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2015 Hyundai Genesis Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Hyundai Genesis was new.


Interior: 8.7

Reviewers agree that the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis offers a polished, hushed cabin that features simple controls and premium materials, which are noticeably richer than the outgoing model’s. The Genesis' roomy, comfortable seats also make an impression on test drivers. Cargo space is competitive for the class and test drivers are impressed with the 2015 Genesis' hands-free trunk release system, which they say is convenient when your hands are full.

  • "As dramatically different as the Genesis is on the outside, its interior reflects a far more subtle approach. Instead of trying to reinvent the entire cabin, Hyundai's designers focused on a simple layout, small detail changes and improved materials." -- Edmunds
  • "The little details are executed very well in this cabin in both construction and choice of materials. Hyundai has done some ergonomic work on the steering wheel and many of the switches have been replaced to give them a better feel." -- Motor Trend
  • "Hyundai wants to appeal to a younger audience, and the design and amenities inside help the 2015 Genesis meet that goal. The cabin is stylish and sophisticated. It uses real wood and metal accents in some models, and the overall look is clean and airy. There are soft-touch materials and excellent attention to detail throughout, and the color combinations are pleasing to the eye." -- Kelley Blue Book


The Hyundai Genesis seats five on standard leather upholstery. Heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available. Test drivers report that the redesigned 2015 Genesis has comfortable seats that offer more space than some rivals’ seats. Even the rear seats have ample room for adults, they add. According to reviewers, the Genesis' cabin offers excellent isolation from wind and road noise.

  • "It's comfortable and quiet, lovely inside, and important-looking outside." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "With either engine, the Genesis's cabin is whisper quiet. ... Wind, tire, and road noise are turned down to barely audible levels by ample insulation in the body structure." -- Car and Driver
  • "Between the quiet cabin, cushy ride in Normal and Eco mode, and the comfortable seats, this 4-door is a pleasure on the open road." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin lands on the cushier side of the spectrum, with a focus on all-around comfort. This philosophy stands opposed to some of the segment's sportier interiors that place an emphasis on the driver, with the resulting environments offering more of a cockpit feel at the expense of overall spaciousness. Indeed, Hyundai proudly points out that the Genesis offers more cubic feet of interior room than just about anything in its class, including entries from BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz." -- Autoblog
  • "… it's a comfortable car, with plenty of seat adjustments and a generous amount of room. The stretched wheelbase opens up enough space for adult-size rear seats, with lots of legroom to stretch out, although headroom is still not exactly abundant." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features on the new 2015 Genesis include a rearview camera, an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, a seven-speaker audio system and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, which can automatically connect you with help in the event of an emergency and send you notifications when the vehicle is due for maintenance. Optional features include lane departure warning, blind spot detection, automatic emergency braking, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, navigation with an HD 9.2-inch LCD screen, a head-up display, a power rear sunshade, manual rear side window sunshades, a Lexicon 14-speaker audio system and a Lexicon 17-speaker audio system.

Reviewers mention that the 2015 Genesis' rotating knob and buttons that control functions like navigation and phone are straightforward. Others comment that functions like pairing a phone are easy inside the Genesis, and that controls for features like heated seats and lane departure warning are simple to locate.

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  • "One big selling point for cars in this class is connectivity, and Hyundai has added everything here but the electronic kitchen sink." -- AutoWeek
  • "Inside, the Genesis isn't as high-tech as an Audi or as sleek as the latest Mercedes, but the Hyundai is much more resolved than its predecessor." -- Car and Driver
  • "Thankfully, even with all the options checked the cabin isn't a mess of buttons, knobs and switches. This Genesis is still a car you can get in and drive with no orientation." -- Edmunds
  • "Significantly, the all-new Genesis sedan uses an intuitive, centrally located scroll wheel and push buttons, similar to Audi's MMI system, to toggle through the navigation system, phone and more." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It only takes a few minutes to adjust to everything inside this car, from connecting your phone to turning on your seat heater and turning off the Lane Keep Assist. The car is laid out in a very driver-friendly manner with no surprises or disappointment." -- Motor Trend


With 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis’s trunk space is average for the class. For the 2015 model year, Hyundai introduces a standard hands-free Smart Trunk feature, which automatically opens when you stand near the trunk for more than three seconds. Reviewers say it's convenient when your hands are full. A power trunk lid is available.

  • "The 15.3-cubic-foot trunk, though slightly smaller than before, is plenty big enough to swallow several suitcases and has an appreciably wide opening. And speaking of cargo utility, one of the most useful standard features is the hands-free Smart Trunk opener. If you walk up to the rear of the car with the key fob in your pocket, hands full of groceries, wait 3 seconds and the trunk will automatically open for you, whether with the standard manual lid or the power version." -- Edmunds
  • "Perhaps the most intriguing feature is the automatic trunk opening. It sounds more like a gimmick than anything else but it's certainly something your neighbor is going to show you if he buys a Genesis. Just walk up to the back of the car, wait to hear four beeps and the trunk opens. No foot waving or button pushing, it just opens like it is reading your mind. Very cool." -- Motor Trend

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