My driveway recently: A chic, full-size, four-door auto beckons, its attitude confident, its massive tires accessory with intricate, able wheels. Elegant and expensive, aloof by the attending of it. I accessible the driver’s door, ample in the way that speaks to craftsmanship. On the arena at my feet, a axle of ablaze casts the maker’s logo on the pavement. I accelerate central the cocoa-colored, checky covering cockpit and attending about with contentment at the all-embracing touchscreen, the admirable knobs and switches, and automatic systems and interfaces. It’s already memorably different, and I haven’t alike started the agent yet.
The G90’s clean-lined autogenous is loaded with advanced amenities.
What is it — BMW 7 Series? Mercedes S-Class? Audi A8? Lexus LS?
Nope. It’s the 2020 Genesis G90, the latest flagship from Hyundai’s adolescent (established in 2015) affluence arm. It’s appealing adamantine to barrage a cast these days, let abandoned accomplish absolute luxury. Spoiler alert: Genesis seems to be accomplishing aloof that.
For example, in the aftermost two years, Genesis has denticulate added than two dozen awards from the cast of Consumer Reports, J.D. Power, Motor Trend and Cars.com. That’s boxy abundant for the European dominators, let abandoned an cipher with abandoned three sedans. (Genesis’ aboriginal SUV, the visually able GV80, will admission afterwards this year, and the aggregation says its aboriginal abounding electric agent will hit the bazaar in 2021.)
Elegant inside: checky Napa leather, open-pore copse and affluence of allowance for passengers.
Another, added under-the-radar assurance of success: Genesis has assassin several world-class car designers. That account is topped by Luc Donckerwolke, above architecture exec at Volkswagen Group, as able-bodied as Bentley’s SangYup Lee. (Ex-Bugatti artist Sasha Selipanov additionally spent a moment at Genesis and aerated up the able Genesis Mint EV abstraction afore affective on to Swedish super-car maker Koenigsegg.)
Genesis is muscling its way to a new analogue of greatness.
Think aback to the 1980s aback Honda launched Acura, Toyota birthed Lexus and Nissan created Infiniti. Those companies audaciously set out to abduct bazaar allotment from the mostly German incumbents — Mercedes, BMW, Audi. Which meant they had to action added agreeable at a hardly lower amount and achievement U.S. consumers would bite.
The 2020 G90’s $72,200 abject amount includes abounding aide account — owners never charge to appointment the dealer.
They did, although of the three, abandoned Lexus has accomplished a absolute bench at the table in agreement of sales. And those brands, adventurous as they were at the time, didn’t accept to attempt with the cast of Tesla, Porsche, Land Rover and so on. And again there’s the powertrain angle; added big brands accept EVs, hybrids, alike hydrogen offerings. Today, for instance, BMW offers 17 archetypal lines, with about endless variants. Genesis has three.
Genesis isn’t the abandoned one aggravating to reinvent luxury. Many accept approved and abide to fail: Cadillac, Maserati and Lincoln are aloof a few. Why? Because it’s absolutely adamantine to abduct absorption from such appalling competition. And it’s absolutely big-ticket to absolutely accomplish the bound from near-luxury to accurate luxury.
One of the few exceptions that has bravely burst the cast is Volvo. If you haven’t sat in a new Volvo lately, you accept a amusement apprehension you. From accustomed copse accents and an ear-blowing Bowers & Wilkins complete arrangement (which you can set to actor the acoustics of the Gothenburg Opera House) to absorbing ride quality, Volvos today angle up to Germany’s best. Sad for the Swedes, though, and acceptable for you: You get way added agreeable for your dollar, while Volvo spends lots of business dollars to get consumers to alike accede purchasing one.
That’s absolutely area Genesis stands too — cars affluent on capacity and adult systems and discounted on price. The G90 is the affiche adolescent of this — an enviable estimation of what a grande amazon of sedans should be at a abject amount of $72,200. That’s beneath the Lexus LS, Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series.
Genesis has addition hurdle: banker network. There are 350 Genesis dealers in the U.S. against 800 Hyundai/Kia stores. I don’t apperceive about you but I acquire no joy from visiting a dealership, any dealership, let abandoned one that ability be a acceptable 40-minute drive away. One solution: Genesis has committed to alms every client 100% babysitter service, from a $37,000 G70 up to the G90. For three years or 36,000 miles, a Genesis rep will accompany a loaner agent to you, aces up your Genesis for service, and acknowledgment it to you aback it’s done.
Many added brands accept experimented with agnate programs, but none has ashore by it. I anticipate it’s genius. Suddenly the dealership’s ambit aloof doesn’t matter.
So, aback to the G90 in my driveway.
I alpha the agent and apprehend the able fizz of its artlessly aspirated V8 (the abandoned one in the category). I set off, defended in its poshness. Immediately, I can feel that it’s fast — absolutely fast for such a big car, calmly allowance me to taunt my speeding-ticket fate. And it’s smooth, alluringly buffering me from acceleration bumps and the dust and crud of the absolute apple aloof alfresco its soundproof windows.
Last summer, Genesis lent me the earlier version, the 2019 G90, to drive home from Pebble Beach car week. That car, alike afterwards wireless buzz charging, Apple CarPlay and the accretion and whistles the 2020 adaptation has, was delightful. I accustomed home afterwards a five-hour-plus drive airy and refreshed. The abutting day, a Maserati Ghibli, absolutely loaded, was delivered to me for testing. I got out of the G90 and into a car about bifold in amount — and was blue at how inferior it was.
You may not be in the bazaar for a big auto — or a abate one, for that amount — but booty my admonition and pay absorption to Genesis. It’s on a breach and accomplishing all the appropriate things. The apple — acceptation balance amount and cast acceptance — hasn’t bent up yet, but it will. In the meantime, acknowledge the amount of a amazing sleeper and the crazy-big advance Hyundai is authoritative to win continued term.
2020 Genesis G90
Mileage: 17 burghal / 25 highway
Engine: 3.3-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8
0 to 60: 5.4 seconds
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