Hyundai Genesis Coupe Research & Reviews

Overview & Reviews

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Model Overview:

Hyundai sells two cars under the Genesis name, but they could hardly be more different. The softly sprung Genesis sedan is a luxurious shot across the bow of high-end European and Japanese carmakers. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe, on the other hand, is a serious rear-wheel-drive sport coupe that gives more established performance marques a run for their money.

Available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a naturally aspirated V6, the Genesis Coupe presents typically impressive Hyundai value, but with a high-performance edge. Sending power to the rear wheels makes for a superior driving experience, and the Genesis Coupe also boasts distinctive styling and ample feature content. These virtues make Hyundai's taut two-door one of our favorite affordable performance cars.

Current Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is available in six trim levels: 2.0T, 2.0T R-Spec, 2.0T Premium, 3.8 R-Spec, 3.8 Grand Touring and 3.8 Ultimate.

Power is provided by either a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine ("2.0T") or a 3.8-liter V6. The turbo-4 makes 274 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, while the V6 cranks out 348 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. For the base 2.0T, Hyundai offers either a six-speed manual (with hill-start assist) or an eight-speed automatic (with rev-matching downshifts and manual shift control). The R-Spec trim is manual only, while the Premium level is automatic only. The V6 models follow suit: a choice of manual or automatic for the Ultimate trim, manual only in the R-Spec, and automatic only for the Grand Touring.

Hyundai's reputation for generous standard equipment continues, as even in base 2.0T trim standard features include 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry,  automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and USB/iPod integration. The performance-focused R-Spec loses a few luxuries (including keyless ignition), but adds 19-inch wheels with summer tires, Brembo brakes, firmer suspension tuning, a limited-slip rear differential and front sport seats. The 3.8 R-Spec gets the same upgrades.

Instead of the R-Spec's performance add-ons, the 2.0T Premium adds perks such as a sunroof, rear parking sensors, a power driver seat, the Blue Link telematics system, a navigation system and an upgraded audio system. The Grand Touring and Ultimate trims further add niceties like leather upholstery, heated front seats and rear parking sensors.

In testing, a V6-powered Hyundai Genesis Coupe ran the 0-60-mph sprint in a quick 5.3 seconds. The 2.0T did it in 6.5 seconds. The 2.0T's lighter weight, however, makes for a slightly more balanced driving experience. That said, either version provides the engaging and athletic driving dynamics expected from a well-engineered, rear-wheel-drive sport coupe. Steering response is quick and crisp, balance is excellent and body roll is kept nicely in check. On the other hand, the ride in R-Spec and Ultimate trims is a bit rough due to their firmer suspensions and bigger wheels, so make sure you go over some bumps on a test-drive.

Inside, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe has relatively high-quality materials with good fit and finish. The driver seat has ample bolstering and provides a low, cockpit-like driving position. Buyers should know that the small backseat is strictly for children. Overall, though, the Genesis Coupe is a winner in the South Korean carmaker's lineup, helping to further define it as a value leader in both luxury and performance cars.

Used Hyundai Genesis Coupe Models
The Genesis Coupe debuted for 2010 in seven trim levels, which are for the most part similar to those of the current car. Key exceptions would be the "Track" trims – the 2.0T version was dropped after the first model year, while the 3.8 version was eventually replaced by the Ultimate for 2014. Originally, the 2.0T's turbo-4 produced 210 hp, while the 3.8-liter V6 produced 306 hp. The available automatic transmissions were different as well, with a five-speed paired to the 2.0T and a six-speed for the 3.8.

The most notable changes occurred for 2013. Front-end styling became more aggressive, the eight-speed automatics were introduced and both engines received their current outputs. That year also saw revised, sharper steering and the availability of a telescoping steering column. A year later saw the addition of keyless ignition and entry, hill-start assist and rev-matching downshifts for automatic transmissions.

User Reviews:

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  • Very surprised - 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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    My lease on a Infiniti G35 sport was about over, and I was looking at a camaro SS, and decided to give the Genesis Coupe a look. Track model, Manual, dark Grey. I was very surprised, it looked hot, sounded great and was fun to drive. I had a BMW M3 before the recession, and although the cars are not the same, this is almost as much fun to drive. Out the door at 29K. Cant beat that. Best deal on the market today.

