Editor versus Predator

Civil war averted in battle of the luxo barges

GLENN BUTLER

I CAME close to losing the Genesis this month. Took some time off and left the car with publisher Bulmer. He took an immediate liking to the big Korean, his attachment growing stronger as the days went on. He liked the refinement Ė who doesnít Ė and was equally appreciative of its ability to move the brood in comfort. Plenty of bootspace for all their luggage for a week away, and enough backseat legroom so that the Bulmer-ettes couldnít kick mum and dadís seats.

So when I returned he said the Genesisís quality and refinement was wasted on me.

He should take over the long-term test. I was torn. I like my job, so best not get the boss offside, right?

But I was really enjoying my time in the Genesis, and didnít want it to end. Itís fair to say Iíve been pleasantly surprised, often.

There are its overt charms, like the plush elegance of its interior fit-out. And then there are the more subtle charms that make me smile each time I notice one. Like the Genesis logo in the puddle lights. And the indirect interior lighting. And how the boot opens when it senses you approaching, arms laden.

And the rear power blind, which does me little good in the front, but wows my backseat passengers.

And the stereo. Iím surprised just how important a good sound system is to me.

Yes, I primarily listen to AM radio, especially the SEN sports network (which should stop pretending and just rename itself AFL radio).

Every now and then I like my Bluetooth tunes, and itís good to know the Genesisís Lexicon 17-speaker sound system can faithfully reproduce every sweet note of a Stevie Ray Vaughan solo, and do Muddy Watersí swamp-bottom baritone justice.

Also, Iíd only just begun to explore the drivetrainís more lively Sport mode. Youíll recall that for our first month together, I left it in Normal. Sport brings a noticeable attitude change to the transmission. Itís less eager to change up through the gears as it moves off, which may increase fuel consumption, but is much better for my accelerative expectations. The drivetrainís generosity should match with the carís premium positioning, right?

Fuel consumption has actually gone down this month, despite my Sporty bent. I think thatís because Bulmerís commute takes in a lot of constant-velocity motorway, which is hardly taxing on the Genesisís big V6. Next month thatís likely to change, because the car is mine again. All mine.

As they say, adversity breeds innovation.

I needed to distract the boss with an even brighter bauble. So I mentioned that his theft of the Genesis would force me into the new and very interesting Volvo XC90, a family SUV that even hard-nose Carey has been raving about. Whatís the point of a bloke with no kids testing that, I pondered aloud as I left his office.

Ged came into my office later that day. He said he had an ideaÖ

NUMBERS GAME

Itís a little thing, but so handy when looking for a strange address to have the Genesis pointing out house numbers as you pass

Unwelcome double penetration

JUST before I headed off on leave, the Genesis developed a slow puncture in the left rear. Turns out the tyre got screwed, literally.

One through a tread channel, which would have been pluggable (and therefore cheap to remedy); the other pierced the sidewall, so no repair was possible. Given the property development going on around my area, itís easy to guess where they came from.

Bulmer, obviously thinking this car would remain his when I returned, spent $279 having it replaced. Thanks, boss.

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HYUNDAI GENESIS

Date acquired: June 2015 Price as tested: $60,000 This month: 1690km @ 12.3L/100km Overall: 3243km @ 12.5L/100km