Review: 2011 Hyundai Equus

Posted on 17. Nov, 2010 by in Auto News

Two years ago, the $ 40,000 Genesis was a bold move upmarket for Hyundai. Tepid sales of semi-premium line indicates that the market. Still not quite ready for an expensive car in Korea And yet, for the year 2011, the company is trying to even greater leap with the $ 58,900 Equus ($ 65,400 in Ultimate trim). This is territory where even storied manufacturers like Cadillac and Lincoln fear to tread (at least with cars). Hyundai has big premium sedan comes close enough to established competitors, while undercutting the price enough that potential buyers will see the sticker? Or is it a step too early to sell determined in very small numbers?

While the Genesis targets the E-Class, 5-Series and Lexus GS, the Equus goes after its larger sibling. The dimensional relationship between the two conductive Hyundais most resembles that between the BMW 5 and 7, with an approximately four inch difference in wheelbase (119.9 inches for the Equus), seven-inch difference in length (203.1), an inch difference in rel (74.4) and negligible difference in rel (58.7).

Unlike the BMW's, but does not have the Equus look easy as the same sausage in a long. With generous curves tend to a Buick even a sweep-spear-of Equus' exterior derivative has more style and less (by direct competitors, at least) than the Genesis. However, as the domestic car of choice for home market leaders, it remains much more conservative than the Sonata. There's nothing that turns off buyers. But there is not much to turn it on.

The interior styling, without striking eye-catching elements, general premium sedan. The materials are usually worth the price, but not surprised, unless the presence of abundant Alcantara Suede (for the headliner), premium leather (on the instrument panel and seats) and real wood in a Hyundai surprises. Tons of high-end features are standard, including adaptive cruise control, four-zone temperature control, power lying back seats, a 608-watt, 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, and (the car the best call for "a first) "for an iPad user. A plus: the need plenty of controls to all these functions operate, easier to learn and operate than competing European sedans. As in uplevel Mercedes, are metaphoric seat controls located high on all four doors.

Unfortunately neglected the basics Hyundai pack in the rush to the Equus full of features. The driver's seat positioned high in comparison to the dashboard as those in the Lexus LS and Mercedes S-Class, offers a good view forward through the comfortable upright windscreen and reduces the perceived bulk of the cars. But the seat itself is not even a hint of lateral support. The pads are very far apart, and the space between them is deprived of contour. Hardcore side support is neither required nor expected, that is not a sports sedan, but more cosseting seats would be much better, even if it crosses the straightest highway.

The front seats are also responsible for a serious gap in the rear seats. To begin with, despite its larger outer side of Equus not substantially greater than on the inside of the Genesis. Combined, front and rear legroom to grow only 1.1 inches, to 45.1 and 38.9 inches. Although this very competitive numbers which data is not always accurately represent real life. And in real life, because there is no room for your feet under the front seats (even if they are raised) is rear legroom scarce. I'm 5-9 and have a shortish 30-inch stride length, but could not comfortably sit behind me. Not with my feet slip forward under the front seats, I had to "knee" sit, thigh support. The rear seat of the Genesis seems more spacious and comfortable. Lying power rear seats are standard on the Equus, but this function will move the seat forward so that a bad situation worse. Moreover, even with the rear seat in its full upright position I found reclined excessively.

Step out of the Equus Signature for Equus Ultimate (trim names of the Lincoln Town Car loan?) And a power leg rest is taken up with the right rear seat. Oddly enough, if you are under 5-6, there is not enough space to use it, even with the front right seat went all the way to the front and tipped. Hyundai offers an extended wheelbase Equus in Korea. The leg rest, the car should have been limited. A shame as the ultimate rear console (instead of the signature center seat position) the makings of a thoroughly management experience, with a cooled storage compartment, DVD entertainment system, and many keys are to play with. Who knew Hyundai could be so cruel and offers so many toys, but not enough space to play.

