• Performance
  • Comfort
  • Interior Design
  • Exterior Design
  • Fuel Economy

by: Mike Ginsca, MGReviews.com

The flagship of Hyundai’s luxury brand has been completely redesigned inside and out. The 2020 Genesis G90 exudes premium luxury but without the premium price tag.

Performance

Under the long hood of the G90 is a 5.0L V8 that produces 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. You can opt for the 3.3L twin-turbo V6 that’s in the G70 but that engine is available only by a special factory order. Genesis is fairly confident that most customers will want the V8 and I’m with them, I’d prefer the V8 over the V6 any day. This V8 produces enough power low down in the rpm range that you never have to rev it in daily driving situations. But if you do want to rev it, it is responsive and pulls the 2+ tonne G90 with ease. It’s also buttery smooth so at times you could mistake the G90 for being an electric car or a hybrid. This is most useful when cruising on a highway at approximately 110 km/h where the engine feels as though it’s not trying at all.

But with this much power and this much weight come expensive fuel bills. During my time with the G90, I drove it for about 320 km in total and of that, it was about 70% highway. My average fuel economy figure was 13.5 L/100km which is not too bad. But this engine requires Premium fuel and at the time of writing this article, fuel prices in the Vancouver area were $1.82/L for premium. So my fuel bill for those 320 km, which was just over half a tank, was roughly $107 CAD. So if you plan to drive the Genesis G90 in mostly city traffic, expect to pay a lot more at the pumps.

If you think that the G90 is a large sports sedan, you may want to take a look at the Genesis G70 instead. The G90 is first and foremost a luxury yacht on wheels. In Canada, it is only available with H-Trac AWD so it has plenty of grip when the road conditions become less than ideal. Steering weight is on the light side which makes it good for maneuvering around city streets but not so much on twisty mountain roads.

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Comfort

As I said before, this is a land yacht and as such, potholes and road imperfections are completely ironed out by the suspension. The G90 is equipped with adaptive suspension that changes stiffness depending on the drive mode. Even in Sport mode, the suspension is not firm enough to disturb you or your occupants everytime the car goes over a pothole.

The seats are just as important to comfort in a car of this type. While the G90 doesn’t have the infinitely adjustable seats of the Lincoln Continnental, the front and rear seats have plenty of adjustments for any person. The front driver’s seat can also position itself to the best driving position for your specific body type… at least in theory. I entered my height, weight, and inseam and the seat positioned itself according to my specific body type. But I found that it was way too far back from the steering wheel and other auto journalists with different body types found the same issue.

Although this feature is not really necessary in the back, passengers can stretch out as the rear seats are more like lounge chairs. The rear seats are also heated and ventilated for the utmost comfort. However the North American version of the G90 doesn’t get the massaging seats of the Korean version of the G90. That’s a bit annoying.

At times you forget that the G90 is powered by a 5.0L V8 engine. The cabin is superbly insulated from wind, road, and engine noise. While the V8 is not considered the smoothest engine out there, this one does not translate its vibrations through the chassis and into the cabin. Being inside the G90 is a serene and comfortable place to be.

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Odds and Ends

To my surprise, the gadgets list is not all that long with the Genesis G90. Yes, it has the usual safety and technology features you’d expect such as emergency automatic braking, lane keeping aid, and one of the best adaptive cruise control systems on the market right now.

But it’s not cluttered with gadgets that would require a rocket scientist to figure out. In fact the most complicated feature is the automatic seat adjustment. But even that is not too difficult to understand and use. Everything in the G90 just works as it was designed to. Having said that though, it is missing massaging seats.

In all the 2020 Genesis G90 is a great luxury sedan that starts at just under $90,000 CAD. It does exactly what one would expect a luxury sedan to do. Deliver the utmost comfort and luxury. But the question is do you buy this or do you stick to the staple of luxury sedans? As in, do you go for the big German 3 over this G90? Well, similarly equipped Audi, BMW, and Mercedes equivalents cost more than the G90 and if letting people know that you have money is important to you, then one of those would be better. But if you just want to drive or be driven in comfort, the Genesis G90 is the best alternative.

Thank you to Genesis Canada for providing the vehicle. www.Genesis.com/ca

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