The Hyundai Genesis, true to its name, is a bold new step for Hyundai, showing the world how the manufacturer can compete in the luxury four-door sedan market at a game-changing price tag. The 2016 Hyundai Genesis gets HID headlights and LED running lights across the board as standard, and the optional safety features have been expanded. The Genesis 5.0 is now even more exclusive, as it only comes in the Ultimate trim.

Trim Levels

2016 Hyundai Genesis Wheel

2016 Hyundai Genesis Wheel

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis is available with a 3.8L V6 engine (starting at $38,750) or the all-powerful 5.0L V8 engine (starting at $53,850). There is an all-wheel drive option available for the V6 whereas the V8 is rear-wheel drive only.

There are tons of amazing standard features on the 3.8L Genesis. On the exterior of the vehicle, standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic HID headlights, LED daytime lights, heated mirrors and automatic wipers.

Moving inside, the Genesis employs dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a hands-free smart trunk, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

In terms of entertainment and organized displays, the Genesis does not disappoint. An 8-inch touchscreen interface displays everything you need including a rear view camera, a navigation system, Bluetooth capabilities, a seven-speaker audio system, CD player, auxiliary jack, a USB interface, HD satellite radio, and Hyundai’s Blue Link emergency telematics system. Again, we should remind you that all of these features are standard on the base model.

Packages and upgrades exist as well for those who love the extra bells and whistles. These packages are named Tech, Signature and Ultimate.

V6 – Signature Package

The Signature Package includes LED fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming external mirrors, alert systems for blind spot monitoring, parking guides, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver memory, ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade, manual window shade and a Lexicon premium 14-speaker audio system.

V6 – Tech Package

If you require the latest advances in technical and safety gear, the Tech Package has everything you need including adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and a lane departure system with lane-keeping assistance that monitors your specific position in traffic. Additionally, an automatic braking system can assist in preventing damage by applying the brakes automatically after sensing an impending accident. Additionally, the Tech package comes with premium leather upholstery, driver seat adjustments and a 7-inch gauge cluster display.

V6 – Ultimate Package

Finally, the Ultimate Package (which requires the other packages) includes a power trunk lid, an upgraded navigation and larger display, fresh interior designs like matte-finish wood and aluminum trim, a carbon-dioxide sensor for climate control, and an upgraded 17-speaker Lexicon audio system.

All-wheel drive can be added to any 3.8L Genesis. The package also comes with its own headlight washers and heated rear seats and steering wheel.

Genesis 5.0 Ultimate

The Genesis 5.0 is its own beast that contains the Signature and Technology packages as well as illuminated doorsill plates, 19-inch wheels, matte wood and aluminum trim and a suspension that is driver selectable.

Performance and Powertrain

2016 Hyundai Genesis Engine

2016 Hyundai Genesis Engine

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis has both V8 and V6 powertrains available to go with its rear-wheel drive. As a sport luxury car, the Hyundai Genesis challenges the best offerings from around the world. Performance is very good with well-behaved road manners and driving characteristics.

The standard 3.8-liter V6 available is rated at 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. This power is made on regular grade fuel and makes use of direct injection for good gas mileage. All of this power is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode and paddle shift to control the gear changes directly if desired.

The 5.0-liter V8 option is also direct injected and it puts out 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The V8 makes use of the same eight-speed transmission as the V6.

No matter which engine is chosen, a four-mode driver-selectable system tailors shift quality, throttle response and stability control. Drivers can choose from eco, normal, sport and snow modes.

In 2015, the Hyundai Genesis added an all-wheel drive system option that can split torque between the front and rear as need arises, while adding only 165 pounds to the vehicles weight.

The all-wheel drive system required the Genesis’s body to be redesigned which in turn made the chassis stiffer overall. This stiffer chassis has made for better handling.

Overall, the 2016 Hyundai Genesis is an exceptional vehicle and an outstanding performer. No matter the engine choice, V6 or V8, the Genesis is sure to perform.

