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Loving it so far.
Other cars considered (new):
Lexus GS 350
Lexus ES 350
Other cars considered (used)
2011 Lexus LS 460 AWD
2013 Hyundai Equus
2013 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R Spec.
Bullet points on early impressions:
* Exterior styling – wholly subjective but I think this ranks as one of the better looking BIG sedans on the road, period.(for size reference it roughly splits the size difference between a 5 and 7 series).
* Interior styling / quality – remarkably close to Lexus level. You'd be down to picking nits on a few isolated examples of switchgear but the overall impression is one of actual parity. And I give the Genesis MAJOR props for the use of open pore wood which I vastly prefer to the multiple layers of glossy clear coat polyurethane. That look works in older luxury rides but seems out of step in a contemporary vehicle. The brown Ash wood in my car is really a study in the beauty of natural grain. And the combination of touchscreen with redundant buttons is far easier to use than the Lexus mouse, or frankly, any non touch screen interface. Exceptionally comfortable seating front and rear, with the latter providing notable spacious accomodations.
* Powertrain. The V6 is strong, smooth and emits a nice aggressive growl in the last 2000 rpm before redline. Real engine sounds – not a synthetic soundtrack piped through the speakers. And when driven sedately - or while cruising on the highway - it is impressively quiet. The transmission does what you expect of a good auto – it gets to the right gear promptly and smoothly and basically doesn't call attention to itself by responding in any way OTHER than expected.
* Ride / handling. Not a sports sedan but very capable in the handling department for such a large sedan. Certainly closer to the Lexus GS than the LS in this department, and the GS can really dance. When not clinging to curves, the ride is – counter-intuitively – closer to the LS than the GS. The GS never quite gets to that serene glide of its big brother – or even really close, truth be told. The extra long wheelbase of the Genesis certainly helps here. In fact, a lot of ways the Genesis splits the difference between the two in space, comfort and handling.
* Highway fuel economy is better than I expected to this point - ranging from 7.5 to 8.3 l / 100km. But if you hammer it around town it will do what you expect of a big heavy awd sedan with a large naturally aspirated V6 and chug gas.
* No fold down rear seat. Though this was a common issue with almost all the cars I considered. Going to need a bike rack. Hate bike racks.
* Bug splatter on the front bumper of a white car looks nightmarishly horrid.
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@RogerP - Each iteration of the Genesis keeps getting better. Looks great!
Saw a Ferrari F430 today and remembered how amazing the 430 Scuderia coupe looks. I am not a fan of the 16M version but the coupe just got everything right. I remember when the owner got this one and drove the snot out of it. I also think the Scud looks best in non-red but not that clown car yellow/red one
Photo by ItzKirb...his photos are superb.