If there’s one letdown to the promise of a track-tuned, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, it’s this turbocharged four-cylinder. The figures — 210 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque — aren’t miniscule, but the manner in which they’re delivered is anything but exciting.
Despite that peak torque figure coming in at a low 2000 rpm (redline is at 6800 rpm), there’s no wall of torque slamming your vertebrae against the seatback. The acceleration feels sedate and linear (perhaps too linear), and only glancing at the speedometer shatters this perception. The sheriff’s deputies won’t believe you, but 115 mph in this car feels more like 80.
That tranquil sensation is also due in part to the overall refinement of the Genesis Coupe. It may not be as sensuous as its four-door cousin, but Hyundai’s crafted a quiet, solid, and tractable sport coupe. The cabin trim is mostly crafted from rock hard materials, but there’s nary a squeak, shimmy or rattle–impressive, considering the suspension, especially on this Track model, stretches the definition of “firm” to a new level.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer
Unfortunately, the Genesis Coupe 2.0T falls far short of expectations. A rear-wheel-drive coupe always sounds appealing and conjures up dreams of some of the best-driving cars. But in this Hyundai, the engine is slow-revving and coarse. The turbocharger conveys very little character and punch. Shifter feel is quite mediocre and the steering belongs in a numb crossover. Were this car wearing a different body style, these crimes might be much less severe, but I was definitely expecting much more from the low-slung coupe.
Plenty of cheaper cars use materials just as hard as those in the Genesis Coupe yet leave a much better impression. The key is cleverly softening the few places that you regularly interact with. The Civic Si is an excellent example. With a great steering wheel and generous padding on both the center and door armrests, the driver always feels comfortable. The Genesis, by contrast, will beat your elbows over every bump, and the steering wheel is just as hard as the rigid dash. It’s certainly not very comfortable to grab, but at least it makes a convincing argument to wear your seatbelt. Despite the material quality, I do think the cabin looks decent and sporty, and – as with the Genesis sedan – the knobs and buttons exude quality when touched thanks to solid, damped responses.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor
Like the V-6 Genesis coupe, this four-cylinder Genesis has a pretty impressive interior, despite the hard materials, with very nice HVAC controls in the center stack. The radio interface also looks good. This turbo four is very powerful but has bad NVH characteristics. It’s a very, very coarse engine, which is the major downfall of the car. Steering feel isn’t good, either. Here’s one Hyundai that needs some more polishing.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Track Pack
Base Price (with destination): $27,500
Price as tested: $27,625
Carpeted floor mats – $95
iPod cable – $30
21 / 30 / 24 mpg
Size: 2.0L DOHC turbocharged/intercooled I-4
Horsepower: 210 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 223 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
19 in. wheels
Bridgestone Potenza 245/40