The upper stage: test drive Hyundai Genesis 3.8 4WD Luxury

That’s really what you can learn from the Koreans – is perseverance, orderliness and consistency in achieving these goals. Who would have believed fifty years ago that an unknown brand, started its activities with the lowly cars (chassis Ford Cortina, motor Mitsubishi) under an equally straightforward title «Pony» will become a global concern and takes fifth place world ranking automakers? But today with the same determination with which the brand struggled for position in the sector of mass cars, Koreans are engaged in the withdrawal of the brand into a high orbit. And an important step along the way has become a model Genesis.

D as well, and the only way possible today spacewalk, one by one complete its work and fall, burning in the atmosphere, the rocket stage. The latest comes in the so-called upper stage, but when the spacecraft will dial the desired height and speed, and he will go to his last trip to Earth.

H yundai Genesis too soon will be history by performing its task: not only to prepare the world for the emergence of a new luxury brand, but also giving it a catchy, popular and memorable name. And this new brand is already on the march, so that the successor to the hero of this test will be borne by winged shield with the inscription Genesis not only on the hood, but also on the trunk. Actually, most likely, Genesis G80, which should arrive in Russia next year, and will be slightly updated Hyundai Genesis, so that the upper stage in the group appeared to return.


Long way to the top

It must be said that the development of the premium segment brand Hyundai did not begin in the autumn of 2015, when it was officially announced the allocation of a separate sub-brand, which will be produced under the most luxurious cars of the concern. And not even in 1999, when the light came the first generation of Hyundai Equus (which, incidentally, has never exported and sold exclusively in the domestic market).

cost of
from 3.349 million rubles

The first attempt to master this niche Hyundai has become a model Dunasty, which in Russia already and no one remembers … It is not surprising. The whole world experience shows that the brand, which is used to perceive as a manufacturer of budgetary cars, there is little chance of success in the premium segment. Is that on the domestic market … With this in due time and faced Toyota, and Nissan, and Mitsubishi, and Volkswagen. Designers can break into a pancake, developing the car, according to all indicators surpassing the legislators of the genre, but the success he did not see, because the public simply will not accept it.

But Korean hands are not dropped, and in 1999 gave rise to Equus. The car was developed in conjunction with Mitubishi, so that he had a twin named Proudia. But if the Japanese brand after three years of production lifted sales model, the stubborn Koreans continued to improve his creation and dosovershenstvovali to the point that in 2010, the second generation model hit the top ten “most exciting cars in the world” according to Forbes.

And continue the attack on the premium segment of the business class: in th 2008 there was the first Hyundai Genesis. I must say that the car has been very well received in the US, where he was even named “Car of the Year.” But in other markets it is not so much a failure, but did not enjoy much success. It seems to be with him, but … Someone troubled association with cheaper models Hyundai lineup, someone did not have the attention to detail, someone did not like the abundance of silver plastic interior decoration. In general, the car has received its share of deserved praise ( “Well done, grow”) and a portion of at least deserved criticism.

But the Korean company reeled all the comments on the condition and continued to move in this direction, so that when in 2013 the world was presented the second generation of the Genesis, the tone of journalists was surprised and enthusiastic assessments. “Forget everything you know about Korean cars”, “The only thing that stops many from really bargain purchase – a stereotype,” “Now, Genesis gives a feeling of quality”, “Nobody expected such a leap from this Korean brand,” “Never would I did not think that the Korean manufacturer is able to show the world a similar car, aggressive, predatory and graceful … ”

Over time, these delights, of course, quieted down somewhat, but the fact remains: the Hyundai Genesis won its position in the automotive world, laid the foundations of corporate identity Genesis and proved that the Korean brand has matured to create a premium brand.

So today’s test Hyundai Genesis – is not just a story about the history of the outgoing model. It is, rather, an attempt to be seen in her business class features of tomorrow’s premium sedan native of Korea who will fight for the wallets of wealthy buyers from the Mercedes E-class, BMW 5 series, Audi A6, Jaguar XF and its competitors out of the camp Lexus and Infiniti.

Heritage Chapman

When Hyundai is preparing to introduce its own model of Genesis as the official recharge their line, many were convinced that it will be brought to the series concept HCD-14, which the company revealed in Detroit. But no news exterior was much calmer, much interior and does not have anything to do with “liquid metal” Christopher Chapman. The concept turned out to be just a concept, on which some of the design decisions that have become distinguishing features of Genesis have been tried.

