2017 Genesis G90

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2017 MODEL
$68,100 - $72,200 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

The 2017 Genesis G90 is the all new flagship model of the brand which takes over the former Hyundai Equus. The South Korean brand promises a complete luxury experience with most of the fascinating luxury features available at a price above $75,000.

The South Korean company is competing with the famous German luxury manufacturers and trying to gain a significant market share in US with Genesis G90. The major competitors of the Genesis G90 include BMW 440i sedan 2017, Cadillac CT-6 Sedan, and 2017 Audi A7 Premium. The car features almost all the premium features available in German luxury sedans ranging between 100K-110K at a price of 70K. Does the car offer the same luxury experience and comfort which is offered by market leaders in the segment?

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Pros

Powerful engine

High Ground clearance (5.1-inches)

Spacious Cabin

Agile and precise handling

Cons

Average Acceleration

Low fuel economy

Low cargo volume

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$68100

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

149 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

suspension front

independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.4 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.8 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.

towing capacity

7550 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

13 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

5.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

182 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

 2017 Genesis G90 in Casablanca White color  2017 Genesis G90 in Caspian Black color  2017 Genesis G90 in Santiago Silver color  2017 Genesis G90 in Patagonia Blue color  2017 Genesis G90 in Manhattan Brown color  2017 Genesis G90 in London Gray Metallic color
Casablanca White

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Ratings

Safety

7.2

Exterior

8.2

Engine

7.6

Interior

8.8

Fuel Economy

6.3

Features

8.2

Driving

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Genesis G90 Premium

Premium

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

$68,100 - $70,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $68,100 MSRP (17/20/24) 365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $70,600 MSRP (17/20/24) 365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Genesis G90 Ultimate 5.0

Ultimate 5.0

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

$69,700 - $72,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Ultimate 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $69,700 MSRP (16/19/24) 420 hp @ 6000 rpm, 5 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
Ultimate 4dr Sedan AWD (5.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $72,200 MSRP (15/18/23) 420 hp @ 6000 rpm, 5 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Top Genesis Cars

2018 Genesis G90
7.7/10

Engine: 365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L V6

MPG: 20 combined

2018 Genesis G80
7.9/10

Engine: 311 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L V6

MPG: 22 combined

2019 Genesis G90
N/A

Engine: 365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.3 L V-6

MPG: 20 combined

2017 Genesis G80
7.6/10

Engine: 311 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L V6

MPG: 22 combined

2019 Genesis G70
8.7/10

Engine: 252 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 25 combined

2019 Genesis G80
N/A

Engine: 311 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L V-6

MPG: 22 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

7.7

Overall Rating


7.2/10
Safety

 

8.2/10
Exterior

 

7.6/10
Engine

 

8.8/10
Interior

 

6.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.2/10
Features

 
 
 

The main highlight of the luxury Genesis G90 includes a competent twin-turbo 24-valve V6 engine though there is also an option for a more powerful 5L V8 engine for the more sportier experience. The compelling features offered by Genesis G90 are spacious and adjustable, heated seats, tri-zone climate control, automatic soft close doors, head-up display, and premium infotainment system with Lexicon 17 speakers system.

2017 Genesis G90 Safety

7.2/10

Genesis G90 features advanced safety features including ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), ESC ( Electronic Stability Control), and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) along with 4-wheel disc brakes. Pedestrian Detection and automatic emergency braking is standard in the Genesis G90 Premium along with Smart Blind-spot detection system rear cross-traffic alert and Lane Change Assist.

  • 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 Ratings

Genesis G90 Premium also features LATCH Lower Anchors and Tethers for better child safety. Driver Attention Alert and Lane Keep Assist are also present on the board. For safer parking, the Genesis G90 is equipped with a smart rearview camera along with parking alert features. The car features good rating in the IIHS crashworthiness test. The Crash avoidance and mitigation results are superior for front crash prevention, Good for headlights and acceptable for LATCH.

