2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Adept handling
- spirited acceleration
- good value.
- Cramped rear seat
- lackluster audio systems.
Most helpful consumer reviews
2.0T Premium 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
People have to take this car for what it is, A road racer. Great handling, super performance, Good looks, and good fuel economy. 17MPG around town, 27MPG on highway. With Premium version you get sun roof and navigation to name a few extras. This car is electronically limited to 150+MPH. I will vouch for 135. This car has the ability to put you in jail in any of the 50 states. It is a car that wants to be driven. Good trunk space for 2 people. Con: This isn't a car for families with children. Back seat would be a pain to put a baby seat in and it's not designed for adults.
2.0T 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
So let's start with the entertainment, just to get the only bad part out of the way, it doesn't have an infotainment system, just a basic radio cd aux ipod Bluetooth system which is usually part for the course for a baseline model but I really feel like hyundai could have spent a few more dollars and put in a screen even if it didn't have navigation (which I don't prefer to have built in anyways) because there are many ways to get your phone screen to show up on those regardless of whether the screen supports it or not. The Bluetooth uses the older a2dp profile for music which is fine for the average user, but someone who leads more towards the audiophile end of the spectrum will definitely be able to hear the degradation at the high end from the compression. I just use the aux now to get the best sound from my phone, which the stock audio system actually sounds pretty good, it's factory amped so it's got a fair amount of bump out of the existing speakers. Adequate for every day listening but I will say if you're into car audio this is not the car for you, of course you can cram a 12 in the back with an amp, and you could fit a double din in up front, but you really shouldn't this isn't the car for that. Performance is stellar, acceleration is great whether you're starting from 0 or 60 it's very responsive but this car does not throw you back in your seat it's fairly heavy at 3500 pounds and the shocks are very good, so it's a very comfortable ride even when accelerating. Enthusiasts may be a bit turned off by that as my brother who's been a sports car enthusiast all his life felt underwhelmed by the perceived acceleration, but conceded that it's deceptively quick when driving it himself. It's very easy to find yourself driving along at 90+ mph on Texas highways without even realizing it because the ride is butter smooth. The engine compartment is actually pretty accessible and if you plan to mod the car this is a great one for you there is a HUGE online community dedicated to genesis coupes and modding them and have lots of information to provide to everyone. Overall I'm very satisfied with the car and plan to keep at for a long time especially considering that I bought the hyundai extended warranty from the dealership, 10 years 100,000 miles for the entire car, not just the powertrain, what a deal at 1300 bucks.
2.0T 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
For a budget performance car, this car is great! The handling is great, the car is quick (despite being heavy for its class), and looks amazing. The front bumper has a plastic piece that looks pretty cheap and the hood vents arent functional but other than that, the exterior is nice. The interior is great! I love the looks despite radio display that looks like it came out of a 2002 Pontiac (unless you got the premium trim which has navigation etc.). The seats are nice and hug you tight so you dont move much when taking sharp turns, and the material is nice quality. Back seats are small but that is expected when buying a coupe sports car. The car sounds nice and looks nice. I have not owned the car long (4 months) but http://gencoupe.com/ is a forum with a great community of Genesis Coupe owners and almost every owned expresses how reliable their Genesis Coupe has been. Almost everybody runs the car to high miles with nothing but routine maintenance. Overall, very impressed with this car.
2.0T Premium 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I’ve owned a 2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe 3.8 Premium and now a 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T premium(manual). First, I must say that this car turns heads. I wrapped my car in Ocean Shimmer Blue vinyl wrap and people stop on the street or in the middle of a crosswalk to take pictures. The first thing that had to go was the exhaust. The 3.8 had a much better exhaust note as opposed to the 2.0T. I got rid of the first cat and put in straight pipes, with 2 small resonators and have had nothing but compliments. However, I did just get a ticket for “loud exhaust/no muffler”. Which was completely ridiculous as it’s not that loud, just nice sounding. Secondly, the air intake had to go. Put in a SRI which sounds spectacular when accelerating hearing all of the air being sucked in. Right after the air intake you obviously need a BOV. With the intake and BOV riding down the street, hitting the gas and hearing the blow off valve people will literally do the OWL (turn their heads 90 degrees to see what is making that noise). It sounds amazing. Lastly, what I recommend to every genesis owner (mostly those with the turbos) is to tune the car. It’s expensive, but it’s worth every penny. Tuning from BTR or SFR changes your car 100%. You think it was fast before? Wait until you have that new ECU inside. With 1:1 throttle response, the extra 60hp and 80tq makes this car faster than the 2013+ 3.8’s. I find that the more you upgrade your genesis with bolt-ons the more turbo lag you get. At one point I asked a 2010 3.8 to race from 0-100 and I took him from 1st into 2nd... once I went into second and shifted the turbo lag felt like I slammed on the brakes and he bested me. After that I tuned the car and it got rid of all that turbo lag and the car is extremely linear. Revs to 7,200 RPM, no governor, increase HP/TQ, better fuel economy, tuned for 91 gasoline, launch control, o2 sensor disabled, etc. This car is now a beast. It’s the best $1,000 I ever spent. There is a wide variety of companies out there that offer so many different options for mods/upgrades. There’s an entire community dedicated to genesis cars like the previous review stated. All that being said, without doing any sort of modifications and keeping your car factory. I must say it’s still a peppy sports car. You can still get many tickets with it and still turn heads. The stereo system in the premium is pretty good. Comes with a factory subwoofer in the back that’s capable of shaking your mirrors, I believe it’s an infinity system. The power is there, but I still say it needs to have bolt-ones and a tune to really unlock its capability. Always tune on a separate ECU in case you take it in for repair or maintenance you can swap out and not void your warranty. Pros would be: Great sound system on the premium model Decent power that can still get you in trouble Overall great looking car Huge community for modifications Cheap repairs for any break downs Decent gas mileage if driving like normal Reliable Once fully modded you can beat BMW 300 series, focus ST, genesis v6’s, Volkswagen, etc etc. Entertainment system on the premium is easy to use and very functional. Decent size screen with navigation. Cons would be: Factory tune does not unleash its full potential Too many bolt-ones with no tune = TERRIBLE TURBO LAG The tires could have been 255/265 for the rear for more traction and more aggressive look No head room in the backseat. Anyone over 5’6 will have trouble sitting back there. Transmission could have been fine tuned a bit more. They just carbon coated the synchros after the 2012 models. It still feels off. Terrible handling in the snow even with excellent winter tires. Interior still has a lot of cheap plastic pieces. Including the pedals which could have been made with metal. Premium should have came with the limited slip diff, instead it’s more expensive and only the r-spec comes with the LSD. Hood scoops look cheap and aren’t functional Front end plastic looks cheap, but after a wrap it looks really good. Overall I give this car a 4/5. As you need to spend about $3,000 on the BOV/SRI/EXHAUST/TUNE/ETC... to really unlock this cars full potential. Once done it’s an incredible machine that will slam you back in your seat. Without the mods this car just feels like it’s lacking that extra giddy up. The transmission still leaves more to be wanted. The turbo lag without a tune is completely ridiculous. All in all, great car, but leaves more to be desired.