Hyundai genesis 2011 review

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Hyundai products are becoming more and more refined and the Genesis is a good example. It has a simple and modern body as well as a huge, comfortable passenger compartment that is decked out in high-quality, well-assembled materials. There are two engines: a 3.8-litre V6 and a 4.6-litre V8. A six-speed automatic transmission takes care of sending torque to the rear wheels. Many people believe that the Hyundai Genesis has the best quality for the price in the category.

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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Review

I don’t recall ever driving a car from a Korean manufacturer that's had as much character and testosterone as the Genesis Coupe– particularly with the V6. Comparisons with the Ford Mustangare inevitable, and while Hyundai didn’t quite nail it this sports car is no less impressive.

Take a look at this car: No one can truly say the Genesis Coupe isn’t strikingly beautiful. The duelling character lines on the doors; the sexy hips hugging fantastic alloy wheels; the sleek front fascia; when a car looks this stunning with any aerodynamic add-ons, it usually means the design team hit a home run.

2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupé 3.8 rear 3/4 view
No one can truly say the Genesis Coupé isn’t beautiful. (Photo: Sébastien D'Amour/

Snort-y V6 engine
It’s hard to believe the same powertrain propels both the Sedona minivan and the Genesis Coupe. Yet Hyundai succeeded in creating distinct personalities between the two applications. The 24-valve, 3.8L V6 bolts with 306 hp and 266 lb.-ft of torque, and you can choose between controlling that power with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

Our tester boasts the row-it-yourself gearbox, and blasts to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds to reach the quarter-mile mark in 14.2 seconds at 161 km/h. In comparison, the turbo 4-cylinder version is about a second-and-a-half slower to 100 clicks.

Unfortunately, the clutch-and-shifter combo needs some refinement. The stiff pedal is unpleasant in stop-and-go traffic, while the throws are sloppy and the reverse gear is right next to 1st without a lockout ring or need to push on the lever itself to engage. In short, you sorta get used to it, but it lacks the slick action of the Accord’s manual transmission setup.

2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupé 3.8 engine
The 3.8L V6 produces 306 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft of torque. (Photo: Sébastien D'Amour/
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Review: 2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan V6

Still Delivering Value Luxury, Three Years Later

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Automakers have been carving the luxury segment into finer and finer slices for generations. Territory that once belonged solely to the likes of Mercury, Buick and Oldsmobile is now the fertile hunting grounds of brands from Acura to Infiniti. Thanks to these relative newcomers, buyers without the cash to jump into Bavarian marks like BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Audi can still plant their derrières on supple leather thrones without having to sell the family farm in the process.

Three years ago, Hyundai leapt into the low-buck luxury fray with the company's Genesis Sedan – a vehicle that was intended to prove the Korean automaker could strut its stuff up market without the burden of launching a separate dedicated luxury brand just for the occasion. We were impressed with the big Hyundai when it touched down three years ago as a 2009 model, but domestic automakers like Buick and Chrysler have since sharpened their game in a big way. We jumped behind the wheel of the 2011 Genesis Sedan to find out how the vehicle's first generation has held up before the updated second one arrives as a 2012 model.

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Hyundai decided to wade into luxury waters just as the automotive market's well began to run dry, and in 2009, the company managed to move around 20,000 Genesis Sedan and Coupe units combined – about half its initial sales projections at the time. As industry-wide numbers have begun to clamber back to their pre-fall heights, Genesis sales have increased accordingly, though we have a feeling the figures still haven't managed to snag that magical 40,000-50,000 unit mark originally imagined by the Hyundai hive-mind.

That's likely no fault of the vehicle's styling, though. There's no denying that the 2011 Genesis Sedan still carries the same high-brow presence of its forebearers thanks largely to one massive, stylized rib-cage grille. Hyundai still hasn't set about slapping a big H on the hood, and from the front, uninitiated onlookers may have a hard time discerning the vehicle from the Lexus GS bloodline. From the side, the vehicle borrows cues from BMW's styling department with wrapped headlights and taillights as well as a shark-fin antenna. Large ovular exhaust exits dominate the lower rear fascia and a single Hyundai badge on the rear trunk deck is the only indication that this beast comes from anywhere other than Japan.

2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan side view2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan front view2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan rear view

When the Genesis Sedan debuted, it came packing an interior that was several light years ahead of what Hyundai had turned out in the past. Dominated by plenty of excellent stitching, perforated leather and attractive wood accents, the cabin made it clear that the Korean sedan wasn't playing around. Since then, the cockpit has received few updates, and while still a nice enough place to spend time, interiors from both Buick and Chrysler have finally gotten a chance to play catch-up.

Both of those automakers have suddenly taken this whole auto manufacturing thing seriously, and as a result, vehicles like the 2011 Buick Lacrosse and Chrysler 300 are now available with cabins that can easily eclipse the Genesis in terms of design and quality, at least for a price. And that's one point that the Genesis Sedan still has on the lower-luxury domestic marks. The Korean four-door comes standard with heated and cooled leather seats up front, slightly raised seating out back with plenty of legroom and wood grain trim throughout as well as tech treats like adaptive cruise control and dual-zone automatic temperature control for a mere $33,000 plus an $850 destination charge.

