2018 Genesis G90 Sedan

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2018 MODEL

$68,350 - $74,350

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Overview

With its biggest and most spacious sedan, Genesis is all set again to compete for a foothold in the lucrative segment of mid-range luxurious sedans. The G90 enters 2018 almost unchanged except LED headlights in place of projectors and some minor improvements. With a powerful engine and amazingly hushed cabin space, the G90 tries to strike a balance between performance and luxury and hence becomes a strong candidate in this highly competitive segment.

For 2018 G90, Genesis offers a little but accurate menu of two options ranging from $68250 to $71850. The 3.3 premium trim is powered by the 3.3-liter V6 engine while the Ultimate trim levels up the game with a wider range of luxurious features a monstrous 5-liter V8 engine to fulfill all the fantasies of enthusiasts. AWD is optional on both trims with an 8-speed automatic transmission as a standard.

Competing with the BMW 7-series and Mercedes Benz CLS 550 with more plush interiors and a prestigious brand badge, the G90 does a fine job with almost all the significant features and power at an incredibly affordable price.

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Pros

Luxurious interiors and rear cabin space

Cushiony suspensions provide an amazingly smooth ride

All variants come equally equipped

Cons

Interior materials' quality isn't as premium as competitors

Limited dealer and service network

Average semi-autonomous and driving assist features

What's New?

LED headlamps replace projector headlamps

Ultimate trim gets dual 10.3 entertainment screens for the rear cabin

CD\\\/DVD system is added to the infotainment system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$68350

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

147 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

204 cu. in.

horsepower

365 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

376 lb.-ft. @ 1300 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.4 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

124.4 in.

length

204.9 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

58.9 in.

curb weight

4630 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

113.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

180 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

525.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

7 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

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Patagonia Blue

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Ratings

Features

8.4

Engine

7.1

Fuel Economy

6.1

Interior

8.6

Exterior

7.1

Safety

7.9

Driving

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Genesis G90 Sedan Premium

Premium

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$68,350 - $70,850

Configurations
Premium 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (17/20/24)
Torque: 376 lbs.-ft. @ 1,300 rpm
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (17/20/24)
Torque: 376 lbs.-ft. @ 1,300 rpm

 2018 Genesis G90 Sedan Ultimate

Ultimate

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$71,850 - $74,350

Configurations
Ultimate 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 8A)
Engine: V-8 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (16/19/24)
Torque: 383 lbs.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm
Ultimate 4dr Sedan AWD (5.0L 8cyl 8A)
Engine: V-8 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (15/18/23)
Torque: 383 lbs.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 28, 2018

7.5

Overall Rating


8.4/10
Features

 

7.1/10
Engine

 

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.6/10
Interior

 

7.1/10
Exterior

 

7.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

For 2018 G90, Genesis offers a little but accurate menu of two options ranging from $68250 to $71850. The 3.3 premium trim is powered by the 3.3-liter V6 engine while the Ultimate trim levels up the game with a wider range of luxurious features a monstrous 5-liter V8 engine to fulfill all the fantasies of enthusiasts. AWD is optional on both trims with an 8-speed automatic transmission as a standard.

Features

8.4/10

Genesis offers only two trim choices for the buyers to choose from. The 3.3 premium variant is packed with a 3.3-litre V6 turbocharged engine to produce a maximum power of 365 hp. The Ultimate trim scales up with a few additional standard features and a turbocharged 420 hp  5-liter V8 engine. An option of all-wheel drive(AWD) is available with all trims with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission.

Trims G90 3.3T Premium G90 5.0 Ultimate
MSRP(RWD) $68,350 $71,850
MSRP(AWD) $70,850 $74,350
Features
  • Adaptive automatic LED headlights
  • Heated and power-folding mirrors
  • Soft-close doors
  • Hands-free power trunk lid
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Auto-dimming mirrors, and keyless entry and ignition.
  • Head-up display
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 22-way power-adjustable driver seat (16-way front passenger seat) memory functions for the front seats 
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping and heated steering wheel Wireless charging pad, and USB ports in front and back
  • 12.3-inch screen and a knob mounted by the gearshift
  • Upgrades the rear seats with power adjustments (14-way right rear seat and 12-way left rear seat)
  • Ventilation and memory functions
  • Pair of 10.3-inch HD screens has been added to the rear-seat entertainment system.

