Thankfully, there are a few manufacturers out there that are still investing heavily in sedans and this week, I'm testing a sedan that got a complete refresh for 2020 model year. In fact, the Refresh is so extensive that every single body panel, except for the doors and the roof, have been changed. It'S also one of the few rare large rear drive sedans that's, still available, with one of the only naturally aspirated v8 in the segment. The vehicle that I'm talking about is the 2020 Genesis G 90, the flagship of the Genesis brand – and it may very well be one of the last of its kind Music. It was about three years ago, where Hyundai finally decided to create their own luxury division. Genesis back in 2017, in fact, I was testing the very first Genesis model ever back, then the G 90, which, if you guys don't remember, was the replacement for the Hyundai Equus, which was their first ever attempt at a full size, flagship luxury, sedan from Korea. Now, even though the G 9 t or the Equus didn't, really have much of a reputation here in America in Korea, these are the cars that were being that big executives or wealthy people were chauffeured around, and I was really impressed with the G 90. Of course, it had a couple of things that I didn't really like, if you guys haven't seen that video click the link in the description below, so you can kind of refresh your memory on how that car drove and looks like when I first saw this G 90, the refreshed model – it is so radically different.
In fact, every single body part every single panel on this car, except for the roof, and the doors has been completely redesigned for 2020, so being a flagship model. One of the key elements of a flagship is the exterior design and the G 90. How does some problems there when it first came out back in 2017, I criticized the car for being very bland, very safe, very vanilla. Looking as you can see, the 2020 model looks to rectify all that because it has the brand's new styling direction here. It'S got the big crash, 2 grille at the front, and these quad beam full LED headlights which definitely give this car a completely different. Look versus the pre refreshed model. The grille on this car is especially polarizing it's, going to be basically something that a lot of people will talk about, because it has a lot of presence to it at first, I didn't really like the way the grille looked when I saw this thing at the Auto Show, but here in person, or at least out in the real world, I think it gives the car a very distinctive look when I think Genesis could have done better is integrating the sensor here for the radar cruise control. That technology, of course, is standard on every G 90, but I just think that it looks a little bit cheap with this kind of black or this clear, Plexiglas plastic over the center of the grille.
I do love the quad beam, LED headlights in this car, which do come standard. If you guys remember the preview fresh model, they didn't actually have LEDs as standard. You had Xenon's as standard while the v8 models got the follow at ease which, by the way this one here is the v8 model. You can basically take your pick between either a six or an eight cylinder option. Genesis keeps it pretty simple with the option packages on this car, which is not something that the Europeans or the Japanese even do so. Those of you who are looking for some simplicity, you may want to take a look at one of these. Now the wheels are also very controversial, especially when I first saw this car the spokes in the vehicle actually kind of mimic what you see in the actual grille it's kind of a throwback here to the 90s or 80s. Let me know in the comments below, if you guys liked the look of this thing. The one thing I do like is the integrated turn signal here now it is missing the dual LED lights that you get on: models like the upcoming GB 80 and the g 80. So remember this is just a refresh on an existing car, so you're not gon na get the the fact that the styling was designed with this car in mind, like you do with these those upcoming new models. Now this is still a really big sedan, it's, the flagship of the Genesis lineup, so at 205 inches long.
This is within the same specs or something like a mercedes, benz s class or a Lexus LS. I will say that the silhouette is still a little bit on the bland side, but I think that Genesis has really tried hard to make this thing more. Distinctive, it certainly has paid off. The rear of the vehicle also has a completely different look. Remember every body panel, except for the roof and the doors have been changed. These dual LED tail lights, kind of mimic, the quad beam design that you get for the headlights and also Genesis is kind of spelling out their name here, as opposed to putting their winged emblem there, which, i think was actually a really good move. The exhaust tips. Even have the same kind of look as the grille, which i think is a little bit gimmicky I'm, not really the biggest fan of that. But, as you can see here, you can tell this one's a 5 liter v8 from the badge. It is missing. The companies H truck all wheel drive, so this one here is actually a rear drive model that's, something that accurate doesn't even have now opening up the trunk. Here you can see the G 90 has a pretty comparable trunk for everything in this segment. It'S. Actually, pretty big when you first open the trunk, the seats do not fold down 6040 that's, pretty common in this segment. Instead, you just have a little trunk pass through and you get around 15.
