Editor’s note: If you’re looking for information on a newer Genesis G80, which has replaced the Hyundai Genesis, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Genesis G80 Review.
The original Hyundai Genesis sedan was a big deal because it was Hyundai’s first luxury sedan — and it was pretty good, too. But the 2015 Hyundai Genesis marks the beginning of the second generation, and it’s on a totally different level. This time, the Genesis isn’t just impressive "for a Hyundai," it’s competitive with some of the best luxury sedans in the world. Here are five reasons to check out the 2015 Genesis.
Two Great Engines
The engine that gets the headlines is the sweet 5.0-liter V8. With 420 horsepower, the Genesis 5.0 is almost as powerful as a Ford Mustang GT — yet it’s as silky-smooth as a Lexus. It’s so refined, in fact, that you would never guess it had that much power. But when you stomp on it, you’ll be amazed by what it has in reserve. The base 3.8-liter V6 makes 311 hp, has available all-wheel drive and gets 29 miles per gallon on the highway versus 23 mpg with the V8.
The original Genesis almost looked like a mix of midsize luxury sedans, but today’s Genesis is a true executive sedan. From the proud, upright grille, to the strong character line down the side and the sharp LED taillights, it’s clear that this Genesis is aiming for the top. Compared to other executive sedans, just about the only thing missing is the massive price tag. See the 2015 Hyundai Genesis models for sale near you
Sophisticated Ride and Handling
The Genesis rides smoothly on any road, with a sense of isolation that’s common with high-end luxury cars. What’s less expected is its responsive handling. Thanks to input from the chassis wizards at Lotus, the current Genesis is much sportier than it used to be, with a precise steering system that’s easily Hyundai’s best ever. It’s genuinely fun to drive.
Inside, the Genesis just keeps on winning. The dashboard looks like something you’d find in a BMW or Lexus, except it has straightforward controls that are easy to use. The materials are also great, and the infotainment screen is both attractive and user-friendly. You can even get adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assist, which basically turns the Genesis into a self-driving car (although that’s technically not legal yet, so the car intervenes after about 15 seconds).
Although the Genesis is priced like a midsize luxury sedan, it’s actually a full-size model with a huge back seat that makes the BMW 5 Series or Merecedes-Benz E-Class seem small. It’s like getting a Lexus LS for thousands of dollars less. When you compare the Genesis 5.0 to the Lexus LS 460, it’s hard to see where the Hyundai comes up short. It just doesn’t cost as much. Now that’s real luxury.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is a great luxury sedan that anyone would enjoy driving. You’ve got to go see this one for yourself. Find a Hyundai Genesis for sale