• Mar 13, 2008
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UPDATE:
Hyundai Motor America responds to the cranky South Korean reviewer. Click here.

The Hyundai Genesis has had a lot of positive speculative press, and there are a lot of journalists anxious to get behind the wheel of the rear-wheel-drive sedan from South Korea. A quick check of the Genesis stat sheet shows that Hyundai is delivering an awful lot of luxury and performance for what promises to be a very low price, but at least one South Korean journalist isn't all that impressed. After the jump is a seven-minute review of the Genesis sedan that absolutely trashes the South Korean Domestic Market sedan in its native tongue.

The reviewer liked the acceleration from the 3.3L V6 and we agree that it sounds great, but from there things get ugly. The Genesis sedan had too much body roll, its driving characteristics were far from dynamic, the brakes were mushy and the tires struggled to grip the road even when they weren't being pushed that hard. The on-camera reviewer summed up the Genesis by saying that luxury equipment does not a luxury vehicle make. We're hoping the Genesis is far better than this reviewer's description, but we won't know until we get behind the wheel to judge for ourselves. Thanks for the tip, Bobae!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      these are the type of reviews which I like

      they actually go into detail about the characteristics of the car which matter.

      don't see what's so cranky about it; he's telling the truth.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These cars will look nice lining the parking lots of all-you-can-eat buffets around retirement communities in Arizona and Florida, as well as big casinos outside of Las Vegas. Some may even have those little wheelchair trays attatched to the back.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You mean like all luxury cars? idiot!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well sounds like the Genises all show but no go.
      which proves that FORD RULES!!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Having Journalists like this is good news. It means that Hyundai will know what to tweek before delivering the "american version" of the model.

      Also, I love all the Hyundai-disbelievers who are having a field by this one negative review. They are saying "I told you so" as if they drove the vehicle themselves. Laughable really.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I sat in one of these at the Chicago auto show. I was *very* impressed with the interior. There was leather (or what appeared to be leather) and beautiful stitching on the dashboard. I can't vouch for the handling but the interior of this car was so much more impressive than the Pontiac G8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is circular design.
      The Koreans love to complain [at least the ones I interact with], so the Koreans have designed accordingly.

      Non sporty tires don't have 'grip'. Water=wet, sun=bright, what else is new.

      Just pressing 'VDC' isn't the same as pushing/holding for X number of seconds. Maybe Hyundai doesn't have confidence in their Korean customers, or they realized that they have put non sporty tires, soft/tall springs, single piston front calipers, gingerly damped suspension.

      Not dynamic enough, yet it can easily oversteer with 225 width rear tires and 258hp.
      The US could use 255/45 18 rear tires on the V8 model. Maybe Hyundai will make a 'sport' equipment package.
      • 6 Years Ago
      'Good to see that Korean reviewers are not like Japanese auto "journalists" who are all in the pocket of the manufacturers.'

      You are aware that Hyundai's fierce Korean competitor in Korea has just introduced their 5 liter 'W' to compete against the Genesis.
      Who says this guy isn't in their pocket?

      • 6 Years Ago
      As far as I know Lexus is the best selling luxury brand in the US. At every level, technically, Lexus cars do not perform as well as the Europeans. (IS vs 3 Series, GS vs 5-series, 7-series VS LS, SC vs Z4)

      Is Hyundai not going after this market? Automakers are after all, in the business to make money.

      Really who was expecting a BMW/Mercedes killer?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is pretty much what I was expecting.
      It's going to be a luxurious, powerful, sleek car that is built to impress.
      However not a 540i.
      If the car has moderate success I can forsee a sport package being added.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone said, "you get what you paid for". Ha, tell that to my dad and his POS Porsche Cayenne. Also, tell that to all the MB owners out there scratching their heads as to why their vehicles score so poorly on JDP and CR dependability.

      I have not sat in or driven the Genesis, and I'm not saying I'd even consider it as my next vehicle, but for everyone to discount the possibility of the Genesis being a competitor, that just shows ignorance.

      I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You are the same people that went around scratching your heads when they recalled the expensive brand of peanut butter, but then the Great Value brand was also recalled. Hey idiot, they're made in the same place, and the funny part is, you went out and bought the expensive kind again the next day.

      No matter what the reviews here say, the same people who ripped Toyota a new one for introducing Lexus are the same people who will continually bash Hyundai for another 20 years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well your logic is very off since my neighbor has a 'luxury' Kia and is always having something done to it. Also considering nobody sends me surveys (I wanted to report problems about my previous car a Mini which is highly ranked though had crippling electrical issues including a battery recall), but in fact Consumer Report refuses to accept surveys but from paying customers. You are gonna have a flawed result as people that buy Kia's for example are less likely to subscribe to CR. And also documented bias against GM or Ford even when their models have been as good as Toyota or Honda.

        I do like the looks of the Genesis but this is exactly what Koreans are good at... copying. (Having lived in Korea, alot of local only cars are dubious looking copies) The front looks very Mercedes while the back and sides look very BMW. But appearently what is most important to me is ride, not speed is not included. Yes I want speed but comfort is why I have my 4matic Mercedes. I also find the interior very appealing. In addressing another previous comment, Yes I find the BMW interiors to be a bit bland and I do like this interior but its still also somewhat bland.

        I know several friends and family with Mercedes that have had no issues. But beyond that I bought my car as the best combination of all things important to me. Hyundai can only succedd in true luxury when they consider all aspects.
      • 6 Years Ago
      from the review, it sounds like the Genesis is a new age LS400--which is precisely what Hyundai claimed it to be. i still find it amazing that anyone expected this thing to seriously challenge the likes of BMW and Mercedes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Speaking strictly on the review itself, the man's comments seemed to be contradictory. He claimed that VSA always interferes, that the car doesn't handle like a RWD, but also complains that the rear kicks out. Unless Hyundai royally messed up with the car so that it both understeers and oversteers at the same time (huh?) I don't know if this person is simply trying to make himself sound smart or if he's really serious about everything. Although, the rolling in the corners bit is a sort of "duh" assessment (this is Hyundai we're talking about). I wonder if the V8 version will get slightly different suspension/tire options? Because the V6 model in the video has really sad-looking tires. As much as I hate to admit it though, it means Hyundai is serious about competing with the big boys- as this guy said, just because it looks good on paper doesn't mean it is in real life. With such a low price, I guess something has to give... but still... Nice try, but try harder.

      That being said, I think this car really sucks. At the Toronto International Auto Show nobody seemed to realize it was a new car, even the people who sat on the benches near it didn't notice. The magic of reverse engineering.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good call. I noticed this too. The guy talks and talks but it seems like he just likes to complain. How does the rear like to kick out but at the same time, it feels like it has the same dynamics as a domestic FF sedan? Impossible, especially considering as mentioned that the (Korean) domestics are tuned exceptionally soft...there is no way they oversteer. And he goes on to complain about 1 piston brakes...and makes no mention of fade, poor performance, etc. Having only 1 piston is not an absolute measure of braking performance!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Crown Vic manages the pish-and-slide trick. Of course, having dynamics like a CV is not a good thing.
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