As easy because it seems to be

Genesis has unfold its wings; the luxurious arm of Hyundai launched itself to Europe in 2021, having already launched within the US in 2016. The launch of the GV60 is probably one of the crucial necessary for the model. First launched in 2022, the Genesis GV60 has been up to date for 2023 with a complete vary of latest tech – together with some world-first expertise – face unlocking.


For those who observe automobiles, you will know that Hyundai launched its first automobile on a devoted electrical platform in 2021 – the Ioniq 5. This was adopted by the Kia EV6 on the identical platform – and now we have now the Genesis GV60.

For those who’ve learn any evaluations – and even pushed – both of these different fashions, then you already know that the E-GMP platform is delivering nice issues. Genesis provides it personal twist to the story. The Genesis GV60 begins at $59,290 within the US, or £53,100 within the UK.

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Genesis GV60

Really helpful

Within the GV60, Genesis has a strong electrical automobile: it is easy, it feels updated, it presents inside area with out being bloated on the outside – and it is in all probability essentially the most “European”-looking Genesis thus far. This looks like the suitable automobile on the proper time for a model making an attempt to ascertain itself in Europe. However with strong performances from Hyundai and Kia, its sister fashions might show to be its greatest rivals.


  • Sits on a devoted EV platform
  • Futuristic touches like Face Join
  • Nice vary and expertise

  • Positioning of entrance USB sockets is slightly impractical
  • Steering wheel a bit fussy
  • Hyundai and Kia supply a lot the identical


There’s a direct familial feeling to the Genesis GV60. It is about the identical measurement because the Ioniq 5 and the EV6, sitting firmly in that compact SUV area. However Genesis, like Hyundai and Kia, is not throwing this automobile out with rugged seems to be; it has the street presence of an SUV with out pretending that it’ll be consuming inexperienced lanes over the weekend.

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That is more likely to attraction to prospects as a better of each worlds, far sufficient faraway from a hatchback-style compact, massive sufficient to provide the inside consolation most search from an SUV.

A lot of this eager positioning comes right down to the platform, E-GMP. It is designed from the bottom up as an electrical automobile and in doing so, it avoids a number of the compromises made in automobiles which share a platform with a combustion mannequin.

One factor that units this mannequin aside from combustion Genesis fashions which have come earlier than is the dearth of that enormous grille on the entrance. We have at all times felt this was to attraction to the American market – there is a kind of large US automobile really feel to that grille – which is gone from the GV60 and that is a superb factor in our books. It is a deliberate transfer too, to open up Genesis to a wider vary of consumers.

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From the outside you’ve a futuristic-looking automobile, the segmented lights wanting like one thing from a sci-fi film, whereas the (non-obligatory) cameras for mirrors are a glossy addition, paired with inside shows. That is one thing that comes with the Sport Plus, whereas the Premium model has regular mirrors.

Whereas video mirrors carry a futuristic leaning, we’re truly not enormous followers. One thing about having that everlasting show on the inside of the door feels rather less pure than a standard mirror. Sure, we’re certain you get used to the change in configuration, however we’re unsure it is sufficient to make you select one automobile over the opposite.

Naturally, there are flush door handles too, coming out if you unlock the automobile.

The rear of the automobile has a quick again, dropping off for extra a extra coupé-like aesthetic and the designers have had slightly enjoyable right here with the C pillar design highlighted in chrome. That boot is available in at 432-litres, whereas there’s additionally a 53-litre frunk below the clamshell bonnet on the rear-wheel drive mannequin (the Premium), lowering to 20-litres on the all-wheel drive (the Sport and Sport Plus).

It seems to be slightly sportier than the Hyundai Ioniq 5, nearer maybe to Kia’s EV6, nevertheless it definitely is a handsome automobile.

An inside you will need to be in

Coming to this third iteration of auto on E-GMP, we all know what to anticipate from the inside and as we talked about, it is the area for passengers that is actually appreciated. These within the rear seats get good knee area, extra beneficiant than different automobiles with these kinds of exterior dimensions.

Once more there is a trendy method to most areas of the inside of the Genesis GV60, a use of high quality supplies and that centre console between the driving force and passengers seats that seems to drift. That creates area round your ft that is uncommon in automobiles, though it is not massively helpful – you possibly can’t put something there, as a result of you possibly can’t take the danger of that sliding below the driving force’s ft.

