The Hyundai Genesis sedan is now on sale locally, arriving as a new entrant to the large luxury segment.
Available as a single model with two levels of options packages, the Genesis starts at $60,000 before on-road costs. In its most expensive form, the pricetag reaches as high as $82,000.
Expensive for a Hyundai, but as a large, luxurious sedan the Genesis is like no other Hyundai, and the automaker has rivals like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Lexus GS in the Genesis' gunsights.
Only one mechanical configuration is available - a 3.8 litre petrol V6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Genesis however is significant for being the first RWD passenger sedan sold by the Korean automaker in Australia.
The previous-generation Genesis has been available in some overseas markets (principally the USA), but was never exported to Australia due to the lack of a right-hand drive variant.
Housed within its nearly five-metre long body is the second evolution of Hyundai's RWD platform.
Power is provided by a 232kW/397Nm 3.8 litre naturally aspirated petrol V6, matched to an eight-speed automatic in the middle and a sophisticated multi-link suspension at the rear.
While countries like Korea and the USA have the availability of an AWD model, the Australia-bound Genesis is RWD only.
Weighing 1890kg in base model trim, the Genesis can accelerate to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 240km/h.
Paddle shifters and a manual shift mode are standard, and drivers can cycle between three different drive modes: Eco, Normal and Sport.
Fuel economy is a claimed 11.2 l/100km, and the Genesis can run on regular 91-octane petrol.
- Leather upholstery
- Heated and power-adjustable front seats
- 9.2-inch colour infotainment display
- 17-speaker audio system with controls for rear passengers
- Bluetooth phone and audio integration
- Satellite navigation
- Reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps
- Powered rear sunshade
- Blind spot monitoring
- Rear cross traffic alert
- Top-down camera view
- High-grade leather with 16-way driver's seat adjustment
- Power-adjustable steering column
- Head-up display
- LED foglamps
- CO2 sensor for climate control
- Self-dimming wing mirrors
Ultimate Pack (includes all equipment from Sensory Pack):
- Panoramic glass sunroof, noise-suppressing acoustic glass
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Heated and vented front seats, heated outboard rear seats
- Powered bootlid
- Retractable sunshades in rear doors
- Illuminated scuff plates
- Soft-close doors
- Hyundai Genesis - $60,000
- With Sensory Pack - $71,000
- With Ultimate Pack - $82,000
Hyundai's five-year/unlimited kilometre factory warranty also applies to the Genesis, and the first three years of sat-nav map updates are free of charge.
Once out of the the initial five year/75,000km period, servicing costs are capped for the full life of the car. With such sweeteners, the Genesis shapes up as a pretty attractive financial proposition for those shopping in the large car market.
Six exterior colours are offered, with two interior colour schemes available - charcoal, or beige.
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