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2019 Genesis G90

Starting Price: $69,345 | Price Yours

Above Average: Price, cabin quietness, standard features, warranty

Below Average: Styling a bit too Audi-like, dealer network still being established, interior materials don’t measure up to class leaders

Consensus: A full-size luxury sedan brimming with features that is both comfortable and quiet, backed by an outstanding warranty.
 

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2019 BMW 7 Series

Starting Price:  $84,645 | Price Yours

Above Average:  Superb handling, advanced interior electronics and driver assists, interior design and materials, plug-in hybrid model

Below Average: Subdued styling, high price tag even on base model

Consensus: A premium luxury sedan with commendable handling, ample luxury and plenty of trim choices, but starting to show its age.
 

As the flagship of the newly formed Genesis brand, the G90 is designed to showcase the company’s best features, as well as poke more established luxury brands in the eye with its impressive feature set and low price tag. As a luxury car, the Genesis checks off quite a few boxes, offering such unique options as 22-way adjustable front seats, power-adjustable rear seats, power side sunshades and a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system. A full suite of advanced driver assists comes standard, and while the base car’s twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 offers more than enough power to satisfy most customers, those with a need for speed can opt for a 420-horsepower V8. All-wheel drive is optional. On the road, the G90 is amazingly comfortable and quiet but not terribly responsive when pushed hard, leading us to conclude this big sedan is a better competitor to the Lexus LS than the BMW 7 Series.

The BMW 7 Series is well known for its impressive performance abilities, solid build, numerous safety features and extreme luxury. Recently refreshed, the 7 Series is a better luxury sedan than the G90, but its aging design lacks the punch of newer rivals from Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz. Cool features like the Touch Command controller and gesture activated infotainment further distance the 7 Series from the G90, although a number of more advanced driver assist systems that should be standard are instead optional. However, when it comes to flat-out performance and razor-sharp handling, the 7 Series obliterates its Korean competition, offering an array of models and engines ranging from the 322-horsepower 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid to the 600-horsepower Alpina B7 xDrive and 601-horsepower V12-motivated M760i xDrive.

Genesis G90 Advantages

A fully loaded Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate tops out nearly $11,000 below the entry price of a 6-cylinder BMW 740i. The Genesis offers a more comfortable ride and a better warranty.

BMW 7 Series Advantages

The 7 Series is a superior performer, with more engine options and trims, as well as more advanced luxury features and interior materials. The 7 Series also carries the brand cache of being a BMW.

Similarities

Both the Genesis G90 and BMW 7 Series offer powerful engines, good performance and an impressive feature set. Both are driven by their rear wheels and offer the option of all-wheel drive, and both provide ample rear seat and cargo accommodations.

Final Recommendation

If you don’t care about aggressive handling, flat-out performance and name recognition, the value prospect that is the Genesis G90 is hard to ignore. However, if money is no object, you’ll get more enjoyment and more looks behind the wheel of an Alpina B7 or M760i.

  2019 Genesis G90 2019 BMW 7 Series
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.3-liter twin turbo V6 3.0-liter turbo I6
Horsepower 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm 320 hp @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
Torque 376 lb-ft @ 1,300-4,500 rpm 332 lb-ft @ 1,380-5,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-spd Automatic, 8-spd
Fuel Economy 20 mpg (17 city, 24 hwy) 24 mpg (21 city, 29 hwy)
Also Available 5.0L V8 2.0L turbo hybrid, 4.4L turbo V8, 6.6L turbo V12
Specs    
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating n/a n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 124.4 inches 126.4 inches
Overall Length 204.9 inches 206.6 inches
Width 75.4 inches 74.9 inches
Height 58.9 inches 58.2 inches
Turning Diameter 39.2 feet 42.0 feet
Headroom, Front 41.1 inches 39.9 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.0 inches 39.9 inches
Legroom, Front 46.3 inches 41.4 inches
Legroom, Rear 37.8 inches 44.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 59.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 57.9 inches 57.7 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 113.2 cu. ft. n/a
EPA Cargo Volume 15.7 cu. ft.  18.2 cu. ft.
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