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2012 Hyundai Genesis Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Hyundai Genesis was new.


Interior: 8.9

Reviewers compare the 2012 Genesis’ interior to that of a Mercedes-Benz. Luxury features like its optional leather-wrapped dashboard are not common at the Genesis’ price point. A heated and cooled driver’s seat is standard on the 4.6 and R-Spec trim levels. Although reviewers are generally impressed with the interior materials Hyundai has chosen for the Genesis, one test driver says the interior trim material looks cheap.

  • "Inside, the non-R-Spec models offer new “woodgrain” colors, which we hope include one called “Resembles Real Wood." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The influence of the luxury segment can be seen in the design of the Genesis' cabin. The middle of the dash bulges outward like the one on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Hyundai has picked up on the German luxury brands' fascination with integrated control knobs with a system that's used to operate one of the available navigation systems (a touch-screen navigation system is also offered)." -- Cars.com
  • "Unchanged is the Genesis' pampering attitude toward those within. In addition to its elegant design, abundance of space and plush ride, the Genesis offers its passengers something increasingly rare in today's world -- a tranquil environment. All the better to enjoy the comfortable seats and available 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound audio system." -- Edmunds


Reviewers say the 2012 Genesis’ standard leather seats are comfortable, while the optional ultra-premium perforated leather gets high marks. The base 3.8 Genesis gets a heated eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and a heated four-way power passenger seat standard. Upgraded leather, a heated and ventilated power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated rear seats are optional on the 3.8 trim. The 4.6 and 5.0 Genesis have standard heated front and rear ultra-premium leather seats, as well as a ventilated eight-way power driver’s seat and four-way power front passenger seat. The Genesis’ back seat will fit adults comfortably, but the middle seat is ideal for shorter adults or children because of the floor hump. Reviewers like that the interior is quiet and peaceful.

  • "A few gripes, however, one being that 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

The 2012 Genesis’ interior design and easy-to-use infotainment system receive high praise from reviewers. The navigation system, which is optional on the 3.8 trim and standard on the 4.6 and 5.0 trims, is particularly well-liked. Hyundai offers two optional navigation systems for the base 3.8 Genesis. The first is a 7-inch DVD touch-screen system, and the second is an 8-inch system with an in-dash six-disc DVD changer, driver information system and multimedia controller. The 8-inch navigation system is standard on 4.6 and 5.0 R-Spec models.

The base 3.8 Genesis features standard dual-zone climate control, woodgrain and metalgrain accents, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Bluetooth, push-button start, cruise control, XM satellite radio, iPod/USB input jacks, seven-speaker audio system and steering wheel-mounted controls. The 4.6 trim adds standard leather-wrapped dash and door trim inserts, aluminum TGS surround, woodgrain-trimmed leather steering wheel, power tilt and telescopic memory steering wheel, smart cruise control, electronic parking brake, power rear sunshade, memory system for the driver’s seat, outside mirrors and steering column, power sunroof, in-dash six-DVD changer, 17-speaker Lexicon surround sound system with speed-sensing volume control and HD radio. The 5.0 R-Spec Genesis comes with all the same features as the 4.6 trim, but has the leather steering wheel instead of the woodgrain and leather wheel.     

  • "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
  • "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 2012 Genesis has 15.9 cubic feet of space, which is average for its class. The ability to increase cargo space is 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 back seat for long, thin items like a pair of skis.

  • “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 

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