The 2013 Hyundai Equus looks like every bit of a luxury car, with a softer, more balanced and an elegant look that makes use of the same themes from other impressive sedans and flagship models. The Equus may deliver the reputation or the behavior of the best vehicles in its division, but it’s a striking good deal for those who don’t mind a more softly sprung luxury sedan.
The Hyundai Equus comes with an all-new Tau V-8, displacing 5.0 liters and making 429 horsepower. Through the new eight-speed automatic transmission that go together with the new engine, it race to 60 mph in around six seconds, which is very much on speed with the BMW 7-Series or the Mercedes S Class. The Equus’ drivetrain hustles this full-size sedan up to highway speeds rapidly, paired by a brawny V-8 burble and ripple.
From front view, the Equus has a pretty simple and elegant look, despite the fact that the wide chromed grille is more of a Mercedes and the headlights are very Lexus-like. Inside, the Equus has the look and feel of a true luxury space that, altogether, remind us a bit of the last-generation Mercedes-Benz E Class and a bit of the outgoing Lexus LS. The curvature of the doors and instrument panel seen in the Hyundai Equus, has somewhat of a Lexus influences. The 2013 model year convey only a few minor color and trim alteration, while the white Satin Pearl with a Saddle interior is a new blend and feature in this car. Its new interior themes however, contain cashmere with Birch Burl wood, Jet Black with walnut wood and Saddle with genuine walnut wood.
Features of the Equus include HID headlights, LED turn signals, heated mirrors, rearview camera, ultra-premium leather seats, 12-way power seats, driver seat massage system, heated/cooled seats, rear console refrigerator, 17-speaker sound system, navigation system, hands-free phone capabilities, steering-wheel mounted controls, power rear sunshade, and push-button start. Safety is comprised of vehicle stability management, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control system, anti-lock braking (ABS), lane departure warning, and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The Equus is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.
The 2013 Hyundai Equus offers more strong and refined acceleration, match up to the V-8 luxury sedans from Jaguar or Mercedes, and can even come very similar with these rivals in terms of handling. The handling performance of the Equus sense placed frankly next to the Lexus LS; it’s clearly more of a soft competitor than German luxury sedans, however, the blend of a well-tuned air suspension and if not comparatively soft chassis settings gives this car more protection on the highway, or in high-speed driving.
A number of car critics are overwhelmed by the electric power steering in Hyundai’s more reasonably priced front-wheel-drive cars, its electrohydraulic steering is in fact pretty fine, coupling the linear, reliable feel that hydraulics allow with a ‘geared-down,’ weighted feel on center that allows it to feel particular and effortless to leave in tight places. The Equus’ sport mode is engaged with a push button on the center console that’s supposed to sharpen the steering feel, transmission shift points, and throttle mapping, although the difference between modes is minimal.
To summarize everything, the 2013 Hyundai Equus is luxurious, powerful, and enough to amaze all but the most discerning luxury-car shoppers. The Hyundai Equus is a full-size luxury car, equipped with RWD, powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission and continuous damping control enables the Equus to achieve an EPA estimated 15-mpg city and 23 mpg highway.