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Hyundai Equus (2011) - pictures, information & specs

Hyundai Equus

Hyundai aims to break down the barriers of owning a luxury car with the introduction of its all-new flagship, the 2011 Hyundai Equus. Equus will compete with the best luxury sedans in the world on all levels including amenities, performance, advanced technologies, design and ownership experience when it arrives at select Hyundai dealerships in the late summer of 2010.

"Equus takes Hyundai's formula for intelligent luxury to a new level," said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "We've applied the lessons in engineering excellence we've learned with Genesis to the Hyundai Equus, while adding a new level of customer experience that will further differentiate our take on luxury from the traditional premium brands."

Hyundai Equus broadens Hyundai's lineup of premium vehicles and like Genesis, is built on Hyundai's world-class rear-wheel-drive architecture. It is powered by the award-winning 4.6-liter Tau® V8. The Tau inside the Hyundai Equus will produce an estimated 385 horsepower using premium fuel and 378 horsepower using regular fuel. With technology rivaling more expensive luxury sedans, Hyundai Equus showcases features such as a lane departure warning system, electronic air suspension, smart cruise control and a Lexicon® audio system.


When Genesis was introduced, Hyundai promised that its rear-wheel-drive architecture would spawn more products in other segments. Hyundai Equus is the third of those products, this time riding on a lengthened Genesis architecture. Hyundai Equus is 7.2 inches longer (203.1 inches vs. 195.9 inches) than Genesis. Hyundai Equus boasts an excellent 52/48 front-to-rear weight distribution for exceptional handling and more refined steering characteristics.

2011 Hyundai Equus

Hyundai Equus reduces interior noise levels and improves ride and handling with a stiff, light weight body structure. The use of high-tensile steel in critical areas in the unibody provides Hyundai Equus with significantly higher dynamic torsional rigidity and a lower body structure weight despite having a spacious interior cabin.


Headlining the Hyundai Equus' performance capabilities is Hyundai's Tau 4.6-liter V8 engine, a two-time Ward's 10 Best Engine winner, mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. The Tau V8 delivers an estimated 385 horsepower and 333 lb-ft of torque (378 horsepower and 324 lb-ft using regular fuel) to fit the demands of luxury consumers. This powertrain combination will launch Hyundai Equus to 60 miles per hour in less than 6.4 seconds. On premium fuel, the Tau V8 produces more horsepower than the powerplants found in the Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S550, and Audi A8 and nearly the same power as these competitors on regular fuel.


The design of the Hyundai Equus is handsome and pleasing to the eye. The rear-end treatment is progressive with bold taillights, strong shoulders and an overall look of precision. This look is accomplished through fully-integrated asymmetrical exhaust tips and rear LED turn signal indicators. The side silhouette is refined, with character lines that accent the rear fenders. Up front is a subtle horizontal radiator grille and well-proportioned headlamps with jeweled detailing. LED turn signals are inside the HID headlamps along with an adaptive front lighting system with white LED position lamps. The lower air intakes are bold and add to the positive reaction of the overall design. To assist in parking, and navigating blind corners and alleys in urban driving, there is an optional forward-view cornering camera integrated into the grille.


The busy executive as well as the couple heading out on the town will feel right at home in the 2011 Equus due to abundant luxury touches and passenger comfort features. This ambience begins with superior quality of materials and design layout. The leather upholstery, Alcantara® headliner, natural wood trim and leather-wrapped French-stitched instrument panel showcase the richness of the Hyundai Equus interior.

The seats are designed with adjustable driver thigh support, plenty of width, great range of adjustment, and heated and cooled functionality. Thermoelectric devices located in the seat backs and bottom cushions provide control for heating, cooling and humidity. There is ample leg and head room for drivers over six-feet tall and an optional massaging driver seat. In fact, Hyundai Equus has more leg, head and shoulder room in the front and rear seats than the Lexus LS460.

The driver's cockpit boasts an abundance of features and premium services. The Driver Information System (DIS) provides navigation, XM Satellite Radio, HD Radio technology, hands-free Bluetooth telephone system and much more.


