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2014 Hyundai Equus Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Hyundai Equus was new.


Interior: 7.8

According to reviewers, the 2014 Hyundai Equus’ cabin has a simple appearance and high-quality materials. Critics note that although the Equus’ interior materials are appropriate for its price, its leather and wood trim lack the panache and top-shelf feel of the materials found in rivals. Test drivers are pleased with the straightforward controls for the audio and navigation systems, as well as the limo-like accommodations of the rear seats.

  • "… the quality, details and materials in the Equus just are not the same as you would find in a BMW, Lexus, Audi or Mercedes-Benz. When you're in an S-class, the leather feels straight from a cow and the wood looks like it was hand cut. The Equus is nice, but you don't get that same attention to detail as you would in the other luxury brands." -- AutoWeek
  • "The leather, wood trim and plastics in the 2014 Hyundai Equus are all of acceptable quality for a car in this price range, but they're not in the same league as the materials used in costlier competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "In addition to what seems to be a higher grade of leather than we remember from the Equus' first year, the interior features a more elegant, simplified look across the newly configured dashboard." -- Left Lane News


The Equus seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, heated, cooled and power-adjustable front seats and heated and reclining rear seats. The Ultimate trim also includes cooled rear seats. According to automotive journalists, the Equus’ cabin is a comfortable place to pass the miles. Some critics say the front seats aren’t especially supportive, but add that those who like soft seats will be pleased. Most agree that the back seats are the best in the house, noting that the ample legroom and control of media and navigation functions make the rear quarters a very welcoming place to be.

  • "The real experience for the Equus is being a passenger. Get into the back seat and you feel like you're a government diplomat. You're greeted by seats that recline, move forward and give you ample leg room. Optional dual monitors behind the driver and passenger seat display movies, media and the navigation screen while the rear console can control just about everything in the car from the radio to the seat in front of you." -- AutoWeek
  • "The front seats could stand more support, but if you prefer softer, cushier seats, you probably won't mind them. The ventilation feature for the front seats actually provides chilled air, which is a total treat in muggy weather." -- Edmunds
  • "There's also loads of room back there, as you'd expect in a car that's nearly 17-feet long (203.1 inches), with a wheelbase right at 10 feet (119.9 inches)." -- Autoblog

Interior Features 

Standard features on the Equus include a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 17-speaker Lexicon stereo system, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio and lane departure warning. Available features include a multi-view camera system, a head-up display and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Reviewers write that the Equus’ navigation and stereo systems are straightforward and simple to use, with a central control knob for most adjustments. They add that the standard stereo system delivers fantastic sound quality, and they like the look the dash panel's graphics display.

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  • "The dash cluster graphics are neat though, and the infotainment system is intuitive and easy to read and use. The Lexicon sound system in the Equus is excellent. Turn the bass up loud enough and you can nearly shatter the windows. In terms of features, the Hyundai has just about has every option you would expect to find in this class, with most of them being standard depending which trim you buy." -- AutoWeek
  • "Both versions of the Equus come with a 9.2-inch display for the navigation system. It's pretty easy to use, too, as most infotainment functionality is controlled via a rotary knob on the center console." -- Edmunds
  • "The all-digital instrument cluster, which changes its background color based on the selected drive mode, is nice to look at, too. In short: There's a lot less Hyundai and a lot more Equus in the new car's interior treatment." -- Autoblog


The Equus has 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the class. Test drivers are impressed with the size of the Equus’ trunk, saying it fits large, cumbersome items with ease.

  • "As for trunk space, it measures an impressive 16.7 cu ft." -- AutoTrader
  • "I was able to fit a very large, square box - I bought a new garden hose reel - with no problems. It's just the sort of bulky item most trunks aren't able to handle." -- Cars.com (2013) 

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