As Hyundai's first bid to enter the world of luxury sedan building, the Genesis is one of the brand's most important cars. Battling it out with the best Japan has to offer, including the Lexus GS and Infiniti M, as well as trying to nose in on German territory, the Genesis is well-executed, well-built, and has been well-received. MotorAuthority rates it a solid 8 out of 10.
Though the Genesis looks a bit plain on the outside, even neglecting to but a Hyundai badge on the front end, it manages to be attractive in an understated way. Its proportions are very good for a large sedan, while details like the grille, headlights, and rear bumper design all offer some interest and even continuity with its less luxury-oriented models. Inside, the Genesis is all quality leathers and soft-touch plastics, put together with very close tolerances and the same reserved styling found on the outside, with the center stack playing the star as host to the infotainment system and large controller knob.