Hyundai’s Genesis coupe is rewriting the rules for its class with
sharp looks, excellent value and athletic performance.
Take a look at the test car, a 2.0T R-spec. The turbocharged four-cylinder
pumps out 210 horsepower, has 19-inch wheels with high-performance tires,
Brembo brakes, a Torsen limited-slip differential and a track tuned suspension,
and the base price is $23,750. A six-speed manual is the only transmission
offered in the R-spec model that I drove.
Fuel economy is a very respectable 21 mpg in town and 30 on the
For those who want more power and more convenience equipment, there’s
also a V-6 version, but it costs considerably more.
The 3.8-liter engine delivers 306 horsepower and can be equipped as a
track performer or a well-equipped luxury grand touring car. The base price of
the V-6 begins at $26,500 and ranges to $32,000.
Young buyers, however, find the 2.0T appealing because it offers
scintillating performance without requiring a Brinks truck full of money.
While performance boosts street cred, the Genesis coupe also sports
sharp styling and a high level of fit and finish. While this coupe looks good
in pictures, the sweep and cohesion of its lines make it look even better in
What you get with the 2.0T R-spec is a lot of performance for the
buck. The engine pulls well from low rpm and never suffers from turbo lag. When
revved hard, it gets rather noisy and feels a little coarse.
The six-speed gearbox has nicely spaced ratios and a tight shift
The track-tuned suspension makes this little coupe feel agile and
lively, and it attacks corners with the willingness of a sports car. The
tradeoff for good handling is a ride that can be choppy over rough pavement.
Aside from performance, what impressed me most was the level of fit,
finish and design found in the cabin. Hyundai designers have paid attention to
the smallest detail. Every little button or panel has a beveled edge or a touch
of chrome trim. The look is as sophisticated as that of more expensive luxury
brands, and better in some cases.
Throughout the vehicle, tight panel gaps, clever styling touches and
rich materials all speak of attention to detail.
The front seats have excellent support, especially for vigorous
driving. The back, as expected, is rather small and not really meant for
Welcome features, such as an Infinity 10-speaker audio system, has
Bluetooth for wireless use of MP3 players. Bluetooth also streams music from
cell phones. The XM satellite radio option is integrated into the navigation
system and has real-time traffic alerts.
Front, side and side-curtain airbags are standard. So are anti-lock
brakes, traction control and vehicle stability control.
Hyundai has an impressive 10-year, 100,000-mile power train warranty.
four-cylinder Genesis offers snappy performance at a good price. 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.