- 2015 Hyundai Genesis (Sedan, with Tech package)
- 3.8L V6 GDI engine – 311 hp, 293 1b-ft torque
- HTRAC All-wheel drive
- Seating Capacity: 5
- Road-test Terrain: 80% highway, 20% city
Ever since we laid eyes on the 2015 Hyundai Genesis at its Detroit Auto Show reveal, we’ve been itching to road test this car. Our time with it proved worth the wait – this is definitely one of our favourite road tests to date!
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis presents a bold front grille, and we love the profile look of the longer hood. The front headlights are distinct and wide to match the styling of the front grille.
At night, when you open the door the Hyundai Genesis logo lights up the pavement – adding a touch of class as you enter and exit.
Overall, the exterior design is sleek and bold – a welcome addition to the Hyundai vehicle lineup!
Where do we begin? The 2015 Hyundai Genesis has a spacious cabin filled with things we love!
The interior has a clean look, with a mix of old school and new school. We love that – touchscreen with old school manual knobs, and it makes the centre console much more intuitive than if it was offered as solely a touchscreen. We also like the classic analog clock!
Here’s something fun: you can tune to the radio stations either by pressing the tune/scan icon or sliding the ‘old school’ radio dial! It really brings back memories of the good old days, except it’s incredibly more accurate to find that radio station you’re scanning for!
The centre console touchscreen can divide the screen space to display both navigation and audio information, so you don’t have to be without one or the other.
The Genesis has dual climate controls which are manual, but here’s something different: the centre console displays the air flow of the mode you select (vent, floor, defrost, etc) as well as the temperature you select.
The Genesis has a panoramic sunroof that really makes the interior cabin feel much roomier with all the natural light coming in!
The Genesis comes with a memory seat feature, as we expected in a premium vehicle.
What we didn’t expect was 12-way power adjustable front seats so you can move it this, that, and whichever way you’d like. Our 3.8L Technology package also came with power adjustable thigh support and side bolster for the driver seat, adding to our comfort during the road test.
A nice touch is that the centre rear seat has a dedicated headrest that folds down and doesn’t obstruct the driver’s rear view when there’s no passenger in the centre seat.
When you have someone sitting in the centre seat, it’s easy enough to flip that headrest up for the safety of that passenger.
We really like that the rear doors include a window shade. This is a good comfort feature but an even better safety consideration when we ask our clients to make a conscious effort to secure loose items in the vehicle (suction cup window shades are a no-no). In the event of a collision, loose items easily become a flying projectile.
Speaking of comfort and window shades, the Genesis also comes with a rear windshield shade. The switch for this shade is not only located in the front row, but there is one for the rear passengers in the centre armrest.
Also in the rear centre armrest are cup holders and respective heated seat switches.
Driving Technology Features
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis has the HTRAC AWD system – a lot of technology to manage the all-wheel drive system so that the vehicle handles and performs intelligently. We loved the way the Genesis handles! The HTRAC system is able to control braking between the left and right wheels, which contribute to stability during turns. It also distributes power differently depending on which mode you want to drive in: Normal, Sport, Snow or Eco. Here’s something cool: when you select Sport mode, “HTRAC can transfer as much as 90% of the torque to the rear wheels for a more fun-to-drive experience on dry pavement.”
The heads up display (HUD) gives important information without the need for your eyes to leave the road.
One convenience we noted was that the display will also notify you when you’re in a school zone by illuminating a caution sign while displaying your speed and the speed limit.
The information displayed in the HUD include speed limit, vehicle speed, navigation, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control and lane watch.
The Lane Keep Assist technology automatically detects when the vehicle is not staying in the lane, and provides haptic feedback for the driver by vibrating the steering wheel. The cool thing about the Genesis’ Lane Keep Assist technology is that it also uses light steering compensation when you travel above 70km/hr in an attempt to keep you in the lane. If it detects you drifting again, it will also give you a warning message on the instrument panel to keep your hands on the steering wheel!
The trunk is quite large, and that’s what we expect for a premium sedan. There is also an access panel to the rear seats in case you wanted to haul something longer and didn’t want to actually put down the rear seats.
The spare tire kit is accessible under the floor panel of the trunk, and surprise! The battery is located there as well. There is a positive terminal jump point provided under the hood in the event that you need to jump start the vehicle.
One nice touch is that there is a mechanical release cable for the fuel door, clearly marked and located in the trunk. Just in case the fuel door release switch doesn’t function, you’re never stuck. You can still fill up your car!
Under the Hood
At first glance after opening the hood, the engine bay seems quite crowded. However, the components relevant to the average driver are well laid-out and most fluids are easy to check.
As mentioned before, there is a positive terminal jump point located on the passenger side of the engine bay (next to the windshield washer fluid cap) in case you need to jump start the car. Keep in mind that the battery is actually located in the trunk’s spare tire compartment.
One fluid that might pose a challenge to check is the coolant fluid reservoir. It’s located between the engine and the radiator, and you’ll have to stand on the driver side of the vehicle to read the minimum/maximum lines. Lastly, the reservoir is somewhat opaque so we recommend using a permanent marker to mark the min/max lines – you’ll be able to discern if the fluid is within that range quickly.
Child Car Seat
In terms of installing a rear-facing child car seat, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is quite spacious so you may not need to move the front passenger seat too far forward to accommodate the car seat’s recline angle (depending on the size of the child car seat, of course). The rear seat bench has a slight bucket shape – which is very comfortable when you’re sitting in the rear, but may mean that you’ll require pool noodles during a rear-facing child car seat installation in order to get the correct recline angle.
The headrest of the rear seats protrudes forward slightly so when you install a forward-facing child car seat, you’ll likely want to remove the head rest so that the back of the child car seat will sit flush with the car’s seatback.
We loved this road test! When you drive the Genesis, you feel the luxury throughout – from the design to vehicle handling. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis starts at $43,000 CAD.