- Completely redesigned for 2015
- V-6 or V-8 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission
- High-quality interior meant to compete with luxury cars
Sporting a new platform, updated styling, and plenty of performance, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis has been sharpened to challenge luxury cars like the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Since its inception, the Genesis has always had lofty ambitions like these; in fact, there’s not a Hyundai badge to be found on it, instead getting a winged Genesis badge that Hyundai also uses on its full-size flagship luxury sedan, the Equus.
Exterior styling has completely changed for 2015, with the Genesis wearing the second generation of Hyundai’s signature “fluidic sculpture” design language. Whereas the previous Genesis was hard to distinguish from other luxury cars, the new car stands on its own with a bold, shield-like front grille with prominent chrome-lined horizontal bars. LED daytime running lights are standard, with horizontally mounted LED fog lights optional. Also standard is a nifty smart trunk feature; stand near the trunk for three seconds with the key fob on your person and the trunk will pop open, a useful trick if you’re carrying packages or bags.
There are plenty of mechanical changes under the sheet metal as well for 2015, including a brand new chassis that is stiffer for more precise handling. Suspension travel has also been increased to better deal with undulations and changes in the road surface, and a new HTRAC all-wheel drive system is optional (rear-wheel drive is standard). HTRAC can split torque between the front and rear axles to optimize acceleration, traction, or fuel economy depending on conditions. The two engine options carryover, a standard 311-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 that makes 293 pounds-feet of torque, or an optional 420-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 383 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters.
Moving into the cabin, the Genesis offers a comfortable, spacious interior. The previous car was noted for offering a lot of standard features for its price, especially compared to the luxury competition which seemingly makes everything optional (and expensive), and the new car is the same way. Leather upholstery, powered/heated front seats, real wood trim pieces, dual-zone automatic climate control, Blue Link infotainment, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, HD radio, and a navigation system with a larger eight-inch touchscreen are all standard. Both the standard and optional center console touchscreens have been upgraded for 2015 and are larger in size with better resolution. Much of the new interior is similar to what is found in the line-topping Equus, which is a good thing. Heated rear seats and a panoramic sunroof are optional.
Also upgraded for 2015 are the Genesis’ safety capabilities; a long-list of the latest in safety technology is now available, including a smart cruise control system, blind spot warnings, lane departure warnings, and an emergency auto-braking system that uses the forward facing instrumentation to determine if the Genesis is closing in too fast on objects or vehicles ahead of it and can slow the car to avoid a collision. The Genesis also received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, their highest honor, for its performance in crash testing.