Even in its base configuration, the Equus is Hyundai's most lavishly equipped vehicle. Still, it does without a few items recently added to the less expensive Genesis sedan.
For $62,450, the Equus Signature is anything but basic. It includes the usual power features, cruise control, air conditioning. But it continues with a full-boat approach, with standard leather upholstery and wood trim; heated and cooled front seats; a heated steering wheel; a moonroof; three-zone climate control; adaptive control for the cruise; a rearview camera; front and rear parking sensors; a pre-collision warning system; and high-intensity discharge headlamps with LED running lights.
On the connectivity front, the Equus includes USB/iPod inputs and Bluetooth for phone and audio, all of which are integrated into the infotainment controller--one of the knob-driven systems that doesn't respond to screen touches and blocks many functions when the car is moving. A navigation system with real-time traffic is standard, as is a glorious 598-watt Lexicon audio system with 17 speakers. Hyundai's BlueLink telematics system is also standard across the board.
On the $69,700 Equus Ultimate, a finer Lexicon audio system is standard, along with surround-view cameras; a cooled bin between the rear seats; power-recline rear seats with power headrests; a soft-close system for doors and the trunklid; power rear side sunshades; a twin-screen rear-seat entertainment system; and a 12.3-inch-wide TFT screen that replaces the gauges with beautifully rendered digital replicas.
Because the Equus is such a low-volume seller, and since it is so well-equipped from the get go, there are no additional options or packages available. Just choose your trim level and a shade of white/gray/black.
Hyundai understands that Equus owners will have a completely different level of expectations compared to Accent or Elantra shoppers, so it's offering specially tailored showrooms, at-home demos, and personalized valet services, with the vehicle being picked up and dropped off to you when it needs service.
And those features that haven't yet migrated up from the Genesis? There's a self-steering function enabled by electric power steering as well as automatic headlights. Both sound better than they work in practice, so hopefully they'll be improved before they make an appearance in the largest Hyundai.