The new 2018 Genesis G90 is a huge step up from the Equus that it succeeds. Launching the new standalone Genesis brand, the G90 is an excellent large luxury sedan that offers you all the elegance, comfort, and value you would expect in this segment at a much more affordable price.
Now, can the Genesis G90 take customers away from legends like the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Read on to find out.
2018 Genesis G90 3.3T Exterior
There is no doubt that the Genesis G90 designers were very conservative, but still managed to give this luxury sedan some presence. Although the front-end design (which I consider to be most important) is very subdued, you still have some signature Genesis themes like the giant grille and stylish Full LED headlamps that actually say “full LED” on the unit so you don’t forget. While the Genesis G90 may not impress your neighbors as much as new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the overall design will definitely get you some attention.
2018 Genesis G90 3.3T Interior
The interior of the 2018 Genesis G90 is very luxurious and has flawless build quality. While it won’t charm you with exotic materials or unique high-tech features, it offers an upscale interior that is unquestionably a bargain for this price. The first thing we noticed is that the interior is insanely quiet. Genesis says that its engineers spent hundreds of hours making sure it had the best-in-class ratings for in-cabin noise levels. There are special sound-absorbing materials throughout the cabin along with specially laminated acoustic film glass on every window to create a comfortable sanctuary. The second thing we noticed is the musical tone that plays when you start or stop the car.
Almost everything is standard on the G90 including extremely comfortable Nappa leather heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats (cooled is optional), a two-level heated steering (something we’ve never seen before), power rear shades, Bluetooth, front and rear USB ports, wireless smartphone charging, navigation, 17-speaker Lexicon sound system, and much more. Since this is a large luxury sedan, the rear seat is where you want to be. Rear passengers get their own control center that controls various functions of the car including the front infotainment. If you want to keep rear passengers busy, you can get a rear entertainment system with 10.3-inch HD displays in the headrests.
The Genesis G90 was one of the first cars to connect with Amazon’s Alexa. You can use your Alexa device inside your house to remote start the G90, adjust the climate control, lock or unlock, or use the lights and horn from inside your house. The whole thing is a part of the Genesis Connected Services feature which also enabled Google Assistant connectivity just last year. You can Google Assistant for all the same functions as the ones mentioned above for Alexa but you can also use it to send a destination to the car’s navigation.
The G90 offers 46.3 inches of legroom for front passengers, and 37.8 inches for rear passengers. Cargo capacity comes in at 16 cubic-feet.
2018 Genesis G90 3.3T Performance
The 2018 Genesis G90 3.3T is powered by a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 making 365-hp mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 60 mph comes in at 5.3 seconds, which means it can definitely keep up with the A8 V6, 740i, and the S450. The 2018 Lexus LS500, on the other hand, is powered by a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 making 416 horsepower mated to a 10-speed automatic. Zero to 60 mph on the LS500 comes in 4.6 secs, and while the LS500 is definitely faster, you won’t be hitting up the track with either of these. That said, when comparing the ride quality of the G90 to all of its opponents, it is insanely smooth and remarkably comfortable.
The G90 uses a multi-link suspension and an adaptive control suspension with electronic damping control that controls body motions with barely any compromises to ride comfort. As with all other large luxury sedans in this segment, acceleration is really quick and the handling doesn’t disappoint at all. You can also circle through four driving modes including Eco, Smart, Sport, and Individual. There is no doubt in our mind that Genesis engineers did their absolute best to make sure that the ride quality of the G90 is right on par with all the models that it competes with. Fuel economy-wise, the Genesis G90 gets an EPA-rated 17/24 mpg** (city/highway), and if you need more power, the G90 also comes with a 5.0L V8 that makes 420-hp allowing it to hit 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. Prices for the V8 model start at $71,850*.
2018 Genesis G90 3.3T Safety
Safety wise, the 2018 Genesis G90 comes with a variety of driver assist technologies including a rearview camera, lane keep assist, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, and a heads-up display.
2018 Genesis G90 3.3T Overall
Overall, the 2018 Genesis G90 definitely offers luxury, comfort, drivability, and value that is undeniably attractive. The G90 clearly proves it can go head-to-head with other legendary luxury sedans, as it takes on all of its opponents with some serious performance numbers, outstanding build quality, and very luxurious interior. Prices for the 2018 Genesis G90 start at $68,350*. Visit your local AutoNation Genesis dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.