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Genesis GV60

The Genesis GV60 is one of the smallest vehicles in the premium Korean automaker's lineup, but it's still quite roomy and has a distinctive look. Let's find out how this electric vehicle fares in the compact luxury segment. Our test model had an MSRP of $80,822 and was built at the Ulsan plant.

Genesis GV60
Photo by Vince P. Szigeti

The GV60 is the first application in the Genesis portfolio of the new electric platform that the Hyundai group, its parent company, will use for its vehicles. It shares its underpinnings with other acclaimed models such as the Hyundai Ioniq5 and Ioniq6, and Kia EV6. Although the GV60 shares its platform with those models, the design is different on purpose; the shape of the headlights, the wheels and the tailgate are distinctive. The front end has two sets of ten diamond-looking LED lights and an air deflector on the lower part of the bumper, unlike anything else found in the segment, which is a good thing. The 21-inch wheels complement well the exterior look. The back of the GV60 is much more conventional, except for the spoiler, which is lower than other SUVs to prevent dirt from getting on the rear windshield. Overall, it's a modern design that will help it stand out in increasing luxury SUVs, and Genesis has got it right.

Getting inside the Genesis GV60 can be quite interesting. The vehicle has facial recognition and a fingerprint reader, a feature uncommon today. It means that you can walk up to the car, scan your eyes on the B pillar, open the door, put your finger on the reader and then you're ready to go, all this while your keys are inside the house! When doing so, you configure your driver's profile, and the car will save your seat position, contacts, and radio presets; your information will be available at your fingertip. That said, the GV60 still has a gauge cluster in front of the driver, which is excellent. The steering wheel is quite efficient with the buttons in the spokes, and the paddle shifters control the intensity of the regenerative braking. There is also a bright green button on the steering wheel's right side, which we'll talk about later. The cabin is quite roomy; there's plenty of room for four adults or three kids in the back; the only drawback is that the driver's side seat is fixed relatively high, although the GV60 is a low vehicle.

Regarding child seats, the ISOFIX ports are indicated but aren't fully accessible as you need to squeeze your hand in the cushion to place it. In the back, the anchors are easier to latch onto. The cargo room in the back is quite good considering the format, given that the Genesis GV60 is in the compact SUV segment; the drawback here is the somewhat high-load floor.

Genesis GV60 interior
Photo by Alain Kuhn Von Kuhnenfeld

As mentioned earlier, the technology in the Genesis GV60 is quite important with the different driver profiles. The overall infotainment system is good, the display is responsive, and the menus are detailed and precise. Apple Carplay and Android Auto are available, but you must plug in your device. The optional Bang & Olufsen sound system is an excellent addition to the infotainment; a great feature is the dedicated climate control panel, which has integrated some menus for the infotainment. One of the most notable features of the GV60 is the quirky shift lever which, when the vehicle is turned off, is a beautiful crystal sphere that looks amazing, especially at night, with the LED accents from the cabin. The globe will then turn 180 degrees to unveil a classic shift knob, allowing you to put the car in Drive.

As for the driving experience, we had the Genesis GV60 Performance, which sees a bump in the numbers compared to the standard model. The vehicle races to 100kph in 3.7 seconds thanks to a max output of 483 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in Boost mode, which provides more power for about 10 seconds, then the numbers revert to a still impressive 429 hp and 446 lb-ft. To activate the boost mode, press the bright green button on the steering wheel; you will see on the gauge cluster when the Boost will be active. All models sold in Canada are AWD, thus improving the vehicle's stability from a standstill launch. In everyday driving, the car is quiet and predictable thanks to its integrated technologies such as the Road Active Noise Control and Electronically Controlled Suspensions, which helps to limit the vibrations; it does make a big difference and is a step up from other EVs that have stiff suspensions due to weight constraints. The steering, especially in Sport mode, is surprisingly direct and precise; you can throw the GV60 in curves, and there's almost no oversteer. Brake feel is also up to standards with similar performance-oriented models. The top speed is limited electronically to 189 kph (117mi/h) to preserve the battery as much as possible, which brings us to range and charging times.

Genesis GV60
Photo by Vince P. Szigeti

The range announced is about 378 km: in our test drive, we averaged about 350 km, a little under, but we did more highway driving than city driving. About charging times, on a 350 kW DC fast charger, it can take as little as 18 minutes to charge from 10-80%, while on a level two charger, it would take about 7 hours and 5 minutes. The Genesis GV60 has a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs, an average figure in the segment.

Photo by Vince P. Szigeti

To sum up, the Genesis GV60 shares many similarities with other vehicles in the Hyundai group, but it may attract a different type of customer. Its top features are its eye-catching design, practicality, and enjoyable driving experience. However, it could be a little pricey and may not qualify for government rebates. Nonetheless, this car is worth considering if you're looking for a unique electric vehicle.

Genesis crest
Photo by Vince P. Szigeti

Genesis has lent us this vehicle for one week as a press vehicle. We have no affiliation with Genesis Canada. The above reflects our personal opinion of the car referred to above. #genesis #genesisgv60 #genesismotors #genesiscanada #drivingfunandfamily #evs

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