HYUNDAI GE­N­E­SIS

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VALUE

The Ge­n­e­sis starts at a neat $60,000 plus on-roads, top­ping out at $82,000 for one with the works. We’ve heard of $20,000 dis­counts to limo com­pa­nies for the top model. We’re not sure how much room is left in the $60,000 ver­sion which, at the RRP is the bet­ter op­tion — it’s loaded any­way.

EN­GINE

Per­for­mance from the 3.8-litre V6 is good (232kW/397Nm) but it sounds like the V6 from a Holden Com­modore, not like a silky V6 from a Lexus. The eight-speed auto works seam­lessly, as you might ex­pect, but un­for­tu­nately does lit­tle to al­lay its thirst. The av­er­age of 11.2L/100km makes the Ge­n­e­sis less eco­nom­i­cal than the turbo V8 lim­ou­sines from Bent­ley and Mercedes-Benz. Still, it’s bet­ter than a Caprice.

DE­SIGN

Take the Hyundai badge off the boot (as many hire car driv­ers have done) and the Ge­n­e­sis badge off the nose and most would think it’s a Euro­pean car, un­til they get in­side. The dash­board looks as if it’s from the 1990s and Hyundai needs to re­place it. Rear seat room is gen­er­ous but not as roomy as the Caprice.

SAFETY

An as­ton­ish­ing nine airbags (rear side bags as well as cur­tain pro­tec­tion, and driver’s knee airbag) make the Ge­n­e­sis one of the safest cars in this price range. Tech­nol­ogy in­cludes au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing and radar cruise con­trol, lane de­par­ture warn­ing and auto-dip­ping high beam.

DRIV­ING

The world truly has changed when a Hyundai drives bet­ter than Holden’s flag­ship. Both cars are com­fort­able but the Ge­n­e­sis feels bet­ter to drive and ride in. It’s bet­ter at soak­ing up bumps with­out feel­ing floaty. Steer­ing is pre­cise. The Hyundai’s tighter turn­ing cir­cle also means hire car driv­ers can make il­le­gal U-turns more quickly.

VER­DICT The Caprice feels good to drive — in iso­la­tion — but the world

has moved on. The Ge­n­e­sis aces it on ev­ery mea­sure: it has sig­nif­i­cantly more safety equip­ment, is demon­stra­bly bet­ter

to drive and, to top it all, is cheaper to buy and main­tain

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