No doubt about it, the upcoming 2015 Hyundai Genesis is a strong contender even against some industry heavyweights like the Lexus GS, Acura RLX, Cadillac CTS, and BMW 5 Series. I had the opportunity to take one for a spin today, and it proved quite the capable luxury cruiser. Hyundai even discussed the Genesis brand and how they didn’t develop a separate luxury channel to bring up the entire nameplate. I guess the Equus brings a lot of street cred to the Accent.
With the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, you get a choice of RWD or AWD with the 3.8 V6, or RWD with the optional 5.0 V8. The new look is chiseled without being too striking.
Now on to the tech! Buckle your seat belts for the best feature of all: The Genesis has the ability to choose from the display via the control knob, or use the touchscreen. Dashboard democracy! Another Hyundai exclusive is Blind Spot Detection within the very cool and colorful HUD. Why be sullied twisting your head around or even twisting it a little to look at the blind spot detection in the side view mirrors? Now you can just look ahead and know before you leap!
The available 9.2″ nav system is now 720p, and the resolution would give NVIDIA a run for the money in their Audi displays. BlueLInk 2.0 allows you to choose your climate settings on your smartphone when you remote start the car — that’s pretty darn cool. At night, the Genesis logo is projected onto the ground from a projector in the rear-view mirror. I loved that trick in the Ford Mustang when I first saw it.
To take a similar page from Ford, the trunk will open automatically after standing in front of it for more than three seconds. It is supposed to work better than the Ford kick-around-the-tailpipe trick. But I bet if you were carrying a heavy load of packages those three seconds would take an eternity.
Some class-leading tech includes the world’s first CO2 sensor built into the cabin — because if you have four people on-board and don’t put the HVAC into action, it can make you drowsy. Hyundai takes care of that for you, but only in the Ultimate Package.
Speaking of which, the base 2015 Hyundai Genesis starts around $38K. Navigation will be standard on all models, but you need the Signature Package, which includes the panoramic sunroof and rear cross traffic alert; the Tech Package, which includes the Ultra leather seats, smart cruise control, and front and rear parking assistance; and the Ultimate Package, which includes the fabulous Lexicon audio system, a 9.2″ high-definition display, and genuine matte finish exposed grain real wood and real aluminium trim.
Overall, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis deserves a really good look if you have $40K in the budget for a new vehicle. Couple it with Hyundai’s warranty, and it makes a lot of sense.