2017 Genesis G90 Review

Written By Anqoinette Crosby

Genesis G90 Overview

When my oh-so-chic girlfriend hopped into the car on our way to an Eric Benet concert at the District’s legendary Howard Theater, she smiled as she surveyed the plush interior of Genesis’ latest luxury showpiece and reverently asked, “Is this a Bentley?”

Even as I shook my head, “no,” she didn’t seem convinced. While this should make the honchos at Genesis quite pleased, I’m betting for the Bentley folks—not so much. My friend’s reaction says the other premium brands should get busy getting better because the 2017 Genesis G90 is clearly a G-force to be reckoned with. Furthering the positive vibe surrounding the sleek executive sedan, the garage attendant at the Howard suggested I forego self-parking and valet the gorgeous G90—which I did.

Without question, the four-door, five-passenger 2017 Genesis G90 looks like money. The exterior is a deftly blended amalgam of upscale design touches, all poised confidently over a set of 19-inch alloy wheels resembling the fans of a jet engine.

Among the interior standouts I particularly liked were the wireless charging pad for personal devices (eliminating the need for unsightly cables) and the 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is almost the size of Apple’s biggest iPad. In the G90, there is no squinting at maps, or the names of songs on Sirius/XM. 

The rest of the accommodations are also suitably refined, including the plush Nappa leather seats. The driver’s throne is almost infinitely adjustable—with 22 different powered articulations. Front passengers enjoy 16 electrically actuated adjustments of their own.

Both front seats get heat and ventilation; those in the rear are treated to heat too. Speaking of the rear compartment, you’ll feel right at home back there if you choose to use the G90 as chauffeured transportation.  Rear-seat audio and climate controls are mounted in the center armrest and the seats recline.

Powering the G90 I tested was a 5.0-liter V8 producing 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and rear-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is an available option. Fuel economy for the rear-drive powertrain comes in at 16-mpg city, 24 on the highway and 19 mpg combined.

During my time behind the wheel, the G90 sometimes felt like a lot of car with which to grapple. I had to position the driver’s seat so close to the steering wheel I encountered a blind spot with the interior’s front panels. The resulting driving position felt quite unnatural. However, another friend is 6’5 and he found the G90 to be a perfect fit.

Initially, the handling of the G90 struck me as a bit lumbering. But after sampling the three drive modes — “Smart”, “Sport” and “Eco”, I settled on Smart, which improved my enjoyment tremendously. The Genesis also has an “Individual” driving mode, which allows you to tailor steering feel, suspension stiffness and engine response independently of one another to achieve the driving experience you prefer.

Advanced safety features include blind spot detection, smart cruise control, lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking. While most cars come with a single camera at the rear, the G90 has four external cams for a 360-degree view around the car. Each of the cameras can also be accessed individually using the Genesis’ Driver Information System.

Three years of free roadside assistance are icing on an already delectable cake. Genesis will also send someone to your home or office to retrieve the car when it’s time to service it and return it to you when the work is complete,

Heading home from Eric Benet’s soulful concert, listening to his new album on the G90’s 17-speaker Lexicon surround sound audio system had us feeling like we were still at the Howard, only in significantly more comfortable seats. The encounter was absolutely euphoric.

Of course, great cars like the 2017 Genesis G90 harbor an abundance of ways to deliver that sensation.

 

Pricing starts at $68,100.

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