2013 Hyundai Equus Interior
This interior review was written when the 2013 Hyundai Equus was new.
While the 2013 Equus is spacious and packed full of tech features, reviewers are let down by the craftsmanship and materials used inside. Although the Equus’ interior is nicer than what you’ll find in most cars, test drivers say it still lacks the quality found in flagship sedans built by Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
- "Interior quality is certainly strong, but this car costs less than the established premium brands for more reasons than just its Hyundai badge. The materials used and construction fall short of those in similarly priced luxury sedan cabins, let alone those of similarly sized flagship luxury sedans from Audi or Mercedes-Benz." -- Edmunds
- "While the feel and quality of the materials is my only complaint, it's a glaring one." -- Cars.com (2012)
- “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.” -- The New York Times (2011)
- "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 (2011)
If you prioritize space and comfort above all else, reviewers say you’ll feel right at home in the 2013 Equus. The Equus Signature has seating for five, while Ultimate models feature an ultra-posh four-seat configuration. Both trims feature a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, a massaging driver’s seat, leather upholstery and power-adjustable heated rear seats. The Ultimate trim offers two power reclining chairs in the back seat that are 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. While critics say that the Equus is spacious and comfortable, one reviewer isn’t impressed by the driver’s seat massage system.
- "Overall interior room is quite impressive, and both front and rear passengers are treated to sky-high levels of comfort." -- Edmunds
- "The backseat is where it's at, though. There's a ton of legroom. With 38.9 inches of rear legroom, the Equus has more than the Lexus LS 460, at 35.8 inches and is just slightly behind Cadillac's new V-6-powered XTS, at 40 inches." -- Cars.com (2012)
- "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 (2011)
- "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 (2011)
The 2013 Hyundai Equus Signature comes with a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power rear sunshade, proximity key with push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, navigation and a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system with a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio and Bluetooth. The Ultimate trim adds a forward-view cornering camera, a power trunk lid, a rear-seat entertainment system, power rear side-window sunshades and a rear-console refrigerator.
Reviewers love the sound quality from the 2013 Equus’ Lexicon audio system, but they’re divided on the infotainment system’s ease of use. One test driver says that some stereo adjustments take longer than they should, while another writes that the center screen’s graphics look kind of dated in comparison with Audi and BMW displays.
- "The Equus features a knob-based multimedia controller that operates the navigation, climate, vehicle and entertainment systems (there are also simple, redundant climate controls in the center stack). Overall, it works OK, with certain tasks like Bluetooth phone pairing made particularly painless. However, commonly used functions like selecting a radio preset or controlling your iPod take too much effort. This is a shame, since the Lexicon sound system is one of the best available in any car, period." -- Edmunds
- "While the 2013 Hyundai Equus sedan's 17 speakers might seem like overkill, we applaud the superb sound quality of the system, which completes the luxurious in-cabin experience." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2011)
The Equus has 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than you’ll find in most super luxury cars. Additionally, one reviewer notes that the Equus’ trunk is deep enough to accommodate items that many sedans can’t.
- "In terms of trunk space, the Equus is pretty respectable, with 16.7 cubic feet available." -- Edmunds
- "I was able to fit a very large, square box - I bought a new garden hose reel - with no problems. It's just the sort of bulky item most trunks aren't able to handle." -- Cars.com (2012)