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2016 Hyundai Genesis Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Hyundai Genesis was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.3

According to reviewers, the 2016 Hyundai Genesis' base V6 engine produces strong acceleration and its available V8 feels even more powerful. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive, they add. Auto writers are also pleased with the Genesis' composed handling, precise steering and comfortable ride, but a few say that some rivals offer greater agility.

  • "In the 2016 Genesis sedan from Hyundai, you'll find a midsize-luxury car that feels agile and responsive, yet is devoid of the rough and sometimes jarring ride offered by its European rivals. The Genesis is no BMW 5 Series, mind you, but in terms of steering feedback, braking and acceleration, the Genesis never left us feeling underwhelmed." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • It's telling that neither Hyundai's executives nor its engineers mentioned the words 'sports sedan' in talking about the new Genesis. The car isn't particularly spry. Rather, it delivers the refined ride and the competent handling that's the price of entry to selling a luxury car." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "Taken as a whole, this new Genesis is quite good on the road, inspiring confidence and even the occasional 'hell yeah!' when really working the chassis and drivetrain." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "The V6-powered Genesis sedan is quick, quiet and delivers its power in a refined manner. Most shoppers will likely drive the V6 Genesis sedan and say, 'That's exactly what I expected'; then sign the forms and drive home. Before you do that, though, you should know that the V8 adds more than 100 hp. At 420 hp, it feels noticeably stronger and pulls harder from a stop. …" -- AutoTrader (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 311 horsepower. An available 5.0-liter V8 makes 420 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard. The base Genesis earns EPA-estimated 18/29 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class.

Reviewers say the base engine delivers strong acceleration. While they agree that the available V8 is quicker off the line, some critics point out that the V6 engine will satisfy most drivers. The transmission shifts smoothly and is responsive, they add.

  • "The 3.8-liter V6 is well matched to this car and although we prefer the 420 horses afforded by the 5.0-liter V8, the available AWD on the V6 trumps our need for speed. Both engines are paired with an excellent 8-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth and instantaneous shifts, especially when set to Sport mode. Standard paddle shifters help with aggressive driving, but we think most Genesis owners will simply let the car do all the work." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We'd love to say how much you need the V8, but you really don't. The V6 makes 311 horsepower, which is plenty, but it's also because Hyundai put an 8-speed automatic transmission in the Genesis. It helps make the most of whatever power is available." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Although the V8 model clearly has more low-end punch, it doesn't feel appreciably faster than the V6. In fact, the only reason we can see to get the 5.0 over the 3.8 is if you really must be able to tell people that you sprung for the V8." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "An updated eight-speed automatic transmission is included, and it improves on the old eight-speed with smarter, quicker shifts, better acceleration and sport-mode mapping." -- Autoblog (2015)

Handling and Braking

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis has poised handling and feels secure through turns, test drivers report. Still, they note that competitors like the BMW 5-Series are more agile. Reviewers say the Genesis' ride is quiet and comfortable, and its steering is precise and nicely weighted. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the 2016 Genesis and all-wheel drive is available on the V6 model.

  • "This time around, the Genesis feels better around corners, too. The car has a tighter, light-on-its-feet feel, although Hyundai tuned the suspension more for comfort than outright performance." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "… the Genesis proved surprisingly adept in the twisties, the steering in particular exhibiting a much more precise feel than the last generation. And even though this is a stiffer car, the increased suspension travel endowed it with a thoroughly comfortable (and almost eerily quiet) ride." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The all-new Genesis feels agile and responsive, thanks to the midsize sedan's new chassis and highly revised, retuned suspension, yet it's still comfortable on the highway. It doesn't have the same handling prowess as a BMW 5 Series, but its response to driver input makes the Genesis feel like a more legitimate luxury car than in the past." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Whether it's the product of Korea, Hyundai America, or Lotus, the end result is unlike any Hyundai we've ever driven. The Genesis's firm steering is attentive on-center and weights up progressively in corners. The wheel is neither heavy nor light, but perfectly matched to the character of the car and the speed of the variable-ratio rack. Over cracked asphalt and sweeping bends outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, the Genesis flaunted graceful damping and convincing body control." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • I wouldn't call this car nimble, but the body did not roll much in fast corners. It lacks a true road feel but handles well. Drivers will feel more confident behind the wheel, though they won't mistake the Genesis sedan for a sports car, even if they switch to Sport mode in one of the three selectable modes that include normal, sport, and eco." -- Motor Trend (2015)

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