Hyundai Ge­n­e­sis takes on its ex­pen­sive ri­vals

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■ The Hyundai Ge­n­e­sis — it’s hard to know where to start.

The lux­ury sedan from South Korea was bench­marked against BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus and Jaguar.

In Aus­tralia, it also com­petes with top-end Aus­tralian mod­els from Holden and Ford, as well as the Chrysler 300 from the US.

Hyundai’s flag­ship de­liv­ers eye-wa­ter­ing high lev­els of automotive tech­nol­ogy and re­fine­ment at as­ton­ish­ingly low prices. The first-gen­er­a­tion left­hand drive only BH Ge­n­e­sis set the stan­dard, with rave re­views and ma­jor awards, in­clud­ing the 2009 North Amer­i­can Car of the Year.

Now, Hyundai Ge­n­e­sis’ sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion DH model eclipses this in many ways.

The ba­sic Ge­n­e­sis is burst­ing at the seams with in­no­va­tive high-tech kit, some of which is an ex­pen­sive ad­di­tion in Euro­pean ri­vals or not avail­able at all, yet it comes to the Aus­tralian mar­ket for a mere $60,000.

This can be topped up with more fea­tures from two packs — Sen­sory and Ul­ti­mate, for $71,000 and $82,000 re­spec­tively.

Ge­n­e­sis has a one-piece hexag­o­nal grille, HID head­lights, LED in­di­ca­tors and day­time run­ning lights, a sweep­ing line along its flanks, aero­dy­namic boot lid, and “jew­elled” LED tail-lights.

At 4990mm, the Ge­n­e­sis is 91mm longer than a BMW 5 Se­ries and 43mm longer than a Holden Com­modore.

A width of 1890mm is 30mm wider than a 5 Se­ries and only 8mm nar­rower than a Com­modore.

The wheel­base of 3010mm is not only longer than that of a BMW 5 Se­ries but also 1mm longer than the wheel­base of a Holden Caprice and trans­lates to a gen­er­ous amount of space for oc­cu­pants.

It’s a pre­mium look all round with wide­spread use of soft­touch ma­te­ri­als, tim­ber-style trim sur­rounds and real alu­minium de­tail, while dou­blestitched, per­fo­rated leather­ap­pointed front seats of­fer 12way ad­just­ment for the driver.

The test ve­hi­cle’s Sen­sory Pack has an ex­tend­able seat­cush­ion for un­der-thigh sup­port, bol­ster ad­just­ment and four-way lum­bar-sup­port ad­justa­bil­ity.

The stylish cen­tre con­sole fea­tures a square clock that is syn­chro­nised via satel­lite.

An im­pres­sive 9.2-inch wide­view touch­screen is cen­trally lo­cated on the dash.

It of­fers ac­cess to satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion in­cor­po­rat­ing Here maps, Suna live traf­fic up­dates, and a com­pre­hen­sive Point of In­ter­est data­base.

Also in­cluded is Here MapCare, where up to three years of free map­ping up­dates are pro­vided when the ve­hi­cle is ser­viced at a par­tic­i­pat­ing Hyundai dealer.

The touch­screen also acts as a dis­play for the Ge­n­e­sis around-view mon­i­tor, pro­vid­ing a 360-de­gree bird’s-eye view of the ve­hi­cle.

In amaz­ing at­ten­tion to de­tail, the Grammy Lex­i­con sound sys­tem uses 17 speak­ers and uses an al­go­rithm pro­grammed to the car’s in­te­rior con­tours and trim ma­te­ri­als.

Ge­n­e­sis sedans are pow­ered by Hyundai’s 3.8-litre V6 en­gine, driv­ing the rear wheels through an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The mo­tor pro­duces 232kW max­i­mum power at 6000rpm and 397Nm max­i­mum torque at 5000 rpm, with 90 per cent of the lat­ter avail­able be­tween 2000 and 6000rpm.

The Lambda II uses ga­so­line di­rect in­jec­tion, tri­an­gu­lar pat­tern fuel in­jec­tors, dual con­tin­u­ously vari­able valve tim­ing and all-alu­minium block and heads, steel tim­ing chain and irid­ium-tipped spark plugs.

Hyundai Ge­n­e­sis was awarded the high­est ANCAP score achieved in lo­cal crash test­ing. Pas­sive safety equip­ment in­cludes nine airbags, pre-ten­sioner seat­belts and anti-whiplash head re­straints.

Ac­tive safety fea­tures are smart cruise con­trol, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, blind-spot de­tec­tion, lane change as­sist, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, rear cross traf­fic alert and smart high beam.

There has been great at­ten­tion given to in-cabin noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness sup­pres­sion with ex­ten­sive use of sound-dead­en­ing mea­sures.

On the other hand, Hyundai engi­neers worked to en­hance agree­able sounds.

Un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion, for ex­am­ple, dy­namic en­gine sound im­prove­ments were achieved through in­take and ex­haust sys­tem tun­ing. No ar­ti­fi­cial sound gen­er­a­tion tech­niques are used.

The 3.8-litre high-tech V6 en­gine has im­pres­sive per­for­mance off the mark — zero to 100km/h ac­cel­er­a­tion is a claimed 6.5 sec­onds.

Com­bined fuel con­sump­tion is listed as 11.2 litres per 100km. How­ever, the V6 mo­tor gulped 14 to 16 litres per 100km in the city. That was bal­anced by seven to nine litres on the open road.

Ex­clu­sive to the Ge­n­e­sis, the Hyundai-de­vel­oped eight­speed au­to­matic has beau­ti­fully smooth gear shifts.

The switch to Shiftronic man­ual with steer­ing wheel­mounted pad­dles pro­vided a cer­tain de­gree of sat­is­fac­tion when not shack­led by lo­cal driv­ing re­stric­tions.

Asked to de­scribe the typ­i­cal Ge­n­e­sis buyer, a Hyundai ex­ec­u­tive told me about a Mercedes Benz high-end S-Class owner who wanted a car for ev­ery­day use was per­fectly happy with the Ge­n­e­sis he bought.

The ques­tion is not how the car can match the best in the busi­ness, but how it can be done for a frac­tion of the price.

At 4990mm, the Ge­n­e­sis is 91mm longer than a BMW 5 Se­ries and 43mm longer than a Holden Com­modore.

The Ge­n­e­sis has a sweep­ing line along its flanks.

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