2019 Genesis G90 vs. 2019 BMW 7 Series Comparison
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.
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.
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.
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|
|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|
|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.|