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Hyundai Genesis saloon (2014-2017) - Practicality & boot space

Hyundai Genesis feels roomy and comes with a very practical boot

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2.0 out of 5

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Practicality & boot space Rating

3.5 out of 5

If you want a large saloon car with decent practicality, then the Hyundai Genesis is well worth a look. Compared to the Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6, it's a longer, wider car, which means you enjoy lots of space inside.

The car's wide rear doors make entry and exit straightforward, while a soft-close mechanism means there’ll be no door slamming to wake your neighbours in the morning. The steering wheel has powered height and reach adjustment, which, along with the height-adjustable seat, should allow anyone to find a driving position they’re happy with. There are two ISOFIX child-seat anchor points in the rear.

Hyundai Genesis interior space & storage

Inside, the back seats feel roomy and suitably plush. There’s plenty of legroom and although the panoramic sunroof eats into the headroom slightly, only the tallest rear-seat passengers will find it a squeeze. The front passenger seat has a ‘chauffeur’ function that allows people sitting in the back to remotely move it forward to further increase space.

For storage, the Genesis offers a couple of large door bins up front, plus a lidded cubby behind the gearlever and a large storage unit under the front-seat armrest. The glovebox is large and well shaped – it can easily accommodate a one-litre bottle of water.

Boot space

The Genesis’ 493-litre boot is slightly smaller than those in the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, but it’s a much more useable shape, with space for four golf bags – one more than either of the German cars can manage.

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The only problem we had with the boot is a bit of intrusion from the wheelarches making it less ‘square’ than we’d like. There's only a small boot lip, so loading heavy items isn’t too much of a struggle. The boot doesn't offer any underfloor storage, because this space is taken up by a (space-saver) spare wheel. The rear seats don’t fold down, either, but we wouldn’t always expect that from an executive car.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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