7 and cubic feet of space. So obviously the G 90 has a completely new look on its own it's. Definitely something that stands out in fact, didn't like the way it looked at first at the Auto Show, but here in person it's a rather striking car that I think really works on the G 9d, now being a flagship luxury, sedan, it's, definitely a dying in a Dyin stying segment everyone's, basically buying up big luxury SUVs, just look at BMW with their massive x7, which is just flying off dealer showrooms, as opposed to these 7 Series, luxury sedan or even Mercedes, with the GLS over the s class sedan. The G 90 is finding itself in a very weird position, because Genesis currently does not have any SUVs in their portfolio. That is changing very soon, however, but the one cool thing about the G 90 is it's in a very unique segment, or at least it has a unique part, a roll in the segment because it's one of the few vehicles that offers the choice of a naturally Aspirated v8 that's right at naturally aspirated, so non boosted or supercharged eight cylinder, which allows you to do things like this. Oh that's, a really nice sound, so what's powering this thing. Well, Genesis offers a choice of two different engines. So let's talk about those. So in a world full of electrification, Genesis is definitely going to be appealing to some of you traditionalists out there, especially if you're looking for something like a naturally aspirated v8 that's, something that Lexus ditched about two years ago on their flagship LS.
But, as you can see here and all its beauty I'll take off this silly plastic cover here and you can see it's, actually a really nice looking engine bay. I wasn't expecting this. There are some modern BMWs that I've shown you guys, where there's a bunch of cheap plastic wiring. As you can see, this is one beauty of an engine, but this is the company's five liter, naturally aspirated v8. It makes 420 horsepower and 383 pound feet of torque. Those are actually pretty good numbers that's. What as something like a Ford Mustang used to develop back in 2015 when that engine first came out, this particular one here is the top engine about twenty five hundred dollars. More Genesis also offers a 3.3 liter twin turbocharged v6 that makes 365 horsepower 376 pound feet of torque I've, actually driven that engine already. When I first drove this car back in 2017 and I'll be honest, I really like the way the v8 sounds in this thing, which will jump back into the driving scene. In a moment, you guys can hear the engine noises now all g9 T's will come with just an 8 speed automatic transmission it's, a Genesis, Hyundai sourced transmission, which you can take your pick between either the rear drive or for 2500 bucks extra. You can get the accompanies H, truck all wheel, drive system. Now the downside to this v8 is. It does make the G 90 a little bit more thirsty and a little bit heavier than some of the competition.
This one here is ready to get 16 in the city 24 on the highway. All wheel. Drive will drop that to 1523, whereas the v6 will get 1725, so slightly better mpg premium gas is recommended, and this one's also pretty heavy. It weighs just under forty nine hundred pounds, so this 5 liter v8 offers zero to 60 performance in the low to mid five second range, it's, obviously fast refined, smooth it's, not like a Mercedes, AMG fast or you know, BMW, M division fast or out ers fast. However, it does offer plentiful performance really where the g90 shines just like all the other vehicles in the segment is cruising even in sport mode. Here, if you slop it it's slap it into comfort. This is one of the most comfortable cars I've ever sat in from the seats to the cushy ride. Quality to the super quiet interior to the excellent visibility Genesis actually improved the driver assistance tech in this car this year, where they've added pedestrian detection and cyclist detection. It has a better highway driving assist where it actually keeps you centered in the lane and with the blind view, cameras and the blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert. This is a car that you're going to enjoy driving every day. You can basically take this thing to and from work go to the office and back go out to dinner with your spouse. Take it on long road trips, it's a card that is so immensely comfortable and quiet.
The annoyances of the outside world just very much disappears, and it makes you feel like you've bought a car that is far more money than you actually paid for it. I think that's the secret with Genesis in general. They offer a lot, especially when you look at this interior. This interior is so immensely comfortable, full of tech, even though it's not full of the latest tech it's, not overloaded with tech, but they did make changes to this interior for 2020. So let's go over. Some of those changes, the richness of this interior starts obviously in the front seats and, I have to say, Genesis is really killing it with the exterior styling what's under the hood with the handling. The interior is really where it starts. When you're looking at a luxury sedan and this interior, while it doesn't look all that different from the 2017 model, they've made some subtle changes here to make. This car feel a little bit nicer this year. Now. The first thing I want to show you, you can't, be bothered with slamming doors on cars like this, so Genesis includes a soft closed door, so if all the doors will soft close, all you have to do is click it. If you do want to slam it, it has a really nice, solid bunk, which reminds me that I'm sitting in a much more expensive car that it actually is this interior is known as blue and brown Genesis actually calls it indigo, which I love.