It additionally throws up one quirk of design, which is that the entrance USB connections (each USB-C) are then successfully down by your ft, so that you may find yourself with a telephone down within the cubbyhole at flooring degree. We commented on this within the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and we nonetheless assume it is a unusual design determination, when the armrest space is a extra logical place to attach a telephone. There’s, nevertheless, a neat Qi charger in that armrest, permitting you to slide in your telephone out of the best way, slightly than having a flat plate that the telephone has to sit down on.

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Genesis has performed with the design on this centre console, giving us the Crystal Sphere. It is truly the underside of the transmission controller, rotating if you begin the automobile so you possibly can put it in “gear” by rotating it. It is slightly element, however it is a bit completely different, a pleasant contact to present a premium look, however as quickly as you push the beginning button, it rotates and vanishes.

Controls are divided between the centre console – which homes a lot of the buttons – whereas the sprint solely actually presents the curving shows and the local weather management unit, fairly much like the Hyundai.

The steering wheel is large and spherical and that may sound like a silly factor to say, however first impressions are that the steering wheel maybe is not as futuristic as the remainder of the automobile. There’s lots of buttons on it, together with the drive mode and a lift button (on the Sport Plus), a contact navigator (which seems to be like one thing from an outdated BlackBerry). Whereas every little thing is straightforward sufficient to make use of, it feels prefer it’s been lifted from a automobile that is half a decade older.

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The drive mode button enables you to cycle via the modes – eco, consolation, sport – whereas the increase button that you just get on the Sport Plus is a bit like overdrive. Faucet the increase button and you will find the throttle is all of the sudden much more responsive. We’re unsure we might truly use it in regular driving, however in the event you needed to shortly overtake when rolling alongside in eco mode, it would do the trick.

As with different automobiles from this household, Genesis would not throw out a complicated vary of choices, it principally presents trim ranges that step up, including extra options as you go and pairing this with powertrain choices. The good factor right here is that it begins with an incredible degree of spec and it is very easy to see what you are getting on your cash. For the GV60 the necessary factor to notice is that the Premium is rear-wheel drive single motor, whereas the Sport and Sport Plus is all-wheel drive, twin motor.

Within the 2023 replace, Genesis has added face recognition to the GV60, known as Face Join. This technique makes use of a digital camera on the outside of the automobile and the fingerprint scanner on the inside to help you entry your automobile with out the important thing, as soon as you have setup your biometrics. We have already tried this technique and it really works effectively sufficient – and it is easy to setup.

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That is not the one addition that involves this mannequin. In 2023, Genesis has added an enormous checklist of extra options, together with help for digital keys, and added a spread of options as commonplace specification, lifting the GV60 over its stablemates from Hyundai and Kia. That features heated and ventilated entrance seats, heated steering wheel, an air purification system, electrical steering wheel adjustment with reminiscence operate, therapeutic massage seats, rear door blinds and acoustic entrance and facet glass. That is on prime of the Face Join system, so there’s fairly a distinction between the 2022 and 2023 fashions of the GV60, which solely serve to make this automobile extra engaging.

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Energy, vary, battery and drive

There are three variations of the powertrain, named Premium, Sport and Sport Plus – though you may not have the choice of every in your area. Here is how they breakdown:

  • Premium: 77.4kWh, 168kW, RWD
  • Sport: 77.4kWh, 160kW+74kW, AWD
  • Sport Plus: 77.4kWh, 160kW+160kW (plus increase mode), AWD

So there’s one battery capability and that is the 77.4kWh (gross), which is identical because the bigger battery within the Hyundai and Kia, though Hyundai additionally presents a smaller 58kWh battery too, so can swoop in with a a lot cheaper price in consequence.

As you will have noticed from the powertrain choices above, the entry level would be the rear-wheel drive 168kW model, earlier than stepping as much as the twin motor choices driving the entrance wheels too. The highest Sport Plus fashions not solely has essentially the most highly effective motors, however presents a 20kW increase for 10 seconds if you hit that button. You may anticipate a 0-62 mph time of round 4 seconds on the highest mannequin, and that is not the one factor that is quick about this automobile. It additionally helps as much as 350kW charging, so it is absolutely ready for essentially the most highly effective chargers on the roads.

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That’ll take you from 10-80 per cent in 18 minutes – barely time to queue on your espresso. Charging at house is extra like 7 hours 20 minutes to get it to 100 per cent. However definitely, the Genesis GV60 is well-prepared for charging into the longer term. There’s additionally the choice for car to grid – i.e., the automobile can cost different issues, or certainly, energy stuff. Energy your tenting fridge out of your automobile? It is doable.

