The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe offers a nice amount of get-up-and-go for not a whole lot of dough, but it’s also no AMG Black series, either.
You will certainly note the stylish design of the new 2015 Genesis Coupe that’s being showcased at Hyundai dealerships. It’s got a lot of oomph for pushing out up to 348-horsepower with manual and shifttronic options that put drivers in full control. But don’t expect to be sitting in the cockpit of a Dodge Viper, nor should you expect that you’ll easily outdo everyone else on the road, or you are just bemusing yourself.
Offered in several different trim levels, from a barebones 2,0T model to a robust 3.8 Grand Touring trim, the Genesis is nicely stacked if you step up to the upper trim levels. Barebones buyers should beware: you’ll get a teenier engine with far less output and minimal features in the barebones trim, so pony up to upgrade; the features are well worth it.
In upper trim levels, you’ll get some sweet add-ons that include the likes of premium alloy wheels (18”), automated (and convenient) headlamps, two-zone climate control, Bluetooth/iPod/USB hookups for all your gadgets, an ample touchscreen with a 7” screen and optional GPS, sport tuning, a limited-slip rear differential that helps you take curves and prevent skids, rear parking sensors, Infinity sound system, optional leather upholstery and a whole lot more.
The hard tuned suspension will take turns great but will sometimes hurt going over anything that resembles a bump. The base model gets you a beefy 2.0-liter Inline four-cylinder engine that turns over 274 horses. But speedsters will want to upgrade to the 3.8-liter V6 that doles out 348 hp.
It’s tough to top the five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that comes standard. And with the new smartphone app, you can press a button on your phone to fire up your ride.
Being that this is the second Genesis that I’ve owned, it made sense to share some of my experience with you all. It’s not a car without its caveats, though. Cons include: cheaper leather upholstery, over-active limited slip, subwoofers that sound like they are possessed when the bass is too loud, and interior components on the center stack that are very easy to scratch.
But, for under $35k, what you get is pretty damn sweet.