If you want those goodies in either the Lacrosse or the 300, expect to pay similar money. Opting for the leather-clad nicety of the TriShield will see you staring at an MSRP of $33,765 plus destination for the Lacrosse CXS, while the 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited comes to the dance wearing a price tag of $31,995 including destination. Don't expect to find heated or cooled seats or dual-zone climate control from the 300, though.

The only place that the Genesis sedan really shows its age is in its dated interior lighting and flimsy switches, most notably for the heated and cooled seats and window mechanisms. Whereas both Buick and Chrysler have made sure to incorporate solid-feeling interfaces, the Hyundai simply doesn't pack the same feel of quality.

2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan instrument panel2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan 6 DVD changer2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan shifter2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan multimedia system controls

Our tester came with the company's lively 3.6-liter V6 mated to a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission that shuffles power to the rear wheels. With 290 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque on hand, the six-cylinder has no problem moving the vehicle's 3,748-pound curb weight along, especially given the EPA's fuel economy rating of 18 miles per gallon city and 27 mpg highway. During our time behind the wheel we saw around 23 mpg combined.

Those numbers put the Genesis Sedan 10 horsepower ahead of the 3.6-liter V6 found in the Lacrosse CXS and just two horsepower behind the same displacement V6 in the Chrysler 300. Interestingly enough, fuel economy for all three vehicles is nearly identical at 22-22.5 mpg combined.

2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan engine

With that in mind, it's easy to get the impression that all three of these vehicles are neck-and-neck contenders, but that reality fades from view after a little time behind the wheel. Hyundai still has an excellent driver in the Genesis thanks largely to the vehicle's front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration. Plop your foot on the accelerator and the big four door moves forward without any of the scrambling drama of the front-wheel-drive Lacrosse.

But make no mistake, this isn't a sports sedan by any stretch of the imagination, although acceleration is more than ample and handling is predictable without being twitchy. Jump onto the interstate and the Genesis delivers a quiet cabin free of engine, tire or wind noise, and the six-speed automatic transmission has no problem landing on the correct gear for hard-throttle passes.

2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan rear 3/4 view

Hyundai curiously provides flappy paddles for making your way through the six cogs in the gearbox should you get bored letting the vehicle's ECU do all the work. The transmission delivers fairly rapid shifts, though the trickery doesn't do much to lend the sedan any of the sporting tones of its two-door twin. We're guessing that the paddles are significantly more at home with the optional 385-horsepower V8 engine and ZF six-speed transmission.

Despite showing a few gray hairs here and there, the 2011 Genesis Sedan is still more than capable of holding its own in the budget luxury market. While its heaps of standard equipment and nicely appointed interior are all strong points on its résumé, the Genesis still holds one massive trump card over its competition – a 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty. While we can't wait to drive next year's Genesis R-Spec with its 429-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, the current model is a no-worry ace.

Photos copyright ©2011 Zach Bowman / AOL

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Hyundai Genesis

This article is about a car model produced by the South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai. For the Hyundai marque, see Genesis Motor.

Motor vehicle

The Hyundai Genesis (Korean: 현대 제네시스) is an executive four-door, five passenger, rear or all-wheel-drive full-sizeluxurysedan manufactured and marketed by Hyundai. The Hyundai Genesis debuted in 2008 until Genesis spun off as a separate entity in 2017, rebadging the vehicle as the G80.[1] Introduced in concept form at the 2007 New York International Auto Show, and internally designated as the BH model, the Genesis was expected to cost $533 million to develop.[3] Hyundai began marketing the first generation Genesis worldwide (except in Europe) in 2008 as a "premium sports sedan".[4] The second generation Genesis (model DH) debuted in Seoul, Korea in November 2013[5][6] followed by the 2014 North American International Auto Show[7] and Toronto Auto Show.[8] It is marketed worldwide. On 4 November 2015, Hyundai officially separated Genesis into its own luxury division, Genesis Motor.[9][10] The leap into a stand-alone, luxury brand came on the heels of marked success in the luxury market, paired with consumer demand for the Genesis name.[11]

Development and design[edit]

Introduced in March 2007 as the "Concept Genesis", the sedan was designed by Hyundai as a "progressive interpretation of the modern rear-wheel drive sports sedan".[12] Hyundai conceived the idea for the Genesis in 2003. The body design took three years and the total cost of the program was $500 million over a development period of 23 months. Reliability testing ran for 800,000 miles.[13]

Hyundai reportedly benchmarked the BMW 5 Series (E60) sedan during the Genesis' development; the company's press release indicates the Genesis body in white exceeds the BMW in torsional rigidity by 14%.[14] The production Genesis sedan received a five-star crash rating in every category from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.[15][16] Hyundai markets the Genesis as offering "the performance of a BMW 5-Series and the interior packaging of a 7-Series at the price of a 3-Series".[17]

Reviewing the Genesis 4.6 at its US introduction, automotive journalist Dan Neil called the absence of brand emblems at the front of the Genesis "a move that subverts the grammar of luxury".[18]

First generation (BH; 2008)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation (BH)
09 Hyundai Genesis.jpg

