2019 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo vs. 2019 Genesis G90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the 6 Series Gran Turismo. But it costs extra on the G90.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the 6 Series Gran Turismo helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The G90 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the 6 Series Gran Turismo and the G90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Warranty

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the G90’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Genesis vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 4 places higher in reliability than Genesis.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 640i Gran Turismo gets better fuel mileage than the G90 3.3T AWD (20 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G90 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The G90 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Tires and Wheels

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s optional 245/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G90’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 6 Series Gran Turismo offers optional 20-inch wheels. The G90’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 6 Series Gran Turismo can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The G90 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The 6 Series Gran Turismo offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The G90 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The rear suspension of the 6 Series Gran Turismo uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the G90, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The 6 Series Gran Turismo offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Genesis doesn’t offer an active suspension on the G90.

The 6 Series Gran Turismo has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The G90 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

Chassis

The 6 Series Gran Turismo is 4 inches shorter than the G90, making the 6 Series Gran Turismo easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the 6 Series Gran Turismo uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The G90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The 6 Series Gran Turismo has .9 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 2.6 inches more rear legroom than the G90.

Cargo Capacity

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G90 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the 6 Series Gran Turismo the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G90 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 6 Series Gran Turismo has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The G90 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The G90 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The BMW 6 Series comes in sedan and four-door hatchback bodystyles; the Genesis G90 isn’t available as a four-door hatchback.

Recommendations

The BMW 6 Series outsold the Genesis G90 by 68% during 2018.

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