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2009 Hyundai Genesis

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2009 Hyundai Genesis Review

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After entering the U.S. market with an inexpensive (some might say cheap) subcompact car more than 20 years ago, Hyundai has continued a climb upscale. Now the brand is taking its most ambitious step in that direction ever with the introduction of the Hyundai Genesis, a luxury sedan with the amenities of vehicles costing thousands of dollars more. Though intended to compete against the likes of the Chrysler 300C, Lexus ES 350 and the Pontiac G8, the new Genesis actually channels attributes of even more expensive models, like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Powered by either advanced V6 or V8 engines, the rear-drive Genesis is filled with upscale items like adaptive front lighting, proximity key with push-button start and a truly amazing Lexicon 7.1 surround-sound audio system.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the Genesis if you are less concerned about brand prestige and more concerned about the driving experience and the vehicle's feature set.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you seek the razor-sharp handling of the best of the German luxury brands, you may not be satisfied with the Genesis despite the fact that in V8 form it mimics them well.

What's Significant About This Car?

While Hyundai has dabbled in the premium sedan market previously with its Azera, the Genesis is several notches above that car on the sophistication scale.

Driving the Genesis

Driving Impressions While hard to distinguish from the outside except for their different wheels, the V6-powered Genesis 3.8 and the V8-powered Genesis 4.6 have different characters. The 3.8 offers 290 horsepower, which...

is plenty, and feels softer over the road and in hard cornering than its 375-horsepower near-twin. Both accelerate smartly, but we prefer the extra horsepower, taut feel and more responsive electro-hydraulic steering of the 4.6. Stopping is swift and sure thanks to large four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The brakes on the 4.6 models are especially notable – four-piston fixed-caliper front brakes with larger front rotors. Hyundai calls the Genesis a sports sedan, and while the 3.8-liter version might be a little soft to justify that, the V8-powered car lives up to it. The interior quiet during all types of driving is praiseworthy, and a sophisticated rear backup camera plus eight ultrasonic sensors located on the front and rear bumpers help detect how close objects are when parking.

Lexicon Audio System
The sound from this discrete 7.1 audio system is not only powerful, it is beautifully nuanced – one of the best factory sound systems we've ever heard in a vehicle of any price. Auxiliary USB and iPod inputs allow drivers to fully control and charge iPods directly from the head unit.

Overall Interior
The interior of the Genesis is truly outstanding. The extravagant use of genuine leather and wood plus meticulous fit-and-finish make for an interior worthy of a top luxury brand.

2009 Hyundai Genesis Details
2009 Hyundai Genesis photo Interior

To our practiced eyes the interior of the Hyundai Genesis is almost shockingly good. The leather-wrapped dashboard and steering wheel show levels of design and execution that would put many luxury-brand interiors to shame. The front seats are not only covered with rich leather but, optionally, they are both heated and cooled. The rear seat area is equally well-finished and has ample head-, hip-, shoulder- and legroom. The design of the dash is simple, which makes operation of the climate control system easy. (Of course, with automatic temperature control, it doesn't take much fooling with.) Hyundai decided to emulate the European brands by using a joystick-type controller for navigation and audio functions, and that is a mixed blessing. Yes, you need master only one interface, but that interface isn't all that intuitive.

Exterior

Attractive though conservative and largely derivative are ways to describe the Hyundai Genesis's exterior. Its light but torsionally stiff body structure echoes styling motifs from several luxury brand competitors. The grille and front end evoke Mercedes-Benz, while the rear quarters complete with LED taillights pay homage to both BMW and Lexus. The judicious use of polished metal for items like window surrounds, door handles and the attractive wheels add a decidedly upscale feel. The overall exterior look is handsome but without much hint that this sedan is a Hyundai. However, the architecture does facilitate a laudable 52-percent/48-percent front/rear weight bias that aids both handling and ride.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In the Hyundai tradition the Genesis provides a rich assortment of standard features per dollar spent, including the handy proximity key with alarm and entry system; power windows with front auto-up/down with pinch protection; remote fuel door, hood and trunk releases; one-touch power tilt-and-slide sunroof (V8); leather seats; woodgrain accented dash; Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone interface and USB/iPod auxiliary inputs. The wealth of safety items includes electronic stability control (ESC), advanced dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants, and electronic active head restraints.