The Equus shares its 385-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 and six-speed automatic with the Genesis, but it weighs nearly a quarter-ton more (4449 to 4592 pounds). Consequently, the acceleration is just adequate, but not great (it's not that kind of car, anyway) or effortlessly. The engine is quiet, but the noise makes are welcome anyone with even the slightest concern for driving. Do you want to scoot more? Wait a year when Hyundai. The 4.6 with a direct-injected 5.0-liter good replacement for 429 hp and add two key figures for transferring The 2012 drive train should be good for another MPG. The EPA classifies the 2011 for 16 city, 24 highway. Aside from 6 MPG during a vigorous exploration of the chassis, I noticed slightly better numbers, and even more than 30 on a stretch of rural highway with some complete stops.

The Equus' standard suspension pairs rel adjustable air suspension with adaptive shock. Lexus, and not from Europe, was clearly the dynamic route. The Korean flagship electro-hydraulic steering is not sloppy, but is accelerated in all light, it does not grip the highway and body movements verge on floaty. But the emphasis on "the edge" that is not a land yacht yesterday. Although even a Lexus LS steers and handles more intuitively for a comfort-oriented luxury sedan, there are plenty of composure and control.

Mysteries abound. A 'Sport' button on the center console allegedly Companies things, but you will be hard pressed to tell the difference. Also makes no obvious difference, no matter how long they are held down: the keys to the stability control and VSM (which integrates the stability control with various other security systems) disable. Even with two lights in the instrument cluster known that both nannies were on leave, the stability control engages early, often, and aggressive. Oversteer is not happening. Give the engine too much gas in a corner, and then exit with too little. The point of the great staggered tire sizes, 245/45R19 front, 275/40R19 on the back? Unclear.

The Equus runs smoothly and quietly, but competitors are smoother and quieter. Slight tremors unbecoming a premium sedan, by the steering wheel, although not much else to feel. Momentum as in the handling, the chassis is good enough that the typical buyer to be satisfied, but not great. The Equus has not come close to setting new standards for refining the way the Lexus LS 21 years ago. Hyundai in defense, these standards are now so high that even close to the standard class is on the first try quite an accomplishment.

Lesser Hyundai's not much cheaper than the competition, typically with a ten-percent price advantage. The Equus begins a little more than ten percent below the Lexus LS 460, $ 58,900 vs. $ 66,255. But nearly $ 10,000 in options are necessary to equip the Lexus as the base Hyundai. And even then, the Hyundai. About $ 2,000 extra features to True Delta car price comparison tool Ask has for these differences, and the Equus a saving of over $ 19,000. Compare the Equus to a BMW 750i, and this advantage is more than doubled. If a $ 60,000 car to ever count as a bargain, this is it.

The Ultimate, on the other hand, does not test the value. It includes about $ 3,000 in additional features, but in view of the inadequacies of the back seat of questionable real benefit. And they add $ 6,500 to the price.

Not included in this value calculations: Hyundai's strategy to make its dealers viable purveyor of $ 60,000 + cars. The strategy: The customer has never risking tripping over an accent by visiting the dealer (must be a special section Equus aside just in case they are set does). If you are a potential buyer, then they bring the Equus and paperwork for you. And whenever the car service they must get going and send it so that either a Genesis or Equus as a loaner in the meantime. Sounds expensive? Well, in the first five years, it's free.

The Hyundai Equus looks and performs decently enough, and provides industry-leading wealth of standard features at a much lower (if still far from low) price. So, even if it does not break any new ground, Hyundai Best would be worth seriously by anyone for the $ 20,000 no change, except for one thing: the seats. How did Hyundai so much obvious effort in this car, then those are unsupportive front seats with no space between them for the rear passengers' feet? Has none of the many people involved in the development of the car notice these major shortcomings? Certainly not everyone was under 5-6 and over 300 pounds. The American executives are actually high. What happened? Better looking forward. Hyundai has a willingness to change quickly, which can be changed to be proven. So maybe next year.

Hyundai has. This vehicle for review in a ride-and-drive event

Michael Karesh owns and operates True Delta, an online source of automotive reliability and pricing data