2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
There are 3 user reviews for the 3.8 Grand Touring Manual trim shown below
- Value; Handling; stock suspension and brakes; Trunk
- INTERIOR (plastics); Road noise; no heal / toe
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Just test drove the 3.8 GT 6M and have to say Hyundai has made a very nice car. Thanks Automax for the opportunity to test this car! Now I'm comparing this with a car a little out of it's class (BMW 135i)...just for your information on my comparisons.
Leather seats are very nice and fairly supportive. I am 5'10" and like my steering wheel a bit closer, but even with the tilt only wheel, the driving position was comfortable. Turn key start? The standard these days for sports cars is a push button start...maybe in coming years. Interior was nice, but a bit cheap. My wife's Entourage minivan has a nicer interior.
Engine sounded great, not overpowering. 6 speed Manual has good short throws...with positive engagement. Don't know if the track pedals are different, but the placement of the GT pedals doesn't easily allow for heal / toe downshifts. Road noise is noticeable, but so is the faint engine rumble...which is pleasing to the ear.
Acceleration is brisk and engine revs freely. Not as torquey as the 135i...but what engine is? Still pulls well when you skip gears (1-3-5). Handling is very direct and never feels overwhelming. Took some quick corners and felt very solid...like it wanted more. Stomp on the brakes and you'll have to peel your eyeballs of the dashboard. Suspension was smooth and good enough for daily driving. I could only imagine how the 3.8 Track performs (Brakes and Handling!).
Don't even try to sit in the back seat unless you're under 5'2". After fumbling to get my driver seat forward, I squeezed into the back only to repeatedly hit my head...not counting this as a negative...it's as expected for the 2+2...just want to save you the trouble as well. trunk is large enough for at least 2 sets of golf clubs or a couple of medium sized suitcases.
Overall, Hyundai has produced a very nice true (RWD) sports car. While there may be cars out there that can out-perform it (read any of the reviews)...none can provide the same performance for the price Hyundai is asking. All the little "extras" (iPod, Bluetooth, etc) add up to thousands more on the competition. I don't think this car is as refined as even the Genesis Sedan, but I suspect this will change in coming years.
I'm still leaning toward the 135i despite the higher cost because of the higher quality and refinement...plus, the 135 engine is a pure joy to drive.
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