Optional Equipment

For everyday enjoyment of the vehicle, the prime option is the Lexicon-branded audio system featuring LOGIC 7 technology. Rolls-Royce is the only other automotive brand to offer a Lexicon system, and the surround-sound, 11-channel, 17-speaker extravaganza that produces more than 500 watts is certainly of super-luxury-brand quality. It features both HD and XM satellite radio, and in navigation-equipped models it includes a 40-gigabyte hard drive and XM NavTraffic. Another key option is the automatic front lighting system that allows the xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights to swivel automatically for better visibility when cornering.

Under the Hood

We have nothing but good things to say about both engines available in the Genesis sedan. For most drivers we think the 290-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 will be more than adequate, while offering slightly better fuel economy. But we can't help preferring the intoxicating power of the 4.6-liter V8, which is ably abetted by its six-speed automatic transmission. Happily, the fuel economy penalty is small. Both engines are rated to run on regular fuel, but premium gas gives the V8 a slight power and torque boost.

3.8-liter V6
290 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
264 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27

4.6-liter V8
375 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
333 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

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2009 Hyundai Genesis Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 409 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Excellent Automobile!!!

By on Tuesday, February 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,700

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Performance, Luxury and Excellent Valve!!"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Auto is ONE OF THE BEST OUT THERE. It has POWER and LUXURY better than some of the top dogs. Mine is 4yrs no problems, I use a high performance premium oil (100% Synthetic) and keep premium gas in it and she runs Great and FUN TO DRIVE!! Now I will be looking at The G90 5.0 All-WHEEL DRIVE soon."

In love with this car

By on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,800

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Looks brand new after a few dusty days of driving!

"Having bought this car in almost-new condition, I am a proud owner and love every single second driving my car. We had a very very small "winter storm" last week and, even though I am perfectly capable of driving rear wheel drive in the ice, I did not trust other "southern" north Carolina drivers. So, literally my ONLY dislike of this vehicle is the fact that it is rear wheel drive and for two days I had to drive my boyfriend's front wheel drive to work. That's my only "complaint". Clearly, this car is amazing. Smooth ride and very responsive control, especially with the shiftronic paddle shifters. Comfortable leather seats that can sit very low and heated seats that warm up quickly. The blue link system is also great to have, including a remote start system and stolen vehicle notifications from your smartphone. Quality leather and dash that are easy to take care of, convenient fold seats that make car seats a breeze, and more trunk space than is expected. My air fresheners also keep well in the car! Brembo brakes and HID headlamps are a must on this vehicle and it will be hard to live without them whenever I get a second vehicle."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Looks brand new after a few dusty days of driving!

Fantastic Sport coupe

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fast, reliable, unique, comfortable, affordable"

Cons: "ESC, some exterior styling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"What many reviewers fail to understand is this is not an inline or boxer 4 cylinder, nor is it a V8. This is a v6 coupe that dominates all other v6 coupes under $30k. I think just because this is a Hyundai, reviewers who don't give this car justice have a hard time finding a category to place this car in because it is that unique. For a sub $34k car, the interior is top notch. Materials feel comfy and of quality any where you look. The leather steering wheel is greatly appreciated, and cloth or leather, the seats will keep you gripped comfortably around tight corners. The arm rests are plush and soft to the touch making them comfortable for longer cruises. Visibility is above average for a sports coupe. The rear view mirror comes standard with dimming now, so that makes a big difference at night with headlights coming at you from behind. The exterior styling is great except for one small catch that many either hate or love, and its those fake heat extractors on the hood. If there was just one thing I could fix it would be that. The genesis coupe's front appearance is bold and unique, but it also seems like most love it or hate it. Now for the fun parts. The heart of car pulls strong. Torque comes on fast and hard being NA. Power seams to diminish a little early around the 6000rpm mark on the 8 speed. Speaking of, don't knock the 8spd on this car. Enthusiasts always judge a man based on the number of pedals in the car, but for a car you maybe want to track once in a while and the rest of the time it is your DD, the auto is quick to respond (especially in sport mode) and the automatic rev matching for downshifts is a nice touch for those who aren't the best at it. For the manual at least, the transmission has been beefed up a bit to make up for its last iteration. The rumble in this car from the exhaust is a nice low tone and doesn't wear on the nerves at high speeds on the free way. On that note, there is quite a bit of cabin noise, but trade offs... Either you want a nice quiet ride, or you want to hear this thing sing when you run it out to the red line. One final flaw that isn't a big deal unless you are trying to drift this thing is the ESC is very intrusive, even when disabled. It will cut power to those wheels like no one's business. In summary, this is one fantastic car and if you are looking to get into an affordable, top-notch sports coupe that returns great MPGs, this needs to be on your list of test drives."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Truly my dream car............