Premium trim flaunts LED headlamps, power-folding mirrors, and other standard features. While the Ultimate trim has few more additions to justify its price tag like power-adjusted rear seats with memory functions and a pair of 10.3-inch entertainment screens to provide an exciting ride to the rear occupants.

We Recommend

Although the premium trim provides enough power to satisfy you, the ultimate trim comes loaded with additional features with a more powerful engine which makes it worth paying a little more money for.

Engine

7.1/10

"The 2018 Genesis G90 combines strong engine performance, a cushioned ride, and competent handling. The base V6 engine is more than up to the task of moving the G90. The optional V8 makes more power, but you’ll hardly notice it. The G90 is buttery smooth and has an adaptive suspension to personalize your ride according to your driving style."- cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 G90 comes with two engine options powering the respective trims. The 2018 premium G90 trim variant is powered by the 3-litre Turbo V6 engine which produces a maximum power of 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with the 8-speed automatic transmission which is the only option in all variants.

The 2018 G90 premium trim lies on the podium of the points table when it comes to power and torque beat by the Mercedes-Benz CLS by just a few horses. However, if we chart the ultimate trim, it'd be the segment topper with a whopping power of 420 hp and a max torque of 383 lb-ft. As a sedan, the Genesis G90 is an excellent performer with punchy power and thrilling torque.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 640i Coupe Mercedes-Benz CLS (550) Audi A7 Premium Plus
MSRP $68,350 $82,395 $75,150 $69,700
Engine 3.3L Twin Turbo GDI DOHC 24-Valve V6 3.0L I-6 w/TwinPower Turbo 4.7L V8 biturbo 3.0L TFSI6 Cylinder
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power 365 hp 315 hp 402 hp 340 hp
Torque 376 lb-ft 330 lb-ft 443 lb-ft 325 lb-ft

Not the best but the G90's power will give a tough competition to its rival cars. The Mercedes CL S however, can easily outpower the G90. The A7 and BMW 640i might have a similar engine but they lack power big time. 

Acceleration

Despite its powerful engine with raging horses under the hood, the 2018 G90 fails to keep up the pace with rest of the segment when it comes to acceleration. The sedan pulls up from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 secs with which it lies at the bottom of the table, the credit goes to the 8-speed auto transmission with averagely-tuned gear ratios. However, when given some time, the G90 matches the rest of the segment- evident from the quarter-mile figure of 14.1 sec.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 640i Coupe Mercedes-Benz CLS (550) Audi A7 Premium Plus
0 – 60 mph 5.4 sec 4.9 sec 4.9 sec 5.2 sec
Quarter Mile 14.1 sec 14.1 sec 13.7 sec 14.8 sec
Engine 3.3L 3.0L 4.7L 3.0L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 8.8 7.7 8.4 7.7

Despite the power output, the G90 took a tad more than 5 seconds to gain a 60 mph acceleration. The Merced backed with more power was obvious to perform better. The rest of the lot shares a same quarter mile time, with the CLA just a split second away. 

Handling and Ride quality

The G90's handling is just fine but the steering lacks response to some extent. The steering is sensation-less but does its job nicely. G90 exhibits top-notch craftsmanship with intelligent body-weight distribution which helps turn a car this heavy without making it feel like a boat. However, looking at the price tag one shouldn't expect the driving pleasure of a BMW or a Porsche's agility.

The 2018 Genesis G90 compensates its handling with the ride quality. The cabin space, ventilation, heated seats, and climate control everything seems perfect. The cabin is unbelievably quiet and hushes the roar of the V8 completely. The suspensions offer a cushiony ride with minimum movement even on highly undulated roads.

