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Hyundai Genesis

2010 Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai thinks it has a new value-champ hot imports with its new Genesis 2.0T. It’s hard to with 210 hp, rear-wheel drive, and styling for only $22,750. But the isn’t sold in a vacuum, so we to see how it stacked up against some competition.

As it turns out, we had vehicle in our possession that the Hyundai’s cheap-and-fast qualifications -a Honda Civic Si. Of course, front-wheel drive, a small aspirated engine, and practically styling, it would be little than a punching bag for the Hyundai,

Well, hold on a second. and lacking in glitz though it may be, the Si remains an icon of the sport-compact and commands a huge following. And at a $22,765 starting price, it has the same price as the Genesis. it remains a blast to drive.

With all that in mind, we set out to which of these cars satisfies the import performance car on a budget.

If you want a car that attention, then stop right now and go buy the Hyundai. As we noted in our review, the Genesis offers comparable to a $40,000 Infiniti

The flared fenders, dual and 19-inch rims (18-inch are standard) all indicate that is a fast, rear-wheel-drive machine sporting intentions. No doubt it: this is the highest-style Hyundai to

The Civic, on the other hand, is a You probably saw (and didn’t six of them on your commute to this morning. Even our car’s bright red paint and spoiler couldn’t overcome the ubiquity of the design.

Some of us actually prefer subtlety, especially when driving in a way that might local law enforcement. However, we imagine many typical buyers (young, male, wanting attention) choosing and quiet over voluptuous and

When choosing between the and Civic interior, one has a choice of form or function. The Genesis, its sedan cousin, features handsome, upscale interior The attractive center console, bucket seats with red and aluminum pedals show relation to Hyundai’s more offerings. Our up-level Track also came with such as Bluetooth and keyless

While everything looked we were less impressed the way it all felt. The dash, armrests, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel all rock hard.

Drivers more split on the Civic’s aesthetics. Some love the gauges and dash. Others it tacky and cheap, an impression by its similarity to the cabin in our Four Honda Fit.

And yet, we preferred it to the Genesis’ for its excellent — and classically — functionality. Though surfaces are hard and plastic, the driver normally touches, the small-radius steering wheel, is in leather or soft cloth. The gauges are easy to read, and the low and expansive windshield provide forward visibility. We also the snug, amply bolstered

Our only complaint was with the optional navigation system, and the radio controls that with it.

Driving Dynamics

the T badge on the Genesis’ trunk, the engine in the Hyundai doesn’t with the muscle you think of you hear the word turbo. The is relatively slow to call up and begins to choke well redline is reached. The result is a rev range, and the Hyundai engine quite coarse as the rpms

It’s much happier around town at low revs and

In contrast, the naturally aspirated spins eagerly all the way to its 8000-rpm The i-VTEC 2.0-liter produces 13 hp and a 84 lb-ft less than the turbocharged mill, but that make the Civic a slouch. In once you’re moving, the feels substantially quicker. The seems to bear this

Though we were unable to get acceleration figures on these our past testing indicates the is faster in all respects, both to 60 mph and clearing the quarter mile 0.3 faster than the Genesis. the wheel, we fell in love the Civic’s responsiveness — and acoustics — at the top end of the tach. The six-speed shifter is also and quick in contrast to a notchy and Hyundai stick.

Hyundai Genesis

With rear-wheel drive, the holds a natural advantage in the department. However, the Civic Si to be more enjoyable to drive. Honda is perhaps one of the best front-wheel-drive cars, aided by precise steering. The suspension is without being uncomfortable, is instantaneous, and turning the wheel confidence.

On poorly paved roads, the Hyundai’s track suspension proves simply too to be enjoyable. If it were our choice, save the money and pass on the package for a more livable Steering in the Genesis also feeling more like a family sedan than a performance car.

Had we taken these cars to a it’s possible the Genesis’ drive, power advantage, and suspension may have proven worth. But these small cars aren’t about racing, they’re about performance with practicality. packing front-wheel drive and a engine, Honda’s Civic Si one of the best budget performance

The Civic Si possesses a rare that’s happy to run at the limit for periods, but doesn’t make any to the plebian Civic it’s on. It’s a car that’s a blast to on any road, and yet it still maintains manners for daily driving.

price: $22,765

Price $24,815

Engine: 2.0L 197 hp, 139 lb-ft

Transmission: Six-speed

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