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2010 Hyundai Genesis Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Hyundai Genesis was new.


Interior: 9.1

The interior of the 2010 Hyundai Genesis leans more toward Mercedes-style classic luxury than Infiniti-style contemporary design. Modern-looking touches like the aluminum trim so many automakers now emphasize aren’t available at all. Instead, the cabin of the Genesis is offered with walnut trim and expanses of leather. In fact, its leather-lined dashboard is unusual at this price point -- that’s a luxury usually reserved for cars that cost $50,000 or more. Reviewers are impressed with the grade of materials chosen and the workmanship put into assembling them. Still, some say the seats will be too soft for those used to a German ride.

  • "Overall interior ambiance compares well with cars costing far more." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside the cabin, the 2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 V8 is outfitted like a true luxury sedan. Spacious, richly appointed and fully decked out with a comprehensive list of convenience features, this Hyundai looks and feels very much like a top-line Lexus." -- Edmunds
  • "Nowhere are the Genesis's luxury intentions more clear than in the cockpit. From the driver's seat, customers are greeted with tight tolerances, chrome accents, and numerous soft-touch materials, including a leather-wrapped dash, a feature usually reserved for much more expensive vehicles." -- New Car Test Drive
  • The passenger cabin of the Genesis "is good enough to be judged against estab­lished luxury marques. High-gloss wood accents are plentiful, and every version ex­cept the base V-6-equipped car comes with a leather-wrapped dash. Standard items include keyless entry and ignition, heated seats, XM satellite radio, iPod and USB au­dio integration, and Bluetooth phone connectivity." -- Car and Driver
  • "Inside this 5-seater, the amount of space is remarkable, with more than abundant head and leg room both front and rear. Four folks who are 6 ft 4 in. can sit quite comfortably in the car, and all it takes is one look to see that Hyundai has considerably upped the luxury quotient with the Genesis." -- Road and Track
  • "Even at...very high-speeds, the time and money spent tuning out [Noise, Vibration and Harshness] was apparent-there was very little noise intrusion inside the cocoon-like cockpit of this quiet sedan." -- Popular Mechanics


Reviewers say the front seats of the 2010 Hyundai Genesis are comfortable, but in keeping with the car’s softer tuning, lack the firmness of the seats found in true sport sedans like the BMW 3-Series or Infiniti G37. The rear seats, reviewers say, offer enough space for adults to sit comfortably.

Hyundai offers a choice of two grades of leather upholstery. Auto writers say the standard leather matches what most rivals offer, but the optional upgrade to a softer, perforated leather wins high praise.

  • “Seats are well shaped and padded. Standard power adjustment and available power tilt and telescopic steering column make it easy to find a comfortable driving position.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "On an unseasonably warm April day, my fiance was jealous that her seat didn't have the cooling feature like mine." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The front seats are comfortable, but sit up higher than we'd prefer and they don't have all that many adjustments for a car with this level of luxury. Getting in and out is easy. The rear center passenger will also have to deal with the driveshaft hump as well as a seat hump, but four passengers should ride with ease." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The seats are as comfortable as they appear, although they lack the kind of firm, highly bolstered Germanic treatment a sport sedan enthusiast might enjoy." -- Edmunds
  • "Non-slip perforated leather seats are like easy chairs for the long haul...The rear seat holds three but the one in the middle has to straddle the drivetrain hump in the floor. Plus, headroom back there can be tight for 6 footers." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Inside, we found ourselves enveloped by the cushy perforated leather seats." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

Reviewers are impressed with the quality of the materials and electronics found inside the Genesis. Its navigation system, with voice-recognition capability, is particularly well-liked. For 2010, Hyundai has added touch-screen capability, standard on V8 models and optional on V6 editions, but no reviewers have yet tested the touch-screen system. Those who forgo the touch-screen will get a navigation system controlled through single dial, much like those found in BMW or Audi sedans. In the Genesis, however, other climate and entertainment functions are not controlled through the navigation system. Each has its own controls, an arrangement many reviewers prefer over sometimes-complex systems like BMW’s iDrive controller.

  • "The interior's quite plush, filled with NASA-level doodads like a hard disk-drive-based navigation system complete with voice recognition, gadgets like Bluetooth connectivity and doohickeys like a USB/iPod connector and the well-bred Lexicon Logic 7 audio system." -- Jalopnik
  • "Fit and finish and material quality are very good, both in the plastics and in the standard leather seating. Tradition dominates in the Genesis cabin, as there is no aluminum or aluminum-look trim." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Hyundai has taken pains to make sure the Genesis is as quiet as it is roomy-another page from the Lexus playbook."  -- Car and Driver
  • "The center console flows smoothly, almost spaceship-like, into the dash, beckoning us to touch the techy gadgetry (Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, hard-disk drive nav system and full control of an iPod through the head unit)." -- Popular Mechanics

Stereo and Entertainment

Hyundai builds an optional stereo system for the Genesis that, many reviewers say, may be the best available in any entry-level luxury sedan. The system is built by high-end stereo maker Lexicon -- the same company that provides audio engineering for the Rolls Royce Phantom. With an impressive 17 speakers, it tops even the exceptional Mark Levinson system in the Lexus ES, and the 13-speaker model built into the Infiniti G37. Reviewers have little to say about the standard stereo found in the Genesis. 

  • "In another extreme measure to challenge the luxury market, Genesis has even matched the Rolls Royce Phantom as the only other car to offer a Lexicon-branded audio system featuring Logic 7 technology. The surround sound audio system includes an 11-channel digital amplifier and 17 speakers producing more than 500 watts of sound in 7.1 discrete audio" -- Detroit News
  • "The audio system easily competes with those found in much more expensive vehicles." -- Sound Domain
  • "Starting with a state-of-the-art Lexicon audio system, the Genesis offers an extraordinary combination of technology, deluxe touches and plain old value" -- New York Daily News


The trunk of the Genesis is one of the largest in its class, at 15.9 cubic feet. Cargo space, however, is still limited compared to some rivals, because the rear seats don’t fold down. The Genesis does have a pass-through from the trunk to the cabin for long, thin items -- but compared to the folding seats of the Lexus ES, the space has limited utility.

  • “Trunk volume is average for its class, but the well-shaped cargo area has a large opening. Its small rear-seat pass-through is a poor substitute for folding seatbacks. Interior storage is only adequate with a small console bin and average-sized glovebox.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The trunk is deep, with 15.9 cubic feet of cargo room, but it is a bit compromised by the lack of split folding rear seats. Hyundai opted against them for structural reasons. For some, this may be a deal breaker, but at least a rear pass-through is provided." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Pop the trunk, and check out some of the very smart engineering decisions like plastic-coated hood hinges," however, "In the trunk, the backs of the rear-seat shelf speakers hang exposed and naked with carpet loosely covering the NVH foam-coated floor." -- Popular Mechanics

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