A butler of a car: the 2015 Hyundai Genesis

Written by on September 29, 2014 in Cars and Chicks, Perspectives, Trends - 23 Comments

Krystyna Lagowski 2015 Hyundai GenesisThere was only one word to describe the deluge of rain pouring down when I picked up the 2015 Hyundai Genesis – absolutely biblical. And wasn’t that appropriate? Not only because I was picking up a Genesis, but also because even shrouded in rain, I could see that it had biblical proportions – practically an ark. Of course, likely the sleekest and most sophisticated ark around. I was encased in bountiful luxury. This is the car you want to be in when the heavens turn dark, battering and whipping the earth with rain. There was something so capable and powerful about the Genesis, that made me feel safe and completely in control. I was ready to take on a monsoon!

Inside,  it was 50 shades of greige, elegant and understated sumptuous leather comfort. And it had such good manners – graciously moving the seat and steering wheel back  for maximum comfort when entering and exiting. A car that doubles as a butler! A heads-up display projected onto the windshield provided a wealth of information – my speed, the legal speed, the next turn, blind spot alert, even the Sirius radio station. It seems everything about the Genesis was large, comfortable and polite – if it could talk, it would have an English accent and its beverage of choice would be a fine Oolong tea, served on the best Spode china.Hyundai Genesis

And yet – it sported a Hyundai badge! You would expect this type of poshness from more expensive European brands. An Aston-Martin vibe echoed in its cleanly flared and defined bearing, gracefully bowing back to an ever-so-slightly uptilted rear end. And powered by a massive 5-litre V-8, with a whopping 420 hp, all wheel drive, Lotus-tuned suspension, an eight-shift automatic transmission, and more indulgences than I usually enjoy on Valentine’s Day!

IMG_8878It did take up a fair bit of real estate on the road, which seems to be occupied by construction crews, backhoes, and traffic cones. Was it my imagination, or were pedestrians hurling themselves in my path? Safety sensors beeped a chorus of “caution!” – parking lots seemed to be the worst. I mean, a car this size – you couldn’t miss me. What were they thinking? Obviously, they weren’t.

I could choose from normal, sport or eco driving modes, and ever the cost conscious gal, chose eco. I may be stingy, but the power in this biblical beast was plentiful, and acceleration was never short of brawny. At all times, a digital read-out on the dash told me how my fuel consumption was doing, in case I needed reminding. It was so thoughtful and polite – not just a car, but with a butler’s attentive yet diplomatic deportment.

And when the sunshine came, I let it in through a gargantuan sunroof – which lifted back but left a discreet screen, to keep the cabin air clean. I could breathe easy, especially since this is the only car that comes with a cabin c02 monitor. Amazingly, in a car with so many amenities at my finger tips, I was able to figure out all of them. Only once did I have to consult the owner’s manual – a sunscreen on the back window, which some people might appreciate, hindered my view at night. I couldn’t figure out how the heck to get rid of it, and finally found the right button. Whoosh! All gone.Genesis sunroof

On a trip to a neighbourhood crowded arts and crafts fair, I worried just a smidge – where the heck would I park a car this size? The side streets were mobbed, and the festivities spilled out over the sidewalk onto the street. My crafty companion, a long-time friend who has developed an connoisseur’s appreciation for cars over the duration of IMG_8884our acquaintance, was suitably impressed with the car’s deftness. And parking was actually a breeze. With the help of sensors and a rear view camera, we easily slid into the perfect spot. And when it was time to haul my friend’s bargain treasure chest home, the roomy trunk was duly appreciated.

You can judge a good craft fair not only by its goods and bargains, but also how depleted one feels when it’s all over. The schlepping from booth to booth, the agony of indecision, the thrill of the haggle, and the excitement of winning a unique and stylish accessory. It drains you, leaving you devoid of energy.

And so finally, we sank our exhausted remains onto the welcoming leather seats, clucking and chortling over our haul, sailing smoothly home.

Would any butler have done any less?

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23 Comments on "A butler of a car: the 2015 Hyundai Genesis"

  1. Tim September 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm · Reply

    What a gorgeous automobile and 50 shades of greige just it makes it even more desirable. You certainly get to put your foot down in some beautiful cars and I find myself getting a touch envious.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm · Reply

      This was a drop-dead gorgeous car, on the inside and outside. So well-designed, a lot of attention to detail. Really almost decadent! But, at the end of the week, I always have to give them back … sometimes it’s very hard …

  2. Ken Dowell September 30, 2014 at 2:59 am · Reply

    Really nice looking car. And that’s a pretty interesting way to take a test drive. I would imagine there are many otherwise impressive vehicles that don’t feel particularly safe in a deluge.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 2, 2014 at 10:43 pm · Reply

      It’s just a stunning car, really. I hadn’t planned on driving in such a downpour, but let’s face it, that’s life. It’s the true test of any car, to see how it handles in inclement weather. I encourage people to test drive cars in snow and cold because, hey, this is Canada! : ))

  3. Lenie September 30, 2014 at 10:45 am · Reply

    I love the way you personalize these cars you test – (what a terrible job you have driving around in these fabulous cars LOL). Anyway, you sure got it right on the ‘butler’ classification for this one. Everything about it appealed to me, even the size. I could just see me driving around in comfort and splendor – I might even feel a bit hoity-toity, you know. Always enjoy your writing very much.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 2, 2014 at 10:41 pm · Reply

