Avg. Price Paid:$31,497 - $34,013
Original MSRP: $58,000 - $64,500
MPG: 16 City / 24 Hwy
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2011 Hyundai Equus Interior

This interior review was written when the 2011 Hyundai Equus was new.

With a long list of standard features, as well as ample space for passengers and cargo, reviewers like the interior of the 2011 Hyundai Equus. However, some reviewers not that the Equus falls short with interior materials that appear high-quality yet have a chintzy feel upon closer inspection. Posh heated seats are standard all around, while front seats are also ventilated, with a massaging driver’s seat. Pony up the extra $6,500 for the Ultimate trim and rear seat accommodations are even more impressive, adding a right rear seat that includes a massage feature and a footrest, a refrigerator in the console and a DVD system.

Reviewer opinion is mixed on how quiet the Equus is at speed – some note that it’s so quiet it rivals hybrid vehicles in terms of discernable noise, while others think that wind and road noise is more noticeable than it is in the cars it’s meant to compete with. While reviewers generally like the interior controls for navigation and entertainment functions within the Hyundai Equus, a few note that the maps and graphics within the infotainment system seem a generation or two behind what’s available from manufacturers such as Audi and BMW.

  • "There are no options, so choosing between the two trim levels - Signature and Ultimate - is the only decision buyers have to make. Regardless of which version they choose, Equus-ites will be treated to unremarkable birch or walnut wood trim and a liberal application of leather around the cabin. None of it feels especially opulent - a disappointment in a car hyped as an S-class alternative - save the Alcantara headliner." -- Car and Driver 
  • "If you're wondering whether a value-oriented brand like Hyundai can produce a luxury car, the cabin of the Equus will put your mind at ease. Just about every luxury and convenience feature found on a premium-badge car is available, and the quality of the design and materials is first class." -- Edmunds  
  • "There’s something a bit off about the materials, textures and execution. What’s missing is the craftsmanship and design brio that characterize the real deal." -- New York Times 
  • "Some peculiar wind noise emanates from the moonroof at 60 mph and higher, though a solid shade can be deployed to block it. The Ultimate trim's front-view camera is quite effective, but unfortunately, in addition to looking awkward when viewed from the outside, it collects the slightest bit of precipitation so effectively you'd think it was designed to do so." -- Cars.com 
  • "Shut off the equally impressive 608-watt, 17-speaker Lexicon stereo with 7.1 discrete sound, and you're running nuclear submarine-style -- silent and deep -- with only a growling intake note permeating the interior when the throttle pedal meets the carpet." -- Autoblog 


In its home country of Korea, the Equus is a car to be chauffeured around in, rather than a car you drive yourself. As such, shoppers can rest assured that there’s no shortage of interior space in the 2011 Hyundai Equus, which one reviewer notes rivals what’s available in super luxury cars such as the Mercedes S-Class and the Audi A8. Signature-trimmed models feature seating for five while Equus carrying the Ultimate trim feature an ultra-posh four-seat configuration. All models feature a 12-way adjustable driver’s seat and 10-way adjustable passenger seat, as well as heating and cooling functions. Additionally, the Equus comes with a massaging driver’s seat and heated rear seats that recline. Despite comfortable seating arrangement, one reviewer noted that the quality of the leather didn’t seem class-competitive, while another mentioned that the driver’s seat massage wasn’t as enjoyable as one might expect.

If you opt for the Ultimate trim, the 2011 Hyundai Equus offers a rear seating configuration that many consider to be the height of luxury. Seating capacity drops to four, and the 60/40-plit bench is replaced with two power reclining chairs that are both heated and cooled. Power-adjustable head restraints are added to the Ultimate’s rear row, as well as a “First-class” right rear seat, which features a power retractable footrest and massage.

