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2011 Hyundai Genesis Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Hyundai Genesis was new.


Interior: 9.0

The interior of the 2010 Hyundai Genesis leans more toward Mercedes-style classic luxury than Infiniti-style contemporary design. The Genesis’ cabin 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 significantly more. Reviewers are impressed with the grade of materials chosen, and its strong fit and finish. Still, some testers say the seats may be too soft for those used to a German car that has harder, sculpted captain’s chairs.

  • "Interior styling is generally exceptional; most of the materials are quite luxurious, although a few minor exceptions bring down the overall feel." -- Automobile.com
  • "Inside, the Genesis also plays to widespread notions of luxury, with a big sweep of an S-class-inspired dash, pleasingly lit instruments, and substantial, cushy seats astride a center console with a BMW iDrive-style spinning knob sprouting from it. There are lots of hits in here, plus a few misses." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Overall interior ambiance compares well with cars costing far more." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 2011 Hyundai Genesis are comfortable, but like the suspension, some critics say they lack the firmness found in true sport sedans like the BMW 3-Series or Infiniti G37. Reviewers agree that the rear seats offer enough space for adults to sit comfortably.

Hyundai offers a choice of two grades of leather upholstery. Testers say the standard leather matches what most rivals offer, but the optional upgrade to a softer, perforated leather gets rave reviews.

  • "Rear seat legroom is generous but not expansive. Foot space is restricted. Seat is well shaped, but a central rider's legroom will be limited by the driveline hump." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 easy-to-use electronics found inside the Genesis. Its navigation system, with voice-recognition capability is particularly well-liked. Hyundai offers two optional navigation systems for the V6-powered Genesis. The first is a 7-inch unit that has a touch-screen, but no reviewers have mentioned any problems. The second nav unit is the “Ultimate.” Featuring an 8-inch screen and in-dash six-CD changer, this unit comes standard on the Genesis 4.6. Those who forgo the touch-screen will get to control the system through a single dial, much like those found in BMW or Audi sedans. In the Genesis however, other climate and entertainment functions have their own controls. This is an arrangement many reviewers prefer over sometimes-complex systems found in the Genesis’ competition.

  • "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." -- 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
  • "Gauges are large and unobstructed. Controls are within easy reach. The available navigation system's control knob is similar to Audi's MMI and is not as simple to use as conventional buttons. The large dashboard screen is easy to read." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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


The trunk of the Genesis is one of the largest in its class, at 15.9 cubic feet. However, space 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 like a pair of skis, 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

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