2020 BMW 7 Series vs. 2020 Genesis G90

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Safety

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The 7 Series has standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The G90 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The 7 Series has standard Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The G90 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the 7 Series helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The G90 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the 7 Series 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, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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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.

Engine

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The 7 Series has more powerful engines than the G90:

Horsepower

Torque

745e 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid

389 HP

443 lbs.-ft.

750i 4.4 turbo V8

523 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

M760i 6.6 turbo V12

600 HP

627 lbs.-ft.

G90 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

G90 5.0 DOHC V8

420 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 745e running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the G90 3.3T AWD (52 city/61 hwy MPGe vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the 7 Series running on gasoline gets better fuel mileage than the G80:

MPG

7 Series

RWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

745e 3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

19 city/26 hwy

750i 4.4 turbo V8

17 city/25 hwy

G80

RWD

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

AWD

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

The 745e can drive on battery power alone for up to 16 miles. The G90 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the 7 Series’ 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 7 Series’ 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.

Transmission

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The 7 Series’ launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The G90 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 750i’s brake rotors are larger than those on the G90:

750i

G90 3.3T

G90 5.0

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

14.2 inches

14.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.5 inches

13.4 inches

13.4 inches

The 7 Series stops much shorter than the G90:

7 Series

G90

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The 7 Series’ optional 245/40R20 front and 275/35R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 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 7 Series 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 7 Series 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

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The 7 Series 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 front and rear suspension of the 7 Series 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 7 Series offers an available 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 7 Series has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The 7 Series’ height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The G90 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 7 Series’ wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the G90 (126.4 inches vs. 124.4 inches).

The Alpina B7 handles at .97 G’s, while the G90 5.0 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 750i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the G90 3.3T AWD (25.4 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis

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The BMW 7 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 400 pounds less than the Genesis G90.

The front grille of the 7 Series 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

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The 7 Series has .1 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom and 6.6 inches more rear legroom than the G90.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 7 Series easier. The 7 Series’ trunk lift-over height is 27.2 inches, while the G90’s liftover is 28.3 inches.

Ergonomics

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The 7 Series’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The G90 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the windows are left open on the 7 Series the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows 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.

The 7 Series offers optional massaging front and rear seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the G90.

The 7 Series’ Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. Optional Remote Control Parking will park and retrieve your car remotely: press a button and watch it park itself. This is ideal for tight locations. The G90 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW 7 Series and the Genesis G90, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The BMW 7 Series outsold the Genesis G90 by almost five to one during the 2019 model year.

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