G90

Genesis G90 information and reviews

Here is the factory page for the Genesis G90.

Safety: The IIHS has awarded the Genesis G90 a Top Safety Pick+.

The G90 gets freshened for 2020. Car and Driver has all the details, including an extensive reworking of the exterior styling and new technology including a touchscreen and over-the-air updates.

In their review of the 2020, Car and Driver argues that the G90's strongest points are the comfort, luxury amenities, and ease-of-use of the controls when compared to others in its segment. A corner carver it is not, but a comfortable highway cruiser it is.

In this article, AutoGuide reviews the 2020 model and lists many of its updates. New technology includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Ride is improved in part by new bushings. And the car is even quieter than before with added sound absorbing padding.

AutoBlog also reviews the updated 2020 G90. In this article they do not go over all the changes in detail but 2 points really stood out to me. Genesis engineers achieved the lowest NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) in its competitive set (which includes the Lexus LS and Mercedes S-Class). The other is that the AutoBlog journalist pointed out that Hyundai's lane centering technology works better than any other in its class, and that it is far simpler to use. High praise indeed.

Here is a short article from Road and Track that essentially serves as an introduction to a 34-minute video from savagegeese. The video is all about the car so very little fluff - if you want to know about the G90 and the presenter's take on it, that is all it is about. They put the car up on a lift and go over the undercarriage, suspension, aerodynamics, brakes, and more. Then they go under the hood, and take it out on the road. The presenter mentions a few times that with all the positive press about the Volvo S90 and how well it drives, it drives "like crap" when compared to the G90... and does it all without an air suspension, which always seems to eventually need expensive service and repair. Speaking of service, the G90 comes with an oil dipstick and doesn't require the removal of the service access panel to do an oil change. They say the car is very serviceable - great news if you want to keep the car long-term after the free maintenance and warranty expires. Be sure to give the video a watch if you want a lot of great info on the G90. Here's the video:

And Savage Geese's update for the 2020 freshening:

In this video, MotorTrend drove a Genesis G90 through the Pacific Northwest. They came away impressed by the area, and equally impressed with the car. They spoke of the Pacific Northwest as an area that raises expectations for a luxurious organic experience, and how the G90 reflects that mindset.

Cars.com was highly impressed with the Genesis G90. After comparing it to the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class, and the Audi A8, they sum up that it is a "formidable contender" in the class. While they point out that there is a substantial value advantage, they also point out that the car has what it takes to compete aside from value. They point out that the interior is awash in high-quality materials, is loaded with technology, and is extremely comfortable. The reviewer points out that after 300 miles in a drive in the car, there were no ill effects of the drive. He points out that the 3.3L Twin Turbo V6 delivers smooth power, and has plenty of it. As an added bonus, the G90 only has 2 trim levels, and they are based on which engine is in the car: the 3.3L Twin Turbo V6 or the 5.0L Tau V8. Both trim levels come standard with all of the safety features, unusual even for this class of car. In this Cars.com article, they wanted to highlight 5 reasons why they feel the Genesis G90 is a luxury large car champ.

In this article, Cars.com outlines the refresh to the 2020 G90. The updated exterior styling such as the wheels and large grille, updated tech like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and 9 new safety features. They say what was already an amazing offering in the segment, just got even better.

AutoWeek had a chance to get behind the wheel for a press event test drive. What did they think? They felt that the car was extremely comfortable, whisper quiet, and had plenty of power on tap whenever it was needed. As to comfort, the 22-adjustment power front seats are orthopedically rated and the suspension has adaptive shock control. As to quiet, the glass front-to-back is double-paned and sound deadened and the wheels are designed to capture tire noise and keep it out of the cabin. As to power, both the twin-turbo V6 and the V8 offer plenty of torque and the transmission responds quickly when power is needed. See all their comments here.

AutoWeek then decided to add one to their long term test feet. After the first quarter and over 4600 miles, they couldn't find one complaint. "I'm having trouble finding anything I don't like. The G90 quite literally does everything well, to the point that my biggest gripe is the hazards flash when the remote start is active. Seriously. From its fluid power, ultra confident ride and quiet, sumptuous cabin, the G90 is easy to love." 

AutoWeek spent 1 year and 18,000 miles with the 3.3L Twin Turbo version of the G90. The title of their long-term wrap up article says it all "Genesis' flagship sedan does everything right". Note that they didn't say "avoids missteps", though it did do that not needing any repairs over that time. It does everything right. You can drive it "out of the box". Things work the way one expects: controls are intuitive and not overly complicated. They chided Mercedes, Lexus, and BMW for being too complicated to use when compared to the G90. They praised the instant torque without lag from the strong twin turbo V6, then commented that BMW and Mercedes should take note implying the G90's acceleration was more refined. They commented that their two pickiest editors could find no complaint with the G90. Considering that you are paying more for arguably not as nice of a car with the competition, the only question left is how much is the competition's emblem worth?

For 2020, the G90 gets some serious updates including styling, technology, and revised steering and transmission. As for the styling, whereas the 2017-2019 model was new and Genesis decided to play it safe, the refreshed styling is bolder and has more "road presence". Inside, Genesis uses more modern open-pore (low gloss) wood and leather quilting that mimics some of the ques of the exterior. As is often the case now, new technology improves the infotainment user interface (by adding a touchscreen) and there are more safety gadgets. Of course comfort remains supreme. See all of AutoWeek's comments here.

Automobile magazine says the Genesis G90 is "damn impressive right out of the box". It offers an incredible list of standard equipment and is expected to offer tremendous value with more features for less money than its main competitors... without sacrificing refinement. Its interior is elegant and quiet, the ride comfortable and controlled, with two excellent engine choices in a twin turbo V6 and naturally aspirated V8. They say it feels "rich and polished and astutely bred" with a stereo system that is "simply majestic" and "a number of virtues (that) were impossible to ignore".

MotorTrend spent 2 weeks in a BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance, a Lexus LS500, a Lincoln Continental Black Label 3.0, and a Genesis G90 3.3AWD. All models were all-wheel-drive. They wanted to see which car was the best of the bunch and able to compete against the mighty Mercedes S-Class. We all know that being a new brand and being the least expensive of the bunch... by far... the G90 didn't stand a chance. Right? Well...

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