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The Equus assembles lots of luxury looks in a cohesive shape, but it doesn't stand out.
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Its sheet metal could hardly be described as original and boasts nothing that could be called daring, but its anonymity is at best discreetly handsome and at worst not in the least offensive.

The chromed grille, piercing headlamps and sculpted fascia are all aggressive without being over the top, it's just a shame the front-view camera (on the Ultimate) protruding from the Equus' snout looks like a symmetrical black zit.

Bland and derivative, the design doesn't deliver the prestige that a vehicle in this class deserves.

Regardless of which version they choose, Equus-ites will be treated to unremarkable birch or walnut wood trim and a liberal application of leather around the cabin.
Car and Driver

Its design is much more reserved than Hyundai’s recent models, such as the Sonata, but exudes a classy presence that would look right at home – if not stand out - in the parking lot outside of a board of directors meeting.
Fox Car Report

Minus the glitz of some boastful luxury sedans, and the glamour of the truly ultra-premium offerings, the Hyundai Equus is content to look smart and subdued.

It's absorbed the lessons of those other brands in big gulps. The Equus drapes some familiar themes over its large-car body--the wide grille could come from Mercedes, the rear quarter panels have stampings like those on a Cadillac or Buick, and the headlamps have more than a passing resemblance to those on the Lexus LS. It's by no means an assertive look like the ones carved out by Jaguar and Cadillac--but sometimes drama is just drama.

The Equus' cabin has been reworked this year, with a few more distinctive touches. The finishes have been removed of their last vaguely dated cues, and the grades of wood and leather have never been finer. We slowly became accustomed to the rotating-wheel controls on the new steering wheel, too. As before, there's some delicately applied subtext--like the winged metallic trim that surrounds the dash vents, and the big LCD screen that glows with higher-resolution graphics.



The Equus assembles lots of luxury looks in a cohesive shape, but it doesn't stand out.

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