2009 Hyundai Genesis (US)

Also calledHyundai Rohens (China)
Model years2009–2014
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
DesignerJohn Krsteski
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
PlatformHyundai BH
RelatedHyundai Genesis Coupe
Hyundai Equus
Kia Quoris/K900/K9
Transmission6-speed AisinB-600automatic
6-speed ZF6HP26 automatic
8-speed A8LR1/A8TR1 automatic
Wheelbase2,935 mm (115.6 in)
Length4,975 mm (195.9 in) (2009–2011)
4,985 mm (196.3 in) (2012–2014)
Width1,890 mm (74.4 in)
Height1,480 mm (58.3 in) (2009–2011)
1,475 mm (58.1 in) (2012–2014)
Curb weight1,700–1,870 kg (3,748–4,123 lb)
Pre-facelift Hyundai Genesis 3.8 (United States)

2012 facelift

The Genesis was announced in Seoul[19] and later unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.[20] The first generation was marketed worldwide except in the European market.

Equipment included a speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering, four-wheel disc brakes, multi-link front and 5-link rear suspension; and three engine choices, depending on market: A V8 with weight distribution of 53% front / 47% rear and two V6 engines with 52% front / 48% rear weight distribution.[21]

At introduction in the US in summer 2008, standard features included cruise control, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, leather seat-upholstery and steering wheel, heated front seats with power adjustments, power windows, door locks, and mirrors, remote keyless entry and starting, and a seven-speaker audio system with XM satellite radio.[22]

Two optional Lexicon-branded audio systems offer 7.1 channels and 14 or 17 speakers.


The Tau V8 is Hyundai's first domestic V8 engine. For the 2008–09 model years, the 4.6 L engine produced 375 hp (280 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 333 lb⋅ft (451 N⋅m) at 3,500 rpm.[21] Introduced as a midyear change for the 2010 model, the 4.6 L V8 now produces 385 hp (287 kW) at 6,500 rpm, with no change in the torque output: 333 lb⋅ft (451 N⋅m) at 3,500 rpm.[23] These figures are achieved using premium fuel. The V8 can also run on regular unleaded, in which case the 2010–11 model produces 378 hp (282 kW) and 324 lb-ft. For the V8 model, Hyundai has reported 0–60 mph (97 km/h) times of less than 6 seconds.[14][24]Car and Driver reports a 0–60 mph time of 5.3 seconds[25] while Motor Trend reports a 0–60 mph time of 5.5 seconds in their October 2008 issue.

The Lambda 3.8 LV6 is available in Korean and North American models. In Korean spec, the engine produces 306 hp (228 kW). In US spec this engine produces 290 hp (216 kW) at 6,200 rpm (up to 333 hp in GDi spec) and 264 lb⋅ft (358 N⋅m) at 4,500 rpm.[21]Motor Trend reports a 0–60 mph time of 5.9 seconds.[26]

The Lambda 3.3 L V6 is available in some markets, producing 264 hp (197 kW).

In North America, the 2009-2011 V8-powered Genesis features a standard ZF 6HP26 6-speed automatic transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen (same as the unit found in the 2004-2010 BMW 5 Series), with the V6 models receiving an Aisin B600 6-speed automatic. The recommended gasoline for the V8 is premium for maximum fuel economy and horsepower, but also runs on regular. The V6 engine is designed for regular grade gasoline.

ModelYearsType/codePowerTorque0-100 km/h
0-62 mph
Top Speed
Lambda II 3.3 MPi2008–20133,342 cc (203.9 cu in) G6DB262 PS (193 kW; 258 hp) @ 6,200 rpm32.2 kg⋅m (316 N⋅m; 233 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm7.6s240 km/h (149 mph)
Lambda II 3.3 GDi2011–20133,342 cc (203.9 cu in) G6DH300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) @ 6,400 rpm35.5 kg⋅m (348 N⋅m; 257 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,200 rpm
Lambda II 3.8 MPi2008–20133,778 cc (230.5 cu in) G6DA290 PS (213 kW; 286 hp) @ 6,200 rpm36.5 kg⋅m (358 N⋅m; 264 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm6.9s240 km/h (149 mph)
Lambda II 3.8 GDi2011–20133,778 cc (230.5 cu in) G6DJ334–338 PS (246–249 kW; 329–333 hp) @ 6,400 rpm40.3 kg⋅m (395 N⋅m; 291 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,100 rpm6.2s240 km/h (149 mph)
Tau 4.6 MPi2008–20104,627 cc (282.4 cu in) G8BA366 PS (269 kW; 361 hp) @ 6,500 rpm
380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp) @ 6,500 rpm
44.8 kg⋅m (439 N⋅m; 324 lbf⋅ft) @ 3,500 rpm
46.0 kg⋅m (451 N⋅m; 333 lbf⋅ft) @ 3,500 rpm
6.0s240 km/h (149 mph)
2010–2013385–390 PS (283–287 kW; 380–385 hp) @ 6,500 rpm
Tau 5.0 GDi2011–20135,038 cc (307.4 cu in) G8BE430–435 PS (316–320 kW; 424–429 hp) @ 6,400 rpm52.0 kg⋅m (510 N⋅m; 376 lbf⋅ft) @ 5,000 rpm

South Korean models include choice of Lambda 3.3 GDi, Lambda 3.8 GDi engines.