As for the vary, Genesis cites 321 miles for the Premium, 292 miles for the Sport and 290 miles for the Sport Plus. Naturally, the real-world vary will rely upon the way you drive the automobile and the circumstances you are driving in. Our driving resulted in a median of 4.4 miles per kWh, which might equate to about 340 miles. This was cautious driving in optimum circumstances, together with loads of regeneration.

In fact, issues like motorway driving will lower that down – or driving it with a heavier foot, and the long-term common for the automobile was 2.9 miles per kWh which is extra like 225 miles of vary, possible due to journalists testing accelleration and the like. You may anticipate someplace between these two figures.

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Due to these paddles on the steering column, you possibly can simply and straight management the regeneration degree independently of the mode the automobile is in. Meaning you possibly can flick it to your choice, for instance off when on the motorway (if you in all probability don’t need deceleration if you raise off) via to the highest degree which is extra like one-pedal driving, which is nice for city areas, that means you not often want to the touch the brake pedal.

The driving modes do make a distinction in how the automobile responds and a pleasant contact is that if you swap to Sport mode, not solely does the automobile’s response change, however the seats grip you slightly tighter to cease you rolling out when taking sooner corners – it’s totally slick.

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The result’s a extremely easy and cozy drive. The Genesis is not too harsh on rougher roads, whereas it additionally corners comfortably sufficient at velocity due to the low centre of gravity supplied by that battery within the flooring of the cabin. It is only a nice automobile to drive, with nice visibility and nice tech to help that.

The expertise

There’s a great deal of expertise crammed into the Genesis GV60. From driving aids to leisure, management is centred round that curved show. It is divided into the driving force show and the 12.3-inch central show, which is the place a lot of the interplay through contact takes place – though as we alluded to earlier, there’s additionally a controller on the steering wheel to permit finer controls with out taking your fingers off the wheel.

The driving force show lets you leaf via a spread of screens to get the data you need, together with mapping, however the spotlight is unquestionably the facet view digital camera that prompts if you flip on the indicator. This acts like a blind spot digital camera, so if there’s one thing subsequent to your automobile, you will spot it on the show. It is also actually helpful when reversing round a nook or parking.

The person interface of the Genesis GV60 feels trendy sufficient, permitting you to swipe via main sections and tapping round to entry every little thing. The navigation appears fairly good, though it will probably get slightly confused with voice directions on busier junctions with a lot of roads. There’s additionally an AR factor, utilizing a digital camera to present you a dwell video feed of the street forward and indicating the place you are speculated to be going. It seems to be nice, however the reality it’s a must to look down into the automobile to see it slightly spoils it – and it might be higher carried out as an AR view in a heads-up show on the windscreen.

There’s additionally an replace coming that can make routing smarter, permitting you to set your preferences for charging stops and have these factored into the route – you will additionally be capable to plan routes setting the state of cost you need on arrival at your vacation spot, so charging stops will be factored into the route. Genesis may even help Plug & Cost tech, that means you possibly can seamlessly use Shell Recharge with out having to make use of an app or faucet your card every time.

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The Genesis GV60 additionally helps Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so if you wish to use your smartphone to energy these programs you simply have to attach it up. There’s additionally an incredible 17-speaker sound system within the automobile, powered by Bang & Olufsen, if you would like slightly extra punch from the audio.

Except for leisure, there’s expertise to maintain you on the street and assist drive the automobile. It is very easy to modify on the lane steerage system and the adaptive cruise management, together with lane altering help, by which level the automobile is actually driving itself.


Having pushed automobiles on the identical platform because the Genesis GV60, its efficiency is not any shock: we anticipated it to be nice and it actually is a superb automobile to drive. There’s loads of vary, a great deal of expertise and nearly sufficient to make this automobile distinctive.

For Genesis and its mission to launch into Europe, this could possibly be its most necessary mannequin, as a result of it lands within the extremely fascinating SUV phase, with loads of high quality, efficiency and vary. Its pure rivals could be automobiles just like the BMW iX3 or the Audi This fall e-tron, however there’s robust competitors from these fashions from sister manufacturers, that are cheaper, providing a lot the identical expertise – therefore the bump on specification for the 2023 to distinguish slightly extra.

Whereas the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a standard web site, the Genesis GV60 is barely rarer and that will have attraction for EV consumers: this is a superb electrical automobile, with a great deal of attraction – and being barely extra distinctive definitely makes it a pretty choice.