Crashworthiness 
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

2017 Genesis G90 Exterior

8.2/10

"This is a good-looking if conservatively styled car. The Genesis "crest" grille is large and imposing, but still distinctive from other luxury cars indulging in the mega-grille trend. The hood bulge extends across the width, then continues down the side of the car as a strong character line, eventually blending with the taillights"- KBB

Dimensions and Weight 

Genesis G90 features muscular exteriors with large bonnet grills and headlights. The build quality of car seems sturdy but It still lacks a bit when compared with a bit higher priced German rivals. The luxury sedan has a large wheelbase of 124.4 inches, and dimensions of G90 Premium counts at 204.9, 75.4, and 58.5 inches respectively.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 440i Sedan Cadillac CT6 Sedan Audi A7 Premium Plus
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4630 4195 3925 4244
Wheelbase (in) 124.4 126.4 122.4 114.7
Length (in) 204.9 206.6 204.1 196.2
Width (in) 75.4 74.8 74.0 75.2
Height (in) 58.9 58.2 58.0 55.9
Ground Clearance (in) 5.1 5.0 NA 4.4
Track Width - Front (in) 64.6 63.5 63.4 64.7
Track Width - Rear (in) 64.5 64.6 64.0 64.4

Genesis G90 offers best in class ground clearance of 5.1 inches, which is impressive considering the sedan nature of the car. The competitors like BMW 440i Sedan and Audi A7 Premium Plus feature low ground clearances of 5 0 and 4.4 inches respectively. Track width for the Genesis G90 stands at 64.6 and 64.5 for front and rear respectively which is inline with the rivals.

Exterior Features

  • Sun/Moonroof
  • Tire pressure monitoring 
  • Chrome Wheels 
  • Air Suspension System 
  • Air Suspension 

2017 Genesis G90 Engine

7.6/10

"Not all luxury sedans are optimized to be autobahn burners, but that doesn't permit them to be slugs either. The G90's base twin-turbo V6 engine is more than sufficient to get the job done"-Edmunds

The 2017 Genesis G90 Premium is equipped with a 3.3L Twin Turbo GDI DOHC 24-Valve V6 engine which produces excellent power count of 365 hp in the segment. While the competitors, BMW 440i Sedan 2017, Cadillac CT6 Sedan 2017, and Audi A7 Premium Plus feature power counts of 320, 335, and 333 hp respectively. The valiant V6 produces best-in-class torque count of 376 lb-ft which is effectively higher than the rivals.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 440i Sedan Cadillac CT6 Sedan Audi A7 Premium Plus
MSRP $68,350 $81,495 $55,790 $68,750
Engine 3.3L Twin Turbo GDI DOHC 24-Valve V6 3.0L I-6 w/TwinPower Turbo 3.6-liter V-6 3.0L TFSI

 

6 Cylinder

Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power 365 hp 320 hp 335 hp 333 hp
Torque 376 lb-ft 330 lb-ft 284 lb-ft 325 lb-ft

Along with a strident engine, Genesis G90 Premium offers 8-Speed Automatic transmission on the board. The dual-clutch transmission was convenient and smooth in both manual and automatic modes. At last, Genesis G90 Premium excels its rivals in engine and transmission segment as it is equipped with a best-in-class engine which produces enormous power and torque counts.

Acceleration

The acceleration performance of the Genesis G90 Premium is above average in the segment, the powerful engine produces decent acceleration for a car weighing 4630 lbs. This luxury sedan takes just 5.4 seconds in boosting from still to 60 MPH. The rivals, 2017 BMW 440i Sedan and 2017 Audi A7 Premium feature quicker acceleration counts of 4.3 and 5.2 seconds respectively in the 0-60 MPH test.

Model Genesis G90 Premium  BMW 440i Sedan Cadillac CT6 Sedan  Audi A7 Premium Plus
0 - 60 mph 5.4 sec 4.3 sec 6.4 sec 5.2 sec
Quarter Mile 14.1 sec 13.3 sec 13.0 sec 14.8 sec
Engine 3.3L 3.0L 3.6L 3.0L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.8 7.4 8.4 7.7

The G90 Premium takes around 14.1 seconds in covering a quarter-mile of distance. The competitors like BMW 440i Sedan and Cadillac CT6 Sedan shows slightly better counts of 13.3 and 13.0 seconds respectively in the quarter-mile test but the real-life difference in not much visible. The V6 engine in the G90 Premium is the least eco-friendly engine among the rivals with a highest C02 emission of 8.8 Tons/15k miles. At last, competitors are offering better acceleration than the G90 Premium as the G90 has higher curb weight. Still, the performance of the Genesis G90 is fair in the segment.

