Throughout the cabin of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, you'll find impressive materials and top-notch fit and finish. And whether you've owned various vehicles with luxury badges in the past or you're new to luxury cars entirely, you won't likely find anything missing in the comfort or ambiance.
With its handsome new look, the Genesis gets its interior and storage space rejiggered. It's technically very slightly smaller than before, but at first look, it's a trade-off that nets out with a nicer cockpit.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is first and foremost a comfort-oriented luxury sedan, and this is just as apparent if you're in back as if you're in front. The front seats can be powered in as many as 12 directions, with four-way lumbar adjustment, heating, and ventilation. The rear seats can be heated as well.
The Genesis is built on a rear-wheel-drive platform, and while there might technically be less rear legroom here, but the Genesis feels roomier when it comes down to what matters for adults—getting in and out easily, and not constantly rubbing against the headliner or up with the moonroof housing. Getting in and out is far easier here than in the front-wheel-drive Hyundai Azera—with no need to duck when getting in and out—and the more upright package and more formal roofline adds up to a cabin that feels airier inside.
The outgoing version of the Genesis was pretty good at keeping things quiet, and we think that the new version does even better—with superb isolation away from engine, road, and wind noise. Hyundai has even fitted a low-noise fuel pump, added additional insulation around the rear differential, thickened doors, reshaped the sunroof articulation, and increased insulation and improved sealing at the cowl. You'll have absolutely no problem carrying on a quiet conversation amongst passengers, no matter where they're sitting.
Hyundai has redone the Genesis' controls for a less cluttered look and feel—with fewer small buttons—and overall we can't say we're missing anything here. With the navigation and infotainment screen up high at the middle, and a square, ornate timepiece acting as a central point for the controls otherwise, you have some 'hot buttons' for climate and audio controls just beside and below, and a rotary/button controller that acts as an alternate controller to navigate through touch-screen menus. It's not nearly as satisfying as the controllers for Audi's MMI or BMW's iDrive, however, and you won't find features here like the ability to trace input characters.
The Genesis does start to show a few flaws when you dig a little deeper. For instance, the center-console cover, rather than using the sort of perfectly counterweighted or smoothly damped mechanisms that you’d see in some prestige-luxury cars, uses a simple hinge and little rubber bump stops.
If there's one issue, it's trunk space, which is rated at just 15.3 cubic feet—in the same vicinity as that of many compact sedans—and there is no seat folding. Instead, you get a meager trunk pass-through at the back of the middle position in back.