US models include choice of 3.8 Lambda GDi, Tau 4.6 MPi (390PS), 5.0 Tau GDi engines.

Canadian models include choice of 3.8 Lambda GDi, 5.0 Tau GDi (R-Spec only) engines.


Standard safety features include dual front airbags, front and rear side airbags, side-curtain airbags, ABS, brake assist, EBD, traction control, and electronic stability control.[27]

Frontal Driver: 5/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Rear Passenger: 5/5 stars
Rollover: 5/5 stars


As part of the US product launch, Hyundai Motor America and unveiled the Genesis Forest Project at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, to offset the entire first year of emissions for all 2009 Hyundai Genesis sedans sold in the United States. The Genesis Forest Project was retroactively applied to all 2009 Genesis sedan sales, which began in June, and continue through the end of the year.[32]

Sold as Hyundai Rohens in China, the unveiling was at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, 2008.[33] Sales began in August 2008.[3]

2010 model year updates[edit]

The Premium Navigation Package replaces the previous Premium Plus Package which most notably upgraded to 18-inch alloy wheels, still a part of this new package.

For 2010 the 4.6-liter Genesis was available in only one trim, with all packages made standard, including the Technology package. The car also received a slightly uprated engine as a midyear change, with the 4.6-litre V8 producing 385 hp (287 kW) at 6500 rpm and an identical 333 lb⋅ft (451 N⋅m) of torque at 3500 rpm.[23]

5.0 R-Spec (2011–2014)[edit]

2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec (US)

This model includes the new Tau 5.0 GDi engine, choice of three exterior colors and black interior. Genesis 5.0 R-Spec includes Genesis 4.6 equipment, plus 19-inch Premium Machined Finish alloy wheels with P235/45R19 tires, Unique headlamps w/dark chrome inserts, Sport-tuned suspension calibration, Unique R-Spec embroidered floor mats, R-Spec rear deck lid badging, deleted woodgrain from leather steering wheel.[34][35] The vehicle was unveiled in Seoul.[36]

Transmission (2012–2014)[edit]

All models include 8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual mode.

2012 model year update[edit]

US model was released as 2012 model year vehicle. Engine choices include 3.8 Lambda GDi, 4.6 Tau MPi (390PS), 5.0 Tau GDi for R-Spec. The transmission was changed to 8-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC.[37]

Changes to US models include:

  • Changes to shock and spring rates and rear stabilizer, to provide a smoother ride
  • 5.0-liter direct-injected Tau V8 engine now exclusive to 5.0 R-Spec model
  • Standard 5.0-liter model no longer available
  • 4.6-liter V8 available
  • 3.8-liter V6 available in three equipment configurations
  • New optional eight-inch touchscreen display with navigation and an enhanced multi-media controller and Driver Information System (DIS)
  • Hyundai Blue Link telematics available with Ultimate Navigation package

2014 model year update[edit]

The last changes to US models before the new generation was introduced included greater connectivity options via the Hyundai Blue Link interface, some revised controls, a new exterior body colour (Santiago Silver instead of Platinum Metallic), 18-inch wheels as standard on the base model, and Hyundai’'s Assurance Connected Care telematics services are standard for three years on all 2014 Genesis sedans equipped with Blue Link.[38]

Second generation (DH; 2013)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Second generation (DH)
2014 Hyundai Genesis (DH MY15) sedan (2015-10-10) 01.jpg
Also calledGenesis G80 (facelift, 2016–2020)
ProductionNovember 2013–2016 (as Hyundai Genesis)[39]
2016–March 30, 2020 (as Genesis G80)
Model years2015–2016
2017–2020 (as Genesis G80)
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
Russia: Kaliningrad (Avtotor) (2016–2017)[40]
DesignerCasey Hyun[41]
Jun Ho Kim (2011)[42]
Peter Schreyer
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
RelatedGenesis G80
Genesis G90/EQ900
Kia Quoris/K900/K9
Transmission8-speed A8LR1/A8TR1automatic
Wheelbase3,010 mm (118.5 in)
Length4,990 mm (196.5 in)
Width1,890 mm (74.4 in)
Height1,480 mm (58.3 in)
Curb weight1,880–2,060 kg (4,145–4,542 lb)

The second generation Genesis was previewed by the "Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis" concept at NAIAS 2013.[43] The vehicle was unveiled in Seoul, Korea,[5][6] followed by the 2014 North American International Auto Show,[7] then the 2014 Toronto Auto Show.[8]

Early models include a choice of four engines (Lambda 3.0 GDi, Lambda 3.3 GDi, Lambda 3.8 GDi, Tau 5.0 GDi), rear or all-wheel-drive. All models include eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and a five star safety rating.


Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good1
1strength-to-weight ratio: 4.95
  • Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis (concept)


ModelYearsType/code[email protected][email protected]0–100 km/h
(0-62 mph)
3.0 Lambda II GDi2013–20162,999 cc (183.0 cu in) G6DG257 PS (189 kW; 253 hp) @ 6000 rpm31.0 kg⋅m (304 N⋅m; 224 lbf⋅ft) @ 5000 rpm8.6s (RWD)
3.3 Lambda II GDi3,342 cc (203.9 cu in) G6DH282 PS (207 kW; 278 hp) @ 6000 rpm35.4 kg⋅m (347 N⋅m; 256 lbf⋅ft) @ 5000 rpm7.2s (RWD)
3.8 Lambda II GDi3,778 cc (230.5 cu in) G6DJ315 PS (232 kW; 311 hp) @ 6000 rpm40.5 kg⋅m (397 N⋅m; 293 lbf⋅ft) @ 5000 rpm6.5s (RWD)
6.8s (AWD)
5.0 Tau GDi5,038 cc (307.4 cu in) G8BE425 PS (313 kW; 419 hp) @ 6000 rpm53.0 kg⋅m (520 N⋅m; 383 lbf⋅ft) @ 5000 rpm5.4s (RWD)


A full production version went on sale in South Korea on 8 January 2008 in Hyundai's home market, South Korea. Notably, the Korean market Genesis does not carry a Hyundai badge, only the 'Genesis' emblem.[4][46]

Hyundai has been criticised by Korean consumers over the price discrepancy between the US and Korean markets. Yonhap reports the Genesis costs "₩58.3 million (US$57,000) in Korea, whereas in the U.S. it sells for $32,000." This has led to dumping allegations[47] and a growing market in reimported Genesises by gray market dealers. Korean regulators are currently investigating whether Hyundai has abused its 75% domestic market share.[48] However, Hyundai cars in South Korea have more available options and that may be the reason for the mark-ups.[citation needed]

Marketed as the Hyundai Genesis in the US and Canada, the vehicle is the largest, most powerful car that Hyundai has ever marketed there before the launch of the Equus.[4]

The Genesis sedan went on sale in the US in August 2008. In its first five months of sales, the Genesis under-performed in the competitive US market selling only 6,167 units. According to Hyundai, Genesis saw sales of just 1,297 units in its first full sales month and the company expected to move around 8000 units from the US showrooms by the end of 2008.[49] In 2009, the Genesis sold 21,889 units in the U.S. (sedan and coupe combined).[50]

There had been internal discussions within Hyundai about creating a separate brand to feature the Genesis sedan as well as the soon to come Equus sedan in North America, but due to prohibitive costs and potential delays the Genesis and Equus remained tagged with the Hyundai brand[51] until 2016. In late 2016, The Genesis brand became separate from Hyundai in the United States.

The Genesis was not marketed at first in Europe because of Lexus's failure to thrive in Europe.[52] According to a September 2007 article in, " in the eyes of European purchasers of luxury vehicles, Hyundai sedans have been perceived as having a poor image and unreliable durability compared with its rivals."[53] "The planned launch of Genesis comes at a time when Hyundai is striving to shake off its poor-brand image, known for generous warranties and low prices."[53]

The latest Genesis will be sold in Europe, priced at about €65,000 in Germany.[citation needed]

The Genesis is sold in Latin America in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Chile and Peru, offering versions with engines of 3.3 and 3.8 liters, and in Brazil only with the 3.8 liters engine.

Australia was the first country in the region to get the Genesis sedan, arriving in November 2014.


Main article: Hyundai Genesis Coupe

A rear wheel drive sports car from Hyundai, dubbed Hyundai Genesis Coupe and sharing the Genesis Sedan's platform and name, was unveiled at the 2008 New York International Auto Show.


The Genesis sedan has received numerous awards and recognitions. Among them:

