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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Hyundai’s style still isn’t all its own
Road & Track
Some faux wood-grain accents and a few shiny plastic panels are at odds with the otherwise luxurious interior.
Hyundai went for a mainstream look, convinced that bold designs tend to age quickly.
Car and Driver
The center console flows smoothly, almost spaceship-like, into the dash, beckoning us to touch the techy gadgetry
looks and feels very much like a top-line Lexus
Edmunds' Inside Line
One after the other, the march of new Hyundais has embraced a jazzy, sculptured design theme with lots of drama and lots of surfacing. That's true of its mass-market cars; for the large Equus and for the Genesis, Hyundai played its cards much more carefully.
Five years after its debut, the Genesis still looks contemporary, still Lexus-like in the gentle melding of its details and the innocuous flow of its fenders and roofline. There's not much to relate it to the brash Sonata or Elantra--should there be?--but there's plenty to admire in its smartly proportioned grille and the taper of its rear quarters. It's not what you'd call authentic; we see some Mercedes cues and some hints of Lexus in the shape of the headlamps and in the arc of the rear pillars. Still, the Genesis' shape has endured, and though we hear its replacement will go in a more daring direction, it wouldn't have been possible without the ground broken by this car.The interpretation of luxury inside is just as convincing. The Genesis' dash curves gently, with controls placed high on the dash, which in turn leaves a slimmer center console and more room for passengers. The up-tilted control center houses climate controls along with a multi-function display screen. Some trim levels offer leather-wrapped dash and door panels, and they're quite striking.
The Hyundai Genesis' smooth roofline and muted details make no waves, but caused quite a fuss when it was brand-new.