First Drive – 2015 Hyundai Genesis, Best $40k Buy!

by Tony West and Bill P.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 AWD has been snatching up awards. And after a successful First Drive, we agree with the critics and name this all-around super sedan as our Best $40k Buy. With a healthy powertrain and countless amenities, the Genesis contends with heavy hitters like the 5 Series BMW, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Cadillac CTS. The Hyundai crushes most competitors with affordability and standard luxury and safety technology.

The Genesis offers more standard features than its competitors like HTRAC All-Wheel Drive, 18 inch alloy wheels, and a 4.3 inch TFT display. And the Genesis boasts a contemporary design inside and out that makes this whip ideal for families and chauffeured executives. There are two Hyundai Genesis models offered for 2015, both will all-wheel drive options, the 3.8 models with a 3.8 V6 engine, and the 5.0 model with a 5 liter DOHC V8 engine. We reviewed the 2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8- the big body super sedan with tons of dope tech.

 

Executive Styled Exterior

Hyundai hits a homerun with the sleek design of the new Genesis. Taking a few successful cues from the HCD concept, the Genesis has a long wide body, a 9 ft. wheelbase, and a huge grille. The exterior design allows for a spacious interior with executive spaciousness, abundant legroom, seat cushion extenders and an available rear seat entertainment system.

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0
2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0

The 2015 Genesis 3.8 has standard HID headlights with washers, LED turn signals and wraparound tail lights. Also standard is High Beam Assist, 18 inch alloy wheels, a power folding trunk, and power folding outside mirrors. There’s a Hyundai logo in the puddle lamps that illuminates the ground when the doors are unlocked. A Smart Trunk is standard that auto opens when the driver is in proximity.

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0

The Genesis 3.8 super sedan’s body design features an advanced application of high strength steel for added rigidity and efficiency and reduced vibration levels. Muscle lines on the sides and a sculpted decklid spoiler enhances aerodynamics. Chrome accents the grille, front fascia, dual exhausts tips, and window trims.

The new design adds sophistication to this sedan- a great introduction into its luxury tech-advanced interior. The 5.0 Genesis has standard LED foglights and 19 inch quad exhaust tips.

 

Interior Boasts Top-Notch Amenities

The 2015 Genesis scores big with its luxury interior. Fully loaded, the 3.8 AWD cost $52k, still much cheaper than a fully loaded BMW 535i or a fully loaded CTS. The 3.8 AWD leather furnished cabin has heated front and rear seats and 12-way power front seats. The front has an amazing 45 inches of legroom and the rear 35 inch of legroom. For max comfort, a cushion extender is available as is ventilated seats and a panoramic sunroof. A leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, rain sensing wipers and carpeted floor mats are also standard.

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 interior
2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 interior

 

The interior layout features sophisticated matte finish wood and aluminum trim with the Ultimate Package. The leather wrapped steering wheel has paddle shifters for manual mode. Acoustic laminated glass helps to keep the ride tranquil in this spacious sedan. The 2015 Genesis 3.8 has all has all the latest technology like a push button start, remote start, 2-position rearview camera, and dual zone temperature control, and offers new innovations like the Ski-pass through opening, an auto defogging wind shield, and an informative 4.3 inch TFT Display and Heads Up display. A 7 inch TFT LCD display is optional.

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 interior center console
2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 interior center console

The configurable Heads Up Display shows variations of speed, audio settings, speed limit, navigation, traffic info, lane departure warning, and smart cruise control. The driver’s dash has gauges and a TFT display for that displays a wealth of info and configurations. Along with a compass, audio, outside temperature, fuel economy, tire pressure, range, trip, and service information, the TFT LCD can display settings for the Heads Up Display, lighting, sound, compass, audio, steering, and the lane departure warning system. The steering wheel has controls for cruise control, Bluetooth, and the Driver Information Center Cluster. The layout of the front dash is ingenuously designed to cause little distraction. The controls for the driver information center and the steering wheel are easy to use.

The center stack features an 8 inch display for navigation, the rearview camera, temperature control and infotainment. A rotary dial at the center console controls the 8 inch display. The Genesis infotainment includes Bluetooth, Pandora, Aha Radio, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports, and movies. The temperature control system displays a cool illustration of the cabin’s airflow.

The rear of the Genesis could be more luxurious than the front with ultra comfy seats with their own heating function. Also available is a rear seat entertainment system that will house two lab screens in the headrests. Hyundai says they plan to add tablets to future sedans. The rear also has its own center console with controls for the rear climate and rear sunshade.

