ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Just how serious is Hyundai at tackling the luxury market? Very. Not only have the Koreans created an entire Genesis sub-brand, they also built a world-class luxury sedan with the G90. Reconciling upscale luxury with the Hyundai brand's budget-minded origin is a tough sell to consumers. The solution is a separate brand, a-la Toyota's Lexus division. Unlike Hyundai's previous luxury sedan, the Equus, the G90 is a thoroughly capable and competitive luxury sedan that if you ignore brand cachet, can challenge the world's best. It undercuts most ultra-luxury flagships by a good $20,000, yet cedes very little to them.
Two different engines are available: a smooth and effortless 365-horsepower, 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and a 420-hp, 5.0-liter V8. We opted for the V6 which feels more powerful than the V8. Both engines use an eight-speed automatic, which shifts extremely smoothly. We also chose the all-wheel-drive option, which is available with either engine. This rectifies a shortcoming of the G90s predecessor, the Equus, which came only as a rear-wheel drive. As such, our G90 proved thirsty, and achieved 18 mpg overall -- which is not stellar, even for this class.