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Let’s get straight to the point and bypass all the small talk since you don’t like to read. I’ve had a Hyundai Genesis for a few months now and I can give a pretty good report on how things compare to other luxury sedans I’ve owned in the past (and currently still do). I’ve never driven a Genesis Coupe so this will be all about the “luxury” Genesis – the sedan.

The car feels very solid on the road and it’s pretty much as quiet as anyone but the pickiest person will want or need. If you’re one of those people who’s more worried about what your smartphone’s decibel meter says over your own ears – you’ll probably find something to complain about here. You don’t count.

I’m driving a V6 and I’m getting about 25 miles per gallon on average. The car takes off very smoothly and accelerates the same way. It has plenty of power around town and “passing gear” is entirely sufficient. The car is fast enough unless you want to race. I don’t necessarily mean race at a drag strip — if you want to beat a V8 Mustang or Camaro or whatever – for whatever the reason – you’re going to need the V8 Genesis Sedan. Otherwise you’ll be perfectly fine and satisfied with the V6. Over several months I haven’t once had a reason to “floor it” yet. I imagine one day I might but until then I’m appreciating the better gas mileage over the V8. It’s just TOO rare an occasion that I’ll need more power for this to be a concern of mine. If I bought the V8 I’d be visiting the gas station more often than I want to be and for what? So far – nothing…

I don’t have EVERY feature in my Genesis Sedan so I can only complain about one that I have. Blind Spot Detection is really annoying. I’m not sure if it can be adjusted or not (I know it can be turned off) but it’s too sensitive. If I’m passing a car that’s going too slow on my left or right and want to get into that person’s lane in front of him/her – the blind spot detection ‘detects’ the car being there for too long when it’s no longer close enough to be a concern. The beep is loud and annoying. Again, I may be able to adjust things like the sound – I’m not sure. I haven’t looked into it yet.

For awhile there I found myself having to close my doors twice to get them fully closed before walking away from the Genesis. Both the driver’s side front door and passenger’s side front door. They close with a nice “thump” – but on several occasions I’ve had to re-open and close the doors. Yes, I AM used to cars with doors that basically pull themselves shut once the door is even slightly closed but I don’t have this issue with other luxury cars that don’t have that feature. I eventually got used to it and now push the doors closed with a little more ‘authority’ – but I shouldn’t have to do that. NOW I need to get used to pulling the doors shut hard enough while I’m in the car – because I find myself re-opening and closing the driver’s side door from the inside as well. I’ve seen a passenger do the same on several occasions…

The center armrest. What the hell?! It’s basically a piece of hard plastic with a thin piece of, I guess, leather over it. It’s fine for short trips but if I’m taking a 90 minute drive – my elbow hurts. This is supposed to be a luxury car. This is the most annoying part of my Genesis ownership experience. I’ve never had a car with such an uncomfortable center arm rest. But I guess it beats the one in my Cadillac DeVille DTS that squeaked so badly I sold the car. That was embarrassing. Everybody had something to say about it – and I didn’t blame them. But at least I didn’t have to hold my arm up in the air. I don’t know – which is worse? Close call…

I find myself constantly adjusting the temperature. This is something I never need to do in other cars with an automatic climate control system. It’s really not a big deal but – like rain-sensing windshield wipers – you just expect these “set it and forget it” features to work. That being said, the rain-sensing wipers work well…

The turn signals aren’t sensitive enough. It’s the “push for three blinks” feature that bothers me here. On several occasions the blinker didn’t activate on demand and I had to become accustomed to pressing harder. Now, sometimes, the signal stalk clicks too far and the signal just stays on until I turn it off. There’s a sensitivity issue here that needs to be addressed…

Some of these complaints probably sound ridiculous – but they’re not. Not to luxury car buyers. These features are done right in other luxury cars and Hyundai needs to focus on things like this to “get it perfect”.

Now don’t get me wrong… These little issues aren’t that big of a deal (besides the arm rest) and for the price – I think this is probably the best luxury car you can buy. I really like the exterior, I really like the interior – which lights up nicely at night. The car is comfortable for the driver and it’s passengers – who love the panoramic sun/moonroof. It can be had with a powerful V8 and lots of technology if that’s what you’re looking for. It handles well and still drives quietly and smoothly over rough surfaces. It’s a great car and I would recommend it to a friend or family member without hesitation. But, as mentioned, there are a few things you’d need to get used to if you’re used to driving a car made by a company that gets everything perfect…

edit/addition: I forgot to mention that the sun visor is too big. When I move the sun visor to my side (driver’s side) door window – it covers too much of my view – even if I position it as high as it can go. I’ve never had this issue in any other car before…

Is The Hyundai Genesis Sedan REALLY a luxury car?

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