The standard Green Edge audio system combines high efficiency speakers and amplifiers to deliver superior sound quality and high output with minimal energy consumption. The Genesis 3.0 also features a standard Lexicon Logic 7 surround sound system with 14 speakers. Optional is a Lexicon 17 speaker Discrete Logic 7 Surround Audio system.

The Hyundai Genesis offers added features that propel this sedan to superior status. The Signature Package ($4,000) adds the panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, power rear sunshades, and manual rear side sunshades.

 

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 interior - center 8 inch touchscreen
2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 interior – center 8 inch touchscreen

 

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 interior
2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 interior

The $3,500 Tech Package adds ultra leather seats, the 7 inch TFT LCD Cluster Display, power cushion extender, the electronic park brake, and Front and Rear Parking Assist System.

The Ultimate Package ($3,500) features genuine matte wood and aluminum trim, the Heads Up Display, and power trunk, DIS Navigation, 9.2 inch high-definition display, 17-speaker Lexicon Audio System, and a Carbon Monoxide sensor. The 5.0 Ultimate Package adds Continuous Damping Control.

BlueLink Connected Care is offered as a one month trial. Connected Care features Automatic Collision Notification, Roadside Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, Auto Diagnostics, and an In-Vehicle Car Care App. The Remote Package is offered as a 3 month trial and includes the remote start, with Climate Control, Vehicle Immobilization, Valet Alert, and Speed Alert. The Genesis also offers Google supported apps like the Intelligent Assistant App.

 

Classy Touring Performance

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 AWD has a fun, well-balanced performance. The 5.0 adds thrill with dynamic handling and safety.

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0
2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0

The 3.8 AWD Genesis has a 3.8 liter DOHC V6 with 311 horsepower (6,000 rpm) and 293 lb-ft of torque (5,000 rpm). The efficient Lambda V6 has dual continuous variable valve timing and direct injection. A steel timing chain is said to be “maintenance free”. This engine unit also has high performance gas shock absorbers and iridium double-tipped spark plugs that last 1,000 miles.

The 5.0 Genesis has a DOHC Tau V8 engine with 407 horsepower (6,000 rpm) and 372 lb-ft of torque at (5,000 rpm). The V8 features direct fuel injection and a Zerotech timing chain.

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 interior center console
2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 interior center console

The Hyundai Genesis provides a smooth ride over all terrains with Electronic Control Suspension. Electronic Control Suspension factors in the surfaces, speed, braking, and throttle to auto adjust damping. Five-link independent front and rear suspension is standard. The HTRAC system, a world’s first, uses an electronic transfer case with active torque control and a multi-plate clutch for seamless torque distribution and prowess. HTRAC all-wheel drive adds phenomenal handling and stability. Standard rack-mounted electric power steering with Variable Gear Ration makes steering fluid and responsive.

Both the 5.0 V8 and the 3.8 V6 engines are mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The 8 speed transmission and the Drive Mode Select adds another level of dynamic driving. The Genesis accelerated with refined power and dominates its lane. Cornering is where the Genesis reveals some drawbacks to its wide bulky frame. Fuel economy is not great either with the 3.8 AWD having a combined EPA of 19 mpg and the 5.0 with a combined EPA of 18 mpg. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard.

 

High-Tech Safety Comfort

The 2015 Genesis has advanced safety technology that awarded it a top safety rating. The whip features standard electronic stability control and the Vehicle Stability Management System. An ABS, with electronic brakeforce distribution and Brake Assist is standard across all models.  The Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert is available for the 3.8 Genesis and standard on the 5.0.

Also available is the Haptic Steering Wheel that vibrates to alert drivers of the Blind Spot Warning or lane departure. Available Lane Change Assist will warn the driver of an impending rear collision. The Smart Cruise Control is radar assisted tech that helps maintain a preset distance between vehicles.

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 HUD
2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0 HUD

The Lane Keeping Assist almost feels like the Genesis is being pushed back into its lane. It detects lane departure, the steering wheel vibrates, and slight steering adjustment is made. The Genesis also offers High Beam Assist and Front and Rear Park Assist.

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0
2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.0

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis fully-loaded offers the most amenities of any sedan we’ve reviewed for this price. The Hyundai Genesis is simply one of the most stylish, most luxurious, and most innovative full-size sedans under $50, 000. It offers enough standard features to elevate it to luxury sedan status. And more fans than ever are flocking to the Hyundai brand.

 

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