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast. Awesome tech pkg. Ample leg room."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

This baby can mooooooove. 2011 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 V8

"I had been looking for a sleek, sexy, fully loaded luxury car and had thought about purchasing either an Audi or Mercedes. During my search, as I was driving through the parking lot of a shopping center, I saw a man parking one. I immediately noticed the elegance and styling, and had to know what he was driving. After parking my car and walking back to inquire as to what kind of car it was, I was shocked to find it was a Hyundai. Although I like the Hyundai line and previously owned a very reliable Sonata, I never thought of looking at Hyundai for a luxury vehicle. At that point I decided that I wanted a Genesis but I wanted the model/year with the hood and trunk wing ornaments (they are kind of hard to find - most models/years have the wing ornament on the hood and the Hyundai ornament on the back). The wing ornaments as opposed to the Hyundai ornament makes the car mysterious and that much sexier. Many people have stopped me to ask exactly what kind of car it is. Since purchasing the car, I have fallen madly love with it and am so glad I stopped the man to ask just what kind of car it was. I can say that I am very happy I purchased the Genesis as opposed to the Audi 8L or Mercedes models(not to mention upkeep and any repairs will be a lot less expensive). The Genesis handles well and can really get up and go - that's important when I'm traveling on highways or have only minutes to spare. I love the tight handling of the performance package and the way it takes curves. I also love the tech package - it has everything I could want (the only thing I don't have is the lane warning system). In looking for a fully loaded car, things like Navi, rear cameras, bluetooth and heated seats are a must but this model has so much more. I love driving this car so much that often on the weekends, when I am not working, I just fill up the tank and take to the road, going nowhere imparticular. Last weekend, I drove to Philadelphia on only 3/4 of a tank of gas - that was more than 400 miles and when I pulled into my destination I had a little less than a 1/4 tank of gas left. Everyone who's seen my Genesis generally have remarked about the stylishness of the car - not initially believing it is a Hyundai. I have also met other Genesis owners who have stories much link mines. I love, love, love my Genesis 4.6 V8. It truly is my dream car.............."

20 people out of 27 found this review helpful

This baby can mooooooove. 2011 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 V8

Love it

By on Saturday, November 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, price, interior lights, fun to drive"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Me and my toy

"I have the Grand Touring 3.8 V6 and I love this car. Honestly, i never thought I will ever drive a Hyundai, but here I am. The road and this car were made for each other. I have enough power and more to get out of any bad situation and enjoy controlling the road. I dictate the rules. The interior is beautiful and the computer with its navegation system makes it even better. Driving at night the cabin feels like I am in some kind of sophisticated aircraft. The best part is the price I paid for this wonderful toy."

4 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Me and my toy

Second Genesis I have owned and loved!!

By on Saturday, October 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great Power and amazing sound system"

Cons: "Navigation is not easy, Aux is not intuitive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had a 2009 Genesis 4.6 that I just traded in a few weeks ago with 138,000 and bought a 2012 Certified Genesis 4.6 (both were black with cashmere). So far I am very impressed with the new ride. best value of any car on the road when purchased correctly. Love it !!!!"

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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