By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.2
Even with its sharp looks, abundant features, and impressive performance, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe leaves us wanting. Hyundai made a lot of improvements last year, and even more this year, but we still think that the car's suspension and driving feel are areas where Hyundai could really improve the 4-seater. It's especially glaring on a rear-drive car designed to deliver visceral thrills. If you want a high-value, high-style, high-power, high-grip 2-door, definitely check out the Genesis Coupe. If you demand driving feel and related intangibles, check out your local Scion, Subaru or even your Ford dealer.
The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a high-style and high-content sporty coupe, one that benefits greatly from Hyundai shedding so much of its negative baggage. If you're looking to go quick without breaking the bank, the Genesis Coupe is a nice way to get there.
The engine now matches revs on downshifts with the 8-speed automatic transmission, and high-performance synchronizer rings were added to the manual transmission for better shift feel. The Genesis Coupe also gets fog lights, cruise control, and a few other features standard. R-Spec models get better seats.
Driving Impressions Despite its hot import sports coupe design, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe drives more like a muscle car. Both the turbocharged 4-cylinder and the V6 engines are terrific, but the...... Genesis Coupe lacks the refined man-machine interface and nuanced feedback that separates mere performance cars from true driver's cars. On a racetrack, the Genesis Coupe is a blast, but dial things back to your daily drive routine, and the car's steering, shifter and suspension shortcomings amounted to a language barrier. For our money, the Genesis Coupe is at its best when outfitted with the V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission – and driven with a smooth, fast, grand touring mindset.
Find the cheapest nearby gas, dictate and send a text message, get an alert if someone's driving your car somewhere they shouldn't... Hyundai's BlueLink system is full of cool features.
Can we count sheet metal as a feature? Clearly, one of the Genesis Coupe's strongest selling points is its hot look.
Last year's interior upgrades came just in the nick of time, as the Genesis Coupe was starting to look dated next to the more contemporary designs it shares the showroom floor with. The interior carries over largely unchanged, with only an upgraded navigation interface to separate it from last year's design. That's fine, as last year's comprehensive freshening included a restyled center stack and the addition of electroluminescent gauges. It doesn't go pound-for-pound with stretch competitors like the Infiniti G or BMW 1 Series, but it definitely offers a richer environment than non-lux foes like the Ford Mustang and Scion FR-S.Exterior
The 2014 Genesis Coupe has styling that would look right at home on a less familiar European exotic brand. Don't believe us? Take a look at the curving sheet metal, and that bold new grille. If you want an affordable, powerful sports coupe that's big, bold and without a hint of retro influence, the Genesis Coupe is it.
The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe lineup starts a little above $27,000 including destination, a bump of about $2,000 from last year. The Genesis Coupe 2.0T gets a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission, plus Bluetooth. New for 2014 are standard fog lights, cruise control, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a hill-hold feature for manual transmission cars. There are also iPod/USB and auxiliary audio inputs, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and automatic headlights. Every Genesis Coupe is covered by a full complement of active and passive safety features, as well as Hyundai's 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The top-of-the-line Genesis Coupe 3.8 Ultimate with an automatic transmission lies right in the $35,500 range when you include destination. In addition to the traditional upgrades – leather seats, moonroof, upgraded audio – upper-tier models offer high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED running lights, proximity-sensing unlock and push-button start, touchscreen navigation, and BlueLink telematics. The racier R-Spec models offer an even stiffer/sportier suspension, a Torsen limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels. The new Ultimate trim throws all the luxury and performance gear into a single, somewhat expensive, package.
Thanks in part to a new turbocharger, the Genesis Coupe's 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine cranks out an impressive 274 horsepower. If that's not enough, the 3.8-liter V6 now puts out 348 hp. While power is still king, these engines are surprisingly fuel efficient, too, when you consider the power output. Both engines now offer the choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a new 8-speed automatic.
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
274 horsepower (260 w/regular gasoline) @ 6,000 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque (260 w/regular gasoline) @ 2,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (manual), 20/31 mpg (automatic)
3.8-liter V6 engine
348 horsepower (344 w/regular gasoline) @ 6,400 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque (292 w/regular gasoline) @ 5,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (manual), 18/28 mpg (automatic)
Not so long ago, value was the only feature Hyundai could hang its hat on. And even then it required an asterisk, because the pricing advantages were mitigated by lagging resale values. Hyundai isn't selling cars for $4,995 anymore, but its lineup offers more value than ever. The 2014 Genesis Coupe has a starting sticker price of about $27,000, and tops out at about $35,500 when fully loaded, putting it roughly in line with Ford Mustang pricing. If you're looking for a performance coupe and don't find fault with the Genesis Coupe's driving and controls feel, the sticker prices, feature set and resale value qualify it as a smart value.
By Sharkfan on Thursday, August 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,200overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable, fast, surprising"
Cons: "No brand cache. "You sold a Porsche for a Hyundai"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Sold my Porsche Boxster S and Porsche Cayenne Turbo and bought Genesis. To heck with brand cache. I loved the Boxster and had problems with the Cayenne. Friends asked if I was in financial difficuly. No, I just needed a better car for new job with much driving. Genesis has been awesome and truly a surprise. My first Asian car and it has been great to drive, no issues, fast, comfortable and great driving for bargain price."
25 people out of 45 found this review helpful
By KevinM on Saturday, August 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,500overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Words can't express how disappointed I am with this car. Vehicle is always in the wrong gear when power is needed and has to downshift a couple of gears to find power, then the car simply lurches forward as the engine roars. The engineers must have been snickering when the bosses said build an 8speed auto in a 4 cylinder laggy turbo. The only way to really drive this car is with the paddle shifters. Also Hyundai overstated EPA estimates by 14%, reducing mileage on the 2.0 Premium down to 17 mpg from 21 mpg. This car is a joke."
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By Will on Thursday, July 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Base Price, Fun level, Beautiful, Torque"
Cons: "Maintenance Cost, Plastic Interior Parts, Tires"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Purchased the vehicle brand new in Spring 2013 and have had it for 15 months. Don't want to let this car go but starting a family. Great handling and engine reliability. No issues whatsoever mechanically. It does have a turbo charger so top shelf parts and synthetic oils etc are a must. The base/stock purchase still has many bells and whistles including bluetooth and usb hookups for smartphones etc, pretty rims, dual exhaust. Almost all controls are on the steering wheel and it has a paddle shift option on the steering wheel as well with an option to go manual on the shifter. Well rounded safety with airbags everywhere. There is a small delay when applying throttle due to the turbo winding up, and there is a small turbo lag, but the care jumps up to speed when needed and the low center of gravity allows it to turn on a dime. Goes through tires every 30000 miles for the average motorist. If you drive it hard you get around 20 miles to the gallon and if you are light on the throttle you'll get close to 30 miles to the gallon. Fantastic car and turns heads as well. Priced fairly in the mid 20k range for brand new. This car won't break the bank, and if someone in a Ferrari pulls up next to you at a red light, they will do a double take."
5 people out of 9 found this review helpful