2020 Genesis G90_KL_23

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Chauffeuring executives around used to be a job for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Lincoln Town Car. 

But now that Hyundai’s new(ish) luxury brand, Genesis, is more firmly than ever on the radar, the full-size G90 sedan wants to give buyers a plush alternative — and it certainly looks the part. 

A limo needs to fulfill a few things; namely, have understated but executive looks and a sophisticated interior. The G90 embodies these traits exactly right, leading me to spend my weekend with it driving family around. 

By the end of it, I kind of wished I’d been the one in the back seat.

The 2020 Genesis G90: It looks better now

This is the only generation of the Genesis G90 so far and it’s been in the United States since 2016. When unveiled, it was reasonably nice inside, if not a little bland on the outside. With a 2018 face-lift, the G90 now wears Genesis’ striking corporate face that you can also find on the GV80 SUV.

How that horizontally themed face will age remains to be seen, but as such, Genesis managed to pull off a big, modern-looking sedan that makes everyone around it feel like they’d find someone important in the back seat. 

As an added bonus, my loaner came in a gorgeous and sparkly deep plum color and an ivory-toned interior.

Details and safety ratings: A Top Safety Pick Plus winner

The face-lifted G90 comes with two engine options: either a 3.3-liter, twin-turbocharged V6, good for a claimed 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, or a 5.0-liter V8, good for a claimed 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. 

Rear-wheel drive is available as standard but all-wheel drive is an option. All G90s are fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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The car is 17 feet long, 6.3 feet wide, and 4.9 feet tall. It has 15.7 cubic feet of cargo room. Fuel economy for the V6 is an estimated 17 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined.

Though it’s not yet been rated for crashworthiness by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2020 G90 earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — the agency’s highest safety award.

What stands out: Legroom for days

Peer at the G90’s backseat and the first thing you’ll notice is how much legroom there is. It’s first-class legroom! Like, first class on international flights. The good first class, not just the one that’s glorified economy. 

The seats just don’t fold down flat, though they do recline. Sitting back there, I had no problem crossing and uncrossing my legs and without worrying about whether I’d kick the front seat. 

I put taller people back there, too. They also remarked on the expansive legroom.

As a final test, I was able to fit a whole wedding cake — in its box — snugly in the rear footwell. The cake was delicious, in case anyone was wondering.

The rest of the car’s interior quality impressed as well. …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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