Success comes with benefits, and for people with significant personal transportation needs, one benefit is the opportunity to drive a truly comfortable automobile.
Such cars were previously manufactured by the significant German, Japanese and – still hanging on – two American manufacturers. But recently Korean manufacturer Hyundai has entered the scene with its Genesis brand. Our recent experience with the Genesis G90, introduced in 2017 and unchanged for 2018, indicates that there is definitely a new kid on the block – at a substantially lower price – that is worth getting to know if you’re in the market for a luxury sedan.
What we drove: 2018 Genesis G90 RWD 5.0 Ultimate full-size four-door five-passenger sedan.
Price: $73,825 Fully equipped (no optional charges) and including destination charges
Powertrain: Rear-wheel drive from DOHC 5,038cc 32-valve V-8, through 8-speed automatic transmission with fuel efficiency of 19 mpg combined (16 city, 24 highway).
Size: This is a full-size car more than 16 feet in length with a comfortable rear seat with 37.8 inches of legroom. The trunk capacity is only 15.7 cubic feet, smaller than some mid-size sedans, and the rear seats do not fold down for extra space.
Ride quality: The G90 offers everything you could want in a luxury sedan, exceptionally quiet and smooth on the road, with good handling from its adaptive suspension, and a very comfy interior.
Safety and convenience: As befitting the company’s top-of-the-line model, the G90 has all the features of its class, including lane-keeping assist, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear-seat entertainment and high-end audio and navigation.
Fit and finish: The appearance of the interior looks good at first glance, but that may be deceptive since some of what appears to be metal and wood is in fact plastic.
Bottom line: At a price roughly two-thirds the level of competitors’ top-end models, the Genesis G90 is a good value for the customer who only expects to own or lease the car for a few years.