After screwing together Sonatas and Accents that can stand toe-to-toe with Toyotas, Hondas and Nissans ( and some would say “beat”)…Hyundai has taken an up-market turn and decided to take on BMW, Mercedes, Infiniti and the rest of the upscale gang.
So….how’s that working out for them?
Just fine. Real fine.
I tested a base-model 6-cylinder Genesis right after they came out in ’09…really liked the car…and didn’t see much room for improvement…and certainly didn’t see any need for a V-8.
I was wrong.
The top-of-line Genesis R-Spec turned out to be one of the best 4-door sedans that I’ve ever driven.
Remember that phrase: “Iron fist in a velvet glove”?
Visually attractive with some of the most comfortable seats I’ve ever experienced, the R-Spec can almost lull you into thinking that it’s just another luxury car…until you hit the hammer.
Yes…step hard on the pedal on the right and the Genesis R-Spec will deliver more “GO!” than the average person can handle.
If you’re a one-handed driver (cell phone permanently stuck in your ear) just go with a regular Genesis…and save yourself 10 thousand or so.
But if you enjoy wrapping both hands around the wheel and hitting the hammer when you can….consider the Hyundai Genesis R-Spec. Whole lotta’ fun.
Our Hyundai Genesis R-Spec came with a 429 HP V-8 and an 8-speed automatic…which gave it a mid-20’s highway MPG rating.
In town or at high speeds….figure on something like 20 MPG…or less.
Do an even 70 on I-75 and you could actually get mid to high 20’s.
But that’s not what this car is all about.
It’s about instant gratification.
Our R-Spec came with 19-inch alloys, sport-tuned suspension, soft perforated leather with heated and cooled drivers’ seat, rain-sensing wipers, electronic stability and traction control, lane-departure warning, front and rear parking assist with rear parking cam, an almost 16 cubic foot trunk….and all Hyundai’s come with a 5-year, 60,000 mile overall warranty…and a 100,000 mile, 10-year powertrain warranty.
What’s it take to dance?
Something like $10,000 – $15,000 less than a comparable Beemer or BMW.
Get the base six-cylinder Genesis.
If you spend most of your time driving one-handed, you probably won’t notice the difference.