk more useful
Car and Driver
Generally high-quality materials
Like most 2+2 sports cars, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe's rear seat is only marginally capable of containing two adults. On the plus side, the front seats of Hyundai's new Genesis Coupe are comfortable, and the interior materials and build quality exceed expectations for this price range.
Hyundai bills the new Hyundai Genesis 2010 Coupe as a four-seat sports car, but TheCarConnection.com's research indicates that two occupants is the practical limit. The Detroit News reports a "lack of room in the back makes this strictly a two-passenger vehicle." Up front, Autoblog reviewers note "plenty of room for our six-foot two-inch [frames]" thanks to the "generous" head and shoulder room. The seats themselves are "comfortable and well bolstered to hold you in place on hard turns," according to The Detroit News. Meanwhile, the back of the Hyundai Genesis is rather cramped, and Automobile Magazine says that rear occupants will have "their noggins...firmly planted against the hard rear glass." The reason for this is almost purely aesthetic; Car and Driver reviewers point out that "Hyundai opted—wisely, we think—to favor a foxy roofline over adult-rated rear headroom."
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe emphasizes performance and front-occupant comfort over practicality, but many reviewers find that the Hyundai Genesis 2010 Coupe makes an agreeable errand-runner. Edmunds calls the trunk "surprisingly useful, particularly with the rear seats folded down." Car and Driver agrees, reporting that the "folding rear seats help make the 10-cubic-foot trunk more useful, even if there's no hatchback to widen the narrow entry hole."
Interior materials and build quality can be a sore point on cars with a base price that hovers around $20,000, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the Hyundai Genesis Coupe manages to avoid this pitfall. The Detroit News reviewers report that "the Genesis Coupes are comfortable and well appointed," while Automobile Magazine agrees that "the cabin is finished with nice materials." Car and Driver is noticeably harsher in their review, sniping that "Soviet-era hard plastics adorn the seatbacks, dash, doors, and rear-quarter trim," and Jalopnik notices that Hyundai seems to be "skimping on the dash and door covers." While some of the materials bear the brunt of some criticism, Motor Trend declares that the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe "feels sapphire solid" and "build quality seems first rate."
One area where the superior build quality becomes evident is in terms of road noise, which is kept to a minimum inside the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Autoblog reviewers comment that "wind noise was low" during their test-drive of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and other reviews present similar opinions.
Don't let the four seatbelts fool you—the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is essentially a two-passenger car with additional storage space behind the front buckets.