Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 BMW 6 SERIES VS 2013 Hyundai Genesis Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 BMW 6 SERIES

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2013 Hyundai Genesis

Safety Comparison

The 650i offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The BMW 6 Series has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the 6 Series helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The 6 Series’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The 6 Series offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Genesis Coupe only offers rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The 6 Series’ optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The 6 Series has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the 6 Series and the Genesis Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The BMW 6 Series weighs 518 to 1224 pounds more than the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The 6 Series’ corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Genesis Coupe’s (12 vs. 7 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 6 Series for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Genesis Coupe.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the 6 Series is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the 6 Series’ battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Genesis Coupe’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 6 Series second among premium sporty cars in their 2012 Initial Quality Study. The Genesis Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The 6 Series has more powerful engines than the Genesis Coupe:

Horsepower

Torque

640i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

315 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

650i 4.4 turbo V8

445 HP

480 lbs.-ft.

M6 4.4 turbo V8

560 HP

500 lbs.-ft.

Genesis Coupe 2.0T turbo 4 cyl.

274 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Genesis Coupe 3.8 DOHC V6

348 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 640i Coupe RWD gets better fuel mileage than the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Auto (23 city/33 hwy vs. 18 city/28 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the 6 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 6 Series 640i/M6’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The 6 Series’ standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Genesis Coupe (18.5 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 6 Series M6’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Genesis Coupe (21.1 vs. 17.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the 6 Series’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Genesis Coupe:

6 Series

M6

Genesis Coupe

Genesis Coupe Track/R-Spec

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

15.7 inches

12.6 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

15.6 inches

12.4 inches

13 inches

The 6 Series’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Genesis Coupe are solid, not vented.

The 6 Series stops much shorter than the Genesis Coupe:

6 Series

Genesis Coupe

80 to 0 MPH

212 feet

219 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the 6 Series has larger standard tires than the Genesis Coupe (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The M6’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Genesis Coupe (F:265/40R19 & R:295/35R19 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:245/45R18).

The 6 Series’ optional 245/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Genesis Coupe Track/R-Spec’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 6 Series offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Genesis Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 6 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 6 Series offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Hyundai doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Genesis Coupe.

The 6 Series has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Genesis Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 6 Series Coupe’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Genesis Coupe (112.2 inches vs. 111 inches).

The 6 Series’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.8% to 49.2%) than the Genesis Coupe’s (55% to 45%). This gives the 6 Series more stable handling and braking.

The 650i Coupe handles at .94 G’s, while the Genesis Coupe 2.0T pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The 650i Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Genesis Coupe 2.0T (25.3 seconds vs. 26.8 seconds).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the 6 Series Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Genesis Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The 6 Series Coupe has .8 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.1 inches more rear headroom than the Genesis Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The 6 Series Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Genesis Coupe (16.2 vs. 10 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the 6 Series’ trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Genesis Coupe’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

A standard locking center console (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the 6 Series. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the 6 Series, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat (memory seat optional for the front passenger), steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer a memory system.

The 6 Series’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The 6 Series offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The 6 Series’ standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Hyundai does not offer a locking feature on the Genesis Coupe’s standard power windows.

If the windows are left down on the 6 Series the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Genesis Coupe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The 6 Series’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Genesis Coupe’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 6 Series to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 6 Series has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The 6 Series has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Genesis Coupe R-Spec.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the 6 Series detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the 6 Series has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer cornering lights. The 6 Series also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the 6 Series Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The 6 Series’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai offers heated mirrors for extra charge, but only on the Genesis Coupe Grand Touring/Track.

When the 6 Series is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Genesis Coupe’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The 6 Series has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Genesis Coupe offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The 6 Series’ optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The 6 Series has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The 6 Series’ standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the 6 Series Automatic offers an optional Active Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With standard voice command, the 6 Series offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The 6 Series’ optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Genesis Coupe doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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