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 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!"
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Tom44515 on Monday, January 05, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable ride and good handling."
Cons: "No front wheel drive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"My only issue with this vehicle is that it was only offered as a rear wheel drive and does not perform well on snowy or slippery roads. Also, it did not come with remote start and although the dealer offered this feature as an add on for the other Hyundai models it was not available for the Genesis at that time. My only other complaint would be that the dealer doesn't seem to stock many parts for this particular model because on a couple of occasions when I took it in for some minor warranty repairs, I had to make a return visit after the parts arrived. Other than that it is an excellent vehicle mechanically and offers good handling and comfort."
8 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By WJAZ on Monday, December 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fast, smooth and quiet. Good MPG, great value."
Cons: "Some features could be a little more hi tech."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The Genesis has always been a great value, but if you can grab a 2014 leftover and like the classic design, you'll save some 10k below sticker. The 3.8 is plenty fast. The ride on the highway is extremely smooth and the cabin is very quiet. Used as a daily commuter and at a steady 70 MPH the car returns about 30 MPG. Get on the pedal and expect about 25-27. The car just breathes quality inside and out and has been flawless thus far."
14 people out of 24 found this review helpful