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2019 Genesis G90 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 2, 2019


Genesis, the luxury car marque from Korea rolled out its first full-sized luxury sedan G90 in 2017 in the US. While other manufacturers are looking to induce luxury and performance together in their cars, the Genesis G90 is a straight-out luxury on four-wheels.

For 2019 G90, Genesis offers a little but accurate menu of two options ranging from $69,350 to $76,350. The 3.3 Premium trim is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine while the Ultimate trim levels up the game with a wider range of luxurious features and 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.

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Pros

Luxurious interiors

Well-tuned suspension provide amazingly smooth ride

All variants come equally equipped

Spacious rear cabin

Cons

Interior materials' quality aren't as special 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 rear cabin

CD/DVD system is added to the infotainment system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$69350

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

204 cu.in.

horsepower

365 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

376 lbs.-ft @ 1300 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.6/64.5

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

6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

525.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Genesis G90 in Adriatic Blue color  2019 Genesis G90 in Casablanca White color  2019 Genesis G90 in Himalayan Gray color  2019 Genesis G90 in Santiago Silver color  2019 Genesis G90 in Serengeti Brown color
Adriatic Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

8.5

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Genesis G90 Premium

Premium

power
365 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
20 combined

$69,350 - $71,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $69,350 MSRP (17/20/24) 365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $71,850 MSRP (17/20/24) 365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Genesis G90 Ultimate

Ultimate

power
420 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$73,850 - $76,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Ultimate 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $73,850 MSRP (16/19/24) 420 hp @ 6000 rpm, 5 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
Ultimate 4dr Sedan AWD (5.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $76,350 MSRP (15/18/23) 420 hp @ 6000 rpm, 5 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


Competing with the 3 German giants of this segment, those with more plush interiors and a prestigious brand badges on the grille, the G90 does a fine job with almost all the significant features and power at an incredibly affordable price.

2019 Genesis G90 front view
2019 Genesis G90 Angular Front View
2019 Genesis G90 rear view
2019 Genesis G90 Angular Rear View

7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Genesis G90 Features

7.5/10

Genesis offers only two trim choices for the buyers to choose from. The 3.3 premium variant is packed with a 3.3-liter 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 420hp 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 Features of 3.3T Premium plus:
  Heated and power-folding mirrors Upgrades the rear seats with power adjustments (14-way right rear seat and 12-way left rear seat), ventilation and memory functions
  Soft-close doors pair of 10.3-inch HD screens have been added to the rear-seat entertainment system.
  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, a power tilt-and-telescoping and heated steering wheel Wireless charging pad, and USB ports in front and back. Infotainment duties are handled by a 12.3-inch screen and a knob mounted by the gearshift.  
  The system includes Bluetooth, navigation voice controls, satellite and HD radio, a CD/DVD player in the glovebox and a 17-speaker Lexicon premium surround-sound 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.

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

2019 Genesis G90 Engine and Performance

Engine and Transmission

The G90 comes with 2 engine options that depend on the trim variant. The 2019 premium G90 trim variant is powered by the 3-liter 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.

2019 Genesis G90 Engine
2019 Genesis G90 V8 Engine

The 2019 G90 premium trim lies in 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 whooping power of 420 hp and a max torque of 383 lb-ft. As a sedan, Genesis G90 is an excellent performer with punchy power and thrilling torque which is way ahead of its competitors.

Model

Genesis G90 Premium

BMW 640i Coupe

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

Audi A7 Premium Plus

MSRP

$70,000

$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 TFSI

6 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

Acceleration

Despite its powerful engine with raging horses under the hood, the 2019 G90 fails to keep up the pace with the 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.

2019 Genesis G90
2019 Genesis G90 Acceleration

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

Handling and Ride quality

The G90's handling is just fine and the steering lacks response to some extent. The sedan is pretty quick around the corners but body rolls can be expected on harsh turns. 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 2019 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

The G90 is as sluggish in braking as it is in acceleration. The sedan has a relaxed pedal which lacks the firmness which most of the drivers would prefer. 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.

2019 Genesis G90 Front Wheel
2019 Genesis G90 Wheel

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

2019 Genesis G90 Fuel Economy

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 a 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 Benz, 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

2019 Genesis G90 Interior

8.5/10

Seating and comfort

The interior of 2019 Genesis G90 is surely exquisite but doesn't reach the BMW or Mercedes-Benz. The leatherette upholstery looks premium with tasteful use of wood. The use of plastic in certain places shows the price difference between rival brands and Genesis.

2019 Genesis G90 seating
2019 Genesis G90 Seating

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 5 people including the driver. Being the highest sedan in the segment, the G90 delivers the 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.

Cargo Space

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.

2019 Genesis G90 Trunk Space
2019 Genesis G90 Trunk Space

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

Infotainment System

The 2019 Genesis G90 comes loaded with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with navigation, rotary knob, 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 essential smartphone integration options. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink, Wifi aren't even available as options which may compel the buyers to think twice.

2019 Genesis G90 Infotainment
2019 Genesis G90 Infotainment Display

 

2019 Genesis G90 Steering
2019 Genesis G90 Steering
2019 Genesis G90 control on steering
2019 Genesis G90 steering control
2019 Genesis G90 interior
2019 Genesis G90 interior
2019 Genesis G90 Center console
2019 Genesis G90 center console
2019 Genesis G90
2019 Genesis G90
2019 Genesis G90 front seat
2019 Genesis G90 front seat

2019 Genesis G90 Exterior

Design and Dimensions

The 2019 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.

2019 Genesis G90 Side View
2019 Genesis G90 Side View

 

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 2019 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
2019 Genesis G90 front view
2019 Genesis G90 front view
2019 Genesis G90 rear view
2019 Genesis G90 rear view
2019 Genesis G90
2019 Genesis G90
2019 Genesis G90 3 quarter
2019 Genesis G90 3 quarter
Genesis G90
Genesis G90
2019 Genesis G90 side view
2019 Genesis G90 side view
2019 Genesis G90 headlight
2019 Genesis G90 headlight
2019 Genesis G90 taillight
2019 Genesis G90 taillight

2019 Genesis G90 Safety

The 2019 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

2019 Genesis G90 Competition

Genesis G90 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 a 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 2019 BMW 640i coupe.

2019 BMW 640i
2019 BMW 640i

Genesis G90 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 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.

2019 Audi A7
2019 Audi A7

Genesis G90 vs Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)


The CLS 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.

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

 

2019 Genesis G90 Final Verdict

The 2019 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 makes up for it.
So, if you're looking for a good car around 70 grands without wanting to spend more on the add-ons which come with expensive brands, the Genesis G90 stands tall to help you find it.