By KBB.com Editors
There's no other coupe/sedan twosome more dissimilar than the Hyundai Genesis siblings. The four-door Genesis is an entry-luxury sedan that starts at about $34,000, the two-door version is a less-lavish sports coupe that starts at about $23,000, and they look nothing alike inside or out. But we're fans of both. Available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or powerful V6, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a viable alternative to a wide range of otherwise-unrelated cars that includes the Honda Civic Si, Ford Mustang and Infiniti G Coupe.
Compared to, for example, the Honda Civic Si, the four-cylinder 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T offers far bolder sheetmetal. In fully-loaded V6 form, the Genesis Coupe is a more affordable alternative to the Infiniti G Coupe. In all cases, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is fun and stylish.
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe doesn't offer the same levels of driving feel or overall refinement as proven sports coupes, such as the Civic Si or the pricier Infiniti G Coupe.
The fun, affordable and attractive Genesis Coupe is yet another Hyundai destined to sway non-believers and force even some premium-leaning buyers into a detour.
Driving Impressions The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe rides too harsh for some – which is exactly the kind of thing a performance-seeking buyer wants to hear. For those who would gladly trade...some highway comfort for better handling and road-feel, the Genesis Coupe is at its very best when being tossed back and forth down a canyon road or around a racetrack. We had a chance to drive the 2.0T model with a manual transmission and the V6 with an automatic, and found both responsive. The shifting action of the manual transmission wasn't as refined or precise as we would have liked, but the unit worked well overall. The Genesis Coupe is fun to drive and can give more expensive coupes an honest run for their money.
Is there a more boldly styled sports coupe available for under $25,000? The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is fun to drive and all, but it's the sharp sheetmetal that really sets it apart.
What's better than a sports car? A sportier one. The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe can hang with some serious competition as is, but with a limited-slip differential, tighter suspension and bigger brakes, the Track and R-Spec trims are even more formidable.
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe features a simple and sporty interior, surrounding driver and passenger with a symmetrical wraparound arching dash. The front seats hold firmly and are comfortable even for longer rides; the small rear seat is at its best while hosting children and smaller adults. The interior doesn't radiate the same premium vibe as the exterior, but it's appropriate for the price range.
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe wears the boldest, sportiest sheetmetal ever penned by the Korean automaker. Although the styling is aggressive, it's a look we think will withstand the test of time.
At the starting sticker price, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone connectivity, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, auto headlights, AM/FM/CD/MP3/iPod/USB audio and remote keyless entry. Safety features for the Genesis Coupe include six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC) with traction control, ABS, electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist.
A fully-loaded 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe features a 3.8-liter V6, six-speed automatic transmission, navigation system, 10-speaker premium audio system, power sunroof, keyless entry and start, backup warning system, auto climate control, heated leather seats and power driver's seat. Opting for Track or R-Spec trims nets a combination of the following: Limited-slip differential, track-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels and HID headlights.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has plenty of power throughout the rev range and operates smoothly with no hint of turbo lag. The 3.8-liter V6 is even silkier and more powerful, but the added weight forces a compromise in handling. Both engine choices offer their own advantages, and buyers will find either well-suited for daily and performance driving. The automatic transmission for the 2.0T is a five-speed, while that for the V6 is a six-speed.
2.0-liter Turbocharged In-line four
210 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
223 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 (manual), 20/30 (automatic)
306 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (manual), 17/27 (automatic)
By Tampa530 on Monday, March 23, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Confort and looks"
Cons: "mechanicly very poorly built"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Although this car looks nice, has good power and comfort it is not a well built reliable vehicle that will last beyond 50,000 miles. Once we hit 50k the top end of our engine had to be tore apart to locate and fix a ticking pressure valve. a few moths after that the fuel pump poorly mounted to the driver side valve cover started leaking oil. by 60k the valve cover gasket leaked . At 64K our A/C went out and our windows and door locks started to intermittently not work. 3 days later the battery failed leaving us dead at a gas pump. 2 hours after that we left anti freeze all over the parking lot of a car dealership when something blew in our cooling system. We paid to get rid of this up side down pile of garbage and drove home in a Lexus. Never did they attempt to get factory help covering the issues that occurred only 4k miles past 60k and well with in 4 years of purchase. Do not buy one of these."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By John on Wednesday, February 04, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,100overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "See above"
Cons: "See above"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This Gensis coupe only has just over 2000 miles, driven in summer only.Has Gray cloth interior, Black finish that is 10 miles deep.Car is a turbo 4 cylinder and has a 8 speed automatic. The only thing that does not look brand new is minor scratch on passanger front corner,even has black paint still on it, and the passanger front wheel has a scrape on it that is about 2" long right on the edge, otherwise it looks better than when it came from the factory.I gave the car a 9 in Design: interior & exterior due to what is listed above We live in Omaha NE."
14 people out of 23 found this review helpful
By dksenske on Sunday, February 01, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Warranty, Lower price, Horsepower, Comfortable"
Cons: "Poor acceleration, Not good in snow, Poor service"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Traded my 2008 Dodge Charger in for a 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Cons: *Poor acceleration - Initial speed dump - feels like it almost stalls when excelling quickly from stop. *Not good in snow. *Dealer associate(s) drove it over 300 miles when it was supposed to be repaired - tail light rubbed on paint - repair shop terrible customer service and workmanship. Never did fix the issue. Pros: *Warranty 100,000 mi *Low price for what you get *Fast after initial start *Twin-scroll turbocharger 274 horsepower even though KBB has listed at 260 *Nice looking car *Body hugging seats - comfortable Will have more to report after I've owned it a bit longer - the car currently has little over 5000 miles"
3 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By rlp on Saturday, January 31, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "great car for the price is really fast"
Cons: "very convenient"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"a little bit noisy, doors could be a little heavier doors has a hollow sound, miss the back video, the manufacturers have skimped out by not providing auto passenger seat controls"
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Sash on Monday, January 26, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive,very quick and comfortable"
Cons: "front bumper is too low to the ground,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Have own this car since new and it has everything I wanted for $10,000 less than other vehicles in its class"
10 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Jolly Roqer on Thursday, January 22, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,600overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I will sum this car up in a line I have sent to Hyundai numourous times in surveys on service visits; I love your car....I hate your dealers. This car is great, good power, well appointed interior, and good looks .....kinda generic but better than the 2015 look. For the price you are put into direct competition with cars that can be at times twice the price ; you can't beat that! Not a big fan of taking my high end car to dealer that has hard plastic orange waiting room seating and dealers who don't really know this car as they are kinda rare. Bottom line the car rocks, Hyundai dealers do not!"
15 people out of 28 found this review helpful