Skip to main content

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan: Android, Atom, And More

Driver Assistance, HUD, Hands-free Trunk and CO2 Sensor

Hyundai’s suite of driver assistance features receives further refinement from the Equus. Buyers that opt for the Technology Package receive adaptive cruise control, lane assist, a haptic feedback steering wheel, and automatic emergency braking. Adaptive cruise control on the 2015 Genesis sedan remains similar in function as the Equus, which Hyundai dubs "smart" cruise control. It’s a full speed range cruise control that can completely stop the car and continue by simply pressing the resume button. As we’ve mentioned in the past, we love adaptive cruise control systems that can completely stop the car instead of requiring driver intervention below a certain speed. It makes enduring rush hour traffic much more pleasant and less stressful.

The former lane departure warning system receives an upgrade to lane keep assist. The LKA system can now actively intervene with driving and keep the vehicle within the lane when driving at speeds above 40 MPH. It relies on the camera mounted above the rear view mirror to track the lanes and applies torque to the electric power steering to steer the car. Hyundai provides the driver with two modes of LKA operation, pre- and post-departure intervention. In pre-departure mode, the LKA actively ensures the car doesn’t leave the lane, whereas post-departure only intervenes when you involuntarily wander out of the lines.

We briefly tested LKA and smart cruise control during the route on order to ensure that it works. The features work great if you need assistance while driving, but we turned it off for more spirited driving along the windy back roads of Arizona.

New to the Hyundai driver assistance suite is the automatic emergency braking system, which can completely stop the car or slow it down enough to minimize damage automatically. At speeds below 50 MPH, AEB can safely stop the car and prevent an accident. If you’re driving at speeds faster than that, it can still slow down the car to minimize the impact, hopefully lessening the damage to the vehicle as well as injuries to occupants. While some may think AEB is unnecessary, it only takes a quick glance backwards to check on the kids for someone to slam on their brakes or randomly pull out onto the street. It’s not a substitute for attentive driving, but it is a great safety net for those random accidental situations.

We did not get a chance to actively test AEB, since it would be irresponsible of us to do so on public roads. Nevertheless, it’s one of those features that we assume works and hope to never have to rely on it.

The head-up display we first experienced in the Equus is now optional on the 2015 Genesis sedan as part of the Technology Package. We liked it in the Equus, and still maintain the same opinion. It’s a full-color display that shows the speedometer, driver assistance features, turn-by-turn navigation, and the speed limit of the street. We only wish it had a tachometer and showed which gear the transmission is in during more spirited driving sessions, but considering the target market, we understand why its absence from the Genesis sedan.

All 2015 Genesis sedans come with a standard proximity key and push-button start. Hyundai developed a new automatic opening trunk that makes use of the proximity key. While Ford and BMW have an optional kick-activated trunk feature, Hyundai makes it even easier by automatically opening if you’re in the proximity of the trunk for three seconds. We’ve tested the Ford kick-activated feature briefly, and found it to be a hit-or-miss. Sometimes it made us feel silly for kicking under the rear bumper a couple times before anything happens. Hyundai’s hands-free trunk is much easier to operate, as long as the car is locked. All you have to do is approach the trunk and stand next to it for three seconds to watch the magic happen.

The last neat trick Hyundai has for the 2015 Genesis is an in-cabin CO2 sensor that monitors air quality. Hyundai’s reasoning for monitoring CO2 levels is to prevent driver drowsiness. It’s a simple idea, the more people there are in a car, the higher the CO2 levels are, which causes drowsiness. By monitoring the CO2 levels, the Genesis automatically brings in fresh air when necessary. Whether or not this actually works is beyond our testing capability for a day of driving. For what its worth, after being in the car for a little over 200 miles, and driving three-quarters of the trip, I never felt drowsy or tired, despite only getting five hours of sleep the night before.

