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2010 Hyundai Genesis

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2010 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. Last year, the brand took 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 Volkswagen CC, 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...

We think 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 New for 2010

Smart Cruise Control and an electronic parking brake with automatic hill hold are added to the Technology Package, while a new 7-inch navigation system is made available on 3.8 and standard on 4.6 trims. Ultra-premium leather seats are added to 3.8 Premium, Premium Navigation and Technology Packages.

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 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 7.1 discrete 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
As noted before, 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.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Details
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; 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 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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2010 Hyundai Genesis Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 395 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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

great car, it replaced 5 prior town cars

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun car, lots of trunk space"

Cons: "no backup alarm"

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

"original tires wore out too soon, too soft. otherwise, service cooling system, change synthetic oil every 7500 miles and DRIVE!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

AWESOME CAR!! RIDES GREAT, DRIVES GREAT !

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

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: "GREAT TO DRIVE, COMFORTABLE, ROOMY"

Cons: "NO HEATED STEERING WHEEL"

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

"THIS IS A CLASSY, SLEEK , AUTOMOBILE. RELIABLE, COMFORTABLE WITH PLENTY OF HORSEPOWER WHEN THE NEED ARISES OR JUST WHEN YOU FEEL THE NEED FOR SPEED. LOVE ALL THE FEATURES ON THIS CAR AND THE COMFORT OF IT. PLENTY OF LEG ROOM FOR BACK SEAT PASSENGERS AND A LARGE ROOMY TRUNK."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Good car for the price

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "back seat really too small for adults"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Had a gravel drive on a hill - not an off-roading car for sure always had trouble getting up this hill"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

will be our last Hyundai

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "nice coffee mug"

Cons: "electronic nightmare"

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

"Car has "demons". After being turned off, car would start up again on it's own. The nav, radio, seats and mirrors have a mind of their own. Local dealership clueless and corporate Hyundai's solution to problem was to send us a coffee mug. Do not feel safe with car as there has been no "rhyme or reason" when the electronics do their quirks. Looking forward to getting our first Lexus."

1 person out of 6 found this review helpful

Affordable luxury

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort. back up cam,hot cool seats,stereo awesome"

Cons: "cold passenger seat would be nice only heated"

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

"I have had the same brand/make for the past 17 years. I bought a 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora brand new. When it had to many miles 5 years later I looked for a new / something different car and was disappointed with what was a available so I bought a 1997 Aurora in 2003 from an older couple who used it rarely that had less than 20,000 miles on it. In 2009 I bought another low miles 1998 (big mistake) I threw tons of money into it constantly. Made my mechanic rich and on occasion I would test drive some vehicles on my days off and nothing compared to my Olds. Finally my mechanic said give up already. I looked at BMW's, Lexus, Cadillac and Infinity. I hated almost everything that was in my $40,000 or less range. My car was sitting in the mechanic lot and after 2 days of car shopping/test driving I stopped in and said go ahead order that part that you said was going to take awhile/cost a lot for my drivers window of my 17 year old that won't roll up. My mechanic told me to go try a Hyundai Genisis first. I said "are you out of your mind I want a comfortable luxury car I am not going to look at a Hyundai." He talked me into it and WOW it is as close to my old car in power, comfort and luxury than anything that I was looking at (that I could afford) I ended up with a used 2012 beautiful red, all the bells and whistles that I need with only 23,000 miles on it for only 28,000. I have not had a car payment for over 15 years and 407 a month with no money down feel like I stole it. It is super comfortable, looks good, powerful. It does not hug the road as my olds did and Hard winds and highway puddles at high speeds and taking the ramps at ridiculous speeds when I get out of work at 3:30 do not give me the same sense of confidence that the olds did. I am comparing a car that I had for 17 years to one that I have had for 7 weeks so perhaps I just need to get use to the difference. I tested and read tons of reviews on tons of cars before making this choice and unless you NEED to have a car with a prestigious name and are willing to pay a lot more or get something used with a lot more miles you will not find a better car for the $$. The 10 year, 10,000 mile warranty even for the used one could not be found on anything else I was looking at. I also like the fact that in Miami who does not have a BMW, Lexus or Infinity and since my vehicle does not say Hyundai but only genesis anywhere on it people are always asking me "what is that""

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Drove the big 3 (Audi, BMW, MB)

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Electronics, power, comfort, fuel economy (22 mpg)"

Cons: "Handling, ride on rough pavement"

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

"After driving the majors, I drove the Genesis. Liked it almost as much as the others but bought it because it was 40% less expensive. After four years, I find it to be more reliable, more economical and very comfortable. I'd be in the market for a new car except that I don't care for the new Genesis and, frankly, I don't want to spend $80K for the Audi S6."

15 people out of 31 found this review helpful

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