The Genesis G90 is a full-size luxury sedan that has been on sale since early 2017. With the arrival of the second generation of the G90 in 2021, Genesis has managed to refine the model even further with matured appearance, smooth powertrain, and impressive features. It is also one of the best value for money options in the segment, especially when compared to the much more expensive rivals like the Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and BMW 7 Series.
Offered for a base selling price of $74,950 and coming in two trim configurations, it ticks all the right boxes for those who don’t want to compromise one bit on comfort and luxury without breaking the bank. The interior looks reasonably classy considering its lower than average pricing, and we also loved the long list of standard features. The 2022 iteration also takes forward all the standard driver-assistance tech offered with the outgoing model. Before buying the 2022 Genesis G90, here are 10 things you need to know about this luxury full-size sedan.
10 A Superb Value Proposition
What makes the 2022 Genesis G90 hard to pass, especially for the folks who are eyeing the S-Class or 7 Series, is due to the unmatched value it offers. Offered for a base MSRP of $74,950, the G90 is at least $12,000 less expensive than all the other offerings of the full-size luxury barge segment.
Along with that, the prospective buyers will also be attracted to the long list of standard features with even the base Premium trim of the 2022 Genesis G90. In comparison, many of the safety and driver-assistance features are part of the optional packages for the rivals. These packages are often exorbitantly expensive and would drive the final price to more than $100,000.
9 Smooth And Torquey V6 Motor
If you are confused between the Premium and Ultimate trim just because of the different engines both the trims come with, we would recommend you to pass on the V8 motor of the G90 as the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 motor is going to fulfill all your needs perfectly. Producing 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, the performance is not too off when compared to the V8 motor of the Ultimate trim, and the motor feels refined and rev-happy.
The low-end and mid-range is where this twin-turbo motor shines the most, and the 2022 G90 is an effortless cruiser that could cruise at the highway speed limit all day long. The 8-speed automatic is tuned perfectly for giving you the right cog all the time with utmost smoothness, and the buyers could choose between RWD and AWD drivetrains. The 0-60 mph time of 5 seconds makes it faster than the 7 Series as well.
8 Ultimate Trim Gets A V8 Motor
If you want the beautiful exhaust note, superior refinement level, and slightly better performance, the Ultimate trim is the one to get. This trim comes with the 5.0-liter naturally aspirated direct-injection V8 motor mated to the same 8-speed automatic transmission, and the power and torque outputs are rated at 420 hp and 383 lb-ft, respectively.
Even though the car doesn’t feel a whole lot more sprightly and energetic than the base V6 motor, there is still a perceivable difference. The power delivery is more linear and the motor sounded great at higher revs. The top-end performance was a bit better for the V8 motor, and the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile times were superior too.
7 Impressive Ride Quality
The multi-link front and rear suspension with adaptive ride control functionality and front and rear anti-roll bars make the ride supremely comfortable. The suspension is tuned to the softer side, and the comfort mode on offer makes the ride even plusher.
All the road irregularities are filtered with excellence and the ride is magic-carpet-like. Even during high-speed driving, the Genesis G90 doesn’t jostle the passengers when met with sudden potholes. The minimal vertical movement and floatiness help the passengers to have very less fatigue while traveling for many hours.
6 Handles Like A Boat
Having a softly sprung suspension setup does showcase its ugly side when it comes to handling. The car handles more like a boat and the driving experience on offer cannot be compared with the offerings like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series, as both of them come with a more balanced chassis and suspension setup.
Putting the car into dynamic mode is not going to improve the driving feel significantly. The body roll is on the higher side and the car tends to lose its composure when taking corners a bit enthusiastically. There is a decent amount of understeer when being pushed and the steering isn’t very communicative. All of these point to a car that isn’t made for enthusiastic driving.
5 Brakes Feel A Bit Wooden
One thing that we have never liked in this second generation of the Genesis G90 is the braking feel. The brake pedal feels a bit wooden and lifeless, and we do not enjoy this. In comparison, the S-Class, LS 500, and 7 Series offered an impressive brake pedal feedback.
Apart from this minor issue, we found the brakes of the 2022 G90 to be alright in terms of stopping power. The initial bite is good enough, and the progression is more than adequate. The 70-0 mph braking test is done at 176 feet and the G90 doesn’t feel twitchy under hard braking. All the braking features are onboard too.
4 Below Average Fuel Efficiency Numbers
With no mild hybrid system to improve the fuel efficiency figures, the 2022 Genesis G90 isn’t the most frugal full-size luxury sedan out there. If you get the RWD or AWD variants of the V6-powered trim, it returns the highest gas mileage of 17 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and 19 MPG combined.
However, the 5.0-liter V8 motor is going to bog down the fuel efficiency even further due to no forced induction on offer. Even though the tank capacity of the G90 was superior to the rivals in the segment, all of them offered a better combined gas mileage. The tank ranges were also better for the rivals.
3 No Compromises In Terms Of Space
The width, height, and wheelbase of the 2022 Genesis G90 are superior to the likes of the Lexus LS 500 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It is also very close to the BMW 7 Series in terms of exterior dimension. The impressive exterior dimensions combined with intelligent cabin packaging have helped the 2022 iteration of the G90 to retain the outgoing model’s spaciousness.
The G90 could comfortably seat five passengers, and the long list of features gives the passengers all the luxury they would expect from a car from this segment. The headroom and legroom were the best of the segment for the front seat passengers. The rear-seat passengers are also going to be happy with the airy cabin design and more adequate space on offer. The leather upholstery feels opulent and multiple storage spaces are a boon too.
2 12.3″ Infotainment System Is Intuitive
The infotainment duties of the 2022 Genesis G90 are handled by the same 12.3″ touchscreen infotainment system that is neatly integrated into the center of the dashboard. We liked the crisp display quality and impressive brightness levels it offered. Even the interface was decent, especially when Considering the price of the G90.
The large knobs and buttons are a boon to the driver, and the standard features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, wireless charging, digital gauge display, and 17-speaker Lexicon audio system are in place too. However, the iDrive, MBUX, and MMI infotainment systems feel a bit more polished in terms of interface.
1 All The Driver-Assistance Features Are Standard
Unlike the BMW 7 Series and the Cadillac CT6, the 2022 Genesis G90 comes packed with all the driver-assistance features as standard. This includes forward collision monitoring, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
In comparison, you would need to opt for the optional safety packages with most of the rivals. The prices are exorbitant too. We also admire the solid build quality of the 2022 G90, and the car feels premium inside out. However, both the NHTSA and IIHS haven’t crash-tested it yet.