When competing against S-Classes and A8s, or even the Audi A7, a well-designed interior is key. Fortunately for Genesis, they got the fundamentals of the G90 right, giving occupants a well-executed cabin with simple controls, exemplary ergonomics, easy ingress and egress, and an abundance of room for passengers and driver alike. A 22-way power adjustable driver's seat ensures a great driving position, with thigh support for taller drivers, while there's room to stretch up front. In the rear, three can sit abreast in relative comfort, too, and with an array of heating and ventilation functions, comfort is almost guaranteed. However, the G90 lacks the overall design flair of German rivals, and some of the materials - particularly the plastics - feel a little cheap compared to European counterparts. Fortunately, the price difference is vast enough to justify any short-comings of what is still, by all means, a luxurious cabin.
In Korea, the G90 is a popular car for chauffeuring people around in business class, and that's very much apparent when you climb inside. Looking at the numbers to compare with cars in the same class, the G90 appears to fell a little short though. However, differences are negligible and the back of the G90 is a roomy place to be, along with some of the most comfortable seats available at any price. That's not hyperbole, both the front and rear seats are up there with the best and make the difference between arriving at your destination between being relaxed and refreshed. On paper, that extra legroom does come at a cost to trunk space, but again it is negligible and will happily fit everything you would expect in the back of a luxury sedan.
|Genesis G90 Trims
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This is where corners could be cut to get the price of the G90 down. That is not the case though barring a few of the plastics and switches if you look closely. However, the leather-wrapped dash and wood trim is top notch as is the Nappa leather used on the seats and the microfiber suede headliner. Our tester featured light beige seats and trim that worked beautifully with the dark leather and wood trim to create a relaxing and fresh feeling atmosphere. The black interior with white stitching and darker wood brings a weightier and more sophisticated feel and is also an excellent choice. And, while the interior doesn't have the flair of its European counterparts, the interior of the G90 does carry off a classic elegance, particularly when the ergonomics of the controls come into play.
The G90 falls short on trunk volume compared to counterparts, dedicating the bulk of the available space along the 204.9-inch long body to space for the interior occupants. As a result, there are just 15.7 cubic feet available in the trunk, three less than the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The space is still practical, however, and two large suitcases plus smaller duffels can easily be accommodated. The load sill is low, so lift-over is easy for heavier items, and the trunk maintains a wide aperture throughout. There are no split-folding rear seats - no luxury sedan of this size boasts that feature - but a small ski pass-through enables loading of longer items.
Small item storage throughout the cabin is surprisingly limited given the generous volumes of the cabin itself. Up front, you'll find a single flip-lid bin with a wireless charger, but it can't close with a large smartphone inside it. The armrest boasts a small storage cubby, and the door pockets are slim. They are, however, felt-lined to reduce noise when smaller items roll-around, and in a pinch the door handle holes can accommodate small items.
|Genesis G90 Trims
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|15.7 cu. ft.
Jam-packed and ready to rival the best Germany has to offer, the G90's standard features list is truly extensive. You'll find a standard sunroof, automatic LED headlights with high-beam assist, a power trunk lid, 22-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a 16-way power adjustable front passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats equipped to the G90. Keyless entry and push-button start also feature, as does seven-color ambient lighting, three-zone climate control, and a power-adjustable heated steering wheel. The driver gets a full-color heads-up display, and there's a surround-view monitor, smart cruise control, and power rear sunshades. The 5.0 V8 gets extra features too, with rear passengers benefitting from rear seat memory function, 14-way power adjustment for the right rear seat, and rear seat ventilation. Naturally, a full suite of driver assistance features is standard, including blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, front and rear park sensors, and automatic emergency braking.
The standard feature list is both extensive and useful. Genesis hasn't packed in anything customers will think is cool until they it once and then forget about them. The ambient lighting is slick, and the Genesis emblem being beamed into the ground from the wing mirrors as you approach is another detail that could have come off as cheesy but doesn't. The full-color heads-up display is quick and easy to follow, although in bright sunlight the reflection on the windscreen of the unit in the dash can be distracting. The little things like powered rear passenger and back window sunshades as standard help hammer home the value for money packed into the G90. The driver assistance features are not invasive and going with V8 option and gaining the extra rear-seat adjustment and ventilation means there's a benefit there for the driver and passengers.
If Apple Carplay and Android Auto are a must-have, or Wi-Fi connectivity, then buyers will be waiting for the 2020 G90 model to land. The infotainment software is older but is still fluid and easy to use, particularly on the large landscape orientated screen. The touchscreen is also crisp and navigation is clear and simple, in both terms of using GPS and getting through the menus. The central control knob mixed with hard buttons and knobs across the dashboard makes life easy and, in the back, the center console is huge and gives passengers control over the entertainment just as easily.