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Hyundai Azera - Low key touches of luxury

gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
edited July 22 in Hyundai
I've discovered a few neat little touches not mentioned in the owner's manual, like the front foot-well lights that come on when you shift into Park, or the passenger grab-handles that smoooothly return to the "full upright position."
Any others?...
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  • guestguest Posts: 774
    RE: 1
    I too think that the leg well lights are a nice feature.
    I wish that they would have added delay headlights on off to brighten the way when parking in dark areas at night.
  • cdmuilecdmuile Posts: 152
    I keep finding things:
    1) The little flaps ahead of the front tires to deflect road debris from the brakes.
    2) Cold air induction to the intake manifold.
    3) Fully finished trunk area.
    4) Window glass that's thicker than most luxury cars.
    5) The visor lights that are mounted on the headliner instead of on the visor(this is where they should be mounted).

    And most importantly, to me, the ignition key that goes straight into the ignition....no fumbling around under the steering column!

    Great car. I traded a 2001 $55,000 car and couldn't be happier.
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    The front door map pockets with sides that open out to make finding and selecting a map a little easier...
  • Oh yeah, all those stated above and the thickness of the steering wheel, so comfy. I really like the quiet chirp rather than a blasting horn when locking or unlocking the vehicle.

    Don
  • the easy to clean wheels. Thank God. The hood holder. The engine cover which is nutted on, not pressed onto plastic nubs. The nitrous oxide injection system. Oh wait, got ahead of myself...talk about torque steer :surprise:
  • cdmuilecdmuile Posts: 152
    Yea Chilliwack,
    I ordered mine with methane injection and 12to1 compression ratio. What a hoot! And you talk about torque steer.
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    Nitrous Oxide?! No wonder I'm really, really happy when I drive this car!... :shades:
  • oluedooluedo Posts: 2
    I have noticed on the hyundai manual for the grandeur (azera's asian name) that putting in the key on the door, turning it clockwise and holding for 3 seconds will fully wind down the windows. Turning and hodling it anticlockwise for 3 seconds will lock and fully wind up the windows. This feature is avoided on the azera manual. :confuse: I have experimented with it and it does not work. Any reason why they will omit this feature for US versions? :cry:
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    At a guess, I'd say that it's one of two things:

    1) Our litigious society that would have everyone connected with the car's manufacture sued if an auto-up rear window pinched a kid.

    2) A hold-out goodie to be seen next model year.

    Probably the first guess.

    By the way, another nice touch is that each of the two windshield washer squirters have three nozzles...
  • My 02 XG350L replaced by my 06 Azera had a feature where holding the unlock button down on the key fob rolled down the drivers window so I suspect it's not that hard to program. It's a nice feature in hot weather. Rolling down all the windows would be even better. I wonder if there are any aftermarket shops that could add such a feature?
  • dborthdborth Posts: 474
    Haven't seen this posted, but if you approach the car and unlock from a distance, you have 30-seconds to open a door or the trunk, or it will re-lock. Sorta like "hummmm, owner got distracted".
  • guestguest Posts: 774
    RE: 9
    Many, many features are available on the Korean model of the Azera. They include, smart key, tilt on reverse side view mirrors, Nav. system, lazar cruise control, back up sensors, etc.
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    "Haven't seen this posted, but if you approach the car and unlock from a distance, you have 30-seconds to open a door or the trunk, or it will re-lock. Sorta like 'hummmm, owner got distracted'".

    That 30 second relock is an especially good idea if you're a tiny bit overweight and your pants are tight and you bend over to pick something up and a button gets pressed inside your pocket! Also, I've twice triggered my "panic alarm" in that manner from inside my house, gets your attention, right away... :blush:
  • azgrandazgrand Posts: 50
    Found another nice little touch -- the recessed handle in the inside of the trunk for pulling down the trunklid from fully open.
  • Don't know if anyone got this one but I like the light on the inside of the second level of the armrest storage thingy! :P
  • Black pearl; got to tell you I have had my azera since August of 2006 and I did not realize there was a light in the second level of the armrest. I went out to my garage after I saw your note and, by golly, there it was. Thanks.
  • zredsoxzredsox Posts: 90
    Black pearl; got to tell you I have had my azera since August of 2006 and I did not realize there was a light in the second level of the armrest. I went out to my garage after I saw your note and, by golly, there it was. Thanks.

    Son of a gun, I just checked my garaged Azera and it has one of those armrest lights too.

