By Brian Servatius
- The 5.0 liter V8 engine gives excellent acceleration that’s smooth and crisp
- For under $50,000 this car delivers great value, combining power and aesthetics
- Seats are very nice soft leather with good firmness and heating/COOLING, controls were all intuitive and convenient.
- Handling is good for the weight with minimal body pitch/roll in acceleration and cornering
- body style could show a little more innovation and originality
- Audio system is not impressive considering class-competitors
- Navigation display had some glare issues
With nearly 430 horsepower, a 5.0 liter V8 engine under the hood, and a price-tag under $50k loaded, the Hyundai Genesis R-Spec is a great choice for up and comers looking for power and moderate luxury on a tighter budget.
The Genesis likes to run and does so with smooth elegance, and adds impressive handling to round out the performance package. The interior styling, comfort, and design can trick the occupants into feeling like European aristocracy while still keeping enough in the wallet to act like it every now and then.
Overall the 2012 Hyundai Genesis R Spec is built to impress. When you consider the total combination of key elements in this car, and weigh them against the others in its class, while factoring in price, those that do buy this car will likely feel like they have stolen a slice of European elegance and power at a price nobody can beat.
What others are saying about the Genesis R-Spec:
Edmunds says the Hyundai Genesis has a “luxurious cabin” and we agree. The interior styling, comfort, and design can trick the occupants into feeling like European aristocracy while still keeping enough in the wallet to act like it every now and then.
According to Car and Driver, “the R-Spec offers much-improved body and wheel control, and never gets overly harsh… The steering is sharper and more responsive, but it remains artificial in feel; the stability-control system cannot be deactivated and hinders performance at the limit; and the new transmission is slow to respond in either automatic or manual mode.
We like how the Genesis sedan performs well in the general areas of speed and handling. The 8-speed transmission provides smooth transitions in acceleration and the car stays fairly even-keeled, even when really stomping on the accelerator.
Overall, styling of the Genesis is good. The exterior is not distinctive looking like so many of its competitors, but it’s possible that was the intent. At a quick glance, and from afar, it can easily trick the untrained eye into thinking it is a 6-figure car made by the prestigious German brands.
Karesh, who writes for The Truth About Cars, has this opinion: “The exterior of the Genesis is easy on the eyes, and people remarked on the quality of the paint. But unlike that of other recent Hyundais, it isn’t in any way distinctive or remotely avant-garde.”
2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, a set on Flickr.