Hyundai Equus Review
The 2014 Hyundai Equus ranks 10 out of 11 Super Luxury Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Hyundai Equus, as well as reliability and safety data.
Test drivers say the 2014 Hyundai Equus has a smooth ride and a spacious, well-equipped cabin, but it lacks the luxurious materials and dynamic handling of its more expensive rivals.
With its standard V8 engine, reviewers say the Hyundai Equus has plenty of power for highway passing. They write that its eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and willingly downshifts when more power is needed. Fuel economy is a bit low for the class, at an EPA-estimated 15/23 mpg city/highway. According to automotive journalists, the Equus has a comfortable ride, but lacks the steering precision and more dynamic, buttoned-down handling that characterize its German rivals.
Revised for 2014, test drivers report that the Equus’ cabin is luxurious and constructed with high-quality materials for its price point. Still, some note that rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS have wood and leather trim that imparts a greater sense of opulence than the materials found in the Equus’ cabin. Some critics say the Equus’ front seats aren’t especially supportive but are generally comfortable. Most reviewers rave at the spacious rear-seat accommodations, notably the generous legroom. The Equus has good trunk space for the class. Reviewers are pleased with the intuitiveness of the central control knob for stereo and navigation functions. The Equus comes standard with a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 17-speaker Lexicon stereo system and lane departure warning. Available features include a multi-view camera system, a head-up display and a rear-seat entertainment system.
- "And then there's the car itself, which is undoubtedly an impressive achievement. Forget about the Hyundai badge and just imagine a V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive, luxury-lined sedan that undercuts most rivals by tens of thousands. The Equus is the executive car for executives who can't pass up a good deal." -- AutoTrader
- "Overall, the Equus is a solid, full-size luxury sedan with plenty of features and power. For the price and the amount of amenities, there is a lot of bang for your buck here compared to the more expensive German brands and other competitors." -- AutoWeek
- "On a rational level, the Hyundai Equus should be in the running if you're shopping for a full-size luxury sedan. The problem is that there's also an emotional element to driving and owning a luxury sedan, and when you get behind the wheel of the Equus, you realize the ‘get what you pay fo’ philosophy still applies: The 2014 Equus doesn't steer or handle like the top-tier luxury sedans, and its interior materials, while clearly a cut above the mainstream Hyundais, don't exhibit the outright extravagance or quality of the furnishings in the elite sedans coming out of Germany." -- Edmunds
- "Granted, the Hyundai doesn't have the presence, cachet, or even visual recognition of some of the established luxury brands (we still think the styling is anonymous), and the overall refinement is a step or two behind. But the Hyundai still feels like a legitimate big-luxury sedan." -- Popular Mechanics
Other Cars to Consider
The Audi A7 doesn’t offer as spacious rear seats as the Equus, but test drivers say its interior is very attractive and built with top-notch materials. They’re also impressed with the A7’s athletic driving dynamics and seductive styling.
Test drivers say the Lexus LS has an opulent interior with plush leather seating in both rows. They note that its rear seats are very roomy and that its ride is impressively smooth and quiet.
Details: 2014 Hyundai Equus
The 2014 Hyundai Equus seats five and has rear-wheel drive. A 5.0-liter V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. There are two trim levels: Signature and Ultimate. The Equus’ interior and exterior styling, suspension tuning and interior features are revised for the 2014 model year, but otherwise, the Equus is largely unchanged from the 2011 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 to 2014 model years.