When Le$$ is more
Hyundai has dominated many new car segments in the past few years, but none in the coveted luxury category. In2016, they introduced their answer to the luxury vehicle,the Genesis line.
As we have seen before with others in the market, Honda/Acura and Toyota/Lexus, the 2018 Genesis G90 is what we have here.
The Genesis line comes so well equipped that option lists are nearly non-existent. However, you can still choose from these options: 3.3T and 5.0 V8, both with the option of RWD or AWD drivetrains.
Our Tested Vehicle: RWD 3.3L Twin Turbo V6
This impressive engine was pumping out 365HP, matted to an 8-Speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC & Paddle shifters, for those moments you feel inspired.
Many of the safety features are not surprising and are what you would expect:
9 airbags (including drivers knee Airbag), blind spot detection, automatic emergency breaking with pedestrian detection and much more.
But under comfort and convenience, you begin to find something very interesting, standard features, typically not so standard. For instance, 7” color HD LCD multi-info display, 12.3” HD navigation with multimedia controller. Front seat wireless charging pad, power door closer, reclining rear seats with temperature and memory control, and the list goes on and on.
What is most striking and where it really starts to matter –the details. Leather wrapped dash with real wood trim and Nappa leather seating surfaces start to feel like real luxury, overhead grab handles also leather wrapped with exposed stitching start to set it a little over the top.
From the outside, the elegant styling is nothing shy of imposing. The G90 is a much larger vehicle than you would think. With its long wheel base, the untrained eye would mistake it for a 7 Series or S-Class. The car shows a level of maturity and sophistication that even an average buyer would notice — this is not your average car.
But good looks and fancy ascetics will not take you very far. For that you need drivability, reliability and, above all, an experience you look forward to again and again. Despite the Genesis’ larger size, the G90 does well in the city and maneuvering is done quite easily with the multi-view cameras. On the highway, cabin noise is reduced partially due to the 19” alloy wheels wrapped in P275/40R19 All-Season Tires. In fact, long trips almost seem like a must with all the amenities this car has to offer.
Luxury has a new name, and it is Genesis. A contender in a segment that has long been dominated by others. It ishere to stay and should not be undermined. Getting equal if not more options already included for a lesser price than the competition – now that is math you cannot ignore.
MSRP as tested: $69,325
Fuel Economy: 20MPG (combined city/hwy)
Engine: 3.3L Twin Turbo V6, 365HP