I love the fact that the exterior is blue and we have a blue interior with this brown. Two tone combination, it's kind of like a throwback again to the A's. I knees I love how blue interiors are kind of making a comeback, although in the light it kind of looks a little bit black, this is a really handsome more traditional cabin. So if you guys hate those big tablet, screens that stick out that look like an afterthought Genesis has a very nicely integrated 12 point three inch display here which, by the way it now includes Android, auto and apple carplay, that's standard this year, it wasn't even available On the 2019 model, so Bravo for Genesis on finally giving us what we want, as you can see here, gigantic screen that takes up the entire orientation here, which is a great thing, because a lot of these other manufacturers will cut this screen in half. We have a big display like hair when you're using the car play the standard Genesis, Connect or Genesis head unit. Here has a really easy to use interface here, so you can use it as a touch screen or you can use the control dial here. The one thing I wish this is a tad was added was a full digital display here. Instead, you have this really small 7 inch display, which I think looks probably one of the most dated parts of this interior. But remember Genesis has a completely new system that they're working on in the GV 80 and the g 80.
They also changed the look of the wood grain trim this year. As you can see, it's got a matte finish. This is real wood, real aluminum, it even smells expensive in here. The pre refresh model had that glossy wood look which looked really fake and it just also looked very old school, so loving that love the leather stitching that you find all over the interior. This is actually standard. A lot of the manufacturers from Germany or from Europe make you pay extra for the leather lines, so generous. Just gives that to you a standard, the leather continues onto the door panels here, where there's beautiful, stitched, leather, more that wood, aluminum trim, even the window switches, have a really nice tactile metal finish to them, which makes the car feel really special and expensive. Now, on the door over here, you're gon na notice, your usual settings here for your memory – seats, there's, also another button here called smart. When I push the smart button here, it actually goes into what Genesis calls smart posture care. This is new for 2020. This is a system that actually will read your height, your pants inseam length and your weight. So it asks for that information when you tell it that information, you basically have it analyze, your actual specific body and the system will adjust the seat to how it believes is the most comfortable and best for your posture, while you're sitting in the car that's, something That I've never seen before in the industry, but let me show you this seat one.
This is the position that I have the car set to, where I feel is the most comfortable for me to drive this thing number two is what the car thinks is. The most comfortable, let me show you what it changes the position to it lowers the seat back, it reclines it slightly, and it pushes the steering wheel out now when I first had the car tell me this is how I should be driving. It was a little weird because I feel, like my arms are super stretched, but I do like the recline of the seat. It takes a little bit of getting used to again that's gon na be custom, tailored to your height, your waist size and, of course, your weight. So that's a really cool thing. The genesis is including it really shows how the company is innovating here. The rest of this cabin it's all pretty much the standard, traditional stuff, very traditional knobs for your tuning, your volume for zone, climate control, and they also added this wireless phone charger down here for the 2020 model year. I also like the Genesis shifter here, it's an 8 speed, Auto it's, an electronic shifter. When you put the vehicle into reverse, you can see there's this really nice 360 camera with very clear graphics. It looks basically as as nice as what you're gon na find from all the European brands, and you can also access that camera anytime. You want by just pushing the View button down here.
All these buttons again are lined with real metal trim. The drive mode selector here allows you to cycle between Comfort, Sport, eco and custom. When you have the car at a sports setting here, the bolsters actually will kind of squeeze and hug you a little bit more. So if you're attacking your favorite twisties you're, not gon na be moving around the seat as much, you can control all of your heated and cooled seats from down here as well. You controlled the rear, sunshade and your heated steering wheel, which actually offers a two level heat. This center console here opens up with a dual lined later: a double hinged lid. So if somebody has, you know, there are I'll bow here: it won't actually interfere with them, and the seats of this car are extremely plush uncomfortable they adjust in like twenty two different ways in addition to having that smart posture care. So if you're looking for luxury in here, this has everything that you basically expect without none of the extra techie stuff that can get a little overwhelming like something that you'll find and in German is really. The only thing that Genesis needs to add is a panoramic sunroof. I just have a standard sized sunroof here and it would be nice to have the full glass through the fact that you can get on most of its competitors. I'M really having a bad hair day. And I really wish that I could go to a salon and get my hair cut thanks coronavirus.
