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2018 Genesis G90 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 9.0

The 2018 Genesis G90’s luxury-grade cabin and excellent fit and finish make it worthy of competition with pricier rivals. High-end materials include standard Nappa leather and genuine wood trim, but there are a few plastic surfaces. The seats are supportive on long jaunts, and there’s plenty of space in the front and back. Nearly every feature the G90 offers comes standard, but there are a few add-ons available. There G90 doesn’t have as much trunk space as some of its rivals, but it should be sufficient for most errands.

  • "The leather upholstery is soft and supple, and all the surfaces that are wrapped in it are tight and wrinkle-free. The switchgear lacks a little heft but achieves the right look." -- Edmunds
  • "If the G90 has a calling card, it's inside, where the interior is full of both quality materials and features. I was able to find some hard plastic trim on the transmission tunnel, but I had to look for it – the rest of the touch points are leather or other soft material. And those are fantastic, some of the best I've experienced." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • "Whether you're judging by the materials used, how they're assembled, or just how it all looks, the Genesis G90 interior is masterfully luxurious." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Seating

Whether your journeys are long or short, the G90’s seats are comfortable and supportive. Most luxury large cars offer ample seating space, and the five-seat G90 is no exception. The rear seats have so much room that you can sit three across without complaints.

All Genesis G90 models come with Nappa leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, power-adjustable front seats with memory settings (22-way for the driver), and a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel. The higher 5.0 Ultimate trim adds ventilated rear seats and power-adjustable rear seats with memory. Unlike the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Lincoln Continental, the G90 does not offer massaging seats.

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the G90’s outboard second-row seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2018 G90’s LATCH system. The 2017 G90’s LATCH connectors were deemed mostly easy to use, aside from lower anchors that are buried too deep in the seats.

  • "The front seats have good stretch-out room, and even with a raised center console, the G90 doesn't feel claustrophobic. The rear seats have generous amounts of leg- and headroom, and the fold-up center armrest/control center makes it possible for three adults to sit abreast in relative comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "The four outboard seats are heated and ventilated (the latter only in the V-8) as well as eminently comfortable and supportive, particularly the 22-way-adjustable driver's throne." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • In my own car, I'm pampered with a fine leather-covered, 22-way power adjustable driver seat with heating and cooling functions. Lucky rear seat passengers get over a yard of legroom. However, the lack of massage seat functions, and the small sunroof with a (gasp!) manually operated shade tarnish the shine on this cabin." -- CNET (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features include a 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system, navigation, tri-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, wireless device charging, and a full-color head-up display. Models with the 5.0 Ultimate designation feature a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with two 10.3-inch screens. 

There is an insane amount of standard safety tech, including a driver alertness monitor, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera with front and rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams.

The G90 stands out among luxury large cars for offering so many standard features. Infotainment and navigation functions rely on a 12.3-inch touch screen and a few console-mounted buttons. Overall, the system is easy to use, with quick responses and straightforward menus. The G90 does not feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are increasingly popular must-haves for new-car shoppers. However, playing your music shouldn’t be a problem with the G90's Bluetooth, auxiliary jack, and front- and rear-seat USB ports.

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  • "The decorative metal grilles are a nice touch to the 17-speaker premium audio system, which produces exquisitely rich sound. The navigation system breaks no new ground but is easy to use and search out points of interest using the power of Google." -- Edmunds
  • There is some bad news though: There is no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay and Genesis said that there are no plans to add it in the future. But to be honest, in this application, I didn't really miss them. The Genesis system makes up for their absence with features like the ability to send directions from your phone to the car. The screen and controls are responsive to inputs and I was able to find the appropriate menus easily." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • "The list of standard conveniences goes on and on: carbon-dioxide sensor that directs fresh air into the cabin if C02 builds to a level that could reduce alertness, wireless cell-phone charging in the center console, a heated steering wheel, power rear-seat sunshades, and ... well, if you can name it, the Genesis G90 probably has it. Standard." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)

Cargo

The Genesis G90 gives you 15.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit low for the class. Some class rivals, like the Audi A7 and Tesla Model S, offer much larger cargo holds. Still, the G90’s trunk has a wide, low opening that makes loading easy. The rear seats don’t collapse, but that’s typical for the class, and there is a pass-through for long objects.

  • At 15.7 cubic feet, the trunk is slightly smaller than those of rivals. But it is wide at the entry and preserves most of its width toward the rear seats. There's a fairly low liftover and a ski pass-through, too. Few, if any, cars in the segment have folding rear seats, and the G90 is no exception." -- Edmunds

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