Review: 2017 Hyundai Genesis G90

Jan 25, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Hyundai officially enters the luxury segment with the 2017 Hyundai Genesis G90. The automaker has always had the reputation of offering an incredible range of features at affordable prices, and has high-end options, but the Genesis G90 will be the luxury flagship that represents the new branch of Hyundai.

Styling


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Since it is a 2017 model, we still don’t know everything about the Genesis G90, but it does seem to have similar exterior styling to the current Genesis sedan, whose name will be changed to the G80. Even with the similarities, drivers and passersby can appreciate the upscale feel of the Genesis G90. It has a larger “CREST” grille, plenty of chrome accents, and a full set of LED lights, in addition to redesigned rear lamps. The Genesis G90 is also larger than the familiar Genesis sedan.

Luxurious Interior


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The few premium exterior elements only give a hint of the true luxury found inside the 2017 G90. Just a glance inside proves that the upcoming Genesis deserves a spot among luxury brand names. Everywhere you look, you will find top-shelf materials like Nappa leather and accents in real wood. There is even a 12.3-inch display—a size that is large enough to be easy to view from any location in the vehicle or for those with poor vision. The rear seats can even have 9.2-inch screens, along with their own controllers.

Interior comforts and conveniences are also extensive, including heated and ventilated front seats with power, ambient mood lighting, and premium sound from Lexicon, featuring a 10-inch subwoofer to complement the 17 speakers. When you hear the number of adjustment options for the power front seats, you will be in awe. The passenger enjoys 16-way adjustment while the driver gets a truly impressive 22-way adjustment. The Smart Sense technology from Hyundai adds a range of advanced safety features as well.

Engine Choices


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Drivers of the high-end Genesis G90 will have the choice of two engines. The base 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 is the first of its kind to be offered in the Hyundai lineup and generates 376 pound-feet of torque and 365 horsepower. You can also pick the 5.0-liter V8 for 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet. Either engine works with an eight-speed automatic transmission and the choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. There are various driving modes including Sport Mode, which lets you send 90 percent of the torque to the vehicle’s rear axle, or Economy Mode, which maximizes efficiency by sending all torque to the rear axle.

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