In the 1980s and 90s, Hyundai built a reputation around vehicles that offered basic transportation at minimal expense. Over the past few years, the automaker has put forth a concerted effort to move the brand upmarket, and nowhere is this shift more evident than in the Hyundai Genisis sedan – a car which aims to go toe to toe with the Germans and, despite a much smaller price tag, is very successful at doing so.
Powering the Genesis is a 5.0-liter DOHC V8 which generates 420 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque and is hooked to an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends all the power to the rear wheels.
Standard equipment on the Genesis 5.0 includes a performance-tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, an 8-inch center stack display with navigation and rear view camera, panoramic sunroof, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and blind spot detection.
Even with optional extras like Ultimate Package found on our tester, which includes a heads-up display, premium navigation with a 9.2-inch center display, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, and adaptive suspension, the grand total as tested comes out to $55,700 including destination. So is the Genesis just an exceptional value or do you really get what you pay for in the luxury sedan segment? Let’s find out.
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