  • Named one of the top five luxury sedans in 2008 by the National Automobile Dealers Association[54]
  • USA Today stated Hyundai proves it's a master of luxury 2008[55]
  • Named as Consumer Reports 'Top-Rated Upscale Sedan' (2009)[56]
  • Ranked No. 1 midsize premium car by JD Power 2009 APEAL study (beating out the BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF),[57]
  • Given 9.5 out of 10 points in 2009 by, which stated it features a cabin comparable to a top-of-the-line Lexus, but pointed to lack of "brand cachet" as its main drawback[58]
  • According to in 2009: "With badges removed, the Genesis could easily pass as a Lexus or Mercedes-Benz, although we doubt many brand-conscious people would give a Hyundai a second glance."[59]
  • Named the 2009 North American Car of the Year[60]
  • Ranked tops in JD Power's Vehicle Launch Index (VLI),[61]
  • Automotive, Performance, Execution awards by J.D. Power,[62]
  • Car of the Year by,[62]
  • Named AutoPacific ideal vehicle 2009 award winner[63]
  • Recognized as a best new model for 2009 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance[64]
  • Won top Safety Award by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS),[29]
  • New Car of the Year 2009[65]
  • Luxury and Value on the 2009 Best New Car List by,[66]
  • Car of the Year at the 2009 Urban Wheel Awards by Wheels Media,[67]
  • Named a "Top 5 Luxury Car for 2009" & "Car of the Month (April)" & "Best Car Buy" by the U.S. National Automobile Dealers Association (,[62][68]
  • 2009 "Best Bet" award from The Car Book,[69]
  • Won MyRide/Autobytel 2009 Editors' Choice award[70]
  • Named a Consumer Guide recommended buy 2009,[71]
  • Consumers Digest (luxury segment) 2009 best buy,[72]
  • America's Top 40 New Cars by Motor Trend 2009,[62]
  • Assessed as having the highest residual value by the 2009 Automotive Lease Guide[73]
  • According to the editor-in-chief blog of Motor Trend, "Hyundai Genesis: A Car Detroit Can Now Only Dream of Building?", The Genesis came close to winning the 2009 Motor Trend Car of the Year title.[74]
  • Hyundai Genesis sedan awarded as segment leader for the 2009 near-luxury car class of vehicles by Strategic Vision[75]
  • AutoPacific's 2009 consumer Vehicle Satisfaction survey of Hyundai owners placed the Genesis at the top of its class in Awards (VSA) research.[76]
  • Named "Best Luxury Sedan" in MotorWeek's 2009 Driver's Choice Awards.
  • Named 2009 North American Car of the Year, the first for Hyundai.[77]
  • Won 2009 Canadian Car of the Year after winning its category of Best New Luxury Car under $50,000.[62][78][79]
  • Won 2009 Car of the Year award by China's Autoworld magazine.[80]
  • Hyundai's V8 Tau engine received 2009 Ward's 10 Best Engines award.[81]
  • Named "Best Deal for the Boss" in the 2010 annual Best Lifestyle Vehicle Awards[82]
  • Based on automotive journalist reviews, The Genesis received a score of 89% on Seven Car Garage, making it one of the best reviewed cars in its class.[citation needed]


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2011 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 V8 Review! My New Daily Driver!

2011 Hyundai Genesis

The Hyundai Genesis sedan offers high value in a luxury car featuring rear-wheel drive and a choice of V6 or V8 power. Genesis seats five in a nicely appointed cabin, with chrome accents, wood and aluminum trim, and soft-touch materials.

The navigation system includes voice activation and a multimedia interface that is easier to use than those from most luxury manufacturers. An iPod interface is standard, and customers can choose a 17-speaker audio system that has 7.1 Surround Sound and cranks out great music.

Room in the front and rear seats is excellent, though the Genesis could use a little more storage space for small items, and some customers will be disappointed that the rear seats don’t fold down.

The standard 3.8-liter V6 is rated at 290 horsepower, and we found it delivers enough pep for most peoples’ driving needs while returning good fuel economy. We also like the 4.6-liter V8 with dual overhead cams producing 385 horsepower for 2011, a 10-hp increase over the 2010 version. The V8 provides plenty of smooth, willing power and gets quite decent fuel economy, particularly for its performance level. Both engines run quietly and are mated to smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmissions with manual shiftgates.

Hyundai Genesis benefits from a rigid structure, rear-wheel drive, and advanced five-link front and rear suspensions, the hallmarks of a sports sedan. On twisty roads it performs well, with a generally nimble feel and a fairly flat disposition through corners. Of the two models, the lighter V6 feels more responsive through turns. The V8 model, on the other hand, benefits from electrohydraulic steering that provides sure steering assist in the tightest corners.

The Genesis rides well, ironing out most bumps with little effect on passengers. It doesn’t float or wallow like other Hyundais, but the ride can get bouncy over humps and ruts at highway speeds. On the whole, the Genesis is a legitimate sports sedan, but it’s not as agile as the top performers, such as the BMW 5 Series.

The 2011 Hyundai Genesis 4.6, in addition to its more powerful V8 engine, now comes standard with the Technology Package, which includes Lexicon 7.1 Discrete surround-sound audio, Ultimate Navigation featuring a larger screen and intuitive Driver Information System (DIS), smart cruise control, electronic parking brake, cooled driver seat, adaptive front lighting with HID headlamps, and parking assistance. The 2011 Genesis 3.8 V6 model continues unchanged. The Genesis sedan was launched as a 2009 model.

Model Lineup

The 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan is offered in two models. Genesis 3.8 has a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 290 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. Genesis 4.6 has Hyundai’s 4.6-liter Tau V8, which makes 385 horsepower (with premium gasoline; 378 hp with regular) and 333 pound-feet of torque (324 lb-ft with regular gas). Both engines have 6-speed automatic transmissions with a manual shiftgate.

Genesis 3.8 ($33,000) comes standard with leather upholstery; dual-zone automatic climate control; tilt/telescoping, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; cruise control; heated front seats; eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment; four-way power-adjustable passenger seat; heated power mirrors; power windows and door locks; remote keyless access and starting; seven-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo; XM Satellite Radio; auxiliary audio input jack; iPod interface; Bluetooth wireless cell phone link; auto-dimming rearview mirror; compass; universal garage door opener; automatic headlights; theft-deterrent system; fog lights; and P225/55R17 tires on alloy wheels.

