It's like a leather-coated cocoon.
The recently refreshed 2020 Genesis G90 represents one of best-value full-size luxury sedans on the market. Prices start at $72,200 for the rear-wheel-drive model with the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 while the 5.0-liter V8 model is a tad more expensive at $75,500. No matter how you look at it, the Genesis G90 undercuts its European rivals by tens of thousands of dollars.
You may assume that Genesis had to cut corners with the G90 in order to make it so affordable but based on our impressions of the Porto Red example we were sent to review, this isn't the case. In fact, the G90 contains one of the best interiors on the market right now and we wanted to breakdown what makes it feel so special inside.
Even the least expensive G90 sports premium materials throughout the cabin. Most of the surfaces you touch are wrapped in Nappa leather, including the 22-way driver's seat that boasts power bolsters, cushion extension, and shoulder adjustment. Genesis doesn't offer a massage function but these seats are among the most comfortable we've tested at this price point. All of the controls feel well-engineered and the open-pore wood trim adds a touch of old-school luxury to the interior.
On the move, Genesis has paid extra attention to noise, vibration, and harshness. Thanks to sound-absorbing materials in the cabin and sub-structure, the G90 floats along silently, keeping the outside world from disturbing its occupants.
Genesis hasn't completely redesigned its infotainment system for the 2020 model year but the 12.3-inch central display has been re-engineered to include the company's new Graphic User Interface (GUI) featuring a signature black and copper color scheme. The widescreen can be controlled by touch or via a knob on the center console. We wish the touchscreen could be reached more easily but all in all, the infotainment is remarkably easy to use. If you can't figure it out, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard and the car has intuitive voice command.
Flagship luxury cars are often home to a company's best tech features and the G90 is no exception. As standard, the G90 features impressive safety technology such as Lane Follow Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist, Safe Exit Assist, and 10 airbags. Our favorite feature is the Blind-Spot View Monitor, which shows a camera image of the car's blind spot when a turn signal is activated.
There are also plenty of luxury amenities including a Lexicon sound system, which packs 17-speakers and the ability to add detail back to condensed audio sources such as satellite radio. We also love the G90's analog clock, which is a nod to old school luxury cars.
Driving the G90 is a delightful experience but the car is best enjoyed from the back seat. The rear chairs offer 37.8 inches of legroom, complemented by outboard controls mounted in the center armrest. On the V6 model, rear passengers can adjust the audio and climate settings, control the rear and side sunshades, activate the heated seats, and move the front passenger seat.
But if you opt for the V8, the rear seats become electronically adjustable, ventilated, and add dual 10.3-inch HD monitors on the back of the front seats. The 5.0 Ultimate only costs $3,500 more than the 3.3T Premium and ups the power from 365 to 420 horsepower. While the V6 is smooth with ample power, the V8 is well worth the upgrade.