Value and performance own the road in Genesis Coupe
When you’re a little bit of a leadfoot, but otherwise a law-abiding careful driver, cars like the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-SPEC from Grand West Hyundai are an interesting drive. With up to 274 hp, and a 2.0L Twin Scroll Turbo, mounted over a 6-speed manual transmission, you can take off from stoplights, and the engine roars and the gears shift and suddenly, you’re at the speed limit, and it’s all too short of a time.
Granted, it didn’t happen right away. It’s been a while since I drove stick, so I apologize to the trucker that was stuck behind me after I stalled out. Eventually, I got the Genesis running with a throaty hum from the exhaust and was able to take it out on the highway.
The Genesis Coupe is a looker. Aggressive styling, a slung-back look, big doors and a low, mean profile with huge 19” gunmetal alloy wheels all give it unique looks and a head turning presence.
Inside is just as attractive. The R-SPEC styling with red stitching on leather seats with texture-accenting cloth panels gives it a deep, sports car look. Gauge panels on the dash give you just that much more readout, but also provide something unexpected: a current mpg readout, lending 21st century sensibility to the sports-car information.
It’s comfortable to be in, as well. The seats are deep and give great support to the sides of the drive (nice when you like to take curves at speed, not that I encourage that behavior).
The trunk is also a surprise. For a coupe, there’s plenty of space, and with the pass-through on the seats, the Genesis doesn’t lack for utility.
I’ve already mentioned the throaty hum, because that’s just fun(and also re-tuned to be deeper on the 2014 model), but, as John Sage, sales and leasing consultant pointed out, “It’s confident. With the rear-wheel drive, it’s a stone bore performance car.”
When you get on the road, (and practice a minute, in my case), the Genesis shifts smoothly and quickly, and then you can really let it out, and it’s more than willing to do so.
As I said, accelerating to the speed limit didn’t take long, even on the highway. High-end passing acceleration was a breeze. The turbo kicked in quickly and just ran.
Even with all of that, the Genesis is still a full-sized vehicle. The cabin felt roomy and generous (though I wouldn’t want to sit behind myself). That brings me to a smart feature that makes both driving in the front seat and accessing the back seat more comfortable.
There’s an arm that locks out that holds the seat belt, allowing bigger drivers a much more comfortable placement, but that folds down to allow someone to climb inside without tangling themselves in the belt.
All of this comes at a surprisingly budget-friendly price, around $28k. That price also includes a 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty and the 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty that comes on all new Hyundais.
Check out the 2014 Genesis Coupe R-SPEC for yourself at Grand West Hyundai, 2162 Highway 50.