Hyundai Genesis Review

2016 was the last year for the sporty Genesis, then Hyundai has discontinued this luxury model to further pursue a whole new Genesis luxury sedan brand and so far we’ve seen the very successful G80, G90 and G70. The G70 and G80 have already rolled out their 2020 models, thus, the Genesis brand is going strong. But I digress, now, let’s get back to our 2016 Genesis: it is a solid luxury sedan with powerful engine choices, great standard tech features package and unprecedented low price. Moreover, since you are now surely looking into purchasing a used car, the prices have definitely gone way down in four years and you can expect a real bargain. Just for a reference, the new luxury level Genesis models, like the 2020 G80 now are going for around 60 000 USD and the 2016 one starts at around 18K. Now, let’s see what you can get for that sort of cash in a 2016 Genesis. 

The Pros

  • Outstanding sporty look
  • Spacious interior
  • Quiet ride
  • Absolute top safety ratings  
  • Impressive warranty
  • Solid value for money
  • Optional AWD
  • In-cabin CO2 sensor 

The Cons

  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Interior materials aren’t high-end luxury-car class
  • Unimpressive handling  
  • Not the best performance amongst the luxury segment 

Hyundai Genesis Overview 

Hyundai Genesis

HG has debuted in 2008 and in less than a decade was made into its own brand, so let’s just agree from the get-go that we are reviewing a great car. Now, the whole idea behind the Hyundai Genesis was to offer a choice to those dreaming of a Lexus or a Benz-like luxury car, but with a much smaller price tag. And, in many ways Hyundai has succeeded, at least the consumer seems to believe so: the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Of course, we are not saying that the quality of materials, cutting-edge tech or the driving experience full-on match the luxury segment, but Genesis hits most of the marks. It is a very attractive sporty vehicle with a great engine packed to the max with the very best driver assistance and safety technology. It is a very impressive car well worth your attention. 

In 2016 the Genesis was rated 9th in the lineup of 16 best luxury midsize cars, leaving behind the 2016 Infiniti Q70 and actually sharing the 9th place with the BMW 5-Series. The car clearly offers a luxury value for significantly less. The 2016 HG is available with two engines:  Genesis V6 and Genesis Ultimate V8. The V6 has three very different packages – Tech, Ultimate and Signature while the Ultimate V8 offers both packages (Signature + Technology) simultaneously.    


The 2016 Hyundai Genesis has a very stylish sporty exterior design. The crossover looks sleek and elegant. As in all of the aggressive sport-styled cars – the front grille is a dominant feature; it is a quite bold piece with statement horizontals chrome lines. The Hyundai hood ornament sits on the hood just a bit above the grille and the overall grille-ornament tandem design is very Bentley-like. Overall, you get a sense of dignified style, with long clean lines, alloy wheels, aerodynamic sloping design, folding mirrors, and thin angular HID headlights.


Interior of the Hyundai Genesis

The brand deserves extra bonus points for the interior alone. Setting aside the abundance of the available driver-assist and safety tech, the cabin is very impressive design and comfort-wise. First, it is surprisingly spacious and most of the details exude class. It is exceptionally well-crafted and thought-trough. The main panel layout is on point, needless to say, all of the controls and buttons are clearly marked and within reach. The cabin has outstanding isolation, comfortable seating and effective climate control.   


Your choice here is between the Genesis V6 or V8. The standard V6 3.8-liter engine is a solid everyday engine model. It’s a strong engine with 311 hp and smooth and steady acceleration. Then there’s the 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces a very impressive 420 hp. You can opt for the AWD with the V6, but V8 only comes with RWD, though, it doesn’t take a bit from the overall performance. 


The 2016 Hyundai Genesis comes with an unbelievable lineup of standard tech. These days we usually count on most of the modern vehicles (and not just the luxury ones) to have all of the must-haves like Bluetooth, USB, Cruise Control, Remote Keyless Entry or Hands-Free Phone. But, evidently, Hyundai has gone beyond just the necessary, that is why you’ll be able to use a great Navigation System, have Internet Access, Smartphone Interface, and a Touch Screen Monitor. Then there’s also Proximity Sensing Keyless Entry, Push-Button Engine Start and Remote Engine Start. The Entertainment tech is also impressive – the Genesis has a CD player, Satellite and Premium radio, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, MP3 player and even an iPod Connector. 


When  the 2016 Genesis was presented the price for the new vehicle went up to  55 000 USD, these days you can find a pretty great deal somewhere in the low twenty thousands, moreover nowadays you can find a base 3.8 in a very good condition for around eighteen thousand. 


The HG is a five-seater with a very spacious cabin, actually one of the best in its class size-wise. There’s plenty of space for those seated upfront and way more than plenty of legroom in the back, but the rear headroom is insufficient especially for the passengers on the taller side. The seats are pretty comfortable, highly adjustable and can be boosted to the heated or ventilated options, though on the long rides they feel a bit like a letdown. There are two sets of LATCH connectors in the back. 

Exterior of the Hyundai Genesis

Climate control

Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard. 

Infotainment System

The 2016 infotainment offers all-round confident performance with the standard 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Storage and Space

There is more than enough space, pockets, and cup holders inside the cabin. As for the cargo, the Genesis hits the average number with its 15.3 cubic feet trunk. 


Generally the Genesis checks almost all comfort-related boxes. It is a very quiet stable drive, with an abundance of helpful driver assistance and safety tech, roomy cabin, and effective CC. But, there are definitely vehicles with better seats within its class, a luxury car should have better seating. 

Seat comfort

Overall, the seats feel supportive, but the comfort dwindles on the long journeys. 

Ride comfort

The 2016 Genesis offers a smooth ride, even on rougher surfaces or broken asphalt. Of course, there are much better rival choices out there ride comfort-wise, but, mind you, definitely not at this price point.


Ride feels easy, smooth and refined, the insulation is great, noise and vibrations are under control and the car doesn’t feel too light on the road even at high speeds. 

Safety & Reliability

The NHTSA gave the 2016 Genesis quite rare 5 out of 5 on every single crash test. 

Should I Buy the Hyundai Genesis?

If you are looking for a moderately priced luxury vehicle – this is it. 

How Much Does it cost?

The prices for the used Genesis start at around 18 000 USD.