Exterior

2016 Hyundai Genesis Exterior

2016 Hyundai Genesis Exterior

The first generation of the Genesis was well received, with its anodyne body and a hint of South Korean style. The new Genesis is a significant upgrade, with a new roofline and a grille that work together with astonishing results.

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Hyundai took the six-sided grille popular in the Hyundai lineup, and cut it to look more ornate. On the Genesis, it makes for a textured and dramatic look. From the front, one can say the Genesis has a bit of an Audi look. Stepping to the side changes everything. The sides show off the Genesis’ unique hood sculpting and sleek swept back lamps.

The overhangs on the Genesis are shorter and help it to look great up close from all angles. From the back, the look is elegant, and we can say a hint of BMW has crept into the Genesis rear design. It looks great on the new Genesis, which is leaps and bounds ahead of its first generation.

Interior

If you’re looking for a luxury vehicle to step into, from top to bottom the Genesis is it. Most adults will find getting in and out of the vehicle much easier than most vehicles – and that’s an important aspect. You’ll instantly appreciate the heated seats and front seats that are power-adjustable in 12 directions.

The controls are a new look for the Genesis. There are less buttons and a much less cluttered look. All the buttons are placed strategically. A rotary button acts as an alternate controller to navigate through touch screen menus. The buttons for the climate and audio controls are nicely placed near the central point of the controls – an ornate timepiece. The navigation system rests higher up in the middle, perfectly placed.

The materials used in the Hyundai Genesis are all high end. This is a luxury vehicle to a tee that will not let you down.

The new version of the Genesis is even quieter than the previous version. You will not be bothered by road or wind noise. Hyundai have done many things to reduce noise levels. For example, they added additional insulation around the rear differential, improved the cowl sealing, thickened the doors and used a low-noise fuel pump. Thanks to all of these little touches, you can enjoy a nice quite ride and can talk to passengers without having to strain to hear.

Safety

2016 Hyundai Genesis Safety

2016 Hyundai Genesis Safety

In recent years, accident-avoidance technology has been the highlight for new Hyundais. At the forefront of this technology sits Hyundai and its prized Hyundai Genesis. The Genesis sedan has earned a top five-star rating for front, side and rollover safety. The only four-star rating was earned on a sub-category demonstrating driver safety on a 38.5-mph side barrier test.

Not only is the Genesis recognized by the federal government’s NCAP testing, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also awarded the car a “good” on all tests. Earning “good” on all measures is very difficult for most rear-wheel-drive sedans to achieve. One test in particular, the small-overlap frontal category is notoriously difficult for vehicles like the Genesis to score well on. The Genesis is clearly superior in safety when compared with its competitors.

Safety features on the Genesis include nine standard air bags, high beam assist, a rearview camera and both front and rear parking assistance. Also available on the Genesis are Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, a Lane Departure Warning System and Lane Keep Assist. These safety features not only offer increased control of your blind spot, but also will monitor your current position in traffic. Even more impressive, the Lane Keep Assist can make minor steering corrections in case you begin to drift. Most of these features alert the driver with a small vibration signal called haptic feedback. If one feels uneasy using the system, it can be completely shut off.

A Sensory Surround Safety System is available on the fully optioned Genesis. This system contains an Automatic Emergency Braking System that employs radar sensors that can perform full braking when traveling between 5-50 mph and can perform partial braking when traveling 50-112 mph. This system activates to help prevent or warn of an impending collision.

The Smart Cruise Control System possesses four distance settings and can immediately cease the engine and restart it depending on the flow of traffic.

These features combine for a car with both excellent standard and optional safety features. The Hyundai Genesis is the model of a luxurious, accident-preventative automobile.

Summary

With the Genesis, Hyundai have got everything right, and the car is now leading the field of luxury four-door sedans. The 2015 update was fantastic, and in 2016 the Genesis only gets better with its HID and daytime running lights as standard. A luxury car with great powertrains and class-leading safety features, the Genesis deserves your test drive.