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2013 Hyundai Genesis Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Hyundai Genesis was new.


Interior: 8.8

Test drivers say that the 2013 Hyundai Genesis has a spacious and attractive interior that’s loaded with standard features. While some write that the interior reminds them of cars built by Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, other critics are let down by the Genesis’ interior materials. One reviewer says that fake wood trim and some lower-quality interior plastics diminish the Genesis' otherwise premium feel.

  • "Some faux wood-grain accents and a few shiny plastic panels slightly detract from the otherwise luxurious interior. Test Genesis sedans seemed well assembled." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "From outward appearances, the Genesis delivers luxury without the expense. On closer inspection though, some of the sedan's slick veneer wears thin. The interior design looks as though it was pulled straight from a Lexus, but some materials and workmanship just miss the mark." -- Edmunds 
  • "The interior of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan is exceptionally well done. The quality of materials and execution of design are better than in some premium brands." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The influence of the luxury segment can be seen in the Genesis' cabin, as the middle of the dash bulges outward like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class." -- Cars.com 


Reviewers say the 2013 Genesis’ front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of room to stretch out. Most test drivers also agree that the back seats are spacious and comfortable, though one critic writes that headroom is a little tight. The Genesis comes with leather upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats. Options and features available on higher trims include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, upgraded leather and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel.

  • "Seats are comfortable and soft." -- Consumer Guide (front seats)
  • "Befitting a luxury touring car, the Genesis front seats provide plenty of driver and passenger comfort even on longer trips. The same can be said of the rear seats, which offer optional heaters, in addition to the ample head- and legroom." -- Edmunds 
  • "Leather-covered front seats are heated (and, for the driver, cooled), and the rear seat has abundant room for passengers' legs, hips and heads." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2009)

Interior Features

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start and a seven-speaker stereo with Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port. Options and features available in higher trims include a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, navigation, power-folding side mirrors, a backup camera and 14- or 17-speaker Lexicon sound systems.

Reviewers generally agree that the Genesis offers large, easy-to-read gauges, as well as straightforward climate and audio controls. The available 17-speaker Lexicon sound system earns praise for its exceptional sound quality. One test driver says that the controller for the optional navigation system could be easier to use.

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  • "The gauges are big and easy to see. Audio and climate controls in the base 3.8 are within easy reach." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Controls are laid out very well, and it's easy to command the more complicated available electronic systems -- included with navigation -- with either a touchscreen or control knob and visual display." -- Edmunds 
  • "Hyundai emulated BMW and Audi with its console-mounted joystick to control the navigation and audio functions, and while the placement is convenient, its operation is not always intuitive. (Hyundai emulated that too.)" -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "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." -- The Detroit News (2009)


The 2013 Genesis has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more trunk space than most cars in the class have. However, the Genesis’ rear seats don’t fold, which limits the ability to expand cargo space. Most reviewers are pleased with the amount of room in the Genesis’ trunk. However, one test driver comments that the handle to pull the trunk shut is awkwardly placed. Additionally, another critic notes that the Genesis doesn’t have a lot of small-item storage space in the cabin.

  • "A small center console and average-size glovebox are the only interior storage bins." -- 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." -- New Car Test Drive (2009)
  • "The trunk is large, with a low liftover and sheathed hinges, but the interior grab handle for pulling the lid closed is mounted too far inward, making it awkward to use." -- Automobile Magazine (2009)

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