2018 G90 New Car Test Drive
The Genesis G90 luxury sedan, Hyundai's flagship, was a totally new car for the 2017 model year. It's bigger than any other Genesis, rear-wheel drive with available all-wheel drive, and has a turbocharged V6 or non-turbo V8 engine.
It's a bold move by Hyundai, stepping up to compete with established luxury carmakers, such as Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz. So the G90 had to be good, and it is, with solid engineering, first-rate assembly, attractive styling, lots of standard features, and exceptional value for the price.
The G90 has about the same size and roominess as the long-wheelbase Audi A8L and BMW 7 series. It has presence at the country club, and will end up in the front row of valet parking at fancy restaurants.
Being all new for 2017, there are few changes for 2018. The 3.3T Premium model gets standard LED headlamps, and the 5.0 Ultimate gains a rear-seat entertainment system. Both models now include a CD/DVD player in the glovebox. Importantly, all models get pedestrian detection added to the standard automatic emergency braking system.
Base engine is a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 making 365 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, while the upgrade engine is a 5.0-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet, both having an 8-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive.
EPA fuel economy ratings are 17/24 mpg City/Highway for the V6, and only a fraction less for the V8, at 16/24 mpg. All-wheel drive drops that to 15/23 mpg.
The crash test results are impressive, with a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS (no tests yet from NHTSA). Those new LED headlamps for 2018 got a rare and coveted top “Good” rating.
Standard safety equipment in every G90 includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam LED headlights that swivel with the steering wheel, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera system. Also nine airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and seatbelts that cinch ahead of a crash.
Every G90 comes with three years of maintenance, as well as emergency roadside service. For that maintenance, even with small things like oil changes, a Genesis dealership will send someone to your house with a loaner car, and return your G90 when the job is done. Clearly, Hyundai is doing all it can to introduce itself to the world of luxury buyers.
The two models are Genesis G90 3.3T Premium ($68,350) and G90 5.0 Ultimate ($71,850). All-wheel drive is optional ($2500). Prices are MSRP and do not include destination and delivery charges ($950).
Standard equipment on the 3.3T Premium includes a V6 engine, Nappa leather, power front seats with 22-way adjustment for the driver and 16-way for the passenger, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, three-zone climate control, Lexicon-branded audio, satellite radio, and 12.3-inch touchscreen with infotainment and map updates for the navigation system.
The 5.0 Ultimate with V8 engine adds a rear-seat entertainment system, power-adjustable and cooled rear seats, and rear vanity mirrors.