Here's Why The Genesis G90 Is A Mini Rolls Royce
Review, pricing, and specs of the 2020 Genesis G90.
Hyundai is growing at a rapid rate - and so is their luxury brand Genesis. New models have been arriving over the last few years, and some are so luxurious, they look like Rolls Royce's or Bentley's to regular people. The G90 is a victim of this mis-badging, and its attention grabbing diamond styled front grill and crazy rear lights are to blame. It's packed with luxurious features, driver assistance features, and just might be the cheaper, more reliable, Rolls Royce.
The Genesis brand itself doesn't have much history, the first standalone model was only introduced in 2015. The nameplate G90 was first introduced for the 2017 model year, and was known as the Equus until 2017. The G90 received a huge styling makeover for the 2020 model year.
Being a luxury sedan, the G90 will cost you a large sum of money, but compared to competitors, it isn't that much. For the bargain price of $73,225 (Including fees) you can get a base rear wheel drive V6 powered G90. Other G90 trim levels and their prices (Excluding fees and options) are listed below. The base G90 is a good $10,000-$15,000 less than rivals like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series.
Genesis G90 3.3T Premium RWD: $72,200
Genesis G90 3.3T Premium AWD: $74,700
Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate RWD: $75,700
Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate AWD: $78,200
Looking at the pricing, a more powerful engine and all wheel drive will cost about $6,000.
Engine, Transmission, Drivetrain, and Performance
The G90 is a very powerful car, even with the base engine. Its standard 3.3 L V6, which is ripped straight out of the Kia Stinger, generates 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Despite the 4,700 pound curb weight, the G90 3.3T will reach 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. Upgrading to the 5.0 engine will give you 420 horsepower and a measly 383 lb-ft of torque, a fine amount for a vehicle its size. Both G90 engines deliver enough horsepower to move the G90, and add some extra oomph off the line. Additionally, both engines work directly with an 8-speed automatic transmission. In our opinion, the V6 is the one to go for, as it delivers enough horsepower without compromising fuel economy.
A powerful car like the G90 can't be expected to achieve good fuel economy. The G90, when equipped with the 3.3 L engine, will accomplish just 17 city/25 highway, and the 5.0 is even worse, at just 16 city/24 highway when RWD. When all wheel drive, the numbers are even worse, coming in at a depressing 15 city/23 highway. If you're looking at the G90, or any of its rivals, you don't care about fuel efficiency - and Genesis knows that, which is why a hybrid version isn't in existence.
The sole reason for a buyer looking at the G90 is the interior, more specifically the back seats. The G90's interior is built around the rear seats with a large center console filled with various buttons, switches and dials, all there to control the climate control, seats, and radio. With that being said, the front isn't bad either, it's decorated with beautiful wood trim, brushed metal, and a plethora of color choices. Luxurious features included on the base G90 3.3T RWD/AWD are the following: Nappa leather seats, a 22-way power driver seat with power lumbar, shoulder, and bolster adjustment, heated and ventilated front seats, a 17-speaker audio system, wireless charging, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. We're inclined to believe that Mazda could have done a better job with the interior of the Genesis, but for the price, it's satisfactory. The interior features of other G90 trims are listed below. Cargo capacity: Sedans tend to have a small cargo capacity, and the G90 is no different with just 15.7 cubic feet.
2020 Genesis G90 Interior
2020 Genesis G90 3.3T Premium RWD: Nappa leather seats, 22-way power driver seat with power lumbar, shoulder, and bolster adjustment, heated and ventilated front seats, 17-speaker audio system, wireless charging, 12.3-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto.
2020 Genesis G90 3.3T Premium AWD (Same as RWD): Nappa leather seats, 22-way power driver seat with power lumbar, shoulder, and bolster adjustment, heated and ventilated front seats, 17-speaker audio system, wireless charging, 12.3-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto.
2020 Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate RWD (Includes 3.3T Premium features): Rear seat entertainment system with 10.3-inch HD monitors, 14-way power right rear seat and 12-way power left rear seat, and ventilated rear seats.
2020 Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate AWD (Same as RWD): Rear seat entertainment system with 10.3-inch HD monitors, 14-way power right rear seat and 12-way power left rear seat, and ventilated rear seats.
Genesis is one of the safest brands out there, and the G90 proves that with its Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. In addition to a phenomenal safety rating, the G90 comes standard with a massive suite of driver assistance features, some of which include driver attention warning, safe exit assist, lane keep assist with lane following assist, blind spot collision avoidance assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, forward collision avoidance assist, and a surround view camera.
Why Would You Want A G90?
1. Amazing price, way below competitors.
2. Lavish interior, packed with features and technology.
3. Handsome exterior styling with attention grabbing front grill.
4. Powerful engine.
Why Wouldn't You Want A G90?
1. Doesn't offer as much power as rivals
2. Isn't as feature-packed as rivals.
3. Floaty driving dynamics.
The 2020 Genesis G90 isn't your average luxury sedan: It has an amazing price, unique styling, and a huge suite of safety systems. Overall, though, it really just depends on what you're looking for. If you want more of a mainstream luxury sedan that will give you everything you could possibly want but for a higher price, the Mercedes S-Class or BMW 7-Series is your best bet.