DOES GE­N­E­SIS MARK THE END?

HYUNDAI GAM­BLES ON BIG V6

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway - Chris Ri­ley

IN the last cou­ple of years, Hyundai has hardly put a foot wrong.

They keep punch­ing out cars, each one bet­ter than be­fore and some sought now for their style as much as for value for money.

That is un­til, per­haps, now be­cause a ques­tion mark hangs over the wis­dom of bring­ing a big car into the coun­try with a big petrol V6 when the big car is in its twi­light years.

Then there's the ques­tion of price.

Prices for rear-wheel drive Ge­n­e­sis start from $60,000, bad enough in it­self but it's gets worse, with the mid-range Sen­sory model priced from $71,000 and top-ofthe-line Ul­ti­mate a whop­ping $82,000; all of th­ese fig­ures be­fore on-road costs.

It doesn't mat­ter how good the car is, the fact of the mat­ter is that no one is go­ing to fork out this kind of money for a Hyundai; not when you could get a Lexus or even an en­try level E-Class for the same money.

The front of the car car­ries a unique winged Ge­n­e­sis badge, but the back wears the Hyundai name.

Over­seas the car is badged front and rear as a Ge­n­e­sis and in hind­sight, Hyundai might have been bet­ter served by adopt­ing the same strat­egy here.

It's worked for Toy­ota and Nis­san.

In a nice touch, at night the pud­dle lights project an im­age of the Ge­n­e­sis badge on the ground be­side the car; a bit like Bat­man and the bat sig­nal.

There are smaller V6s as well as V8 avail­able in other mar­kets, but no diesel.

At this stage we get just the one 3.8-litre V6 with di­rect in­jec­tion that pro­duces 232kW of power and 397Nm of torque.

It is paired with an 8-speed au­to­matic, to­gether with pad­dles shifters and Shiftronic man­ual shift mode.

The Lambda II en­gine em­ploys Gaso­line Di­rect In­jec­tion (GDi), tri­an­gu­lar-pat­tern fuel in­jec­tors, Dual Con­tin­u­ously Vari­able Valve Tim­ing (D-CVVT), three-stage vari­able in­duc­tion, all-alu­minium block and heads, steel tim­ing chain and irid­ium-tipped spark plugs.

Per­for­mance is on the sharp side with the dash from 0100km/h tak­ing a rapid-fire 6.5 sec­onds.

Fuel con­sump­tion, per­haps the big­gest deal breaker af­ter the price, is a claimed 11.2 litres/100km.

We were get­ting litres/100km af­ter 400km.

Ge­n­e­sis has re­ceived a max­i­mum five-star safety rat­ing.

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In fact, with an over­all score of 36.88 points out of a pos­si­ble 37, it is best re­sult ever achieved in Ancap's 21-year his­tory.

The drive is im­pres­sive to say the least.

At 4.99 me­tres, it's 43mm longer than a Com­modore and has a 1mm longer wheel­base than a Holden Caprice.

The sporty lines are pure Audi with its long bon­net and short haunches.

Maybe its the winged badge, but the plung­ing bon­net and up­right ra­di­a­tor grille sug­gest As­ton Martin while the view from the rear is pure Hyundai.

It's big, quiet and classy and uses less fuel than we an­tic­i­pated.

Our test ve­hi­cle was the val­ueadded, mid-range Sen­sory model.

We are frankly sur­prised to see such high-end fea­tures as Heads Up Dis­play and au­to­matic cruise con­trol fit­ted.

The new Heads-Up Dis­play (HUD) projects an im­age of the car's speed and other info on to the lower part of the wind­screen and is vis­i­ble even with po­larised sun­glasses, un­like many Euro­pean sys­tems.

In­for­ma­tion such as cur­rent speed, Smart Cruise Con­trol (SCC) sta­tus, Blind-Spot De­tec­tion (BSD) and Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing Sys­tem (LDWS) data is pro­jected ahead of the driver.

The car ex­udes qual­ity with leather, cli­mate air, a dash that is dom­i­nated by a large 9.2 inch touch­screen and high end Lex­i­con 17-speaker au­dio sys­tem.

World-first CO2 sen­sor tech­nol­ogy pre­vents the oc­cu­pants from be­com­ing drowsy by ad­just­ing and bal­anc­ing the in­take of fresh and re­cir­cu­lated air.

Ver­dict: We like it but will buy­ers wear the price; that's the $64,000 ques­tion?

It's cer­tainly good enough but oth­ers have tried and failed be­fore, so Hyundai is tak­ing a huge gam­ble with this car.

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