2014 Hyundai Genesis coming to the UK © Hyundai

2014 Hyundai Genesis coming to the UK

Ever fancied a fast, four-door Hyundai saloon with loads of style and luxury? You’re in luck, as the new 2014 Hyundai Genesis saloon will be coming to the UK in right-hand drive form later this year.

2014 HYUNDAI GENESIS: PERFORMANCE

There’s lots to like, too. The American-market Hyundai Genesis is powered by either a 311hp 3.8-litre V6 or a 5.0-litre V8 producing 420hp.

At the moment, both engines offered are petrol-only, with no efficient diesel engine to power the UK cars yet on the horizon, but that shouldn’t put you off.

The range-topping 5.0 V8 is amazingly quick, sprinting from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds – that’s faster than a Porsche Cayman sports car!

The UK won’t get any four-wheel drive models, but rear-wheel drive should be more than adequate – mated to Hyundai’s smooth and technologically advanced eight-speed automatic gearbox, with paddleshifters in case you want to take control of the changing for more involved driving, the 2014 Genesis will be luxurious and sporty.

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis benefits from different driving modes, too: Eco will improve the car’s efficiency, Normal should be great for every-day use, while Sport is there for that deserted drive home from work or a weekend trip – all within the confines of the law, of course – stiffening up the suspension and sharpening throttle response.

2014 Hyundai Genesis coming to the UK © Hyundai

2014 HYUNDAI GENESIS: SAFETY

There’s also a Snow driving mode for “low-traction” conditions. If the road seems slippy, all you have to do is drop the car into the Snow setting and the throttle, gear change speed and the suspension will all be softened to allow for smoother, safer progress.

The Genesis has some impressive safety tech on board, too. If the worst should happen, the car’s Emergency Steering Support Mode will actively alter the suspension setup and stability control in the event of a spin to avoid a head-on frontal impact situation, hopefully avoiding dangerous whiplash injuries.

There’s also Hyundai’s Automatic Emergency Brake function, which should avoid a collision or reduce the impacts of a potential crash.

Along with this, Hyundai has fitted the 2014 Genesis with a new Blind Spot Detection system for motorway lane changes and Rear Cross-traffic Alert.

The latter will warn you of an approaching car if you’re backing out of a parking space. We all know how limited visibility can be in these situations, so having an electronic guiding hand here can help.

2014 Hyundai Genesis coming to the UK © Hyundai

2014 HYUNDAI GENESIS: LUXURY

Hyundai’s engineers discovered that passengers get drowsy when CO2 levels go above 2,000 parts per million.

Showing its amazing attention to engineering detail, its fitted the new 2014 Genesis with a special ventilation system that keeps CO2 levels below 2,000ppm at all times, filling the cabin with “freshly ventilated ambient air.”

Apart from clever technology like this, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis also gets lots of leather, expensive inlays for the interior, and more room inside the cabin than a BMW 5 Series.

There’s a Smart Trunk function that opens the boot just by sensing the key to improve practicality, while a large 9.2-inch HD touchscreen multimedia display including sat-nav, internet radio and a 17-speaker, 900W Logic 7 surround sound stereo system dominates the interior, delivering supreme luxury features at the touch of a button.

2014 Hyundai Genesis coming to the UK © Hyundai

2014 HYUNDAI GENESIS: DESIGN

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis saloon takes the Korean firm’s “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design them and moves it onto the next level – this is a great looking car.

The deep front grille gives it a purposeful stance, while the sharp, tapered profile and neat, pert tail give it a very attractive look.

A limited number of Hyundai Genesis saloons will be coming to the UK, but the good news is we will get it in right-hand drive.

This is proof Hyundai means business with its talk of moving upmarket in Europe. The new car goes on sale later this year with prices expected to start from around £30,000, making it something a bargain.

We can’t wait.

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