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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/18/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

All 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe models are powered solely by the 3.8-liter V-6 making 348 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission (a turbo-four was previously available). The Grand Touring trim is no longer available while the R-Spec model gains push-button start and automatic climate control as standard equipment. LED daytime running lights are standard across the range and a base 3.8 model has been added to the lineup.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a four-seat sports coupe sold in three grades and with a manual or automatic transmission.

Overview

The Genesis Coupe's V-6 engine provides strong acceleration and delivers power in a smooth and linear manner. However, the manual transmission is slightly clunky and isn't as refined as gearboxes found in competitors. Handling is good, but the car has a tendency to default to understeer during aggressive driving. The Torsen rear limited-slip differential made the Genesis Coupe easy to drift because it allowed the car's back end to step out when exiting corners especially with the traction and stability control systems turned off. Fuel economy is sacrificed in the name of driving dynamics with manual-equipped cars achieving 16/24 mpg while opting for the automatic gets improves those ratings to 16/25 mpg.

Interior room in the 2015 Genesis Coupe is tight for anyone above six feet tall, making it hard for people to get comfortable once inside the car. The rear seats are inhospitable for people and are best suited for small bags and items rather than people. Hyundai offers a few tech and convenience features including a navigation system with a seven-inch touchscreen, and leather upholstery, which helps make the interior feel more upscale.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has a five- star rollover safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

With good driving dynamics, stylish exterior, and a powerful engine, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a good choice among affordable sports cars. In a 2013 First Test, we said that the car was easy to drift especially with all the electronic aids turned off because it allowed the car's rear end to step out quickly. However, the car's tendency to go into understeer during turn in means the driver must go for "slow throttle inputs" in order to not make the car's back end to swing out. Its manual transmission is also a weak point with "negligible feel in the pedal" and a "ponderous" shift action that had "a plasticky clunk from gear to gear." For the 2014 model year, Hyundai added carbon-coated synchronizer rings to the transmission.

You'll Like

  • Easy to drift
  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Stylish exterior

You Won't Like

  • Clunky manual transmission
  • Prominent understeer
  • Snug cabin

Key Competitors

  • Nissan 370Z
  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Scion FR-S
  • Subaru BRZ

Rating

3 star

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