by Tony West
Hyundai has made a serious come-up since the inception of the new Genesis, Sonata, and most importantly, the Equus. In just a few years the Equus became the number one shopped premium luxury sedan ahead of the Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series. For 2014, Hyundai adds more premium luxury and safety features to the Equus.
Aside from new 19-inch wheels and LED fog lamps the exterior design of the Equus remains loyal to its original style-elegant resembling an E-Class. The interior and under the hood is where the Equus rivals high-end luxury. The leather 5-passenger cabin is a combination of wood trim and microfiber suede. All seats have adjustable heating and cooling as well as climate controls. And there is 45.1 inches of legroom in the front and 38.8 inches in the rear, more spacious than many of Hyundai’s rivals. Two 9.2 inch monitors sit on the headrest for rear passengers to enjoy movies, music, and even control navigation along with a 7.2 inch cluster display for the driver. The completely redesigned center instrument panel controls navigation, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, HD Radio tech, Bluetooth, Bluelink, and safety features. The 2014 Equus also has 60:40 folding rear seats.
More driver-focused features enhance safety and driving optimization. The driver now has a 7 inch LCD display, 12-way adjustable seats, paddle shift controls, and adjustable “normal” and “sport” mode controls. Normal and sport mode optimizes suspension and handling. Snow mode adds grip in adverse weather conditions. The rear-wheel-drive Equus has a lower more rigid lightweight chassis for better aerodynamics and handling at high speeds.The 2014 Hyundai Equus has a 5.0 liter TAO V8 engine with 429 horsepower and 376lb-ft of torque. The high-pressure direct injection engine efficiently reduces emissions and EPA with an estimated 18 mpg’s combined (15/23). The TAO V8 engine is coupled with and 8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and Electro-hydraulic steering along with 5-link front and rear suspension with continuous damping control.The 2014 Equus has a Standard Package and an optional Ultimate Package. Standard to both are safety features like Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Detection, Smart Cruise Control, and Electronic Stability Control. The Ultimate Package includes a larger 12-inch instrument cluster, Remote Vehicle Start, Remote Horn Alarms and Lights, as well as available Valet Alert, Car Finder (mobile app), and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. The Ultimate Package also has auto door closure and the highly successful Heads Up Display and multi-view camera system.
Standard is Hyundai Bluelink telematics with service, safety, and infotainment features offered in 3 service packages; Assurance Connected Care, Guidance, and Essentials packages. Rounding out an impressive set of premium features is the Lexicon sound system with 17 speakers and Logic 7 technology.