Oh I mean what you expect me to do in a car that has a back seat that's supposed to be reserved for executives. As you can see here, one of the perks of getting the v8 model is the fact that you get a fourteen way adjustable seat on this side and a twelve way power seat on the driver's side of the rear, the back seat in this car isn't. What I would say is mercedes, benz might may balk territory, but this is pretty nice Genesis actually said you get around ' inches of legroom here and when you fold down this little control panel here, this car will seat three across but you're better off with two You'Ve got all of these controls back here, so I've got heated and ventilated seats back here I can adjust the seat here. With these controls, you can see it's the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. I could actually push a button here that will control the front seat and move it back into position. You can only do that on this side, because remember there's, a driver there, where I could fold the front seat out of the way or bring it back. This is kind of more of the upright position so there's, basically a rest button and there's a button to kind of go back into the normal setting. This back seat is pretty unexpected. I wasn't expecting expecting Genesis to give us a back seat that's this plush, I mean even the materials in here.
I love the fact that I've got this blue and brown interior. I was really loving the color combination here. I also love all the suede Alcantara, the leather stitching here on the actual grab handle everything in here feels really rich and supple, and really expensive, really unexpected for what you get in a Genesis product it makes me forget that Hyundai is their parent company. Now the ultimate 5 liter also comes with these two screens: they're 10 and a quarter inch screens and they basically mimic what you see on the front head unit of this car. You can control it via the this little remote pad over here, where you can basically tell it which side you want to go to or you can control both sides. You can see the GPS, you can adjust the radio. I suspect the apple carplay will also come back here as well. If you have it hooked up to the front of the vehicle opening up this over here, you can see there's, two 12 volt power outlets and then in here, there's a USB and another power outlet and a little bit of a light. So, unlike some of its German competitors, if you're looking for like a champagne, flute here or refrigerator, sorry that's not available but remember, this car is significantly less expensive. Now a couple of other things that you expect back here: the Sun shades there are power, retractable Sun shades on both sides and there's, also one that will control the rear sunshade behind me, which is also a really nice feature.
You can basically turn this into like your own little sanctuary, where you can kind of block out the Sun or walk out the paparazzi. The metal speaker covers that you see here on the doors, are part of the lexicon sound system which has nearly a thousand watts of power. It doesn't sound quite as good as some of the top Bowers and Wilkins and Bang amp Olufsen sound systems, but I will give judges. Credit only rolls royce uses lexicon as a brand supplier for sound systems, and it does sound pretty damn good. So the biggest thing they added was apple, carplay and android, auto, which is what are we what I complained about in my review of this car three years ago, and they also made it a touchscreen it's a little bit far from my reach to be a really Nice church touchscreen, but you can use the controls over here and I mean check out that massive screen it's a twelve point, three inch display and it does make up for the fact that the screen here is not a full digital display. I have a heads up display over there, its overall nice, but not overly complex there isn't so many ways that you can kind of adjust this thing even down to the build spec of this car. You know you take your pick between. You know a v6 or a v8, either rear or all wheel, drive, there's, seven exterior colors, three interior colors there's, no options, you basically, you know pick the engine that you want.
It comes with either the premium for the six or the ultimate package. For this eight – and it has everything you want, so I love how Genesis is keeping it simple, especially in a world where all the Germans and even the Japanese make it incredibly complex. So what about that v8 power? Yes, this car looks like a boring luxury barge on the outside, but it's rear, wheel drive. At least this one here is rear. Wheel drive put my foot down here: Music, Music, all that sound that it makes it's just so satisfying. It makes you feel like you're king of the road from the silky smoothness of that v8 to the criss shifts of the 8 speed automatic transmission to that pillowy Cushi ride, even though it's in sport right now it's still such a comfortable ride. Oh got so much. Effortless power – I drove this car three years ago with the 3.3 liter v6, which actually is just about as quick as the v8, but I will take the v8 because of the noise it makes. Now. I will say, the noise in sport mode is being amplified somewhat. It'S it's not the true v8 sound, which does sound good on the outside, but you can hear the these sneakers are kind of amping up the sound of the v8, which is just so smooth it's, so buttery, it's, so rich. It reminds me of the the old 4.6 liter v8 from the Lexus LS, because, as you know, you can't get that v8 anymore in the LS.
