September 30th, 2011 | 13 Comments
Is it just me or does the new Hyundai Genesis Sedan look vaguely familiar? If you are like me, you pay attention to all different types of cars and stylings when you are out and about. The other day I saw a Hyundai Genesis and I unfortunately wasn’t even sure it was a Hyundai. I thought at first, is that a Mercedes, but it looks like it has a Bentley emblem? Am I losing my touch of identifying cars or is it because the Hyundai Genesis looks very similar to a Mercedes with a Bentley emblem? Once I looked at both cars side by side, yes they are different, but the same look is there in the front-end. The rear of the Genesis still looks “Hyundai”, but not the front. The prices are different, but the styling is very similar. Mercedes has only changed their styling slightly over the years whereas Hyundai has dramatically made some changes as of late. It’s like they want you to think you aren’t buying the Hyundai brand of old. Don’t get me wrong, the Hyundai is a great and good looking car, and it only looks like a Mercedes when you are driving by and not really paying attention. With this being said I still feel like it uses some of the styling of the Mercedes.
Something else I noticed Hyundai changing is the badging on some of it’s high-end cars. The badge now looks almost like a Bentley emblem only streamlined. Yes again, they are different, but too vaguely familiar for a company of Hyundai’s size. Surely they have some designers who could come up with a new emblem which looks awesome and not like one from another car company. I mean, look at the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, it is both awesome and has a look of it’s own. Hyundai is making great cars and they are going to be one of the top, if not the top manufacturer in the future, but they should really work on making sure they don’t use design characteristics of other brands. Yes, their small cars have their own look, but the Genesis Sedan makes people look like they are just posing as Mercedes owners with Bentley badge, and not Hyundai owners. We’ll see what the future holds for Hyundai and how many other designs look vaguely familiar.
If you want the Mercedes look without the cost, the Hyundai Genesis Sedan is the way to go. The interior is very well done and doesn’t feel like Hyundai of old, but more like a refined luxury car. The Genesis starts at $34,000 as does the Mercedes C-Class, but the Genesis is more the size of an E-Class Mercedes which starts at $49,000. The base model E-Class Mercedes only has 268 horsepower, gets 17 mpg in the city, and 24 mpg on the highway. The base model Genesis on the other hand has a whopping 333 horsepower, gets 19 mpg in the city, and 29 mpg on the highway. If you’re in the market for a luxury car, do yourself a favor and check out the American built Hyundai Genesis.
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