Anyone familiar with a BMW interior might notice more than a passing resemblance to the layout of the centre stack with the LCD, climate controls, and audio controls, even down to the shape of the bezels.
It’s all neat and uncluttered, yet functional with a premium feel. And, is it just me, or does the Genesis badge look like it was nicked off an Aston Martin?
If it sounds like I’m comparing the Genesis to the Europeans, I am, and I am doing it favourably.
It has big 18” or 19” wheels depending on trim level, and weighs between 1890 and 1995kg.
The suspension is Multi-link with High Performance Dampers both front and back. That’s a lot of tech for $61,500!
The engine and transmission feel well matched. It will try and change up as quickly as possible to conserve fuel, but doesn’t lend itself well to sporty driving.
Although 3.8L is biggish for a V6, it is silky smooth with almost no vibration entering the cabin.
The power is delivered smoothly from 1200rpm with enough torque for a brisk getaway.
Fuel consumption rises alarmingly with a heavy foot.
Spirited driving sees the economy rise to over 20L/100km in city driving.
Everything feels posh, and well considered. You waft over bumps, especially on the highway.
The cabin is quiet most of the time. Even the coarse tar-chip roads were hardly noticeable.
Genesis also has some party tricks.
The doors have little motors so you only have to gently close to the fist click, with the motor closing the final 6mm.
Standing behind the boot will cause it to open, or there is a button on the dash if the driver wants to stay in the car.
There is lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and cross traffic alert, and the driver has controls for the front passenger seat.
The seats up-front are both heated and cooled, with a huge 9.2” touch screen topping the centre stack.
The 900w Lexicon sound system sounds impressive but does not have Apple CarPlay or digital radio.
Next year Genesis becomes its own brand and will get a midlife update which should take care of those little niggles. That won’t help buyers now though.
I particularly like the head-up display (HUD) which shows the speed and directions on the windscreen. Sure, a lot of cars do that, but very few will also display the Blind Spot Warning as well.
Whichever side the obstacle is, will show on that side of the HUD. That is genius.
The rear seats are as comfortable as those up front. There are some auxiliary controls for audio front passenger seat, and climate in the centre armrest.
Genesis is aimed at the kind of person who like to ride in the back most of the time.
The quality of the fixtures and fittings is generally good.
My only beef was that the rear door blinds, and sunroof button, felt a bit cheap.
I’m not suggesting for a minute that a Korean car is currently an even swap for a BMW or Jaguar, but you get an awful lot of car for relatively little money.
A canny buyer could well spot an opportunity.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Hyundai Genesis
- Engine: 3.8 litre V6 petrol producing 232kW and 397Nm
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Warranty: Five years
- Safety: Five stars
- Origin: South Korea
- Price: from $61,500