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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
well-controlled body motions and a compliant if not particularly creamy ride
Still, some of the materials, particularly the lower dash area, are of a variety of hard plastic that looks and feels too cheap for a $25,000 to $33,000 car.
But the biggest weak spot also remains: The four-cylinder is a noisy engine, and while I don't mind the harsh buzz under heavy acceleration, it doesn't go away when you're cruising at speed on the highway.
On the highway it feels tight, but not irritatingly so
Car and Driver
While the Genesis Coupe is primarily a sports coupe, it's still pretty accommodating inside. It takes good care of front-seat occupants, and with a spacious trunk and a reasonably refined cabin experience—plus improved interior materials—it’s as good for long weekend hauls or the commute as it is for the racetrack.
Last year brought serious change and improvement, but the packaging hasn't changed all that much. The Genesis Coupe remains a low-profile two-door, with the back seat seemingly designed in as an afterthought. While it’s a bit easier to get back there than in some other coupes, thanks to a useful mechanism and long doors, it’s strictly kids’ territory, as adults will likely have issues with headroom even if they can splay their legs to the side and get in.
Provided it's the front seat you're talking about, you'll have no problem getting comfortable. Taller drivers will want to set the height-adjustable seats (power for the driver on upper trims) to their lowest position, given the rather low roofline. You can now also adjust the steering telescopically—a feature that was lacking, and certainly a comfort-related issue, in last year's model.
Those front seats could use a little more side bolstering, but they’re likely proportioned the way they are to accommodate wider hips as well. And this year, R-Spec models get better seat bolsters for their sport seat.
One ergonomic nit-pick: Across the model line, there are also big auxiliary gauges, for torque level (3.8) and boost pressure gauges (2.0T); but they’re located a bit too far down in the line of vision.
Four-cylinder models also, for 2014, get the soundbox system, which pipes intake sound into the cabin. We've noted that in V-6 models, which got it last year, that cruising was relatively quiet while they have a more strident note when accelerating.
The Genesis Coupe’s suspension improvements for this year, incorporating a new damper design as well as slightly smaller stabilizer bars for some models, also should help ride quality, especially when cornering over rough surfaces. Overall, the Genesis Coupe handles rough pavement surfaces a bit better than some other performance coupes like the Infiniti G37 Coupe or Nissan 370Z, with less humming and booming in the cabin. In four-cylinder cars, the engine is quite isolated from the cabin, except when you’re accelerating hard.
The 2014 Genesis Coupe has more cabin comfort than its low profile and boy-racer sounds suggest.