The G90 is Genesis’s large-sedan flagship. It’s packed to the gunwales with features that typically belong to the ultra-luxury sphere. The cabin masterfully shuffles a deck of leather, wood, metal, and micro suede trim. There are reclining rear seats that heat, cool, and massage. Isolation and comfort dominate the experience. Material choices look and feel expensive, and all controls move with a satisfying slickness. Whether you’re wafting along at 45 mph or 90 mph. The interior remains serene even as the scenery blurs outside.
A long 125.2-inch wheelbase yields enough legroom for NBA stars. Plus optional air springs. Despite the thin sidewalls around the 21-inch wheels. Steering efforts are light. A few taps of the 12.3-inch touchscreen have the 1700-watt, 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system singing in different soundscapes.
The G90’s powertrain refinement and hushed over-the-road behavior also remind us of cars costing twice as much. The turbo-only version makes 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque .Nearly as effortless, smooth, and quick as an electric car from a stop, the V-6 pulls hard when pressed and never raises its voice—unless you turn on the artificial sound enhancements. A standard all-wheel-drive system puts the power down with zero drama. It shifts from the eight-speed automatic are nearly imperceptible. In Comfort mode, the transmission is slow to downshift.
With so much right and comfortable, the G90’s few off-key notes stand out. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto require a corded connection, when wireless phone mirroring is found on cars costing far less. Wi-Fi, and the G90 lacks the smaller GV60’s face-recognition system that unlocks the car when it sees you. The G90 does allow you to use your smartphone as a key, and it works without a fuss.