The Hyundai Genesis is coming to the UK market and Car magazine has phoned in a review in the June edition.
“It has the handling properties of a marshmallow,” they write. I ask why Car troubled itself with taking up half of page 49 with the test-drive. I can’t fault Car for having its own agenda which these days is focused on performance cars. The Genesis, a 3.8 litre V6 rear-wheel drive saloon is miles away from Car’s core area of interest which is high-revving sports cars so it will fall at every hurdle. On the other hand, the Genesis is a welcome alternative and the question is does it provide a comfortable ride with adequate performance?
The answer is a likely yes. Zero to sixty-two is achieved in 6.5 seconds and what Car writes off as marshmallowy handling is rated quite highly by Car and Driver here: the “balanced composure of a Mercedes Benz E-class,” they write. AutoExpress says the air-suspension does a fair job of soaking up bumps, better than a Lexus GS. Perhaps Hyundai made a mistake in choosing the air suspension rather than the US-market adaptive damping system. For another view, the Car Connection writes “The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is no longer just a great luxury-car value; it’s a legitimate alternative to the heavyweights”. Car.com considered the car good value in its class, especially if you are prepared to look past the badge.
I would argue that while the Genesis may have short-comings in its relative capabilities, and even some clear mis-steps in the interior trim (buttons mainly) I would welcome more considered reviews rather than ones which regurgitate broadly painted prejudices.