2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track: Telematics And Infotainment

The Infotainment System, Continued

A seven-inch resistive-touch LCD sits high in the 2013 Genesis Coupe's center stack. This makes the screen easy to see while you're driving. It's a lot easier to take a quick glance over rather than looking down, which we have do in vehicles with displays mounted lower in the stack. The Genesis' screen features an 800x480 resolution with 24-bit color support.

Physical controls below the display complement its touchscreen interface, providing more direct access to each infotainment system feature. Though we don't mind navigating menus with our fingers, we do prefer having buttons available as well, so kudos to Hyundai for its implementation. The company even sneaks in a CD slot right below the LCD for anyone who still uses them. It blends in so well that we nearly forgot it was there.

Music Features

The 2013 Genesis' infotainment system is very basic when it comes to music features. There’s a concealed connectivity hub at the bottom of the center stack, and hidden behind its flap are a USB port, a 1/8-inch auxiliary input, 12 V power, and a cubby. The storage space is small, and can accommodate a phone (even our fairly large Galaxy Nexus), but then the flap will not close. We were only able to button it back up with a small USB flash drive or iPod nano with Multi-Touch tucked away.

USB media playback is straightforward: you connect a drive and the system reads files and folders. There is no Gracenote database or album cover art support, unfortunately.

We did stumble across an annoyance while playing back media from USB-based flash media, where the system refused to show the file track data by default. Instead, the system wants to show the file name. There is an on-screen button you can push to view the track data, but you have to hit it after every song or you're stuck with the file name again. We didn't have this problem playing music off of an iPod, interestingly.

Connecting an Apple iPod requires that you use the dock connector cable included with the car, which employs the USB and auxiliary input ports to control and receive audio from Apple's hardware. You cannot use the white USB-based charge/sync cable that comes with the iPod. Hyundai's bundled cable is pretty short, but it's long enough to slide your device into the media hub cubby. With an iPod connected, you get access to the same familiar playback controls, only enabled through the infotainment system's touchscreen.

Hyundai equips the infotainment system in its 2013 Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track with HD Radio and SiriusXM. There is no support for HD Radio tagging or SiriusXM time shifting, though we didn't miss those features much anyway. However, the radio only supports six presets per band on HD Radio and SiriusXM. That's annoyingly few, considering that solutions from Kia and Ford support twice as many presets.

The Genesis' steering wheel exposes a standard set of controls that include volume, next track, previous track, mute, call, hang-up, Mode, and a voice recognition button. Ergonomically, all of the buttons and switches seemed very well suited and easily within reach of our favorite driving positions.

During our week with the car, we found ourselves using the steering wheel controls to control the volume, advance tracks, and answer phone calls, while we reached for the physical buttons below the seven-inch LCD to toggle between music sources, saving time compared to cycling through different modes.

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  • waiting for the Crysis guy
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  • I thought at first the car in the thumbnail was a Tesla Model S... I mean, it IS essentially a computer (runs Linux on dual Tegra 3s and all).

    Now THAT'S something Tom's should review. :P
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  • My stereo which is primitive by comparison has a far faster "boot up" time than any of these "infotainment" systems these cars have. It starts when I turn on the car there is mabey a 1sec delay and another 1sec if I decide to put in a cd as it has to start spinning it.

    And if you want the fancy features I still think an AUX connection from the stereo to the phone is the best bet. If its a smartphone you have the internet/mp3/pandora/gps and if you want an OBD2 scanner like Torque in case your car breaks down. And people usually upgrade these things once every few years and there will be no compatability issues using an AUX connection.
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  • .....but can it play Crysis?
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  • Waiting for an STI version of the Subaru BRX or TRD version of the Scion FR-S. From most reviews I have read the Hyundai handles like a pig on the track and those Brembo brakes have issues after a few laps.
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  • Nintendo Maniac 64 said:
    I thought at first the car in the thumbnail was a Tesla Model S... I mean, it IS essentially a computer (runs Linux on dual Tegra 3s and all). Now THAT'S something Tom's should review. :P


    We're trying to get one in for a week but considering how well they're selling it'll be a while.


    assasin32 said:
    My stereo which is primitive by comparison has a far faster "boot up" time than any of these "infotainment" systems these cars have. It starts when I turn on the car there is mabey a 1sec delay and another 1sec if I decide to put in a cd as it has to start spinning it. And if you want the fancy features I still think an AUX connection from the stereo to the phone is the best bet. If its a smartphone you have the internet/mp3/pandora/gps and if you want an OBD2 scanner like Torque in case your car breaks down. And people usually upgrade these things once every few years and there will be no compatability issues using an AUX connection.


    They still have aux inputs. However, I have an article idea that'll appeal to smartphone users such as yourself - just waiting for the Windows Phone 8 launch to commence ;) I'm open to any ideas you want to see covered though.