  • "The interior is cavernous. Passenger space rivals that of the Mercedes S-class and long-wheelbase Audi A8 and surpasses that of the stretched Lexus LS (and we won’t even get the extended-wheelbase version of the Equus offered in South Korea)." -- Car and Driver 
  • "We particularly recommend the Equus Ultimate, a trim level that includes all the top-of-the-line features in a unique four-passenger configuration. The twin rear seats not only are both heated and cooled but also recline and offer a massage function. The passenger-side rear seat even has a power-operated footrest, though we've found in testing that it doesn't extend enough for passengers with long legs." -- Edmunds 
  • "Aside from the dizzying features list, the Hyundai’s cabin seems on par with $50,000 luxury cars, not six-figure heads of state. Passengers especially noted the mediocre leather." -- New York Times 
  • "If you're fortunate enough to be driven, make your way to the right rear seat. In Ultimate trim, Hyundai calls it First Class, and the accommodations live up to the name." -- Autoblog 

Interior Features 

Reviewer opinion is mixed on the interior of the 2011 Hyundai Equus. While all admit that the Equus comes with a longer list of standard features than anything else in its class, many note that -- despite the use of materials such as brushed aluminum, wood and leather – interior quality does not seem up to par. They claim that these materials feel cheap compared to what’s normally seen in the class of luxury large cars, while some of the switchgear lacks the high-end tactile feel that you might notice on cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

Still, with virtually no options available, both Signature- and Ultimate-trimmed cars come fully loaded with standard features that include heated and cooled front seats with driver seat massage, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, Lexicon surround sound audio system with HD and XM Radio, navigation system with eight-inch display, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel mounted controls and push button start. Throw down an extra $6,500 for the Ultimate trim, and the Equus is not only outfitted with premium rear seating, but also adds a center console refrigerator and a DVD entertainment system. It’s this wealth of standard equipment that makes the Equus unique to the luxury large car class. Additionally, each Equus comes with an Apple iPad, which contains an interactive owner’s manual.

  • "In a segment where vehicles can be hopelessly complex, the Equus does a good job of keeping its vast amount of technology manageable." -- Edmunds 
  • "Yes, Hyundai's flagship comes with an Apple iPad that is loaded with -- you got it -- an interactive owner's manual. To think: This level of extravagance from a company whose finest, most expensive car 10 years ago was the $24,000 XG300 -- impressive, to say the least." -- Motor Trend
  • "Front-seat occupants have all the usual accouterments, including heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, an easy-to-use infotainment and navigation system with an eight-inch screen, and a high-end Lexicon stereo. The driver’s seat in every Equus has a massage function, although it feels more as if it came from a shopping-mall gadget store than a spa." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The Alcantara headliner feels coarse; some switches look plasticky and lack precision. And there’s no trace of a designer’s signature, as in the haute-couture Audi or the swinging London Jag." -- New York Times 
  • "Nestled into the center stack is an eight-inch display (the Driver Information System or DIS) that controls Bluetooth phone operation, MP3 player, CD, AM/FM/XM audio, dual-zone and rear HVAC settings, parking assist (front and rear) and the vehicle dynamics system. The main input is a rotary knob aft of the shifter, surrounded by buttons for each accompanying system. The blend of dedicated controls is a welcome change from other all-in-one arrangements, even if the graphics -- from the climate to GPS displays -- are a generation or two behind what's being offered by Audi and BMW." -- Autoblog 
  • "The materials just don't have the same refined and crafted sensation -- something that Genesis buyers moving from another luxury marque have noticed in the past. The brushed aluminum trim adoring the center stack looks nice, but feels slightly flimsy. The double-stitched leather on the dash is nice to the touch, but doesn't give, hinting at a hard plastic tray underneath. The buttons on the steering wheel, center column and instrument panel lack the solidity we've come to expect in something costing over 50-large. In short, if Audi is a tactile ‘10’, M-B a nine and BMW an eight, the Equus is somewhere between a six and seven -- well above average, but more aspirational than class-leading." -- Autoblog 


Reviewers have been tight-lipped when it comes to the Equus’ 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space – a number that is certainly competitive within the class of luxury large cars. If you need a larger cargo hold, competitors such as the Audi A7, Cadillac DTS, and Lincoln MKS lead the class with the most available trunk space.

  • Luggage space is a generous 16.7 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/5/11

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