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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Walk Around

Rarely does a mid-cycle update get new sheet metal, but designers of the 2013 Genesis Coupe refashioned the front hood and grille to with faux air inlets and a larger, big-mouth grin. The design gets mixed reviews from experts and enthusiasts, as some prefer the sleeker lines of the first generation. New fog lights and LED daytime running lamps also debut on the revised front fascia.

In back, there are new LED tail lights and chromed dual exhaust tips, as well as a blacked-out rear diffuser panel. From the side, the Genesis Coupe keeps its signature Z-shape character lines.

There are several new race-inspired exterior colors, named after famous racetracks and turns, including Becketts Black, Catalunya Copper, Circuit Silver, Gran Premio Gray, Monaco White, Parabolica Blue, and Shoreline Drive Blue. Wheel styles are also new.

Interior

Interior materials have been upgraded on the 2013 Genesis Coupe with a variety of soft-touch materials. New color combinations are available for 2013, including tan leather, red cloth and leather combos, and gray cloth and leather pairings. Cars equipped with leather upholstery also get a leather-wrapped parking brake lever.

However, some interior materials weren't up to our expectations, such as the plastic bezels and lenses on the three gauges near the bottom of the center stack. Though they were designed to look sporty, they end up looking more like an 80s Swatch. And though Hyundai touts the genuine stitching on the dash, it's plastic-y looking and flat. We had to ask a rep to slide a needle under the stitches to prove it wasn't pressed on. We found some fit and finish issues with interior panels near the driver and passenger knee areas, too, although Hyundai reps tell us the preproduction cars we were driving won't necessarily be identical to the versions that will go on sale.

The front seats are comfortable but sufficiently assertive to hold the backside in place during spirited driving, especially in the 2.0T with its basic black cloth. The 3.8's leather is a nice touch of semi-luxury. The back seats are only for small children and, in some states, lower insurance premiums.

The steering wheel feels good, with just the right rim thickness and cross section. On automatics, the column-mounted shift paddles are easy to reach. But on manuals, the rectangular shifter might feel awkward to those used to a round shift knob that fits nicely in hand. The foot pedals are where the driver's feet expect, although placement isn't ideal for those who like to heel-toe.

The center stack layout, while we aren't a fan of the three plastic gauges near the bottom, are easy to use and intuitive. The 7-inch touch screen that comes with the 2.0 Premium trim is sufficient but not spectacular.

Front-seat roominess is very good by coupe standards. Front-seat headroom in the Genesis Coupe tops that in the Mazda RX-8 and BMW 3 Series coupe (both outgoing models) by about one inch, while legroom bests those two by at least an and inch and a half. Hip room in the Genesis Coupe's front seats is wider by almost three inches than in the RX-8's seats.

If rear seats must be added to the chart, the Coupe does not fare well, trailing in head room by two inches, in leg room by two to three inches or more, but eking out a win by one inch over the RX-8 in hip room. But what do you care? You won't be sitting back there. Drivers who want rear-seat room may want to opt for the Genesis sedan.

With 10 cubic feet of cargo space, the Genesis Coupe holds more than the Mazda RX-8 (7.6 cu. ft.), a little less than the BMW 3 Series coupe (11 cu. ft.). The rear seat of the Genesis Coupe folds down to increase cargo capacity, but the opening is small.

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