Today, when Genesis became a separate brand, and in Russia with great fanfare was represented by its flagship G90, we can say with confidence that many of the findings of Chapman really formed the basis of the corporate style. But not all, because the consumer audience premium sedan category never differed special avant-garde.

However, the pair of headlights, the bonnet, wings and hexagonal radiator grille (with hexagon Genesis differs from hexagons other Hyundai models, and more like the located ground up trapeze) – this is what unites and concept, and the Hyundai Genesis, and Genesis G90 and latest the G80, which will replace the hero of the test.

Cargo capacity
493 l

And yet – the general proportions with a long hood and shortened the third volume of the luggage compartment, the roof line, gracefully curved edge extending along the entire length of the body and no less elegantly curved sides. In general, the concept of “flowing lines” is used, but the maximum given in line with European tastes. Such a car could easily draw in Munich and Ingolstadt, and Coventry … And yet it is worth noting that with his three-meter wheelbase and almost five-meter car body on formal criteria practically goes from segment to segment E F. In the parking lot can be clearly seen, how big, especially if you look at the lined up in a row on top of the machine, from the fifteenth floor.

What more striking? First of all, located in the center of the trim panel of the radio transparent plastic behind which hides an active cruise control radar. To this point we shall return … Well worth complain that the designers did not find another place for the license plate, except at the bottom of the grille, and the same way is a sign on the flagship G90. Alas – he just spoils the harmony. To see this, just look at the concept, which simply do not have a front license plate.

But such a concept liberty permissible, but the real cars without registration plates, alas, can not do. Perhaps designers still worth it “pokoldovat” with the shape of the front bumper? Perhaps, in this regard had to be guided not by Audi (Promotional photos of cars of this brand without a front license plate clearly look better than real photos, get the car registration), and, say, a Mercedes?

The policy of Bavaria

As for the interior estimates in the case of Hyundai Genesis is the beginning, since the release of the model on the market, is very strongly dependent on the level of snobbery author. Someone wrote that salon disappointed him, because all too brightly: ceiling – creamy, finish – brown, button – black, and of silver pieces is too much … Needless to say, that while the interiors of German cars in the same class with a cream ceiling , brown trim, black buttons and less silver plastic, most likely, the author does not seem any “colorful” or cheap?

I somehow closer to the point of view of those who immediately appreciated the quality of materials (including finishes natural rough veneer valuable species), and the quality of the panels fit and a certain ideological affinity with registration BMW saloons and analog clock, adding interior nobility . It is necessary to join the question – what do watch something nouneym without logos Genesis?

As for the media system management features, it is possible to argue about what is better: a universal controller or set of buttons that duplicate the functions of the touch screen. Both approaches have their pros and cons … The very same media system characterized by excellent performance and excellent graphics, well, to what to play music via Bluetooth it is imperative to double poke button on the console, and then also in the menu on the screen, you get used to very fast.

About Salon Genesis is written a lot of good, and my bell all – true. The theater, as you know, begins with a hanger, and the car – to the door. So, in a leather jack Genesis you come through nobly smacking door closers. Like and color TFT-LCD with a seven-inch diagonal, situated between the main analogue instruments and logical output management information on it, and he wheel – “tenacious” and a wide cross-section, and high quality materials. Well, then, that the upper part of the front panel is made of soft plastic and not in leather – and God bless him. She looks perfectly, and on some saving money.

Not caused any complaints and seats with heating and ventilation function and weight adjustments. However, there can be and popridiratsya: firstly, the lateral support me seemed insufficient, especially for a sedan with an application for a certain sportiness, and secondly when run in 17 thousand kilometers on the skin showing signs of stretch marks. And I did not like the scheme of access to the box-armrest with two doors opening to the side, and in this matter, it seems to me, should not have to cite any BMW, or the Mercedes, despite the credibility of these brands. For me, Audi and Jaguar as a source of design inspiration look no worse, and in terms of ergonomics – the best (or at least, with easy access positions in this same box).

On the back seat, too, all right: no crowding, lack of legroom, and the ceiling does not press. Even blind from the sun on the rear window there. Although, frankly, it seemed to me that the three-meter wheelbase can count on even more space. However, even three, not four-zone climate control, and a number of signs indicate clearly: Genesis is designed for the owner, who himself drives a car, and do not use the services of hired shoffeur a cap.

