The Equus is a introduced to the Hyundai lineup after the huge Success of the Genesis and continues to change the public's perception of the Hyundai corporation from a low end econocar producer to a company that can make a luxury sedan just as well as Lexus. The all new Equus is most likely to become the flagship model for Hyundai, which has been changing hand often in the past few years as Hyundai continues to add many new models to its sedan lineup.
This full sized sedan comes with the largest engine used by Hyundai, its Tau V-8 which brings huge amount of horsepower and acceleration to the Equus. With over 385 horsepower and a 6 speed automatic transmission the Equus is a very formidable component in the powerful sedan class that it has jumped into. This luxury sedan comes with as many high end features as others in its class including a surround sound system with 17 speakers and a 13 channel amplifier with HD Radio, XM Radio and iPod integration. The Equus offers a lot of high end features that have never been seen on a Hyundai up to date.
Engines: 4.6L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Signature, Ultimate
If the Genesis represented Hyundai dipping a toe into the luxury sedan waters, the Equus is the equivalent of the company swan-diving into the deep end. The new sedan offers V-8 power and Hyundai's new six-speed automatic standard, with a premium cabin and more space than in the Lexus LS. Real wood, Alcantara headliner, and massaging driver seat are a few of the amenities that are available.
The Equus is more conservatively styled than some of the other cars in Hyundai's lineup, but those that don't like the aggressive lines of the 7 Series and S-Class may warm to the newcomer from Hyundai.
Both front seats are power, and are heated and cooled -- and the driver gets a seat massager. Other cool features include real wood trim, cooled rear console, leather-covered instrument panel, and power rear sunshades. Just about every luxury option you can think of, the Equus gets it -- standard.
Performance & Handling
The Equus features a 385 horsepower, which is more than the LS 460 and S550 offer. However, the Tau 4.6-liter V-8, with its 333 lb-ft of torque is mid-pack for the segment and the big sedan's straight-line performance doesn't match that of its rivals. The Equus can handle itself when the going gets curvy, especially when you hit the sport setting, which is designed to firm up the suspension. But this sedan is more skewed toward the luxury end of the spectrum, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Four-wheel discs with ABS plus brake assist and stability control are standard. There are nine airbags: dual front, front- and rear-seat-mounted side-impact, roof-mounted side-curtain, and a driver knee airbag. The Equus' VSM manages several safety systems at once.
EPA Fuel Economy
16 mpg city/24 mpg highway
- A lot of car for the money
- Competitive horsepower
- Large trunk
You Won't Like
- Conservative shell
- Relatively low on torque
New lux offering may turn heads
If You Like This Vehicle
- Lexus LS
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- Infiniti M