2009 Hyundai Genesis V6: Electronic Oddities
April 02, 2009
Not everything about the 2009 Hyundai Genesis is well-sorted. The Bluetooth, navigation system and integrated iPod connection generally work better than average, but there are a few notable hiccups.
Take the above phone number, dialed via Bluetooth. It's supposed to read 1 (805) 637-7243*. The way it looks makes it seems like I'm calling France, or something.
*Don't bother calling. It's a dead-end unless you're calling from your own T-mobile phone, in which case you're already dialing this number each time you check your own voice mail.
The guidance volume for the navigation system is even worse.
It can't be turned off -- I could only dial the nice nav lady down to "MIN."
That means I couldn't become engrossed in anything playing on the stereo, especially a spoken-word podcast or audiobook, because each time the nav lady says "left turn in 3 miles" and "prepare to turn left" followed by "turn left in 300 yards" and finally "now turn left" the radio cut out for a good 4 or 5 seconds. And the nice nav lady never shuts up; she's always jawing about something.
But there is no "off," so I gave up and cancelled nav altogether (once I found the buried "cancel route" command). I only need guidance during the last 5% of any given trip anyway.
A given iPod track doesn't go into pause mode when the phone rings or I dial out. It keeps playing despite being forcibly muted. This is atypical behavior for a car with an integrated iPod connection. My workaround here, when I remember to do it, is to manually hit the AM/FM button, an action that also pauses the iPod.
The "Details" page in the iPod menu, which is also buried deeper than it should be, wastes the entire screen with just the track name floating in a giant sea of blue. It would be nice to see the album title, artist name and the time remaining alongside it on the same screen; you know, details.
I have one audiobook on my iPod, but the Genesis didn't sort it into the Audiobook category. It reminds me of Rex Kramer in Airplane, who conspiratorially said, "No... that's just what they'll be expecting us to do." It didn't end up in the Podcast section, either. Nope, Neil Gaiman is apparently a rock-n-roll band, and The Graveyard Book is apparently his latest album; and a 7-hour album, at that.
These are nice problems to have, I guess, because the Genesis' iPod connection, unlike many others, actually has Podcast and Audiobook categories in the menu.
And our new BMW 750i, with its "new and improved" iDrive and a much, much higher price tag, doesn't even have an integrated iPod connection -- all it's got is a plain aux jack. I'd never have guessed that iPod integration would be an option on a new car in this price range at this point in time.
Still, if the stuff's there, it should be sorted out better than this. The Genesis certainly has room for improvement in the Infotainment department.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,746 miles