Ride and Handling

Genesis features a powerful engine along with decent acceleration on the board. The experience was powerful and dynamic. The upper Ultimate variant features better acceleration and thrilling sports sedan experience, especially in the four-wheel drive trim. The interiors are spacious and comfortable and the seats are really commendable. The car features great comfort and riding experience even during the long rides. The adjustable suspension dampers work well and offer a pleasant experience even on rugged roads. The heated steering features a static and confident riding experience. The overall riding and handling experience was best in class and premium.

Braking

The G90 has large braking pads of 14.2 and 13.4 inches for the front and rear pads respectively. The car features smooth and stable braking experience, and braking pads used in the Genesis delivers a good bite and light-weight braking. The car took 120 feet while decelerating from 60 MPH to still which is acceptable though not impressive.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 440i Sedan Cadillac CT6 Sedan Audi A7 Premium Plus
60 - 0 mph (ft.) 120 114 117 117
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4630 4195 3925 4255
Brake (Front) 14.2 14.7 13.6 14.0
Brake (Rear) 13.4 14.5 12.0 13.0

Rivals like BMW 440i Sedan, Cadillac CT6 Sedan, and Audi A7 Premium Plus feature competitive braking performances as they took 114, 117, and 117 feet respectively. At last, the braking performance of the car seems reasonable for the segment, as the car has a high curb weight of 4,630 which throws high stress on the barking system. Still, the braking system delivers a decent performance.

2017 Genesis G90 Interior

8.8/10

"Whether you're judging by the materials used, how they're assembled, or just how it all looks, the Genesis G90 interior is masterfully luxurious. The soft and supple Nappa leather on the seats is echoed on the soft-touch door panels, dash, center console, and just about everything else"- KBB

Seating and Comfort

Genesis G90 has a passenger capacity of five. The luxury sedan has spacious and premium interiors with 22-way power-adjustable, heated front seats. You will find front passenger seats highly adjustable and lower down the seats for better headspace. The front passenger volume is impressive. Interior comprises of leather upholstery with premium contrast stitching on seats, steering, and upper mirrors. Tri-zone climate control system and automatic soft close doors are also present on the board. The upper G90 5.0 ultimate trim features rear infotainment display and power-adjustable rear seats. Interestingly, Mobile phone holder along with wireless charging is standard in the Genesis G90.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 440i Sedan Cadillac CT6 Sedan Audi A7 Premium Plus
Passenger Capacity 5 5 4 4
Headroom (Front/Rear) (in.) 41.1/38.0 39.9/38.9 40.2/38.0 36.9/36.6
Legroom (Front/Rear) (in.) 46.3/37.8 41.4/44.4 46.4/40.4 41.3/37.0
Shoulder Room (Front/Rear) (in.) 59.1/57.9 59.2/57.7 58.3/56.2 57.2/55.9

Infotainment 

The Genesis is equipped with a huge 12.3 inches infotainment screen along with Lexicon 17-speaker premium surround-sound system.The sound output was impressive in the Genesis G90. The navigation system features voice input and works like a charm. Oher information features smartphone connectivity features like Bluetooth, satellite and HD radio, and USB slots. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration aren't yet present but the company promise a future update.

Cargo Capacity

Genesis G90 Premium is one of those few premium sedans that come with a big trunk volume while maintaining a spacious interior and seating. The luxury sedan has a trunk volume of 15.7 ft. cube which is definitely not convenient for a five-seater. The boot can only accommodate two medium sized luggage bags, you have to adjust your luggage according to the boot space which is just acceptable.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 440i Sedan Cadillac CT6 Sedan Audi A7 Premium Plus
Trunk Vol. (Ft.3) 15.7 18.2 15.3 24.5

The German competitors like BMW 440i Sedan and Audi A7 Premium Plus feature bigger boot capacities of 18.2 and 24.5 ft cube. The Cadillac CT6 Sedan offers lowest boot space of 15.3 feet cube while the Audi A7 Premium Plus offers best-in-class boot volume.

