In-depth Reviews

Hyundai Genesis saloon (2014-2017)

"The Hyundai Genesis is generously equipped, but it's also expensive to buy, expensive to run and not much fun to drive"

Carbuyer Rating

2.0 out of 5

Pros

  • Lots of equipment
  • Good build quality
  • Excellent refinement

Cons

  • Pretty expensive
  • High running costs
  • Not brilliant to drive

The Hyundai Genesis is the Korean brand's most luxurious model and is intended to rival cars like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6. It's bigger than all three of those, offering more interior space and a good-sized boot. Hyundai says it'll fit four golf bags compared to the three you'll get into the Genesis' German rivals. The Genesis sold in very small numbers in the UK and was discontinued in mid-2017. It was only available with a powerful and not very economical V6 petrol engine. There's no diesel option.

Those who did pay the pretty high list price when new got a wide range of standard equipment. There's only one trim level and it comes packed with so much kit that there was no options list. The toys include a panoramic sunroof, 360-degree parking cameras, soft-close doors (which prevent slamming) and an excellent sat-nav system.

Other plus points for the Genesis include a raft of safety features – parking cameras, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control to name but three – all of which come as standard. The inside of the car is as roomy as you'd expect from an executive saloon, even if the sunroof reduces headroom a touch. Viewed in isolation, the Genesis offers an attractive combination of space, comfort and equipment, but compared to cars like the Mercedes E-Class – or even the larger and more expensive Mercedes S-Class – it's hard to justify the cost.

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