Driving dynamics are a critical element in every luxury sedan, and the Hyundai Equus offers first-rate ride and handling characteristics without traditional compromises. Hyundai Equus' electronically controlled air suspension meets the challenge of the wide variety of road surfaces drivers face everyday. For drivers who enjoy a firm ride and more stability when cornering there is a sport setting with additional body control. For customers who wish their ride to be a little on the softer side there is a normal setting for more ride compliance.

In urban areas, the Hyundai Equus is easy to maneuver and park, thanks to excellent steering and its electronic parking assist feature. While the Hyundai Equus is large, it doesn't feel over-sized or clumsy, that's due to its 37.7 foot turning circle and variable-effort steering system.

On winding country and mountain roads, Hyundai Equus benefits from the precise wheel control delivered by its five-link front and rear suspension geometry. This geometry is maximized through Continuous Damping Control (CDC) which continually monitors road and driving dynamics and adjusts damping force accordingly. The standard 19-inch chrome alloy wheel and tire package with staggered width (P245/45R19 front P275/40R19 rear) tires offers excellent gripping power and precise control.


Maintaining Hyundai's emphasis on delivering leading safety technology, Hyundai Equus boasts world-class active and passive safety features to help prevent accidents, and maximize the well-being of its occupants in the event of a collision. The Hyundai Equus continues the Hyundai tradition of offering key safety technologies, with features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), nine airbags, electronic active head restraints, lane departure warning system and smart cruise control. Hyundai Equus even has a Vehicle Stability Management system (VSM) that optimally manages ESC, the electronic parking brake, smart cruise control and the seatbelt tensioning system for optimal safety.

Hyundai Equus' total of nine airbags include advanced dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants and a driver's knee airbag.

Hyundai's lane departure warning system offers a warning light and chime after a one- second lane departure, and adds a haptic warning via the seatbelt after a three second lane departure.

Smart cruise control automatically manages the Hyundai Equus' speed through the braking and throttle systems to maintain a specified following distance selected by the driver.

The electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold enables the parking brake to hold the vehicle automatically when the vehicle stops, and deactivates as soon as the gas pedal is pressed.

Hyundai Equus has an optional camera located on the front grille and a standard camera on the rear decklid. These cameras help detect how close objects are when parking. Distance is indicated on the in-dash LCD monitor.

Hyundai Equus is brought to a halt by large four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). The 13.6-inch front rotors have four-piston fixed calipers and the rear brakes feature 12.4-inch rotors with single floating piston calipers.


Hyundai Genesis and Equus offer a Lexicon-branded state-of-the-art audio system featuring LOGIC 7® technology. The Lexicon surround sound audio system includes a 13-channel digital amplifier and 17 speakers producing 608 watts of sound in 7.1 discrete surround sound audio. Hyundai Equus also offers the clarity of digital HD Radio technology, XM Satellite Radio and iPod®/USB integration.


The Hyundai Equus will launch with a starting price in the mid $50,000 range.

2016 Hyundai Equus Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

Before I begin, let me put my cards on the table. I currently own or have owned the following vehicles so I think I am qualified to compare the Equus against the Prestige BMW and Mercedes badges:

Mercedes ML350 (Traded for Equus)MercedesGL450 CurrentBMW X5 CurrentBMW 740il Sold/TradedMercedes S500 WreckedMercedes E320 Diesel TradedMercedes ML320 TradedMercedes 300CD Coupe SoldMercedes CL500 Wanted to blow it up but traded

Now that we have that out of the way let's get started. I chose the Equus over the new ML63 which I was going to order from CarMax. After seeing the Equus at Church, the same owner dropped by one evening and gave me a test drive. I was impressed. The amenities/features/safety and Tech far outweigh what I have experienced from Mercedes and BMW as standard offerings. I am a Techie and I love gadgets, so when I drove the Equus my mind was almost instantly made up. With the ultimate I like that fact that you get everything, somewhat like the AMG version of the S class or the M class, you get everything and you are not left wondering what feature was left out or what package was not available in this or that configuration. I like having no options, except for that of the hood ornament and the trunk carpet matt.

