BY H. THROTTLE
“Genesis” is the first book of the Old Testament and infers the origin of mode of formation of something. In this case Genesis consists of the luxury flagship name by Hyundai for a classic sedan with that historic moniker,
The 2023/Genesis G90, 3.5L supercharged, all-wheel drive sedan, arrived during the cold snow-laden week. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price $98,700, with the designer “Makalu Gray” matte paint, for a total price of $101,295. That is quite a test car to drive on icy highways; the all-wheel drive never slipped on the roadways.
I headed West for a drive one early morning on a forecasted late afternoon snow arrival that did arrive as predicted. Just enough weather to test the winter ability of the G90 sedan. The drive modes were eco, comfort and sport. Most of the drive was accomplished in the comfort range, except for a few sport boosts, but the temperature was around 14F on the wet highways, really didn’t want too much of the 409-hp. turbo-power torque on the 21” alloy wheels on slick, icy pavement.
The 3.5L /V6 engine delivered 24 mpg. for the I-70 travel that was quite good for the luxury sedan. The transmission was a dial that featured P, R, and D. Step on the brake, turn the dial and off the Genesis would go. The eight-speed transmission could be controlled by the paddle shifters located on the heated leather steering wheel. The air flow temperatures were controlled by a finger touch to a picture of the air flow directions on the center control console.
Driving the Genesis was somewhat like piloting a plane. Many buttons to push for the multitude of features in this top-of-the-line Hyundai jewel fully assembled in Ulsan, Korea. I never located the rear-trunk release except on the multi-task key fob. For safety the trunk didn’t release with the engine running, at least not for me.
The greatest thrill was the “Highway Driving Assist” where the G90 stayed in the lane driving itself. With the radar cruise control turned on, the lane assist program just motored down the freeway, driving itself centering between the lane markers. However, being a careful driver, with a costly vehicles, I kept one hand gently on the steering wheel. Where the autopilot had trouble was with road construction and off ramp changes where the line, or lines, would briefly disappear. The car would continue forward but stray for a few seconds. Snow can block the navigation cameras, but on the G90 they appear to be heated and always worked.
The smart phone charger is located in front of the double-door jockey box. When exiting the car, the ladies voice that lives somewhere in the inner sanctum of the car would remind me that the phone was still the charger. Most appreciated was a button that opened the vaulted doors part way for easy exit. Once outside. another push of the button automatically shuts the door; but beware of the rapidly closing heavy door.
Nappa leather seats were heated and cooled. The Bang & Olufsen 3D premium radio was controlled by steering wheel buttons or easy dial volume and tune threaded knobs. I never understood about the “Mood Curator” feature, but again, it was something that mysterious lady in the Genesis soul creates to charm the driver and passengers.
The G90 is classic in design, powerful in appearance, conservative in styling, with smooth silky curves. The inside is plush with white leather and bucket seats, a rear console seat control panel for back seat passengers to adjust temperatures and sound.
This is the ultimate luxury sedan for turbo performance, maximum comfort, and the very latest in camera/drive technology. Safety warnings shown on the outside mirrors and dashboard gave warnings of adjacent motorist locations, and when signaling a round photo of the change lane appears on the speedometer to prevent lane incidents.
The Genesis comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile power-train warranty and a finger-print authentication system.
It was a hard car to return to the factory representatives.