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2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe was new.


Performance: 7.5

Some reviewers think the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a fun car to drive, though others say it can't match the performance standards set by some competitors. The V6's smooth power delivers brisk acceleration and the optional automatic transmission shifts precisely. The base Genesis Coupe balances a comfortable ride and cornering ability while higher trims have more athletic handling, though at the expense of ride comfort.

  • "… if you take the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe out on a curvy road, we know you'll be come back with a big grin." -- Edmunds
  • "The V6 engine is strong and willing, but Hyundai's sleek coupe for 2015 lacks the finesse and precision that defines the best of the best, namely cars with neutral cornering and a human/machine interface that feels nearly symbiotic." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "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 (2014)

Acceleration and Power

A 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque powers the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard and an eight-speed automatic is available. Equipped with the manual transmission, the Genesis Coupe gets an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is below average for a V6-powered affordable sports car.

The Genesis Coupe's V6 delivers strong acceleration and smooth power. The automatic transmission offers more precise shifts and superior performance overall compared to the manual, which feels a bit vague.

  • "While the six-speed manual gearbox might seem to be the natural choice for a sport coupe, its long throws and somewhat imprecise feel left us cold. The optional eight-speed automatic transmission is the better option thanks to its standard paddle shifters, crisp upshifts and rewarding rev-matched downshifts." -- Edmunds
  • "Avoid the manual and go for the Ultimate trim with the 8-speed automatic. We think this choice delivers the best combination of performance, comfort and drivability." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The 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)
  • "At idle, the Genesis's V-6 remains smooth and steady, and revs climb willingly with a blip of the throttle." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Handling and Braking

The base 2016 Genesis Coupe strikes a good balance between cornering ability and ride comfort, but some competitors offer more athletic handling. Many reviewers add the steering provides good feedback, though others think the steering feels numb. Higher trims, which are equipped with upgraded suspension components and brakes, are more agile, though with a harsher ride and more noticeable noise.

  • "The base suspension delivers a good compromise between ride comfort and sporty prowess. True performance geeks will want to check out the R-Spec and Ultimate trims levels and their stiffer suspension tuning, but you'll need to put up with a teeth-rattling ride." -- Edmunds
  • "The suspension still feels a bit soft to us, and the steering feedback needs to be more precise and linear. Hyundai could take a lesson from Scion, Subaru and Mazda in this area." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "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 (2014)
  • "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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