Hyundai introduced the first Genesis in 2009 as its flagship model. It continued as part of the Hyundai family until 2014, when Hyundai introduced its second generation. Rather than introducing evolving the first generation model, Hyundai chose a more revolutionary path. They came up with a “clean sheet” design – something that stirred the emotions. Hyundai built the car on a stiffer, more stable platform architecture tuned by Lotus Engineering, with a mind-boggling level of vehicular technology. Certainly more than most of its rivals, yet several thousand dollars less expensive. Hyundai decided to spin off the “Genesis” name into its own brand in 2017, distinguishing itself from Hyundai. This is the company’s first and most luxurious model – the Genesis G90.
The Genesis G90 is a premium luxury sedan that’s a bit different, featuring state-of-the-art technology and dynamic performance. It also features an appealing design, both inside and out. Apart from the largest G90 model, there are also the smaller Genesis G80, G80 Sport, and the impending G70. All Genesis models are four-door, five passenger luxury sedans. They’re also available in rear or all-wheel drive.
There are two engine choices in the Genesis G90. On the smaller, more fuel efficient route, there’s a 3.3-liter, 365 horsepower twin-turbo V6. Or, if you want a bit more oomph, there’s a 420 horsepower, 383 lb-ft torque 5.0-liter V8. Both engines route their power to an 8-speed Shiftronic transmission with skip-shift capability and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Visually, the exterior of the 2018 Genesis G90 leads off by displaying a modern look. Around the front, there’s the Genesis signature hexagonal “Crest Grille”. It’s flanked by three-dimensional LED headlights with an auto-leveling system and elegant, fluid lines. It wraps up around the rear with a high-tech, sculptural surface design that completes the character line flow. Hyundai originally referred to this form as “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0”. The G90, as the larger number suggests, is larger in every dimension than the current entry-level G80.
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Packaging for the new Genesis stable is simple. The company offers a limited range of buildable configurations for the drivetrain and optional equipment. Trim levels include the “base” Premium and Ultimate. With the latter, “Ultimate” is an understatement. Among the plethora of options are power-adjustable front and rear seats, rear-seat entertainment with dual 10.3-inch monitors, and a 12.3-inch system up front. You also get a Lexicon 17-speaker premium sound system, power-closing doors, and a hands-free smart trunk.
The Genesis G90 also features every safety system you’d expect as standard. There’s Driver Attention Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Smart Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist, and Smart Cruise Control. There’s a 360-degree multi-view camera as well as a forward-view corning camera. For ultimate in-town safety, the Genesis G90 also features Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.
The overall styling showcases a balanced blend of athletic elegance and luxurious functionality. The interior design and execution represents a further reflection of the sophistication and attention to detail displayed by the car’s magnetic exterior appeal.
My test 2018 Genesis G90 Ultimate was equipped with the 5.0-liter GDI V8 and rear-wheel drive. The exterior was finished in Casablanca White Metallic, while the interior was black with white contrast piping and polished, genuine wood trim accents. All in, Genesis set the MSRP of this car at $72,825. There aren’t any options to consider here, as the Ultimate trim comes with everything as standard. If you want all-wheel drive, however, you’ll need to tack on an additional $2,500.
The 2018 Genesis G90 Ultimate represents an incredible offering that surpasses the majority of luxury class competitors in both content and price. It is what a luxury sedan is supposed to be. Genesis followed the recipe with materials and technology, and included quality performance attributes for good measure.
The G90’s naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 delivers stellar acceleration. Its ride quality is smooth and planted without any harshness, but it’s not mushy either. The steering is responsive for agile handling characteristics.
The 2018 Genesis G90 in either of its trim levels or drive configurations is without question an amazingly satisfying luxury sedan. It provides stunning good looks along with spirited performance capability at a competitive price. The G90 is considerably more luxurious and elegant than the smaller, less expensive G80. Genesis is planning five new models by 2021, but why wait to experience this level of luxury?
SPECIFICATIONS: 2018 Genesis G90 Ultimate
|Price as Tested:||$72,825|
|Engine:||5.0-liter, DOHC “Tau” V8 w/ Dual CVVT, direct injection|
|Drivetrain (Layout):||Longitudinally-mounted front engine, rear-wheel drive|
|Horsepower:||420 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|Torque:||383 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM|
|Transmission:||8-speed automatic w/ paddle shifters|
|Suspension:||Genesis Adaptive Control suspension w/ Electronic Damping Control and Intelligent Drive Mode
Front: 5-link w/ gas shock absorbers, coil springs and 25 mm stabilizer bar
Rear: 5-link w/ gas shock absorbers, coil springs and 17 mm stabilizer bar
|Brakes:||Power-assisted four-wheel ventilated discs w/ 4-channel ABS and EBD|
|Tires:||Front: Continental ProContact P245/45 R19 98W
Rear: Continental ProContact P275/40 R19 101W
|Fuel capacity:||21.9 gallons|
|Fuel economy (EPA):||16 City/24 Highway/19 Combined MPG|
|Turning Circle:||39.2 feet|
|Curb Weight:||4,751 pounds|