PROSCost of repair/maintenance, free for 3/36K for the original owner.

Blue link app actually works and I can send info (destinations) to my car from he app. I got so frustrated with the Mercedes app M-B embrace (wrong address, lack of response) that I finally cancelled it all together about a year later.

Remote start, find my car, door lock/unlock etc.

Interior Fit & Finish/Trim Very Very good on par with both Mercedes & BMW

Throttle Response



Driver Visibility

HMI or interface to the machine. Neither system (Comand, Equus or BMW) are easy and intuitive. But given what they have to work with the Equus system is competent and once learned I don't think either system is superior over the other.

Flexible fuel options

Heads Up Display

Soft Close doors

All LED lighting (inside and out) except for Headlights and high beams.

Adaptive & self leveling Head lights that more in direction of where you steer

Footwell and interior door handle lights that come on when in park.

Rear DVD standard not optional on the Ultimate

Rear Console for the passengers to set destinations, get traffic info, weather, temp set and watching movies

Smart Cruise Control (I really really like this feature) Similar to the Mercedes Distronic feature.


Service Technicians (Both are dumb as rocks, it is amazing how much they do not know about their own product) BMW is more competent that Hyundai and Mercedes in technician knowledge of features etc.

Body movement/roll. In sport mode it is better but Mercedes is well defined and refined as is BMW. (2014 Equus as compared with the 2106 Equus) see additional comments below.

NO LED DRLS's this is disappointing. I like my Mercedes GL LED DRLS's Very cool.

No headphone support (infrared or RFD) wireless for the rear DVD system. Hyundai says that the car is driver focused, but lack of headphones is a glaring (no correction) stupid oversight. I hope that the G90 supports headphones for the rear passengers.

No eco mode (Where the engine shuts down) This feature grew on me with the Mercedes. I can also turn it off.

No 4 wheel drive. The G90 will have this.

Winsdshield wiper system (The system tends to get confused and does not wipe in light mist. This can be annoying). I loved the variable speed wipers in my ML and GL. I think the Equus has a variable speed system as well, but only have seen it work once in auto.

Optics The HID optics are not as good as the Mercedes. The adaptive headlights are more responsive and more fluid in the Mercedes. The optics in the Equus are a bit stiff and the beam spread is unfocused. The Mercedes shines in this area as well as the high beams. Although the 2016 Equus optics are much better, but they still do not compare to my pervious ML or my current GL low beam lights. But I may have a bit of luck by changing the bulb to a higher temp (Kelvin of 6k) and I may get a better response. Mind you that the Equus optics for the HID and the high beam are not bad, it is just the Mercedes and BMW are better. And once you get used to them, well you are just used to them and take them for granted.

Salespersons look like used car salesman. Not as polished as Mercedes salespersons, but then again this is a reflection of the way the dealership is run, not necessarily that of Hyundai.

I sharply disagree with the comments other reviewers had said about the Equus handling. The 2016 Equus feels like and extension of my hands and feet. The car is firmly planted to the ground, handling is responsive and body roll is well maintained over my 2014. I want to trade up just for this feature alone. But I am happy with the 2014.

In closing let me say that No the Equus does not have that snob appeal and it does not illicit the same response as the S550, S63 or the 750Li. It does not carry that same pedigree that one would expect in certain circles but then again Mercedes and BMW have a long history of innovation and safety. The upper crust badges are solid cars but not without their issues that can sometimes be expensive to fix. The Hyundai Equus is a solid car for the money, but if you can get past the badging and be happy with just the product, then in the end maybe that is all that matters.

