When the Equus was introduced to the US, many wondered if Hyundai would be able to produce a car considered equivalent to the luxurious stateside mainstays like the BMW 7 or Mercedes-Benz S-Class series. Once the 2016 Hyundai Equus arrived however, it was clear than Hyundai could now be seriously stated in the same breath.

The outside sheet metal shows no pretention, and the Equus maintains this dignity with its cabin, where you are blanketed by soft-touch plastics, a wood and leather trim, and a synthetic suede trim that surrounds the body and headliner pillars. Impressive standard features that come with the Equus include a Lexicon media system with seventeen speakers, front seats that are both heated and ventilated, a power shade for the rear window and a navigation system. For those wanting more, an upgrade to the Ultimate trim adds parking cameras and an entertainment system for back seat riders.

Since 2014, the Equus has featured a new exterior and a touch-up to the interior, in addition to new safety and technology features. For example, the front bumper and grille now have a new clean appearance after removing the previous chrome bumper, and there are now LED fog lights. The rear bumper also sees improvement by jettisoning its old, awkward packing guards. The aluminum wheels, now nineteen inches, have a turbine-style design with ultra-thin spokes and a refined silver finish. One final improvement is seen in the taillight: by tweaking the internals, Hyundai allowed them to have an upscale, complex appearance.

The 2016 version of the Equus adds a hands-free trunk opener, rounding out the complete package.

Trim Levels

2016 Hyundai Equus

2016 Hyundai Equus

The Hyundai Equus for 2016 can be found in Signature trim or Ultimate trim. Either way you are getting a full sized luxury sedan that you will love.

The basic Signature model comes with a comprehensive list of features as standard, starting with alloy wheels of 19 inches, adjustable air suspension system, auto/adaptive bi-xenon headlamps and LED foglights, automatic wipers with de-icer, outer mirrors that power fold and automatically dim, sunroof, keyless entry and start, both front/rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.

The interior boasts three-zone climate control, separate controls for back seats, lots of leather on seating and trim, power front seats that are heated and ventilated and power adjustable (12 ways for the driver and 10 ways for the passenger), back seats that are heated and power recline, memory capacity for the driver, a steering wheel that is heated and that tilts and telescopes, power rear sunshade and a rearview mirror that automatically dims when needed.

In the electronics arena, you’ll find adaptive cruise control, a warning system for lane departures and blind spots, BlueLink and Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system with 7-inch info display for the driver and a 9.2-inch display in the center, traffic data in real time and a surround sound system with 17 speakers.

With the Ultimate trim package, the Equus gives you even more luxury, such as soft-close doors, a trunk lid that works hands free, a controller for the instrument panel mounted on the steering wheel, cameras that give a full surround view, more comfortable and adjustable rear seating and two rear screens for entertainment.

Exterior

The Hyundai Equus is a car that borrows from the style of many popular cars in the competition to create a subtle yet attractive mix of all of the elements that make the other cars great. This is a vehicle for those who prefer to be subtle, not bold. It has a wide grille, like a Mercedes, rear quarter panel stampings such as those found on a Cadillac or BMW, and the favorite headlamps cherished by Lexus LS owners.

2016 Hyundai Equus Exterior Side

2016 Hyundai Equus Exterior Side

Interior

The 2016 Hyundai Equus has been thoughtfully designed into a luxury sedan that offers top of the line quality and features that come standard on the vehicle. The interior of the Equus begins with a high-grade microfiber suede headline, and has quality leather seats in the choice of jet black or ivory color and walnut or birch wood grain accents throughout. Complementing the beautiful wood grain is tastefully placed brilliant silver trim that surrounds the vents, instrument panel, center console and the Hyundai logo in the center of the steering wheel.

The steering wheel is wrapped in leather, with tilt & telescopic controls and a memory function to save settings for each driver. It also has a wide variety of easy to access controls that can be used while driving. The bright 9.2-inch LCD screen in the center of the dash has a navigation system, backup camera and multimedia functions.

The Hyundai Driver Information System (DIS) consolidates automation controls into a knob found on the center console. The DIS serves to help control the sedan’s large number of automated features all from one location.

The front cabin is roomy and comparable in size to other luxury sedans in its class. The comfortable leather seats offer 12-way adjustable controls for the driver and 10-way adjustable controls for the passenger. In addition, the front seats can be cooled, heated and they offer a massage function.

The rear cabin offers more room than comparable vehicles in its class. The standard Equus offers a three-person bench. The Ultimate model has an option to add a console, which when folded down replaces the middle seat with a usable area for drinks and storage. Additional futuristic options available in the Ultimate include power rear sunscreen shades, and for the driver a heads-up display (HUD) that can be turned on and off at the driver’s discretion.

The 2016 Hyundai Equus is the sedan for anyone that appreciates the finer things in life. Its expansive cabin offers plush comfort and plenty of room to stretch out. The Equus’s top of the line features, coupled with the artistic way the wood, leather and trim combine together serve to create one of the top sedan choices for 2016.

Performance

2016 Hyundai Equus Dials

2016 Hyundai Equus Dials

The Equus boasts a smooth ride, yet a powerful performance at higher speeds. Much of this is down to the 429 horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Part of the secret is the efficacious Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) system, which places the fuel injectors directly inside of the combustion chambers, which allows for precise control of the amount of fuel added. This model has been rated at 23 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg in town. The combined rating is 18.

Another of the engine’s performance secrets is the 8-speed automatic transmission, which features a precise gear ratio and uses components that are designed to allow the transmission to act in sublime concord and efficiency with the Tau engine. This combination makes for smooth, gradual shifts, effortless gear changes, and an impressive 367 lb-ft. of torque. The burly V-8 engine also goes from zero to 60 mph in 6 seconds.

The electronically controlled air suspension is another big part of the Equus’ great performance. This advanced suspension system is part of the standard package, and helps to compensate for difficult road conditions and altered weight distribution due to the presence of cargo. Road noise is greatly reduced inside the cabin.

Last but not least, the rear-wheel drive of the Equus powertrain is advanced, and shifts the overall weight to a more even distribution between front and rear, adding further to balance and maneuverability. For high performance, easy handling and an effortlessly gentle ride, the 2016 Hyundai Equus is first out of the gate every time.

Safety

2016 Hyundai Equus Parking Assist

2016 Hyundai Equus Parking Assist

Safety in cars has always been a big concern, and the 2016 Hyundai Equus has safety equipment in abundance. In the crash tests undertaken to date for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Equus has performed well and gotten ‘good’ ratings all around.

The safety features of the Equus are extensive, and include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive seatbelts
  • Blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert
  • Child seat anchors
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning with automatic tightening of seatbelts
  • Pre-collision safety system

Summary

The Hyundai 2016 Equus luxury sedan has tons of high-end features that come as standard. The low list price below $60,000 is hard to believe for a vehicle with a warranty and service coverage that far exceeds industry standards and is packed full of luxury features. The Equus has an impressive V8 engine that holds its own against the more expensive Lexus LS. Standard on the Hyundai Equus is a long list of options, notably the super silent cabin, plush top of the line seating and room enough to stretch your legs after a long hard day. For once, luxury and value for money can be considered in the same breath, as the Equus offers the very best in amenities at a price tag significantly lower than its competitors. Consider a test drive of the Equus today – why compromise when you can have it all?