Page 1:Hyundai Introduces Its $70,000 Equus
Page 2:When Styling And Technology Clash
Page 3:Getting Acquainted With The Equus' Interior
Page 4:A Sweet Head-Up Display And Gauge Cluster
Page 5:Standard Equipment: A Load Of Driver Aids
Page 6:The Infotainment System
Page 7:Rear-Seat Comfort
Page 8:A Smooth V8 And Eight-Speed Transmission
Page 9:2014 Hyundai Equus Benchmark Results
Page 10:A Solid Value For A Simple Luxury Sedan
When Styling And Technology Clash
The 2014 Equus is a classy-looking sedan. It's fairly simple, but still exudes professionalism like its more entrenched competition. The luxury segment is less about stand-out aesthetics and more dependent on the subtle elegance that demonstrates maturity. You want to show that you've made it in life, while not being obnoxious. To that end, Hyundai incorporates a lot of chrome to give the Equus flash, but contrasts the highlights with black detail work. I really dig the turbine-style wheels, too. They evoke sportiness without sacrificing the car's luxury target, in my opinion.
Blacked-out headlights make the front of the Equus more aggressive than it'd otherwise be. The car's attitude lightens up as you make your way to the back, finishing in a clean rear fascia, dual exhausts, and LED-based tail lights. The trunk lid's badge is the only Hyundai branding; the Equus has its own badge up front, on the wheels, and on the steering wheel.
To folks who just don't know any better, the Equus can certainly pass for a Lexus...right up until it drives past and the Hyundai badge comes into view, of course.
From afar, the Equus' exterior looks sharp. It’s when you get up close and start examining the details that workmanship falls short of the Germans. The Hyundai Multi-view Camera System's front sensor is perhaps most offensive. Audi stealthily conceals the front camera on its cars. Meanwhile, Hyundai slaps it right on the center of the grille. The camera doesn't even sit flush. It protrudes straight out. Even Nissan does a better job hiding the optics on its Versa Note, and that's a sub-$20,000 vehicle. There's absolutely no excuse for the sloppy execution of such a prominent feature.
At least the side and rear cameras are better-concealed. There's one built into each side-view mirror, and another hidden beneath the trunk lid's chrome beauty bar.
- Hyundai Introduces Its $70,000 Equus
- When Styling And Technology Clash
- Getting Acquainted With The Equus' Interior
- A Sweet Head-Up Display And Gauge Cluster
- Standard Equipment: A Load Of Driver Aids
- The Infotainment System
- Rear-Seat Comfort
- A Smooth V8 And Eight-Speed Transmission
- 2014 Hyundai Equus Benchmark Results
- A Solid Value For A Simple Luxury Sedan