Options for the 3.8 include a Premium Package ($2,500) that adds a sunroof; premium leather upholstery; leather-wrapped dash and door trim; power tilt/telescoping steering wheel; memory for the driver’s seat, exterior mirrors and steering wheel; Lexicon 14-speaker audio system; six-disc CD changer; automatic windshield defogger; rain-sensing wipers; and a power rear sunshade. The Premium Navigation Package ($2,000) has P235/50R18 tires on alloy wheels with chrome inserts, navigation with a 40-gigabyte hard drive, XM NavTraffic with a 90-day subscription, and rearview camera. The Technology Package ($5,500) also comes with the larger wheels and tires; and includes front and rear park assist; Ultimate Navigation with hard drive; heated/cooled driver’s seat; 17-speaker Lexicon audio system with 7.1 Surround Sound, HD radio, and XM NavTraffic; rearview camera; smart cruise control; electronic parking brake,; and adaptive, auto-leveling xenon headlights.

The Genesis 4.6 ($43,000) comes loaded with all of the standard and optional equipment from the Genesis 3.8, plus electro-hydraulic power steering, chrome bodyside moldings, illuminated door sill plates, woodgrain trim on the steering wheel, and auto-dimming outside mirrors. There are no options for the 4.6.

Safety features include dual front airbags, front and rear side airbags, curtain side airbags, tire-pressure monitor, electronic active front head restraints, antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, traction control, and electronic stability control. Front and rear park assist and a rearview camera are standard on the 4.6 and come with the Technology Package and the 3.8.


On the outside, the Hyundai Genesis looks like a cross between a BMW 5 Series and a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, like someone sat down at a computer and rearranged elements from other cars. Hyundai says the design is athletic, not so aggressive, assertive, but not polarizing. We agree.

Up front, the trapezoidal grille is reminiscent of a Mercedes design, but instead of rounded headlights, it's flanked by more modern eye-slit headlights. Fog lights are standard on the lower fascia, which also features a large lower air intake. Halogen headlights are standard, and the Technology Package includes auto-leveling high-intensity discharge adaptive headlights that point into turns to improve night-time vision on dark corners.

Character lines echoing the shape of the grille flow into the hood and resolve themselves at the front pillars. The rest of the car has more angular shapes like a BMW instead of the softer, rounder shapes of a Mercedes. The greenhouse is practically identical to that of the 5 Series, right down to the dogleg shape of the rear pillars. Ornamentation along the flanks is minimal, with only an upper beltline that flows from the front wheel openings to the taillights and a kickout at the bottom of the doors. Standard 17-inch wheels fill the wheelwells nicely, and the available 18-inchers look even better.

At the rear, the Genesis has the high trunk line that was so controversial for BMW five years ago but has now come into use by several manufacturers. A lower fascia flanked by dual exhausts gives a hint to the Genesis's sporty character.

The Genesis is based on a rear-wheel-drive architecture.

Interior Features

Inside is a luxurious cabin. From the driver's seat, customers are greeted with tight tolerances, chrome accents, and numerous soft-touch materials, including a leather-wrapped dash, a feature usually reserved for much more expensive vehicles. While the materials are nice, the rounded shape of the dash isn't as appealing or modern as the best from Europe.

The driver is presented with electroluminescent gauges with white numbers on a black background and blue accents. The gauges are easy to see and read. There is a small, rectangular display between the speedometer and tach that shows trip information.

The standard setup includes a small screen at the top of the center stack that shows radio and climate information. Below that are the radio controls and at the bottom of the rounded center stack are 10 buttons devoted to climate control. We would prefer the three easy-to-use knobs that many manufacturers are using these days. The CD slot sits below the center stack and below it is a small cubby to fit CDs and the like.

The center console has an ashtray-type bin below the center stack and behind that is an aluminum plate that houses the shift knob. Two cupholders sit behind the shifter, and the center console bin is big enough to hold an assortment of small items, though a flat, rubberized tray in front of the shifter would help, too. More storage for small items can be found in fold-out pockets on each door.

The navigation option features a central multimedia controller for the radio, navigation system, iPod interface, trip computer, Bluetooth phone, and settings in the Driver Information System. It uses a large rotating knob and six buttons. Compared to BMW's iDrive, the Hyundai system is simpler to use, but it still adds a couple steps to simple tasks like programming a radio station. The iPod interface works well, too, displaying songs, artists or playlists on the dashboard screen. However, returning to a previous menu always starts you over alphabetically. It would be nice if the system returned to the last spot you visited. Nonetheless, other manufacturers would do well to study the simplicity of Hyundai's multimedia interface.

All navigation options include a 40-gigabyte hard drive to hold music files and navigation map information. Songs can be loaded from CDs or through a USB interface.

The front seats are comfortable, but sit up higher than we'd prefer and they don't have all that many adjustments for a car with this level of luxury. Front and rear head and leg room are plentiful. Only tall rear passengers will have a complaint, and probably only with head room. Four occupants should ride with ease in the Genesis. A fifth passenger, however, will have to deal with the driveshaft hump as well as a seat hump in the rear center seat. Getting in and out of the Genesis is easy.

The trunk is deep, with 16.0 cubic feet of cargo room. However, the rear seats do not fold. Hyundai opted against them for structural reasons. A rear pass-through is provided.

