The 2015 Hyundai Genesis might still not be a luxury car by your definition, but it’s a great luxury car as we see it—in that it looks and feels special, performs well, tops the safety charts, and perhaps most importantly, offers a lot of features (and a lot of car) for a sticker price that’s a relative bargain.
That’s what makes it a phenomenal value, one of the top-rated models here at The Car Connection, and a nominee for our 2015 Best Car To Buy award.
First, who are we to judge what makes a true luxury car worth all the money? To some it’s in the cachet of a badge, even the exclusivity and raw envy surrounding it. Or it’s intensely personal, in the pursuit of something that feels special—a treat and a reward for you or your family. Others might find luxury in the product itself, while others might see its true value in the services that come with it.
But eye that sticker price—just $41,450, in the case of the base V-6 Genesis—and a lot of your luxury qualifiers simply melt away. The Genesis takes an approach that’s at first look, entirely rational. Then it stuns you, and really wins you over, with the finer points.
Hyundai seems to understand how to create an appealing luxury car in a way that it didn’t six years ago, when the first-generation Genesis hit the market.
Without question, go for the base V-6, rear-wheel-drive model if you’re considering the Genesis. It’s this version that drives best; and it’s really no surprise that this is the model best showcasing Lotus’ input on the car (yes, that Lotus). It’s without question the most accurate-steering, most refined-riding Hyundai we’ve ever driven.
In terms of cabin comfort, and the ‘wow’ factor, the base Genesis not only shows up Hyundai’s own Azera, but it’s a step above the bleak, institutional interiors you get in many German luxury cars before you start piling on options and extra-cost materials and trims. We also appreciate the simplicity of the Genesis’ infotainment system, which is straightforward and generally lag-free. You can opt up to a good head-up display, or even Google Glass integration.
In safety, it’s as close to a perfect 10 as they get, with five-star ratings both overall and in frontal and side impact from the federal government, Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) status from the insurance-funded IIHS, and its Lane Departure Warning System and Lane Keep Assist will actually keep you within lane boundaries, making mild steering corrections for you.
As we say in our full review, the Hyundai Genesis isn’t any longer just a great luxury-car value; it’s a legitimate alternative to the luxury heavyweights. And it’s a car with a generous helping of the luster, finesse, fine details, and noteworthy workmanship and materials that will never feel chintzy for the price.
All that’s lacking is the cachet of a luxury badge. And, actually, well, the introduction of the Genesis’ own Bentley-like badge for the Genesis is its single clichéd detail—or a bit of sass, depending on how you see it.This year there are 11 nominees ranging from family sedans, crossovers, a pickup truck, and even ... in The Car Connection Polls on LockerDome