2017 Genesis G90 Ultimate

It’s about the same size as a Mercedes S-class and has similar luxury features while costing about one-fourth less. That’s the business model for the all-new Genesis G90.

Genesis is now a standalone luxury brand and the Hyundai icon is gone from all models.

Premium luxury usually means conservative styling, and the G90 fits the bill. I especially like the wheels that look like jet engine fan blades. The real measure of a luxury car is the interior, and the G90 passes the test easily. There’s polished wood, aluminum trim, and leather covering most everything including the dash.

The supremely comfortable driver’s seat is adjustable 22 ways, and all of the G90’s seats are heated and cooled. Shifts from the 8-speed automatic are barely perceptible.

A wireless phone charging pad is at the bottom of a console cubby. The dash display is more than a foot wide and easy to navigate using a console-mounted rotary knob. There are so many tiny dash buttons that finding the one you want while driving is distracting. A full slate of electronic driver aids including emergency automatic braking is standard.

The trunk is just as big as you’d expect in a car with a 124-inch wheelbase. The Ultimate model has a 5-liter V8 with 420 horsepower. Base G90’s get a turbo V6.

Surprising to me is how well the G90 handles. Of course, it has lots of power, but the steering and brakes are excellent for such a large sedan.

So, for the 2017 Genesis G90 Ultimate, I say thumbs up to the luxury, value, and handling; thumbs down to tiny dashboard buttons.

I averaged about 20 miles per gallon. The pre-production model had no sticker, but the price is about $70,000.

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