Driving Impressions

Hyundai says it benchmarked the BMW 5 Series, Infiniti M, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Lexus GS when developing the Genesis. Advanced five-link front and rear suspensions, rear-wheel drive, and a rigid unibody structure give the Genesis the engineering to compete with those cars.

We drove the Genesis on twisty two-lane California roads and on a race track to experience the handling. The Genesis proved to be a capable handler, a viable match for a Mercedes-Benz E-Class we drove for comparison. By comparison, the Genesis feels a bit more numb and doesn't have as much steering feel, but it stays flatter through turns. The Genesis lacks the balance, agility, and direct steering of the BMW 5 Series.

The Genesis 3.8 V6 is lighter than the 4.6-liter V8 model, making it more nimble and responsive in the corners.

The Genesis is equipped with Amplitude Selective Dampers, which are basically two shocks in one. These shocks have one mode for small, high-frequency bumps and ripples and another mode for larger motions. Hyundai says they improve ride comfort, optimize road surface contact, and increase body and wheel control. On the road, they help the Genesis provide a smooth, quiet ride. We detected no float or wallow, though we did find that the ride got bouncy over humps and ruts at highway speeds.

Steering is direct but not overly quick. The 4.6 model has electrohydraulic steering, while the 3.8 is traditional hydraulic, and the electrohydraulic version deals with very rapid directional changes better.

The Genesis 3.8 sedan is powered by Hyundai's Lambda 3.8-liter DOHC V6, which produces 290 hp at 6200 rpm and 264 pound-feet of torque at 4500 rpm. The V6 is EPA-rated City/Highway at 18/27 mpg.

On the road, we found that the V6 had plenty of zip for most every need. It gets up to speed quickly and highway passing is a breeze. Hyundai quotes a 6.2-second 0-60 mph time.

The Genesis 4.6 model comes with a 4.6-liter DOHC V8. Like the V6, the V8 has continuously variable valve timing for both the intake and exhaust, and also comes with a Variable Intake System designed to allow the engine to breathe more efficiently at both low and high speeds. Retuned slightly for 2011, the 4.6-liter V8 produces 385 hp at 6500 rpm and 333 pound-feet of torque at 3500 rpm with premium fuel. Save some cash and choose regular fuel and those numbers drop slightly to 378 hp and 324 pound-feet of torque.

The V8 is substantially quicker than the V6. It has plenty of power from a stop, in the midrange, and at highway speeds for passing. Hyundai quotes a 5.3-second 0-60 mph time. The V8 is EPA-rated at 17/25 mpg City/Highway, which isn't much of a fuel economy penalty given the extra power.

Each engine is mated to a different 6-speed automatic transmission. Both are responsive, shifting quickly and smoothly. Both also have Hyundai's Shiftronic manual shift gate.


We think the Hyundai Genesis offers a good value among luxury sedans. Both the V6 and V8 models deliver fine handling, a smooth ride and willing power. The Genesis features roomy, nicely appointed cabins. When it comes to sports sedan credentials, the Genesis is surprisingly capable, though not a match for the best in the class. It isn't quite as good as the name-brand luxury cars but it costs less. Overall, the Genesis is a viable alternative to established luxury brands. Genesis customers can choose between the capable 3.8 V6 model that provides more nimble handling and better fuel economy or the quicker 4.6 V8 model with more luxury and a higher price. correspondent Kirk Bell filed this report from Santa Barbara, California.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 ($33,000); Genesis 4.6 ($43,000)
Engines:290-hp 3.8-liter V6; 385-hp 4.6-liter V8
Transmissions:6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):dual front airbags, front and rear side airbags, curtain side airbags, tire-pressure monitor, electronic active front head restraints, antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, traction control, electronic stability control
Safety equipment (optional):front and rear park assist, rearview camera
Basic warranty:5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in:Ulsan, Korea
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Hyundai Genesis 4.6 ($43,000)
Standard equipment:leather upholstery; dual-zone automatic climate control; power tilt/telescoping wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; Smart Cruise Control; heated front seats; cooled driver's seat; eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; four-way power-adjustable passenger seat; heated, auto-dimming power mirrors; power windows and door locks; remote keyless access and starting; memory for the driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel; sunroof; Bluetooth wireless cell phone link; auto-dimming rearview mirror; rain-sensing wipers; power rear sunshade; compass; universal garage door opener; theft-deterrent system; fog lights; P235/50R18 tires on alloy wheels; front- and rear park assist, navigation system, 17-speaker Lexicon AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with 7.1 Surround Sound, six-disc CD changer, XM satellite radio, iPod interface, auxiliary audio input jack, and XM NavTraffic; rearview camera; automatic, adaptive, auto-leveling HID headlights; Driver Information System
Options as tested (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$800
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$43800
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:4.6-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):385 @ 6500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):333 @ 3500
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:17/25 mpg
Wheelbase:115.6 in.
Length/width/height:195.9/74.4/58.3 in.
Track, f/r:63.1/63.8 in.
Turning circle:36.0 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.4/54.9/44.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.7/54.3/38.6 in.
Cargo volume:16.0 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, five-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, five-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:4120 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:20.3 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of March 16, 2011.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-826-2277 -

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