The Genesis G90 is a study in design understatement, preferring to fly under the radar behind a badge that compels onlookers to ask, "What is that?" By its size alone, the G90 manages to command respect, although it hides a nearly two-and-a-half ton girth relatively well beginning with an understated front fascia that displays the largest rendition yet of Hyundai's "cascading grille" design.
A deeply scalloped upper character line starts at the trailing upper edge of the grille, tracing a line just below the beltline, and ends just ahead of the taillights. The rear fascia is equally restrained and features two chrome strips – one just above the license plate surround, and a lower one that wraps around the lower portion of the bumper just above twin chrome-framed trapezoidal exhaust outlets.
The sedate exterior is wrapped around a spacious (113.2 cubic feet), serene interior that's elegant, timeless, and worthy of luxury car status, with a plethora of features that are packed into it at no extra cost. Even base models have nearly everything, including a full suite of driver assistance features, an adaptive suspension, adaptive automatic LED headlights, and a surround-view camera. Additionally, all models receive superlatively comfortable Nappa leather seats that are heated, ventilated, and adjustable 22 ways for the driver and 16 ways for the front passenger. And while the rear bench has been optimized for outboard passengers, there's plenty of room back there for three adults.
A suede headliner, power door closures, acoustic laminated windows, and three-zone automatic climate control are also standard, and nearly the entire litany of standard features found on the G90 would be considered optional in any other luxury sedan, dramatically inflating the price of those vehicles.
But perfection is eluded as the interior is offered in only black or beige, the rear seat doesn't fold (a feature that's standard even on the lowly Hyundai Accent and limits the G90's versatility), while – unlike other standard-bearing luxury sedans – no first-class-like rear seat arrangement with individual reclining buckets and a wide center console is offered.