HYUNDAI GENESIS

Indicative drive away price: $65,037

It wasn’t so long ago that the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon dominated not only the segment, but the market as well. Now, it’s a multicultural affair.

After almost taking the honours from the Holden Commodore the previous year, the Korean-built Genesis this time around outscored the field in seven judging criterion, with considerably higher scores for running and repair costs, warranty and dealer access.

The Hyundai also ranked the highest of all cars in the critical area of safety. At the time of writing, it held the highest safety score recorded by ANCAP - 36.88 out of 37. Standard safety equipment includes seven airbags, autonomous emergency braking and a pop-up bonnet to provide extra protection from injury for pedestrians.

It also topped the class for seating comfort, with 12-way powered, heated seats for the driver and front passenger as standard across the range.

On the road, the Genesis also led the category, Australia’s Best Cars’ judges commending its considerable ride comfort as well as awarding class-leading scores for smoothness/quietness and braking.

The car’s 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine is combined with an eight-speed automatic, which together translate to a smooth, refined drive. While not the best handler in class, the Genesis doesn’t disgrace itself, being one of the first of a batch of new Hyundai models to benefit from extensive local suspension tuning.

Hyundai pitches Genesis against the Euro luxury trio of BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6, so it’s not surprising that this car has an equal class-topping score for build and finish.

On top of its outstanding five-year/unlimited km warranty, the Genesis also comes with lifetime capped-price servicing.

The one area where it struggles to compete is fuel consumption. 

SCORE
1ST: HYUNDAI GENESIS, 880
2ND: HOLDEN COMMODORE SV6, 854
3RD: LEXUS ES300H LUXURY, 846