  • s3anister
    I can't be the only one that gets disappointed when a new article is posted and it turns out to be a car...
    Reply
  • danwat1234
    They should make a hybrid version with a powerful electric motor to boost acceleration and to regen with and start/stop the engine with.
    Reply
  • blackmagnum
    I can't get over to being interested in a product that is a hobo's Bentley wannabe. Thanks A.T.H.
    Reply
  • JOSHSKORN
    <yawn> Call me when they start making cars that run on photosynthesis, so we can do away with gasoline and make Al Gore shut up about Global Warming.
    Reply
  • Flicules
    I have become a little dissapointed lately with you guys covering only spaceships instead of more down-to-earth cars(price wise). I really doubt that a guy who affords an A8, a Bentley or this Hyundai really bothers to check reviews on the internet...It's nice to get a taste of the future...but a balanced mix would be better i think. Feels a bit like Top Gear :D
    Reply
  • Avro Arrow
    Strange car. Looks like an Aston Martin from the front and a Hyundai Elantra from the rear. One big mistake they made is they really overdid that fake wood paneling. That "wood dashboard" is hideous. It looks like it belongs in a Jeep Wagoneer.
    Reply
  • tuanies
    13045675 said:
    They should make a hybrid version with a powerful electric motor to boost acceleration and to regen with and start/stop the engine with.

    The problem with Hybrids on big vehicles is there's very little benefit. The next review will be of the Lexus LS600hL and the fuel economy is only about 2MPG better in the city but 1MPG worse on the highway, at the cost of 2 Equus'.

    13045840 said:
    I can't get over to being interested in a product that is a hobo's Bentley wannabe. Thanks A.T.H.

    Judging by that, anything in that $50k range is a hobo's Bentley.

    13046439 said:
    I have become a little dissapointed lately with you guys covering only spaceships instead of more down-to-earth cars(price wise). I really doubt that a guy who affords an A8, a Bentley or this Hyundai really bothers to check reviews on the internet...It's nice to get a taste of the future...but a balanced mix would be better i think. Feels a bit like Top Gear :D

    Interestingly enough, the GT-R, A8L, Equus and Bentley are the stories where there was someone that chimed in saying they owned one. But that's where there's all the advanced in-car tech. While I have come across lesser cars, there's not enough tech or new features from another model for a complete story. I do plan on having a quick story on the new WRX/STI, Fiesta ST, and eventually Mazda3. However, I believe the next round of updates to compact and subcompact cars should bring new tech that will be worth covering. We're working with vehicles on a 5-year development cycle so what was new 5-years ago is what shows up for production.

    We will also start a project car series as well with my new 2014 Mazda5 Sport 6MT that I'm working to upgrade with whatever bits of tech I can get my hands on from the aftermarket.

    13047022 said:
    Strange car. Looks like an Aston Martin from the front and a Hyundai Elantra from the rear. One big mistake they made is they really overdid that fake wood paneling. That "wood dashboard" is hideous. It looks like it belongs in a Jeep Wagoneer.

    That wood paneling is actually real matte wood. Its porous and treated.
    Reply
  • ubercake
    There's high-tech gadgetry going on all over this vehicle, but I always find it funny when auto companies throw in an analog clock to take up some space on the center console (in addition to the digital clock up in the main display). I guess if you never learned to read a digital clock you can always fall back on your analog clock reading skills? Personally, I'd prefer some iteration of a sundial in place of an analog clock.
    Reply
  • BranFlake5
    Nope! This is not a luxury car of my taste. I'd buy an Audi A4 Quattro before even considering this thing. Heck, I'd buy a Tesla for a bit more.
    Reply
  • g-unit1111
    13047884 said:
    There's high-tech gadgetry going on all over this vehicle, but I always find it funny when auto companies throw in an analog clock to take up some space on the center console (in addition to the digital clock up in the main display). I guess if you never learned to read a digital clock you can always fall back on your analog clock reading skills? Personally, I'd prefer some iteration of a sundial in place of an analog clock.

    Yeah I've always thought that's kind of random too. Let's put the highest tech you can possibly imagine in a car, charge $50K for it, then it's put a 10 cent time piece in the center of the dashboard. :lol:
    Reply