SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The original Hyundai Genesis was a noble first shot at the luxury car market, but it couldn't match the driving dynamics, interior refinement or prestige of the Audi A6, BMW 5 series or Mercedes-Benz E350. The Genesis' 2015 model year redesign takes a huge step toward closing that gap.
The interior lacks the theater of competing Audis but feels more modern than that of the E class. The improved ride is firm but not harsh, cruising over imperfections in the road without floating. And with its huge, slotted hexagonal grille, taut sheet metal and cab-rearward proportions, the exterior, too, has a road presence befitting a premium sedan.
Hyundai also fixed a major omission on the first Genesis by making all-wheel drive available on the redesigned model.
The basics: The redesigned Genesis is the first vehicle to ride on Hyundai Motor Group's second-generation rear-wheel-drive platform. While the car's overall length, width and height are almost unchanged, Hyundai stretched the Genesis' wheelbase by nearly 3 inches. That allowed designers to pull the cab farther back and accentuate its rear-drive proportions.