2017 Genesis G90 Fuel Economy

6.3/10

As the G90 is equipped with a potent V6 engine, the fuel economy offered by this premium sedan isn't impressive. Genesis G90 offers a fuel economy of 17 and 24 mpg on city roads and highways respectively which is lower than the rivals. The competitors like BMW 440i Sedan (city-21, Highway-29), Cadillac CT6 Sedan (city-18, highway-27)and Audi A7 Premium Plus (city-21, highway-29) feature better fuel economies when compared with Genesis G90 Premium.

Model Genesis G90 Premium BMW 440i Sedan Cadillac CT6 Sedan 2Audi A7 Premium Plus
MPG (City) 17 21 18 21
MPG (Hwy) 24 29 27 29
MPG (Combined) 20 24 21 24

The combined fuel economy of the Genesis G90 comes out at 20 mpg which is acceptable for a powerful luxury sedan. The rival features better fuel efficiency than the Genesis G90. The combined fuel economy for BMW 440i Sedan, Cadillac CT6 Sedan, and Audi A7 Premium Plus stand at 24, 21, and 24 respectively.

2017 Genesis G90 Features

8.2/10

Starting at a price of $68,100, Genesis G90 features two variants named as G90 3.3T Premium and G90 5.0 Ultimate, both the variants come with a rear wheel drive system, a four-wheel drive option is also available in both models at an additional cost of $2,500. The major features of the Genesis G90 Premium trim include power-heated front seats, heated and power-folding mirrors, soft-close doors, head-up display, 12.3-inch large infotainment screen and a knob mounted by the gearshift.

Trims G90 3.3T Premium G90 5.0 Ultimate
MSRP(RWD) $68,100 $69,700
MSRP(AWD) $70,600 $72,200
Features
  • 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
  • Infotainment duties are handled by a 12.3-inch screen and a knob mounted by the gearshift
  • System includes Bluetooth, navigation voice controls, satellite and HD radio, and a 17-speaker Lexicon premium surround-sound system
  • 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.

The upper G90 5.0 Ultimate trim features a more powerful 5.0L V8 engine along with upgraded power rear seats and a pair of 10.3-inch HD screens added to the rear-seat entertainment system.

We Recommend-

We recommend you go for the upper Ultimate trim as it features a powerful and sporty experience with the premium V8 engine along with better entertainment functionality at an additional cost of $1,600.

2017 Genesis G90 Competition

BMW 440i Sedan vs Genesis G90

Genesis G90 Premium features a more powerful engine and thrust when compared with the BMW 440i Sedan. The G90 excels in segments like ground clearance, handling, and interiors when compared with the 440i Sedan. On the other hand, BMW 440i Sedan outshines the Genesis G90 Premium in boot capacity, fuel economy, acceleration, and braking at an additional cost of $11k.

Cadillac CT-6 Sedan vs Genesis G90

Cadillac CT-6 features better braking, fuel economy, spacious back seats, and faster quarter mile results when compared with Genesis G90. Furthermore, the Genesis G90 Premium is equipped with a better engine, ground clearance, premium interiors, and a slightly larger boot volume at an additional cost of $12k approx.

Audi A7 Premium Plus vs Genesis G90

Audi A7 Premium Plus features best in class cargo volume, braking, and fuel economy along with better 0-60 MPH results when compared with the Genesis G90 Premium while the G90 excels in engine power and torque count, ground clearance and spacious interiors. Both the luxury sedans are priced competitively under $70k segment.

2017 Genesis G90 Final Verdict

Genesis G90 offers potent V6 engine along with best-in-class power and torque outputs. The luxury sedan is priced competitively and offers most of the advanced features found in 100K luxury German sedans. Genesis excels in segments like suspension, ground clearance, riding and handling, safety, and infotainment system but lacks a bit in segments like braking, cargo capacity, and fuel economy when compared with the rivals.