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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe enters 2015 with some major updates, making it highly desirable for those looking to spend as little as possible to get the power and performance of some higher-end coupes. When it comes down to pure performance, however, the Genesis Coupe is quick to get to the dance floor but doesn’t have the moves to dazzle the crowd. The suspension still feels a bit soft to us, and the steering feedback needs to be more precise and linear. Hyundai could take a lesson from Scion, Subaru and Mazda in this area. However, if you’re more impressed with looks, straight-line acceleration and comfort, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe will probably thrill you more than it does us.

You'll Like This Car If...

If styling that makes a statement is more important than pure performance and lithe handling, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe deserves a good, long look. An impressive standard warranty, reasonable price and luxurious cabin make the decision all the easier.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If big horsepower is a must-have, the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang V8 cars dominate this segment. You’ll find much better handling from a Scion FR-S (and its Subaru twin, the BRZ) or a Nissan 370Z.

What's New for 2015

For 2015, Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe jettisons the 4-cylinder turbo, leaving a 3.8-liter V6 as the only engine. A new entry-level trim is introduced, while the Grand Touring trim is dropped. The R-Spec gains proximity key with push-button start and automatic climate control.

Driving the Genesis Coupe
Driving Impressions

Look beyond the Genesis Coupe’s wicked good looks and you’ll find a European-inspired coupe with manners better suited to an American muscle car. The V6 engine is strong and willing,...

... but Hyundai’s sleek coupe for 2015 lacks the finesse and precision that defines the best of the best, namely cars with neutral cornering and a human/machine interface that feels nearly symbiotic. On an enclosed track, the Genesis Coupe can deliver hours of fun, but transfer it to the reality of congested highways and stop-and-go traffic, and the car’s steering, suspension and shifter shortcomings quickly make themselves known. Avoid the manual and go for the Ultimate trim with the 8-speed automatic. We think this choice delivers the best combination of performance, comfort and drivability.

BLUELINK
Like GM’s OnStar, Hyundai’s BlueLink system keeps you in touch with the outside world. With BlueLink, you can dictate and receive text, find the cheapest gas and even get an alert if someone has taken your baby for an unauthorized spin.

STRIKING STYLING
Many people who own sports cars rarely push them to their engineering limits. For these people, styling and a coolness factor take top marks to which we say, “Have you seen the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe?”

2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Details
2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe photo Interior

For 2015, the Genesis Coupe’s interior carries over largely unchanged, with a handsome dash and seat setup and cool electroluminescent gauges. Unfortunately, the dash and console still employ some outdated-looking plastic bits. The seats have excellent bolstering and thigh support, but we found the head restraint angle too aggressive. Props to the console-mounted analog gauges that display fuel consumption, torque and oil temperature. While the Genesis Coupe’s interior can’t go pound-for-pound with stretch competitors like the Infiniti Q60 or BMW 4 Series, it definitely offers a richer environment than non-lux foes like the Chevy Camaro and Scion FR-S.

Exterior
2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe photo

The 2015 Genesis Coupe from Hyundai 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 sheetmetal 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe lineup begins with a base model that includes a 6-speed manual transmission, 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, LED running lights, automatic headlights and 18-inch wheels. 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.

Optional Equipment

The top-of-the-line Hyundai 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, body-colored rear spoiler, touch-screen navigation, heated front seats 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. Also included are proximity-sensing unlocking and push-button start.

Under the Hood

For 2015, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe offers only one engine choice, that being a 3.8-liter V6 delivering 348 horsepower when running on premium fuel. However, due to a recalculation of how the company calculates fuel economy, the Genesis Coupe sees its EPA city/highway ratings fall by 2 to 3 mpg, leaving some rather dismal fuel-economy figures especially when compared to rivals like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. The Genesis Coupe’s V6 can be mated to your choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a new 8-speed automatic with steering-wheel paddle shifters.


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: 16/24 mpg (manual), 16/25 mpg (automatic)

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