      You know, Lenie, I spend most of my time in smaller cars and it was a treat to tool around in something so grand. It was impossible not to feel a little spoiled, having all these extra features at my fingertips. Believe me, this car’s got the hoity-toity down very nicely. You’re so sweet :))

  4. William Rusho September 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Reply

    I never thought about a Hyundai before. Thanks for the article, now I will look at them a little different.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm · Reply

      I’m glad I could persuade you to see these lovely vehicles in a different perspective. You may be surprised …

  5. Jacqueline Gum September 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm · Reply

    I love your posts and partly because it sounds like you are dating these cars…you certainly give them large personalities! Laugh! This is such a departure with everything getting so much smaller! You made the parking sound easy, but seems to me they are making parking spaces so much smaller theses days…or is that my aging eyes?

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm · Reply

      It does feel like I’m kind of on a date with all these cars – there’s something about the interaction that makes it feel, well, personal. Every now and then, it’s good to shake things up, which is why I picked a large luxury sedan instead of my usual small and sporty fare. And yes, they ARE making parking spots smaller, I don’t think it’s just your eyes. Trying to encourage folks to get into smaller, more fuel-efficient cars. My parking spot is way smaller than my friend’s spot, out in the burbs!

  6. Jeri September 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm · Reply

    You always bring out the personality of each car you review so well 🙂 Our recent rental in Europe makes our current SUV seem like it’s stuck in kindergarten. Cars are getting smarter all the time… I am coveting a back-up camera now that I finally drove in a car that had one. It was cool too how the mirrors would automatically fold in on narrow roads and in car garages.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 2, 2014 at 10:31 pm · Reply

      Oh, they have a much nicer selection of cars in Europe than we do over here! I’m so envious! You’ll be glad to know that back-up cameras will be legally required in all cars by 2018! While that’s a few years away, my guess is that manufacturers will be knocking themselves out with early compliance. Funny how you get used to these conveniences. And the side-view mirrors – makes such a difference when they fold down. Hopefully that will become a more popular feature, too.

  7. Arleen September 30, 2014 at 7:57 pm · Reply

    Hyundai Genesis should be honored to have to test drive their cars. You put into words so elegantly. You make us want to try it out. Let’s face this might not be a brand I would even think about. Bringing a butler to life, who could ask for anything more.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm · Reply

      That’s high praise, Arleen! Would anyone expect such a well-designed, thoughtfully turned-out luxury car from Korea? That was the fun of the whole exercise. If you’d blindfolded me – okay, I’d have to be a passenger – I would have thought I was in a much more expensive European car. (notice I don’t say which one!)

  8. Beth Niebuhr September 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm · Reply

    You have a real gift for expressing the essence of the cars you describe. It’s not a car I would consider but it was certainly interesting to hear that it is surprisingly elegant.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 2, 2014 at 10:24 pm · Reply

      Aw, thanks, Beth. While I don’t get into most luxury sedans, this one caught my eye. It’s good looking, plush, and by golly, quite affordable.

  9. Angela October 1, 2014 at 11:51 am · Reply

    Wow. You certainly have a way with words and you know how to make a car sound like a companion and gift from God! Who knew a Hyundai could look so slick!

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 2, 2014 at 10:22 pm · Reply

      Why, thank you, Angela! When you think about it, a car can be your best friend – it gets you to work on time, schleps your groceries, takes you on vacations, and takes you home at the end of a long day. It’s a reliable source of transportation that works as hard as you do!

  10. Susan Cooper October 1, 2014 at 5:22 pm · Reply

    I remember the Hyundais that first came out. They were cheap and very uninteresting. Hyundai Genesis looks a whole lot different from the early days… LOL Your said it all so well. I have little to add. I might just have to try it out. 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm · Reply

      Hyundai really has come a long way. We knew they were serious when they offered that 100,000 kilometre (in Canada we use kilometres) warranty. Now, it’s a brand that is trusted and respected among consumers. And with the Genesis, I think they have those high end European manufacturers in their cross-hairs!

  11. andleeb October 2, 2014 at 12:51 am · Reply

    I really like your reviews of cars. As I have mentioned before that I am totally out of this thing but can refer to friends 🙂 . Between Hyundai Genesis is amazing and some features makes it desirable.

  12. Candice October 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm · Reply

    I am in LOVE with Hyundai’s. I lost my poor baby (2004 Elantra) to a car wreck a few years back and I was devastated. Me and Bertha had a love affair that I can’t even explain to people. The generous warranty, the free oil changes and NO issues at all for the life of that car. It was beautiful! The Genesis is pure Luxury and I envy your driving experience. Great article.

    • Krystyna Lagowski October 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm · Reply

      Aw, sorry to hear about Bertha. It’s sad when a beloved vehicle meets a premature demise – I totally get how it could be a love affair. They’re always there for you, do what you want them to do, take you places, take you home, make you feel safe – who could ask for anything more? Hyundai is a brand that’s worked hard to make their vehicles and the consumer experience exceptional. Of course you’re in love! : ))

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