I really like the exterior design.
It’s the interior that is quite rubbish.
Having driven the 3.8L GDI Coupe it really feels nothing like 348HP. The transmission ratios are terrible and also they just don’t match the engine and the shift times are quite slow.
The interior is flimsy, all the switches seem as they’re about to fall off.
And the worst part is that the engine sounds very rough and unrefined.
Plus you could get a Mustang or Camero V6 for the price.
Good article, but how much does it undercut the Germans and Lexus/Inifniti in the US? What do you think it would sell here for? Interested to see how much more adventurous the next one is. If it comes here, I reckon high 50′s for the V6 to high 60s for the V8, or they won’t be in the hunt.
I admire the Genesis the same way I admire the VW Phaeton, for boldly pushing a mainstream brand way upmarket, and pulling it off with style IMO.
I’d be really surprised if we ever saw the Genesis here. With the demise of the i45, Hyundai have shown they can’t sell mid/large cars in this market and I don’t think they would bother with this.
Seems like a pointless waste of time to me. Korean Lexus copy. Not needed in our market, and unless dirt cheap, wouldn’t sell.
How is the Genesis in any way a Lexus copy?
And besides, it was Lexus that copied the Germans with the IS, GS and LS (and actually having been called out by the head of MB design for copying).
The smaller Euro i40 is more expensive than the i45.
They can sell mid; but perhaps not quite ready for large. One of the probable reasons why the i45 was axed was because its own product line-up was oversaturated. I think Hyundai need to take baby steps in establishing their pedigree with midsize cars first before taking the plunge.
Hmm, it would need to be cheaper than a V8 Caprice and yes the bogans can drive and they can distinguish the difference between a wannabee and the real thing.
Looks like a cheap Merc copy
Spot on tony , cheap and nasty , horrible front , soggy handling , wobbly steering , no point in OZ .
You’ve made a judgement that it has wobbly steering, soggly handling and have never driven one yet, have you? Typical uneducated comemnt from downunder.
I don’t know, on this occasion I agree with his last few words. NO POINT IN OZ.
yep exactly, why would you bring this here when the big aussies don’t sell and in the falcons case is a better car than this korean rubbish
Very true Zaccy
LOL Korean rubbish?? I love hearing that, considering that Holdens entire small to mid size line up are sub-standard Daewoos, the irony in that comment is laughable. I co-manage a 3000+ fleet off all brands for a major car rental company and as it currently stands Hyundai would have to be the most reliable we have on fleet. They are being requested by customers over Corollas now, and the Holden Cruze’s we have on fleet do nothing but cause complaints, most hate them, including the staff.
You just described the current Caprice, it sells so why wouldnt this? Plus it has a 5.0L V8 with more power then Holden’s 6.0L. If reliabilty is as good as the current line up in Australia, it would make for a great alternative to a Caprice.
Aside from having a center divider on the grill (which is diff. from MB’s) – what about the Genesis looks like MB (if anything, looks more like a BMW).
Styling inside and out doesn’t look good though the engine sounds like a decent contender. I guess it all depends on what they price this at but it’ll have to undercut it’s more fancied opponents by a hefty margin me thinks.
I wouldn’t buy a Kia or Hyundai but the leap forward these 2 manufacturers have taken in the past few years is good to see.
That’s a damn decent output from a 3.8 though. Drop that 5.0 into the Genesis Coupe, that’d be interesting.
Well, the thing is this one will be replaced with new one this year.Which means this car will never come to Australia.
If Skoda can sell their ugly models here and make money from selling 100 cars a month, surely Hyundai can justify bring us another RWD V8 to our market (whick looks much better than any Skoda).
At least Skoda’s styling is original – this is a blatant Merc copy, not even attempting to hide it.
Yes, and the Skoda is underpinned by qualityb chassis and drivetrain engineering b
Quality front wheel drive pos you mean……
exactly, this would struggle to keep up with a superb through the bends!
I actually thought it was some new ssangosong thingy , generic korean , copy of everthing euro .
exactly! this is mercedes gone very wrong, the interior is dated and the handling is normal americanised boating on land, it also has Hyundai’s trademark rubbish steering!
In the Genesis’s defence, the car is 5years old so no surprises in saying ‘oh, the interior is dated’.
The all new Genesis is due to launch later this year and likely early 2014 for NA.
The new Genesis is developed with the world-market in mind, so it will have sportier handling as Hyundai Europe is having a major role in the engineering.
Also will be getting a significant price bump (still undercutting Lexus and Infiniti) to reflect the more luxurious interior and added tech.
The V8 engine in a stripped out performance version or the coupe would be awesome for australia.
Oh, you are talking that race car. It’s not a road car.
With opel insignia VXR at 60K, this one has to be priced well below that number to generate sufficient sales volume
Just thinking the same. The Hyundai could only play to price since the Australian premium market is intensely fickle (Infiniti can attest). If this started at $45,000 I could actually see it shifting some units but anything too close to the Germans and it will be dead in the water. Irrelevant that you would be comparing spec for spec (another Infiniti moment), Australians can see 51k for a 3 series (even though it is a 316 – it has the propeller badge) and would buy that over a similarly priced Hyundai. The premium market in Australia has very few similarities to the US so it would be a very difficult task for Hyundai. Good luck to them all the same.
Within 5 years, the only RWD V8 sedan available to a person on an average income would be this Genisis Spec R V8 if Hyundai bring it here. Commodore will be FWD, and 4cyl, and Falcon replaced by Mondeo/Fusion, again FWD and 4 cyl. Hope V8Supercar fans can also get my point…