2019 Genesis G90 vs. 2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G90 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Rolls-Royce Ghost doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The G90 has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Ghost offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The G90 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Ghost doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The G90’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Ghost doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the G90’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Ghost doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the G90 and the Ghost have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G90 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Ghost has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The G90 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Ghost’s 4-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G90 6 years longer than Rolls-Royce covers the Ghost. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Ghost ends after only 4 years.

The G90’s corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the Ghost’s (7 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 10 times as many Genesis dealers as there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the G90’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G90 first among large premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Ghost isn’t in the top three in its category.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the G90 gets better fuel mileage than the Ghost:

 

 

G90

Ghost

 

RWD

3.3T/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

 

 

5.0/Auto

16 city/24 hwy

12 city/18 hwy

V12/Auto

AWD

3.3T/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

 

 

5.0/Auto

15 city/23 hwy

n/a

 

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the G90 has larger rear tires than the Ghost (275/40R19 vs. 255/50R19).

The G90’s 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ghost’s standard 50 series tires.

The G90 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Ghost; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The G90 3.3T AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Ghost pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the G90’s turning circle is 4.8 feet tighter than the Ghost’s (39.2 feet vs. 44 feet). The G90’s turning circle is 6.7 feet tighter than the Ghost Extended Wheelbase’s (39.2 feet vs. 45.9 feet).

Chassis

The Genesis G90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

The G90 is 9.9 inches shorter than the Ghost, making the G90 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Genesis G90 amounts to more than styling. The G90 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Ghost (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the G90 get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the G90 has standard flush composite headlights. The Ghost has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

The G90 has 2.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ghost (113.2 vs. 111).

The G90 has .5 inches more front headroom, 4.6 inches more front legroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ghost.

Ergonomics

The G90 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Ghost doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The G90’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Ghost’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the G90 has standard extendable sun visors. The Ghost doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold winter days, the G90’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Ghost doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Genesis G90, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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