Exterior view of the 2017 Hyundai Genesis G90.
@Siliconeer #Siliconeer #LuxurySedan #2017HyundaiGenesis #2017GenesisG90 #Hyundai #GenesisG90 #Lifestyle @Hyundai @GenesisG90 – The 2017 Hyundai Genesis is top of the line for this manufacturer and the attention to detail is significant. There are a herd of horses under the hood, and luxurious appointments throughout, and the list of safety features has to be top-drawer, writes our automotive editor Sally Miller Wyatt.
Who among us would admit we judge a book by its cover? Or, when it comes to cars, that we make immediate assumptions based on the manufacturers’ logo on the front grille?
Here’s an interesting challenge: take the badging and logos off a Hyundai Genesis and see if there is any way you can tell this model apart from any of its competition in the high-end luxury niche. And then take it out on the road. You will be in for an unexpectedly pleasant surprise.
The 2017 Hyundai Genesis is top of the line for this manufacturer and the attention to detail is significant, from the 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels to the sloping roof, and all the leather seating and luxurious touches in between.
Several things immediately stood out for me as I had a chance to test drive both the 2017 Hyundai Genesis G90 3.3T Premium model recently. There are a herd of horses under the hood, and luxurious appointments throughout, and the list of safety features has to be top-drawer.
First, to the engine. The Genesis’ 3.8-liter engine, with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, is nothing short of butter smooth. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and offers swift and smooth acceleration.
You also have a choice of either rear wheel drive or all-wheel drive on this model.
Now to the safety technologies. I am impressed with Hyundai’s ability to pack all the latest and greatest into their cars. It’s called Sensory Surround Safety, and the package of technology not only focuses on keeping you the driver safe, but also other drivers around you. Automatic Emergency Braking utilizes sensors to help avoid potential collisions, or at least reduce the impact, by automatically braking when it detects another vehicle at an unsafe closing rate of speed. Smart Cruise Control can slow you down to zero in stop-and-go traffic, using a front grille-mounted sensor, keeping consistent spacing between you and vehicles ahead. Blind Spot Detection helps monitor traffic around the car and lets you know with visual and audio cues if you’re moving into other vehicles’ space. If you turn on your blinker when someone is in your blind spot, the steering wheel vibrates and a chime is sounded. Lane Change Assist helps when cars are approaching from the rear sides at high speeds, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert scans areas to each side of the car when drivers are backing out of parking spaces. Lane Departure Warning lets you know if you’re drifting. High Beam Assist automatically switches to low beams when it detects a car coming toward you.
And then there is a CO2 sensor control system, in the glove box. Hyundai researchers have found that occupants get drowsy when CO2 levels reach more than 2,000 parts per million, so the ventilation system helps ensure the cabin maintains a concentration well below that limit, by using freshly ventilated ambient air.
Finally, with eight sensors located around the vehicle, along with a rear view camera, you will get a clear view of every obstacle that may be around you as you back out of parking spaces or your driveway.
As for conveniences, the Hyundai Genesis has a host of them, including a trunk opening sensor that makes it easy for you when your arms are filled with packages. The Genesis Smart Trunk system notes when the smart key – in your pocket or purse – is close and if you hover near the trunk for just a few seconds, it automatically opens it. It also has an audible sound and flashes lights before the trunk opens.
And then there’s the concert quality sound system with 17 speakers. The luxurious leather interior with double stitching covering firm but accommodating seats. The genuine aluminum and matte-finish wood trim and subtle accent lighting along the dashboard, as well as “puddle lamps” that illuminate the Genesis logo on the sidewalk. Clever design.
On the road, if you’re not actively seeking out ways to punch the accelerator and watch everyone fade away in your rear view mirror, you’re also enjoying a smooth ride going about your daily drives about town. Your rear seat passengers will have all the head and leg room they need, and the trunk is generously sized.
The 2017 Hyundai Genesis is top of the line luxury, from the wheels to the roof, and the sticker price reflects that. But if you love feeling spoiled, this is one car that aims to please.