2011 Hyundai Equus: Suspension and Ride Quality
May 13, 2011
I'm pretty impressed with the suspension setup and tuning on our Hyundai Equus. There's no question that it's the smoothest riding car in our long-term fleet right now. Around town, it absorbs small bumps and potholes quite well and keeps occupants comfortable. But there's more to it than just that.
On the highway the ride is still pretty supple. Yet the Equus feels secure at speed, and the soft suspension tuning isn't detrimental to handling -- sweep into a turn and the big sedan remains stable and pretty flat, even if the tire grip is modest. Basically, you get old-school Buick comfort but without the nautical body motions. You can also firm up the suspension tuning a bit with the Sport mode.
Credit is no doubt due to the car's suspension design, which includes air springs and adaptive damping. The air springs allow for an adjustable ride height. It's hard to detect what the Equus is doing with ride height, but it's certainly doing something as I've noticed the body move a bit and can hear the air compressor activate once I've exited the vehicle. As the driver, you only have control for raising the ride height at low speeds (say, for a bumpy dirt road). Interestingly, the owner's manual notes that the Equus also has a lower suspension position, but it's automatically applied only at speeds greater than 100 mph. I guess that'd be the "autobahn" mode.
I'm looking forward to reading our own Dan Edmunds' eventual suspension walkaround post.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor