2017 Genesis G90 first drive review: A luxurious beginning Page 2


Also appropriate is the new 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. It is smooth and strong, and it works well with the slick-shifting 8-speed to provide passing punch when needed. We took a quick spin in the V-8 as well, and while the V-8 offers a slightly more masculine engine note when pushed, we see no need for it. The 0 to 60 mph times for both engines are likely in the low 6-second range. If Genesis wants to offer a V-8 worthy of a price premium, we recommend it develop a twin-turbo, small displacement V-8 like many of its European rivals.

Overall, the G90 is far more in line with the Lexus LS460 in terms of dynamics than it is a challenger for the BMW 7-Series or Cadillac CT6. It's a soft-riding, incredibly pleasant car that doesn't ask to be driven hard.

2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90

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2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90

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2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90

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Luxury inside

The G90 may not provide the best driving experience you've ever had, but it might offer the best riding experience. Hop inside, and you will find a simply stunning cabin. The wood is real ash or walnut, the headliner is alcantara, and the speaker grilles are stainless steel. Soft Nappa leather adorns the seats, door panels, dash, and steering wheel. Genesis has even gone so far as to design the metal buttons on the center console with ergonomics in mind; several have unique shapes so you can identify them without necessarily seeing what you are touching.

The cabin is not just beautiful, it's also whisper quiet. Genesis went to extraordinary measures to reduce noise in the cockpit. All the doors have three-layer weather-striping, and special double sound-proof glass insulation is applied to all of the cabin's glass. Carpet and headliner insulation thicknesses are up 20 percent, foam pads are added to the rear quarter panels, and a powertrain seal has been applied to block engine noise in the cabin. Even the wheels and aerodynamics got into the act. The two-piece wheel design produces a resonance effect that reduces tire noise. Underbody deflectors, an active front air flap, and front wheel air curtains cut wind noise while also cutting the air to the tune of a class-leading 0.27 coefficient of drag. All of that effort works so well that you can hear the thoughts of any passengers in the car.

2017 Genesis G90

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Space and comfort are more than ample. If you can't get comfortable in the 22-way power-adjustable driver's seat, you can't get comfortable. Front head room and leg room are abundant, and the extra wheelbase leaves plenty of rear leg room. The rear seat is optimized to accommodate two back there, but a third will fit as well. Rear occupants have a fold-down center armrest with a dial to control the audio and climate systems.

Oddly, Genesis doesn't offer any of the rear seat luxuries that make it first-class comfortable for those who prefer to be chauffered. For instance, there is no rear DVD entertainment system, no fold-out tables, no ottoman, and no bottle cooler. Heck, the V-6 model doesn't even offer power-adjustable rear seats. It seems like Genesis is missing an opportunity here.

The G90 does offer good storage solutions, though. The trunk has 15.7 cubic feet of space, which is average for the class. In the interest of comfort, the rear seat doesn't fold down, but there is a center pass-through. The front seat features a large clamshell-style center console and a really cool cubby for storing smartphones, complete with a Qi wireless charger. Unlike other similar wireless chargers, the angle of this cubby ensures the phone will stay in place so it can charge and at the same time be easy to access.


 
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