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.
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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.
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If you want good looks and decent performance, but not a Genesis Coupe, take a look at the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ. And if you seek power at the expense of all else, a Ford Mustang with V8 power is there for the taking.
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 the Genesis Coupe
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.
BLUELINK 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.
STRIKING STYLING Can we count sheet metal as a feature? Clearly, one of the Genesis Coupe's strongest selling points is its hot look.
2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Details
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.
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.
Under the Hood
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.
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.
Pros: "Surprisingly powerful. Fun to slide around in."
Cons: "Quality of materials. Body pannel fitment."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"The interior has a lot of plastic components that don't fit *quite* right. The fauz leather on the shift knob as already begun to show signs of wear, as has the stitching on the steering wheel. The rear window is also too low for anybody larger than a petite pre-teen to sit in the back seat comfortably. The hood and trunk also don't sit *quite* flush with their surrounding body panels. The fake hood vents and large amounts of black plastic in the front aren't very good looking either. Overall, it has the appearance of a cheap Korean knock-off of an actual sports car, which ... it kind of is.
It's all made up for with the power and handling though. Haven't had any reliability issues with anything mechanical yet, but it's still practically new, so that is yet to be seen. The lack of quality in the interior makes me wonder where else the designers might have cut corners."
"The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a great bang for the buck sports coupe. The performance and handling are really good for the price - you'll pay $10K more to get the kind of stats that this little car gets from other models.
However, when you've owned one for a while like I have - you start to poke and prod. Then you see the little problems that add up over time - the corners Hyundai cut to get that retail price down.
Most notable - as others have said - is the exterior paint quality. You'll take a pebble strike, it'll make a nick, and the paint will start peeling in quite noticeable amounts. Sometime it just randomly peels in places. I had the hood repainted because of that problem and now the left-front fender is peeling pretty badly and I just don't feel like spending the money. If I keep it I will eventually have to get it completely re-painted with quality paint, sealant, clear coat - that's a $2000 job if it's a dime.
Other parts of the interior and exterior are plasticky and little things will start wearing, surprisingly soon.
I guess you can't have something for nothing and if you want a sports coupe that looks like it cost $38K, you need to actually pay 38K."
"2012 Genesis with white paint...began peeling during the warranty period. Fixed twice in different places, but now peeling in new spots. Dealer can't do anything without Hyundai factory blessings, and the Hyundai corporate customer relations people refuse to acknowledge that the paint is defective. Therefore , they won't fix the problem, and blame the owner for some "outside influence". If you are thinking of buying a Hyundai, don't! They will drop you like a hot potato rather than own up to the product issues. They obviously don't care about having good customer retention. They have not even asked to have their own Engineers examine the paint problems. If you are currently having similar issues with your paint peeling, let everyone know by posting it all over the place. Maybe the Hyundai factory people will take their heads out of the sand and really try to fix their issues. They must not care about their reputation. They are fortunate to have done very well with good products in recent years, but obviously don't care about standing behind their products and customer retention."