    634690 said:
    .....but can it play Crysis?


    No but if you want to port Angry Birds or Duke Nukem 3D to QNX and find a way to get them loaded onto the infotainment system, go for it :p

    59464 said:
    Waiting for an STI version of the Subaru BRX or TRD version of the Scion FR-S. From most reviews I have read the Hyundai handles like a pig on the track and those Brembo brakes have issues after a few laps.


    You and i both. The Hyundai is a fun daily, but that extra weight doesn't help it around a track.
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  • What is this on Tom's again....?
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  • 348 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque... WTF? I feel like I've been living under a rock. I guess this is what happens when you only buy used cars with cash. Suddenly Hyundias are freaking fast.
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  • I come here for Commuters not cars.This site has really lost it.
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  • Make that computers lol.
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  • xsamitt said:
    Make that computers lol.


    We still have the same computer / tech coverage as before, but with cars becoming so technologically advanced with the equivalent of a smartphone built in, the two paths are crossing.
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  • I get that I do but i am just about done with coming here...No offense intended.
    It's like Elvis leaving the building and thinking he's still here kinda deal.
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  • Nintendo Maniac 64I thought at first the car in the thumbnail was a Tesla Model S... I mean, it IS essentially a computer (runs Linux on dual Tegra 3s and all).Now THAT'S something Tom's should review.

    Tegra 3s, is that for infotainment or does it run the drivetrain and safety systems too? I guess I'll do some Googling

    EDIT: Looks like it is just the infotainment and instrument cluster (http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-57458212-48/nvidia-touts-its-place-in-the-tesla-model-s/). Curious what computers control the rest of the car.
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  • danwat1234 said:
    Tegra 3s, is that for infotainment or does it run the drivetrain and safety systems too? I guess I'll do some Googling


    I believe the entire system is based on Tegra 3, or at least T3 powers the gauges as well. Interesting tidbit I learned from NVIDIA - the Tesla Model S was designed with Tegra 2, but thanks to NVIDIA's VCM module, they just swapped it for T3 when it launched without having to make too many changes.
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  • cknobmanWaiting for an STI version of the Subaru BRX or TRD version of the Scion FR-S. From most reviews I have read the Hyundai handles like a pig on the track and those Brembo brakes have issues after a few laps.

    It's not as bad as they say. A dude in a Genesis kept up with my STi and my friends' M3 and Evo X on the track. Then again he could have been a better driver and made up the difference in performance.
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  • Hmm, Tom's Hardware doing a review on automobile technology...interesting
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  • Hmm... now we are reviewing cars? The computer environment must really be slowing down.
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  • assasin32My stereo which is primitive by comparison has a far faster "boot up" time than any of these "infotainment" systems these cars have. It starts when I turn on the car there is mabey a 1sec delay and another 1sec if I decide to put in a cd as it has to start spinning it.And if you want the fancy features I still think an AUX connection from the stereo to the phone is the best bet. If its a smartphone you have the internet/mp3/pandora/gps and if you want an OBD2 scanner like Torque in case your car breaks down. And people usually upgrade these things once every few years and there will be no compatability issues using an AUX connection.
    Makes it hard to use steering wheel controls. Fiddling with your phone while driving is pretty bad. I know a guy who thinks he good at it. He's not.
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  • It's kind of funny how it takes a while to boot up the infotainment system. Looking at the benchmarks it seems slow and I can't help but point out that the processors used are probably $30 or less in cost (Smart phone/Tablet ARM chips) and so they could jump to a better processor for more performance without too much of a price hike. That or make the software better take advantage of all cores while booting up and ensure that the onboard SSD isn't a big bottleneck.

    OR, I don't know, suspend to flash or sleep (keep LPDDR active)? Why does the infotainment system have to boot up every time the car is on?
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  • danwat1234 said:
    It's kind of funny how it takes a while to boot up the infotainment system. Looking at the benchmarks it seems slow and I can't help but point out that the processors used are probably $30 or less in cost (Smart phone/Tablet ARM chips) and so they could jump to a better processor for more performance without too much of a price hike. That or make the software better take advantage of all cores while booting up and ensure that the onboard SSD isn't a big bottleneck. OR, I don't know, suspend to flash or sleep (keep LPDDR active)? Why does the infotainment system have to boot up every time the car is on?


    Most of the cars have a preboot procedure they go through when the proximity key is detection / the driver opens the door, which doesn't make the boot-up time too noticeable. They can't go to sleep due to battery life concerns. Even at the minimal amounts of power, the system would still drain power from the battery and the car companies have to think about long-time parking.

    As for the hardware equation, automotive technology is about 5-years behind. The companies have to plan and source all the components during the development cycle, which is typically 5 years prior to the vehicle release, hence why it can't always have the latest and greatest.
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