Avg. Price Paid:$34,503 - $37,206
Original MSRP: $59,000 - $66,000
MPG: 16 City / 24 Hwy
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2012 Hyundai Equus Interior

This interior review was written when the 2012 Hyundai Equus was new.

With its long list of standard features, as well as ample space for passengers and cargo, reviewers like the interior of the 2012 Hyundai Equus. However, some critics note that while the space and interior features are impressive, the Equus falls short with subpar interior quality. They say that the materials appear high-quality, but have a chintzy feel upon closer inspection.

Still, the Equus offers spacious, comfortable, heated seats all around, as well as reclining rear seats and front-seat ventilation. 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.

A high point for the Equus is its intuitive interior controls for navigation and entertainment, although a few critics say the display’s maps and graphics look a bit dated.

  • "No matter which Equus trim you choose, you'll find a car with sufficient headroom and legroom for everyone and an interior laced with rich, warm wood and fine leathers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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  
  • "The materials just don't have the same refined and crafted sensation ... 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 


If you prioritize space and comfort above all else, you’d be hard pressed to find a better luxury large car than the 2012 Equus. One reviewer notes that the Equus’ interior space rivals what’s available in super luxury cars such as the Mercedes S-Class and the Audi A8. Signature models feature seating for five, while Ultimate models feature an ultra-posh four-seat configuration. Both trims feature a 12-way adjustable driver’s seat and 10-way adjustable passenger seat, which are heated and ventilated. Additionally, the Equus comes standard with a massaging driver’s seat and heated rear seats that recline.

The Ultimate trim offers a rear seating configuration that many consider to be the height of luxury. Seating capacity drops to four, and the 60/40-split 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 foot rest and massage.

Despite the 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.

  • "A rear bench seat comes standard in the Signature trim level, which provides ample accommodation for three adults." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "By the measurements, the Equus' cabin isn't appreciably larger than the Genesis' - front and rear legroom are up less than half an inch - but both cars meet the EPA's large-car classifications, so few shoppers should be wanting for space." -- Cars.com 
  • "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 
  • "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 

Interior Features 

Although some reviewers note cheap interior materials, they like the Equus’ extensive list of standard features, which is longer than anything else in its class. Two trims levels are available, which both come fully-loaded with a heated steering wheel, a Lexicon surround sound audio system, HD and satellite radio, navigation, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and push-button start.

Compared with rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Jaguar XF, critics particularly like Hyundai’s intuitive electronic features. They note that although the center display’s graphics look a touch dated, the Equus’ navigation, climate and audio systems are easy to access and control. More than one test driver also raves about the 17-speaker stereo, which boasts exceptional sound quality.

  • "While 2012 Hyundai Equus sedan's 17 speakers might seem like overkill, we applaud their superb sound quality, which completes the luxurious in-cabin experience." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "In a segment where vehicles can be hopelessly complex, the Equus does a good job of keeping its vast amount of technology manageable." -- Edmunds 
  • "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 


Reviewers haven’t said much about the Equus’ trunk, though its 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space is certainly competitive within the class of super luxury cars. If you need more room, competitors such as the Audi A7 and Lincoln MKS offer more trunk space.

  • “Luggage space is a generous 16.7 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 10/9/13

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