2015 Hyundai Genesis: It Knows Its Main Job

2015 Hyundai Genesis 2015 Hyundai Genesis 1A primary duty of any luxury car is to make its driver look good. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis gets it. Heck, this guy even waves a greeting when you approach.

Actually, that wave is the power-folding outside mirrors, tucked against the doors when the car is at rest, automatically swinging out as the key-holder approaches. (Of course, that didn’t stop me from telling my 3- and 4-year-old granddaughters that the car likes me so much it waves every time it sees me. Alas, they looked dubious.)

But Genesis offers a whole lot more than sycophantic greetings. Available in V-6 and V-8 trim, we drove a top-of-the-line Ultimate Package V-8 and wanted for nothing but a chauffeur.

Actually, we didn’t want a chauffeur either. Genesis is a joy to drive.

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No surprise, I guess, since late in the car’s development, Genesis engineers got help from dynamics specialists at Lotus to fine-tune this all-new luxury sedan. The Brit sports-car experts calculated damper and spring rates, picked anti-roll bars and offered sage advice on engine and transmission mounts and power steering calibration.

The result is a generation-two Genesis that provides gratifyingly communicative handling without ever forgetting it’s a luxury car. Its demeanor inspires confidence while its ride and interior noise levels are on par with Lexus.

Genesis engines, with some fine tuning, are carried over: 311-hp V-6 or 420-hp V-8. Both are managed by an eight-speed automatic, also retained from gen-one but tweaked for duty here.

In the case of our V-8, power was delivered with smooth authority while the transmission’s ratio trades were seamless. Riding a notably stiffer chassis that’s happily married to a comfortably compliant suspension, Genesis feels every bit the luxury car it is.

In 250 miles of mostly, but not exclusively, highway driving, our V-8 returned 22 mpg.

Cabin room is fabulous, while amenities in our top-of-the-line model were enough to make a Silicon Valley millionaire blush. The short list includes power everything (including rear sunshade), intuitive and easy-to-use infotainment controls (including knobs for the radio, thank you), genuine wood and aluminum trim, creamy leather, navigation, Smart Cruise (capable of bringing the car to a complete stop) and every safety nanny imaginable, including front and rear park assist, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Alert.

Genesis is a no-excuses luxury car but, topping out absolutely loaded under 56 grand, priced like a bargain.

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Dan Wiese is a freelance automotive writer living in St. Louis. He also is a regular automotive contributor to Fox 2 KTVI-TV St. Louis. You can email him at drivingwithdan@gmail.com

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