2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Inconceivable!
May 24, 2011
I never thought I'd see the day when I'd prefer a Hyundai to a BMW. But here we are. Just on throttle response alone, the most recent BMW 5 and 7 Series have broken the deal. And it's not even as though the Equus' response is particularly fantastic, either -- Hyundai just managed NOT to screw it up like BMW has. In my time in the big Hyundai last night, I only found one complaint: the display.
The picture above looks great, right? Last night, it looked more like the dimmed version below. With the sun at my back, that display became a mass of grey. I thought it might be the day/night setting, and I was partially correct, it was set on "night." I put it in "auto" mode but that only changed the map -- the rest of the menus were still hard to read. I checked the brightness, too, increasing it from its middle setting to full bright. But it the screen was still hard to read.
And this had me a little confused, because other Hyundais I've driven did not have this problem -- something for the guys in Korea to think about for the next round of changes. That said, I'm certainly more willing to put up with the screen than a hesitant throttle or rough shifts.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor