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2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe was new.


Performance: 7.2

Automotive journalists agree that the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has powerful engines, sharp handling and a taut, but generally smooth, ride. However, some reviewers point out that some rivals offer a more engaging driving experience.

  • "We're quite pleased with the way the Genesis Coupe drives, and the engines are finally a good match for the car's dynamic capabilities." -- AutoTrader
  • "Both the turbocharged 4-cylinder and the V6 engines are terrific, but the Genesis Coupe lacks the refined man-machine interface and nuanced feedback that separates mere performance cars from true driver's cars." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As expected from Hyundai, features are plentiful for the price, including a welcome rev-matching feature this year for automatic-transmission models. Less expected is the Genesis Coupe's handling prowess, which has established Hyundai as a legitimate performance-car player." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 274 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. A 3.8-liter V6 engine is available, and it makes 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The turbocharged four-cylinder Genesis Coupe comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a six-speed manual is available. The V6 model comes standard with the six-speed manual, and the eight-speed automatic is optional. According to the EPA, the base 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe gets 17/27 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission, while the V6 model gets 16/25. Both estimates are low for the class.

Reviewers say the 2014 Genesis Coupe’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine feels so powerful that most buyers won’t feel the need to step up to the V6. However, they still agree that the V6 is a great engine that delivers powerful acceleration at any speed. According to Hyundai, various improvements were made to the Genesis Coupe’s transmissions for 2014. The manual transmission received new synchronizers to improve shifting performance, and the automatic received downshift rev matching for smoother downshifts.

  • "Under the hood, the 2.0T is impressively refined, but it also delivers a big-time wallop of low-end torque, and it sounds pretty fruity, too. Accordingly, it's hard to make the argument for upgrading to the 3.8-liter V6." -- AutoTrader
  • "Get on the gas and the 2.0T's turbocharged four-cylinder serves up more than enough power for most drivers." -- Edmunds
  • "At idle, the Genesis's V-6 remains smooth and steady, and revs climb willingly with a blip of the throttle. Although its peak torque doesn't arrive until 5300 rpm, the engine is strong from 2000 rpm in almost any gear." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "The [V6] engine builds power in a beautiful, linear swell, and while the majority of power and torque is at the top end of the rev band, we found it easy to wring serious speed out of the engine quickly." -- Autoblog (2013)

Handling and Braking

Some test drivers say the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has nimble, composed handling that reminds them of more expensive luxury coupes, though others write that the Genesis Coupe lacks the sharp handling of rivals like the Scion FR-S. While a few reviewers wish the Genesis Coupe’s steering system provided better feedback, several write that it is quite responsive. Most critics think the Genesis Coupe has a firm, but generally smooth, ride, and say its available Brembo brakes are very powerful.

  • "On the road, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe continues to be one of the better-balanced cars in this segment. Although the steering lacks feel, we can't argue with its sharp responses, and there's a poised playfulness here that's reminiscent of pricier luxury-brand coupes." -- Edmunds
  • "On the road, the Genesis Coupe isn't a small car, but clever suspension tuning makes it feel compact and nimble. Body roll is minimal, and steering response is very good. The ride is reasonably compliant, too, at least by performance-coupe standards, though road noise can be intrusive." -- AutoTrader
  • "The lightweight (well under 3000 lb), minimalist, low-powered BRZ and FR-S have the finely nuanced manners of true sports cars, while the Genesis coupe, for all its charms, simply doesn't." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "Communication between car and driver gets high marks for clarity, and the big Brembo brakes will cover for a lot of mistakes." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

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