Hyundai Equus Reviews | Hyundai Equus Price, Photos, and Specs

As best we can tell, Hyundai’s upmarket Equus has failed to light any kind of a fire beneath the full-size luxury competition from Germany and Japan since being introduced for 2011. Of course, if you had little trouble selling your luxury boats for six-figures-plus, you probably wouldn’t see the Korean as much of a threat, either. We didn’t find much wrong with the Equus in its current form, and the big gal even notched a comparison-test win against the Lexus LS460L largely due to its impressive value proposition. Regardless, the rear-drive Equus is nearing its third birthday in the American market, and it’s time for a refresh.

For 2014, Hyundai’s plus-sized follow-up to its Genesis sedan gets a mild exterior and interior touch-up, as well as even more standard tech and safety features. The front bumper and grille are new, and look cleaner than before thanks to the removal of the outgoing car’s pair of chrome bumper appliqués and the addition of LED fog lights. The same goes for the rear bumper, which ditches its ungainly chrome-trimmed parking guards. A new set of 19-inch aluminum wheels—with a thin-spoke, turbine-style design and muted silver finish—bring more ambiance to the Equus’s look than the current model’s chunky chrome rims. Finally, out back, Hyundai tweaked the taillight internals to make them appear more complex and upscale—we say mission accomplished.

So This Is What the Inside of an Equus Looks Like

Inside, the Equus gets generally less-amorphous styling and an all-new dashboard, center stack, and steering wheel with crisper detailing. Hyundai updated the shapes and layout of the center-stack buttons and extended the dashboard wood veneer to the cabin’s full width. The analog clock now is square instead of round, and the previously dual-zone-only climate control array has been swapped for a tri-zone setup (front-left, front-right, and rear). Another shot of class comes courtesy of the leather-booted shift lever; previously it was bootless and operated via a plastic shift gate.

The Equus’s two optionless trim levels—Signature and top-dog Ultimate—return for 2014, and the Signature now comes with a larger seven-inch TFT gauge-cluster display, as well as a huge 9.2-inch center display that lives in an arced binnacle similar to that in the Genesis sedan. The Ultimate gets a 12.3-inch TFT digital gauge cluster, a new haptic-feedback steering-wheel dial for manipulating info in the gauge-cluster display, and a pair of 9.2-inch high-resolution rear-seat entertainment screens that replace the 2013 car’s single unit. The formerly four-seat-only Ultimate is now a five-seater, like the Signature, and power-closing doors now augment the model’s power-closing trunk. Finally, and perhaps because everyone else is doing it—looking at you BMW and Infiniti—Hyundai also has fitted as standard a new bird’s-eye, multiview parking camera setup to help owners thread the not-tiny Equus into tight parking spots.

It’s Tau-tally Powerful, Safe

Not much has changed beneath the Equus’s skin, although Hyundai did put some work into the car’s air suspension. The front suspension bushings were revised, and the driver-selectable damping settings are now firmer in Sport mode and softer in Normal. There’s now a Snow mode—but still no all-wheel-drive option, yet—for the drive-mode selections, as well. The Equus’s standard 5.0-liter Tau V-8, which was adopted for 2012, delivers a meaty 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque to the big Hyundai’s rear wheels. It is again hitched up to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. Fuel economy for the 2014 model stays pat at 15 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway.

In case the Tau’s 429 raging ponies get the better of you, the 2014 Equus offers a suite of safety tech to save your bacon. Smart Cruise Control, which can bring the car to a complete stop, is standard, as are a lane-departure warning setup, and front, front-side, rear-side, side curtain, and driver knee airbags. This year, Hyundai has added a pre-collision warning system, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and for Ultimate models, a head-up display screen. Hyundai’s latest version of the Blue Link telematics system is standard, and now includes automatic collision notification and SOS emergency assistance free for three years.

Hyundai has yet to release pricing info for the 2014 Equus, but we don’t anticipate the car will deviate far from the current Signature model’s $60,170 cost of entry. The outgoing Ultimate rings in at a slightly richer $67,170, but that’s still far below what BMW charges for a 7-series, Lexus for an LS, Audi for an A8, or Mercedes-Benz for an S-class. For luxury buyers on a budget, the Equus is still worth a look, regardless of whether or not it makes waves among its competitive set.

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