In 2015 Hyundai decided to spin off its Genesis line to form a new luxury division. The Genesis marque led off with three sedans, followed by three utility vehicles, filling out its promised six-vehicle model line.
The latest model is the 2023 Genesis GV60, a compact utility vehicle with room for five. Unlike its predecessors, this one is fully electric, moving the marque into new territory. The GV60 is stylish, opulent, and fast, attributes that are strong selling points in an emerging segment.
Introducing the All-New Genesis GV60
The 2023 GV60 is the smallest of three Genesis utility vehicles, but it is also its most powerful one. It builds on the beautiful styling language the brand has advanced from its inception, but it shares none of its major components with them.
The 2023 Genesis GV60 is an early summer 2022 arrival that’s offered in two grades, Advanced ($58,890) and Performance ($67,890). Add $1,090 for the destination charge. Most buyers should be eligible for a $7,500 tax credit, funds that impact your federal tax return.
There are enough similarities between the GV60 and other Genesis models to see the family resemblance. We laud the brand for its beautiful layouts, marked by exquisite LED lighting, flowing lines, and handsome wheels. The GV60 does all that and even delivers a front fascia that offers attention to detail, a look that Tesla could learn from.
If you were to insist that the GV60 is a hatchback, we would not argue with you. This model sits only a few inches higher than the average sedan, with a roofline that eases to the rear to form haunches that give it a sporting flair.
Inside, the cabin is compact but roomy. Absent a standard drivetrain hump, there is ample legroom all around. The front bucket seats are separated by a floating console containing a storage compartment, smartphone charging pad, and cupholders.
The eye-catcher, though, is the orb that occupies the console nearest to the driver. When the ignition button is pushed, it spins around to reveal the transmission shifter. Yes, it is a gimmick, but an entertaining one at that.
Leather seating surfaces, imitation leather-wrapped dashboard and doors, knurled switches, and metal pedals are among the standout features of this model. We found the interior more elegant than last week’s test drive model, the Lexus LX, which cost tens of thousands of dollars more.
Technology and Safety
Genesis equips the GV60 with a pair of 12.3-inch screens that seamlessly attach to form one of the largest panels we’ve seen anywhere. The left screen features the instrument cluster while the right screen displays infotainment and navigation information.
A separate smaller screen for in-cabin controls is located underneath. Beneath that is an open compartment with a pair of USB ports; two more are found elsewhere in the cabin.
Both grades come with a head-up display, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, smartphone compatibility, and face and fingerprint authentication. Yes, if you’re willing to give up your privacy to leave your key fob at home, your face and index finger are all that are needed.
Genesis equips the GV60 with a long list of driver-assist features, including automatic emergency braking, lane control, and adaptive cruise control. Various parking control features, highway driving assist, and speed limit control are included.
Powerful Electric Drivetrain
Instead of offering standard rear-wheel drive, the GV60 comes with all-wheel drive thanks to its dual-motor system. That system turns the front and rear wheels for enhanced handling capabilities.
The Advanced grade comes with 74 kW front and 160 kW rear motors to develop 314 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. The Performance grade supplies 160 kW motors front and back, delivering 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Genesis says that the Advanced model delivers a 248-mile range to 235 miles for the Performance trim. We connected to a local public charging station and reached a full charge in about 10 hours with a 256-mile range posted on the instrument panel.
Our test Performance model included a unique Boost Mode whereby one push of a steering-wheel-mounted button temporarily raises the performance quotient to 483 horsepower, beginning with a neck slap back kick.
Keep your foot on the accelerator and this SUV blows past most anything else with ease. Indeed, Car and Driver estimates a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds, rivaling some of the most powerful sports cars out there.
For an electric vehicle, the Genesis GV60 supplies decent feedback. Eco, Normal, and Sport mode choices adjust the drive feel accordingly, although there is no transmission shifting present. Instead, the GV60 operates slightly better in sport mode, increasing heft to the steering.
An electronically controlled limited-slip differential, unique to the Performance trim, enhances handling on twisty roads, making this SUV a surprisingly fun driver. It behaves more like a hot hatch than a utility vehicle, minimizing body roll while cornering.
Genesis GV60 Considerations
Electric vehicles are expensive. However, the Genesis GV60 combines luxury, amenities, performance, and value to form a compelling model for the segment. Availability is tight; you may need to work with your Genesis dealer to acquire one.
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