    Speaking of lights, the Azera Limited has floor lamps in the front that come on when you open the front doors, but the lighting is very subdued, almost like mood lighting. Does anyone know if the brightness of the lights can be increased, and if so, how?
  • I think all the little touches of luxury present in the Azera collectively contribute to overall owner satisfaction. Many owners may not notice the little light in the armrest storage console, but if you drive a lot at night like I do you find yourself thanking Hyundai every time you reach for something in there while driving and you can see what you wanted to find. That helps me get my eyes back on the road quickly again, which is a good thing!

    Here's my list of my favorite little touches of Azera luxury:

    -My favorite: The Air Quality System. Only BMW and Lexus have this, as far as I know, and it alone is worth buying a Hyundai for, in my opinion. I love not having to breathe exhaust fumes anymore. This qualifies not so much as a low-key touch of luxury, but more like a major luxury feature, in my book. Almost priceless, in fact. (Hyundai, if you are reading this, DON'T EVER STOP making this feature on your cars!)

    -The cannister design of the oil filter under the hood. (I consider it a luxury since I change my own oil.)

    -The little armrest console light.

    -The foot well lights. Too many cars have de-contented this feature these days.

    -The fully finished trunk and the generous amount of cargo hooks pre-mounted in there. I have 2 nets (bought a second one) and that gives me remarkable cargo arrangement versatility. Nothing rolls around in this trunk, even though it is a huge space. That makes the trunk much more useful to me.

    -The front door map pockets that tilt out. Many high end German cars have those and it's nice to be able to open them to see what is in there rather than reaching around blindly.

    -The extra space around the power seat controls. Has anyone noticed that you can actually get your hand comfortably around the controls while the door is closed? Plenty of room there. It is shocking in how many cars these days you almost need to stop and open the door just to adjust the power seat.

    -The easy to clean wheels, definitely. Does anyone else clean their own wheels? If you do, it is super easy to wipe down the Azera wheels as opposed to many other brands that assume you have the time to meticulously brush out all the little crevices that collect brake dust. Somebody at Hyundai gave some thought to how the owner would maintain this car, and I appreciate it.

    -The large tank of washer fluid. Handy for those long drives in slushy weather.

    -The sidewinder-cut ignition key. Not as fancy as a smartcard keyless starting system, but nicer than most cars in this price range.

    Hyundai doesn't have this car 100% as perfect as it could be, but it gives me a good feeling about the company to discover all the little details that they sweated over during the development of this car. It shows that they are trying to create something premium, something special, in the Azera.
  • sundevilssundevils Posts: 100
    I have a 2006 Azera Limited w/ Ultimate and there is no light in the lower portion of the center console. There is a power outlet but no light.

    You mention the ignition key - I wish it had the switchblade style key as comes with VW, Miata, etc.
  • To the last post, the light only works when headlights are on I believe. Has anyone noticed the little ash tray cover/stink sealer that lives under the console lid? Pretty spiffy. :D
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    RE: 20
    Perhaps your light is not functioning, but there is one located on the forward wall of the compartment.
  • sundevilssundevils Posts: 100
    We are talking about the arm rest, right? It has two levels and the claim is that there is a light in the lower level. Not on mine - all it contains is a power outlet.
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    In that lower, larger compartment, above the level of the outlet and just below the latch area, there's a horizontal translucent panel, two inches long by 1/4 inch high, behind which are 6 green led's which come on when the lights are on...at least in MY car... :)
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    RE 23
    Try looking again. If there is a translucent panal on the forward end of the lower arm rest storage compartment, there is a light behind that lens.
    If there is no such panel, someone custom built your car.
  • I found mine..I found mime!!! Try looking for it after dark, then turn your headlights on!! CooL.
  • sundevilssundevils Posts: 100
    Yup, i found it too ... your headlights have to be on and it has to be dark in the cabin. Not a very bright light but there it is ...
  • I'll have to check tonight when my wife gets home. I didn't know there was a light there either.
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    Not a biggie, but discovered yesterday that when you're charging your cell phone with the console's 12v. outlet, you can lay the charging cord through the front by the latch and latch-down the console without crushing the cord, there's about a 3/16ths-high space there to allow the cord to move freely...
  • wardswards Posts: 17
    I find it's much easier to plug into the cigarette outlet and the cellphone sits nicely in the small compartment out of the way.
  • jaymagicjaymagic Posts: 309
    Has anyone else noticed the power down headrests. Manual to raise them, but touch the button and down then come.

    Sweet.
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