Braking

When it comes to braking, the G90 is as sluggish as its acceleration. The sedan has a relaxed pedal which lacks the firmness, preferred by most drivers. G90 exhibits lazy braking and comes to halt from 60 mph in long 120 feet which is way behind the other competitors of this segment. The reason for this lag may be the sedan's weight which is at least 300 pounds more than all its competitors.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 640i Coupe Mercedes-Benz CLS (550) Audi A7 Premium Plus
60 – 0 mph (ft.) 120 106 104 109
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4630 4190 4158 4255
Brake (Front) 14.2 13.7 14.2 14.0
Brake (Rear) 13.4 13.6 12.6 13.0

The Genesis G90 performs poorly when you get a glimpse at its rivals report card. All 3 cards hold up its own just 110 feet as a maximum stopping distance. The G90's 120 feet performance was disappointing. 

Fuel Economy

6.1/10

The Genesis G90 maintains a combined fuel economy of 20 mpg which makes it the thirstiest sedan in the segment. The lower economy is the result of the 3.3-liter V6 engine which is bigger than the rest of the competitors except the CLS which unsurprisingly faces the same fate as G90. The CLS 550 sporting a 4.7-liter engine also lies at the bottom of the table with a combined economy of 21 mpg.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 640i Coupe Mercedes-Benz CLS (550) Audi A7 Premium Plus
MPG (City) 17 20 18 20
MPG (Hwy) 24 29 26 29
MPG (Combined) 20 23 21 23

Interior

8.6/10

"The 2018 Genesis G90’s luxury-grade cabin and excellent fit and finish make it worthy of competition with pricier rivals. High-end materials include standard Nappa leather and genuine wood trim, but there are a few plastic surfaces. The seats are supportive on long jaunts, and there’s plenty of space in the front and back. Nearly every feature the G90 offers comes standard, but there are a few add-ons available."- cars.usnews

Seating and comfort

The Genesis G90 interior is surely exquisite but doesn't reach the BMW or Mercedes-Benz. The leatherette upholstery looks premium with tasteful use of wood. Use of plastic at certain places shows the price difference between rival brands and Genesis.

However, looking at the features, we must say that Genesis has done a splendid job to keep up with the competitors. Heated and cooled seats, 22-way for driver and 17-way for passenger power-maneuvered seats, heated steering wheel, three-zone climate control comes as standard whereas a buyer has to go harder on its pocket to add these to their BMW or Benz.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 640i Coupe Mercedes-Benz CLS (550) Audi A7 Premium Plus
Passenger Capacity 5 5 4 4
Passenger Volume (Ft.3) 113.2 N/A 104.3 105.8
Headroom (Front/Rear) (in.) 41.1/38.0 40.6/37.0 36.9/36.1 36.9/36.6
Legroom (Front/Rear) (in.) 46.3/37.8 42.1/35.3 42.1/35.0 41.3/37.0
Shoulder Room (Front/Rear) (in.) 59.1/57.9 56.7/54.6 57.1/56.5 57.2/55.9

The G90 can easily accommodate five people including the driver. Being the highest sedan in the segment, the G90 delivers most spacious headroom among the competitors. Also, longer wheelbase gives it humongous legroom in the rear cabin making it the queen of space in this competitive segment.

Infotainment System

The 2018 Genesis G90 comes loaded with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with navigation, rotary knob, and Bluetooth. The standard Lexicon-branded 17-speaker sound output produces an immersive surround sound experience which is pretty amazing as compared to its competitors.

The 5.0 ultimate trim offers an added pair of 10.3 inch rear entertainment screens to provide further excitement. However, unlike its competitors, Genesis lacks the essential smartphone integration options. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink, Wifi aren't even available as options which may compel the buyers to think twice.