Lexus still makes a 5 liter a satisfying 5 liter v8 in the GSF. Unfortunately, that is going to be discontinued, which would make the G 90 if Genesis continues to offer it with that, the only luxury full size luxury sedan, offering with an na a naturally aspirated v8. Now, of course, I could complain and moan about how this cars, rather on the boring side, when you start finding some twisty roads but that's, not necessarily the mission of these big sedans, I mean sure Mercedes has the AMG versions of the s class there's, like an Alpina b7 version of the 7 Series howdy makes an s8 version, which I'd say is probably one of the more sporty your options. But nobody buys these to be. You know really sporty, you know get an m5 or an e63. If you want something like that, this is built for cruising, but this car will hold its own on a back road. The steering is surprisingly heavy in its feel offers good feedback through the front tires. Visibility is easy. The seats actually do hold you in place because they do adjust in 22 different ways, and I just can't help but feel like a rock star on this thing. Who cares the fact that it's, not a BMW or Mercedes or an Audi? Because Genesis is an upstart luxury brand and the g90 is very much the start of this don't forget that we've got a completely redesigned g80 coming out.
We'Ve got that GV 80 SUV and then at upcoming GB 70 there's rumors about a GB 9b. So an SUV based off of this car in Genesis and you don't build it you're seriously missing out on an opportunity, because this is seriously one amazing product and even though it's just a refreshed model. I find a lot more to like about this 2020 G 90 than I did back in 2017, maybe it's, because of the fact that this segment is just a dying segment, and this thing is offered at a price that undercuts Lexus by 15000. It undercuts the Germans by as much as 40000, yet you don't really lose that much in terms of luxury or feel back starting to come out there for just a second, I am impressed. I am super impressed, even if you'll accomplish isn't great but it's a v8. You got to pay to play Music. Sorry, I won't do any burnouts. How sad! Maybe I could try it Music yeah? Well, let me do burnouts lame Music. So what a world full of electrification and America's love for crossovers. It seems a little strange for me to be reviewing a big, expensive, rear, drive v8 powered luxury barge of a sedan. But I have to say I really love cars like this and it makes this car especially unique and when you factor in all the changes that Genesis made this year to finally address the bland, looks that I had with the pre refresh model and you can't help.
But see how well Genesis is doing right now they may be a little bit late to the party in terms of crossovers that's. Coming later this year, we're gon na be adding that GBA T there's. Also, a new GA T sedan coming. The new G 90 is a taste of where Genesis is going to be heading in the next couple of years, and it really gets me excited, because this car is a strong value compared to a lot of its competition. It'S. A starting price of around 72 thousand dollars for the rear drive v6 model. It undercuts something like a Lexus LS by 10000. The Germans are gon na easily cost around thirty to forty thousand dollars more. The v8 will cost about thirty five hundred dollars more and if you guys want all wheel, drive it's about twenty five hundred dollars more. You basically take your pick between seven colors on the outside and three colors on the inside. So this is luxury simplified. I think it's going to do is stream Lee well for people who get overwhelmed and want something that's a little bit nice and where you don't care too much about the prestigious badge. So this one here being the v8 model, the ultimate trim stickers for around seventy six thousand dollars. You could basically top this car out at around seventy nine thousand dollars, which is a whopping 15 grand less expensive than the last Lexus LS I had and easily.
Forty thousand dollars less expensive than a seven series: outtie, eight or sadie's Benz S Class. So really, once you get past the genesis badge which honestly this brand is getting a lot of momentum, there's a lot of people out there that think Genesis is really gon. Na start stealing some sales from not just the Japanese but the German brands. It makes this car a really enticing proposition and if you guys are looking for an actual luxury sedan, a sedan, not a crossover. This is one of the gems in the segment it's. Really the underdog, so I highly recommend that you put one at the top of your list, but all inside I hope you guys have enjoyed my overview on the 2020 Genesis g90. After all, looking to see lilius cars I'm testing be sure to follow me on instagram. At red line, underscore reviews like us on facebook and, as always guys, please be sure, to subscribe to the red line, reviews your channel for all the latest reviews.