  • No Econobox Hyundai, a real sports coupe - 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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    My son needed a new car and had pretty good luck with a used Kia. He was looking at an Infinti coupe, but couldnt afford a new one. I found out about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe from one of the car 10 best lists. My son really likes the car. It has the performance of the Infiniti without the price tag. The features are great and the 100k warranty was proof that Hyundai thinks they did a good job building it.

  • Honest Facts - 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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    This is a great car and if you know what you are doing I have gotten as high as 35mpg on the expressway. There are some flaws with the trans, had mine replaced once with no questions asked. Car runs and handles great never a problem with getting me where I need to go. I am from Chicago so weather with the track pack. wheels is an issue. You will need winter wheels. I have over 25k miles on mine and is stil a blast. Many road trips and the comfort and ride is great. Always get a lot of attention in this car, thumbs up or questions at the gas station. Once they get this shifter figured out down the road I would give this a full 10/10.

  • Great Car - 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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    Ive had this car for a month, and I have nothing bad to say other than, unlike John below, I have run my front bumper up onto a curb or two.

  • Best Hyundai effort yet - 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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    I got this car in March after reading up about it. I owned 2 tiburons previous to this car, and I must say this is the best Hyundai I drove yet. The handling is great and the power from the Turbo is excellent. For the money, it cant be beat.

  • Simply fun! Cheap thrill! - 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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    I knew I wanted a fast car that is affordable, so I looked at the entry level of high-end cars, and fully loaded cheap thrills. From Chevy Cobalt SS to the Camaro, from Nissan Sentra SE-R to the Altima, from Honda Civic Si to Mazda 3... and a few more. I found out that the base model of the Genesis Coupe 2.0T has plenty of toys to keep me busy... An advise: keep both hands on the wheel in high speeds... I got the Genesis Coupe because the Hyundai brand proved to me their engineering and quality of the Sonata, mainly the ESC and ABS technologies. Plus, I always wanted a rear-wheel-drive car. You cant beat the fact that you only need to use regular unleaded, although you got the turbo there.

  • Amazing!! - 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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    when you first get in it you feel the emotion from the car even when the engine is off. But when the 2.0L (the one i got)engine comes to life it gives me chills, it is so exciting.

  • Nothing Like It On The Planet For Price - 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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    I knew this was the car for me after about 30 seconds into my test drive. I was bent on my next car being a V6 but no need to even think about that now. This I4 Turbo will shock your senses. Its 223lbs of torque @2000Rpm tells you why. Handling is Jordanesque,the breaking characteristics superb and the ride unusually comfortable for a sports car. And how can you beat the warranty?

  • 2nd Hyundai and LOVING IT! - 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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    Prior to this car, I was driving a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon Base. Like everyone out there, I was not sure if I wanted to buy a second Hyundai, but, once I drove this car, WOW, thats all I can say. The interior and build quality has improved by atleast 10 folds, from 2004 model and the soft touch is just perfect. The 2.0T, is fast enough to compete with the likes of IS250s, 328i, GTI, and many other high end imports out there. Dont be fooled by the name, Hyundai, has truly made a sport car that everyone can own and drive without, paying premium. If you are looking for a fun car to drive, this is perfect for you!

  • Trade in values for hyundai - 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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    I can see why Hyundai now has a trade in assurance program so you can get some value for ther cars. I bought a 2010 genesis 3.8 fully loaded with navagational for $30,000. They still sell 2011 and 2012 for around the same price. Bottom line, dont expect much for your trade. My 2010 was show room condition with only 5,250 miles when I traded it in, after fighting for about a hour, I recieved 21,000 for my trade in. This car performed well, great power, so so handing, was totally un-comfortable on the open roads. With all the commertials from Hyundai saying they where #1 in customer satisfaction, I would never buy anoyher Hyundai again. unfortunatley both my sons bought Hyundai, never ag

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