Hyundai Genesis – Australia's Best Large Car under $70,000
Hyundai Genesis’s victory for the second year in succession was no lucky win. It produced class-leading or equal class-leading scores in seven of the 19 score lines.
Simply put, Genesis was too strong right across the board. Although some $20,000 costlier than Commodore, a generous five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and lifetime capped-price servicing plan enhance its value-for-money equation.
It matched the Holden for comfort, in no small part thanks to heated front seats with 12-way powered adjustment and four-way lumbar support. Ditto for space.
Genesis’s impressive standard safety inventory includes seven airbags, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, roll-over sensor and a pop-up bonnet to provide extra protection from injury for pedestrians.
But it was on the road where Genesis really powered home. Its 232kW/397Nm, 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine is more powerful and torquey than the Holden’s 3.6-litre unit. Mated with a well-calibrated, eight-speed automatic transmission, it outperforms the latter not just in straight-line speed, but overall driveability. Its major drawback is a score of just one out of 10 for fuel consumption.