In the real world of driving, it means that the 4,659 lb Equus has all the punch and power necessary to make it a fun and enjoyable car to drive, and any acceleration maneuvers can be accomplished quickly and easily, whether it is merging into traffic on a busy highway, or pulling out to pass on a two lane rural road. A legacy of its role as a chauffeur-driven car in Korea, the single reclining chair also accepts the reality that this Equus isn't quite long enough to sport a fully reclining chair. The Equus gains satin chrome finish around the side window and Ultimate trim levels gain power rear side-window sunshades standard. So although it would be unfair to call the U. And all occupants in the Equus will be treated to a whisper-quiet cabin. That will improve, of course, when the new engine arrives next year.
Like Camerons Car Reviews on Facebook! Meanwhile, there are two small cupholders in the front but none in any of the four large doors. The 2014 Hyundai Equus is powered by a 5. Interior Did I mention the interior may be a step behind Lexus? The headliner's sueded, just like the headliners in the top-line Jaguars, and the center console is framed in wood. The owner of an Equus also enjoys special treatment from Hyundai, starting with the test drive. Last year it was powered by a 385 horsepower 4. That's half a second faster than a , and 0. The Equus presents a unique value proposition among full-sized luxury sedans.
Luckily, Equus drivers, American or otherwise, are even more pampered than are the passengers in the back. But for now, the 2012 Equus will more than suffice as the brand's flagship luxury sedan offering. The fold down rear armrest not only contains cupholders and storage, but an array of controls to operate the dual zone heating and air, with vents on the rear of the console and door pillars, as well as the radio system, and front seat controls, rear window sunscreen and heated seats. The Equus was designed primarily with its home South Korean market in mind. We've felt the Equus as it progressed from prototypes we drove in Korea, to the production cars on the streets today, and there's been notable progress in ratcheting up the Equus' responsiveness without losing its well-controlled ride. Those that can set aside their preconceptions may find that the Hyundai Equus sedan offers world-class luxury and a premium ownership experience at a discount. If the leaps Hyundai has made with its other new products show how much it can progress from one generation to the next, a future Equus will challenge premium automakers.
Just as it does in the Genesis sedan, this smooth powerplant delivers 385 hp at 6500 rpm and 333 lb-ft of torque at 3500 or 378 and 324, respectively, if running on regular gas instead of the recommended premium. Hyundai says this is a sign that American consumers are seeing the brand differently and are ready for Hyundai to head even farther upmarket. The corrosion can cause intermittent or total loss of wiper function. That means the opulent rear digs, even in the base Equus, will likely be wasted. Instead of visiting a dealer, owners can simply schedule a pick-up and loaner car through a mobile app. The best thing about the 2012 Equus is the value. Find out why the 2016 Hyundai Equus is rated 8.
It's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission the 2011 Equus employed a six-speed automatic and a 385-hp, 4. The old Equus never really strained to deliver power, but what luxury-car shopper will turn down 44 extra horsepower? New features include a lane-departure warning system that chimes and tightens the seatbelt when it detects a drift out of the driving lane. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is heated. And most people who have ridden in the backseat say it's the nicest back seat they've ever ridden in. The engine also is available for the sedan. There, the Equus takes the side of comfort, leaving the heavy bolstering to German performance sedans. In its first year on sale, Hyundai offered Equus buyers a free Apple iPad as an entree to the sedan's exclusive service experience.
To stay competitive, the Equus will receive a new drivetrain in mid-2011 that combines a Hyundai-designed eight-speed automatic with a of the same Tau engine making as much as a Benz-matching 429 hp. Like its peers, the Equus is equipped with all the go-fast bits a large sedan might need for on-road driving in the U. The interior is very premium with quality materials, but the 2014+ models have upgraded the interior even more. The brake pedal also has excellent feel. The four-door's cockpit succeeds at contemporary luxury like no Hyundai before it.
The Ultimate includes power headrests for both seats, a refrigerator in the center console, and an eight-inch monitor. The ride and handling is as smooth as you could possibly want it to be. . The interior is wrapped in leather and sports real wood trim on the center console, dash, and doors. It takes no effort to accelerate in the Equus at any speed. The Equus may not deliver the prestige or the handling of the best vehicles in its class, but it's a striking bargain for those who don't mind a more softly sprung luxury sedan, or a great deal. The windshield wiper motor cover seal on the affected vehicles may degrade allowing corrosion on the wiper motor's circuit board.
Body style: Sedan Engine: 5. Front seats are heated and cooled premium leather. Lane-departure warning in the Equus features not just audible and visual warnings, but the seatbelt offers haptic warnings with a tug. Hyundai's number for this recall is 140. This full-sized luxury sedan offers a marvelous level of comfort at a discount price when compared to the competition. Flagship luxury and sound financial sense just don't go together, and that's what makes the 2012 Ultimate so tough to review.
Satin chrome finish now surrounds the side windows. The Equus is an executive transport that is as nice to drive and it is to be driven around. A significant vehicle should have a name. On the inside the 2014 Equus puts everything at the driver and passenger's control. Imported From Seoul There are two things holding the Equus back from being a success it sold a scant 362 units in July.
Hyundai will bring you an Equus when and where it works for you. Not only are the front seats power adjustable, but they are heated and cooled and the driver gets a seat massager. The headliner is finished in microfiber suede. Regardless of which version they choose, Equus-ites will be treated to unremarkable birch or walnut wood trim and a liberal application of leather around the cabin. All that beef and the long wheelbase make handling predictable.