Hyundai Genesis Interior

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2016 Hyundai Genesis Interior Overview

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis' cabin is very well-isolated from outside noise and is made with high-quality materials, auto writers say. They appreciate its simple navigation and phone controls and say using most interior features is easy. Reviewers think the front and back seats have ample legroom. Trunk space is great for an upscale midsize sedan, and a standard hands-free trunk release system adds convenience, reviewers say. 

  • "The cabin is stylish and clean and uses real wood and metal accents in some models. There are soft-touch materials and excellent attention to detail throughout, and the color combinations are pleasing to the eye." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As dramatically different as the Genesis is on the outside, its interior reflects a far more subtle approach. Instead of trying to reinvent the entire cabin, Hyundai's designers focused on a simple layout, small detail changes and improved materials." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The little details are executed very well in this cabin in both construction and choice of materials. Hyundai has done some ergonomic work on the steering wheel and many of the switches have been replaced to give them a better feel." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Seating

The Hyundai Genesis seats five and comes with standard leather upholstery. Heated, power-adjustable front seats are standard. Upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available. Reviewers praise the 2016 Genesis for its hushed cabin and spacious front seats. Critics think the back seats have more than enough legroom for adults but are short on headroom. 

  • "The Genesis' seats are marvelously comfortable and its cabin whisper quiet at highway speeds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It's comfortable and quiet, lovely inside, and important-looking outside." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "The cabin lands on the cushier side of the spectrum, with a focus on all-around comfort. This philosophy stands opposed to some of the segment's sportier interiors that place an emphasis on the driver, with the resulting environments offering more of a cockpit feel at the expense of overall spaciousness. Indeed, Hyundai proudly points out that the Genesis offers more cubic feet of interior room than just about anything in its class, including entries from BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "… it's a comfortable car, with plenty of seat adjustments and a generous amount of room. The stretched wheelbase opens up enough space for adult-size rear seats, with lots of legroom to stretch out, although headroom is still not exactly abundant." -- Edmunds (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis comes standard with a rearview camera, an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a USB port, a seven-speaker audio system and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, which can automatically connect you with help in the event of an emergency and send you maintenance reminders. Available features include lane departure warning, blind spot detection, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch touch screen, head-up display, a power rear sunshade, manual rear side window sunshades and a 14- or 17-speaker Lexicon audio system.

Navigation and phone functions are controlled using a rotating knob and buttons, and reviewers say they're easy to operate. A few critics add that the controls for features like lane keep assist warning and heated seats are simple to locate.

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  • "Significantly, the Genesis sedan uses an intuitive, centrally located scroll wheel and push buttons, similar to Audi's MMI system, to toggle through the navigation system, phone and more." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "One big selling point for cars in this class is connectivity, and Hyundai has added everything here but the electronic kitchen sink." -- AutoWeek (2015)
  • "Inside, the Genesis isn't as high-tech as an Audi or as sleek as the latest Mercedes, but the Hyundai is much more resolved than its predecessor." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "Thankfully, even with all the options checked the cabin isn't a mess of buttons, knobs and switches. This Genesis is still a car you can get in and drive with no orientation." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "It only takes a few minutes to adjust to everything inside this car, from connecting your phone to turning on your seat heater and turning off the Lane Keep Assist. The car is laid out in a very driver-friendly manner with no surprises or disappointment." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis has 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space, making it one of the roomier trunks in the class. A few reviewers like the trunk's wide opening and say there's good space for luggage. The Genesis comes with a hands-free Smart Trunk feature, which automatically opens when you stand close to the trunk for more than three seconds. Test drivers say the feature is convenient when your hands are full. A power trunk lid is optional.

  • "Need to open the trunk but you've got two arms full of grocery bags? No worries. Just approach the Genesis' rear end and after three seconds (with the key fob on your person) the Smart Trunk system senses your presence and automatically opens the trunk." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 15.3-cubic-foot trunk, though slightly smaller than before, is plenty big enough to swallow several suitcases and has an appreciably wide opening. And speaking of cargo utility, one of the most useful standard features is the hands-free Smart Trunk opener. If you walk up to the rear of the car with the key fob in your pocket, hands full of groceries, wait 3 seconds and the trunk will automatically open for you, whether with the standard manual lid or the power version." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Perhaps the most intriguing feature is the automatic trunk opening. It sounds more like a gimmick than anything else but it's certainly something your neighbor is going to show you if he buys a Genesis. Just walk up to the back of the car, wait to hear four beeps and the trunk opens. No foot waving or button pushing, it just opens like it is reading your mind. Very cool." -- Motor Trend (2015)
Review Last Updated: 7/12/16
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