Genesis GV60 review


What is?

It is the Genesis GV60, the first electric vehicle of the South Korean company and one of the three that it will launch during the next year. Exciting times.

If you think it sounds oddly familiar, maybe it’s because there’s more than a touch of Pontiac Aztec quirkiness to the design. Just look at that three-quarter rear section: the GV60 is an Aztec for the age of electric vehicles. Hurrah! It could also be because it’s based on the same E-GMP platform as the impressive Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5. Clearly, Hyundai has gone super retro with its clean-sheet design, but Kia and Genesis share a coupe-crossover from look alike. body. way.

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Wait, what is Genesis?

Oh yeah. The Genesis is still fairly new to our shores, and you’ll no doubt be asked this question regularly if you opt for a GV60 over its myriad rivals.

It’s essentially the posh offshoot of the Hyundai-Kia mega-corporation, much like Lexus is to Toyota and Infiniti is to Nissan (though that venture didn’t fare so well in the UK). Genesis has been making autonomous cars since 2015, but the company only made the decision to enter the European market in May 2021.

The first cars to arrive here were the G80 sedan and GV80 SUV, though they were soon followed by the smaller G70 sedan and GV70 crossover. You already know the naming structure, right? The only Europe-specific car released so far has been the fantastic G70 Shooting Brake, but the GV60 looks like the product that should have been leading the charge all along.

Why is this then?

Well, it’s very, very good, but I’ll talk about that later. It would also have looked fresh and new to launch with an exciting EV. It would have shown that this is a brand here for the long haul, and besides we haven’t been too enamored with the petrol or diesel (Genesi?) Genesis so far: the sleek G80 sedan is the only one that bucks the trend slightly. .

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Genesis also announced that it wouldn’t release electric cars until 2025, so combustion cars could surely have stayed in the US.

Give me some GV60 stats, then…

Thus, there are three versions of the GV60 called “Premium”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”.

Genesis just used the larger of the two battery packs that fit into the E-GMP platform, making it a 77.4 kWh unit overall. Sport Plus is obviously the quickest of the bunch, with an electric motor on each axle for 4WD and a quick 0-62 mph time of 4.0 seconds.

The Sport still has dual motors and all-wheel drive, but both are slightly less powerful, while the Premium version is rear-wheel drive only with a single motor in the rear.

How far will everyone go in charge?

Since the battery only powers one motor, the lowest Premium version gets the best figure in the WLTP range. That will do 321 miles on a charge, while Sport manages 292 and Sport Plus 289. All pretty respectable. There’s also 350kW super fast charging, so if you find a plug capable of those speeds, you can go from 10 to 80 per cent in 18 minutes.

How much is it?

In the UK, prices will start from £47,005 for Premium, £53,605 for Sport and £65,405 for Sport Plus. The latter, however, benefits from a 10-second Boost mode function that is activated via a button on the steering wheel. Oh, and yes, these are digital mirrors. They are a £1,240 option.

How many people can I put on it?

Only five but with a lot of space, although unlike the Tesla Model Y there will not be a seven-seater option. Click on the Interior tab of this review to read more about the interior.

What’s the verdict?

An interesting EV alternative built on a brilliant platform. Perhaps the car that should have introduced the Genesis to Europe

The crossover electric vehicle market is more than a little saturated at the moment. Just watch our 11-car mega test video by clicking on those blue words to see what we’re talking about – that’s pretty much every GV60 rival in one place for you.

It is very impressive, however, the Genesis. We’d avoid the Sport Plus – it’s too quick and would cost around £70k with some added option packs. The longer-range Premium is the starting point, though it’s still priced similarly to the higher-end versions of the Ioniq 5 and EV6. Genesis will have to hope that tracking services live up to the expectations of its own creation.

It’s interesting to look at (although it won’t be for everyone) and the interior has plenty of clean design touches and premium materials. It’s also decent to drive, though maybe not quite on the level of the Ford Mustang Mach-E or Polestar 2.

It looks a lot like the car that should have introduced the Genesis to Europe. Now though, this is where we’ll see if the buying public responds…

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