Cargo/Trunk Volume

Despite being longest in the segment, the G90 occupies most of its rear space for its cabin, leaving a little usable space behind that we call the trunk. The sedan has a 15.7 ft cube of trunk space which pulls it down at bottom of the chart, just ahead of the more cramped up CLS.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 640i Coupe Mercedes-Benz CLS (550) Audi A7 Premium Plus
Trunk Vol. (Ft.3) 15.7 16.2 15.3 24.5

Exterior

7.1/10

"The Genesis G90 is a conservatively handsome car. There's a distinctive grille, and it's big, but comes just short of the mega-grille trend on luxury cars that we've seen in recent years.It's not a head-turner, but Genesis is still developing its design language, and the G90 looks expensive, and the style will likely wear well over time."- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The 2018 Genesis G90 almost carries over the same look and style as that of its predecessor. The only notable difference is the LED headlamps which replace the projectors. The G90 looks like a car with familiar design elements as that of its competitors but nothing unique of its own. The sedan fails to pose a threat to its rivals with its subtle design and styling.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 640i Coupe Mercedes-Benz CLS (550) Audi A7 Premium Plus
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4630 4190 4158 4255
Wheelbase (in) 124.4 116.9 113.2 114.7
Length (in) 204.9 197.2 194.5 196.2
Width (in) 75.4 74.6 74.1 75.2
Height (in) 58.9 54.8 55.8 55.9
Ground Clearance (in) 5.1 5.0 5.1 4.4
Track Width – Front (in) 64.6 63.0 62.9 64.7
Track Width – Rear (in) 64.5 65.6 64.1 64.4

The 2018 Genesis G90 is highest in the segment which helps it provide ample headroom in the cabin. The longer wheelbase gives it the highest ground clearance in the segment and thus homely legroom in the rear.

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Hands-free trunk lid
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • Soft close doors

Safety

7.9/10

The 2018 Genesis G90 comes with all the essential safety features as per standards. The features include:

  • 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and EBD
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with pre-collision warning
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist (included with ESC)
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
  • Smart Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
  • Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
  • LATCH-Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children
  • Power window lock-out button and pinch protection

IIHS Safety Rating

The Genesis G90 has passed the crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with flying colors; 2018 Genesis G90 has earned Top Safety Pick + rating from IIHS which is the best possible rating across the board.

IIHS Safety Rating
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

 

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation
Front Crash Prevention Superior
Headlights Good
LATCH Acceptable

Competition

Genesis G90 sedan vs. BMW 640i Coupe

The BMW 640i Coupe comes loaded with a similar sized engine that produces poorer power and torque as that of a Genesis'. The G90 has better base package than that of BMW's with all the essential features like parking assist, remote locking and premium sound system integrated infotainment system at 15 grand lesser than BMW. However, the price difference seems to make sense when we look at the premium styling, handling, comfort, and fuel economy of the 2018 BMW 640i coupe.

Genesis G90 sedan vs. Audi A7 Premium

The Audi A7 L is powered by a 3-liter inline-6 cylinder engine which produces the lesser power and torque than G90. G90 also one-ups Audi in ride quality with a quieter cabin and cozier suspensions at a cheaper base package than Audi's. However, it offers a plush and luxurious interior equivalent to the BMW's which is, unfortunately, the only field where Audi beats Genesis.

Genesis G90 Sedan vs. Mercedes-Benz CLS 550

The CLS 550 sports a bigger 4.7-liter engine which produces the best-in-class power and torque. But, when compared to the 5.0 ultimate trim of G90, the CLS seems just average. However, CLS basically one-ups G90 in every field- interior, styling, fuel economy, handling, steering. The only catch is the price, Benz is nothing less than 5 grand more expensive than Genesis which would increase further with add-ons.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Genesis G90 offers great performance married with the fine handling and driving dynamics. The car doesn't feel exceptional and lacks punch on straight highways due to its lazier acceleration, credits to longer gear ratios.  However, the comfort of the cabin and interior features make up for it.

So, if you're looking for a good car around 70 grand without wanting to spend more on the add-ons which come with expensive brands, the Genesis G90 stands tall to help you find it.

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