And finally, the main advantage of the interface “car driver” in the case of Genesis, I believe the presence of four-color projection display on the windshield. This kind of system I like, regardless of the brand manufacturer, and I am absolutely sure that in time they are significantly cheaper and will be included in the list of equipment even budget models. But all the benefits of this device you will understand when you press the start button, under the hood is almost inaudible rustles atmospheric “six” in volume of 3.8 liters, and the car will break loose.

It makes everything on the quieter opportunities

That’s really something that in the Hyundai Genesis is highly commendable, as it is soundproofed. The sound of the motor breaks in the cabin except when kickdown, and aerodynamic and road noise did not bother even at a speed of 120-130 kilometers per hour. Naturally, at a decent cover, but who’s going to drive on so indecent? And it fits perfectly into the overall concept of the vehicle, about which you already know from the first kilometers, yes, this thing is “sharpened” under no emotion, and a sense of comfort.

Here you seem to vigorously push on the gas, but the Genesis, as those boys in “Nautilus”, “doing everything possible quieter.” Because of this, even the impression that it takes your will with a certain laziness. Moreover, all this brings to the character of the car a certain level of deceit, because the rate it is not felt, and, as is now customary to write on forums, “from the word entirely.” It is very good that the speedometer digitally displayed on the projection screen and hang in front of your eyes, a silent reproach, otherwise every trip to Moscow and country roads have turned into a photo shoot with continuous bursts of notices on fines.

Chassis car also configured not to the emotions of the drive behind the wheel, and maximum comfort. Pendant – to the extent collected and dense, but at the same time is very energy-intensive, and the smooth passage through large obstacles Korean premium sedan can compete with expensive SUVs. Joints on the platforms of the third ring, “speed bumps”, rails, patches and potholes on the broken country roads – all of which he swallows as Korean noodles – Cooksey. But the feeling of “floating” over the irregularities or the feeling that you’re swinging on a spring sofa, either. At the same time, that the remarkable detail and the vehicle is not collected.

When the model is just entering the market for the first time and fell into the hands of journalists, in many tests it was noted that travel through the obstacles causing buildup and requires adjustment path. Apparently, the comments have been taken into account, and now I do not notice this.

Genesis amazingly stable on all types of coatings and straight and long, fast corners, but the load on the steering wheel to a large extent “artificial” and does not provide absolute feedback and a sense of merging with the car. This wheel short, only 2.5 turns from lock to lock, and all the machines of the reaction exclusively “right”, so right, that makes handling somewhat boring. This Genesis is somewhat reminiscent of the Audi. But I’m talking about situations where the LCAS band retention system is turned off. But what happens if you turn it on, I’ll tell you later …

Hyundai Genesis
Consumption per 100 km

Urban cycle lExtra Urban, lCombined cycle, l15.3 8.5 11

It is a pity that the test is not passed in the winter – I would like to evaluate the performance of all-wheel drive system HTRAC, because on dry pavement, it is almost invisible. However, in the “last kilometer” groomed dirt road leading to my country, there are a few places after the rain formed areas covered with a thin layer of slippery mud, and a couple of places falls on turns. So, in these places full drive load is quite correct, and the car passed them all with the same stability, without requiring rudder.

It is easier to hold on to the steering wheel, the driver

There were times when the level of the car was judged by the leather upholstery and trim the presence of a tree. Then – according to the availability of an automatic transmission, later – by the presence of electric windows and seats actuators, and then we began to measure ABS and ESP … Today, perhaps, the most fashionable trend in the automotive fashion can assume all sorts of electronic equipment of the vehicle driver assistants. That’s really what with what, and with this in Hyundai Genesis full order!

What is especially nice is the fact that almost all of these features include individual keys (although I did not understand the logic of why some buttons have LED, while others – not). However, Blind Spot Monitoring system, I have included both, so no longer turned off. Excellent work, and on the projection screen display is very clear. If you’re going safely on the strip, and to the left or to the right, a little to the rear of the machine you have yet to appear on the front glass of orange image machines. But if you turn the turn signal or starts to rebuild, the images are bright red and the buzzer sounds. Similar systems are today in many vehicles, but the display on the “direct view display” – the best, because it catches the eye.

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