Hyundai Equus

hyundai equus

The Hyundai Equus is a full-size high-end luxury car that serves as the flagship model of Hyundai Motor Company. According to Edmunds the 2011 model offers far more space and equipment than other competing luxury sedans, calling it the equivalent of a loaded $104,000 Mercedes-Benz S550 for the price of a lightly equipped Mercedes E550. The Equus comes standard with a 4.6-liter V8 good for 385 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque. The Equus is available in Signature ($58,000) and Ultimate ($64,500) trim levels.

The Signature seats five and includes heated and cooled power front seats, 19-inch wheels, adjustable air suspension, lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, power-folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, a 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, power rear window shades, a navigation system with real-time traffic, and an included Apple iPad as a sort of interactive owner’s manual and maintenance minder.

The Equus Ultimate seats four, as the rear bench seat is replaced with a pair of reclining bucket seats with heating/cooling/massaging functions and a passenger-side power footrest. A center console includes storage bins, a mini refrigerator and separate controls for the climate and rear seat DVD entertainment systems. A power trunk lid and a forward-view cornering camera are also included with the Ultimate.

The most significant Equus feature, though, is perhaps its ‘Your Time, Your Place’ buying program. Interested buyers only have to call their local Hyundai dealership and a designated Equus salesperson brings the car to their home or office for a demonstration and test drive. Depending on where they are (consumer-protection laws vary from state to state), some customers will be able to purchase an Equus without setting foot in the dealership. Servicing is also done by pickup. A technician picks the car up from the owner’s home and leaves a loaner Equus or Genesis in its place. When the servicing is done, they swaps the loaner back for your car.

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