2024 Genesis GV60 Performance — A sweetheart of an all-electric SUV



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com
 
(May 18, 2024) Genesis, the upmarket luxury brand of Hyundai, makes its second entrant at a fully electric SUV with the compelling GV60. It isn't the first full electric SUV for Genesis but unlike the electrified GV70 it isn't a conversion from the original gas only powered combustion SUV.


Like its Kia EV6 sibling and Hyundai's Ioniq 5, the GV60 rides on the Hyundai Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that has been specifically designed for electric vehicles. And, while the platform may be shared, designers have kept the styling of the three completely unique and won't be mistaken for each other

Outside, the GV60 departs from the traditional Genesis shield grille necessitated by unique cooling requirements particular to electric vehicles and much different cooling engineering from gasoline engines that rely on combustion under the hood. Instead, the maw of the GV60 is an oversized lower fascia and Genesis' now familiar double-whisker headlamps throwing a total of twenty individual LED projectors to light the traveling path.

The roofline is intentionally swoop for wind resistant aerodynamics drag efficiency, featuring a sharp angled chrome pick in the D-pillar. At the rear, an integrated spoiler breaks up the view through the rear glass reminiscent of the early Toyota Prius. The rear deck lid is rather simple in design with taillamp mimicking the dual-whisker look. Overall we found the exterior styling distinctive, certainly attractive and very much Genesis DNA.

Three trims are available — the entry-level Standard, the Advanced and our tested GV60, the Performance, whose motor is the most powerful of the three. Power is courteous of a dual-electric motor powertrain that delivers 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Identical to the Kia EV6 GY, the Performance trim comes with a Boost mode initiated by a small lime-green pushbutton on the lower right of the steering column.

Pushing the button engages  horsepower temporarily increased to 483 for 10 seconds enough to break traction to chirping tires while firmly and near violently instantly pushing you back in your seat. Of course, the thrill of using the Boost is at the expense of overall drive range but we think worth it to those who enjoy a sportier driving experience. Once battery capacity drops below 20% Boost is negated and unavailable. That's a wise decision on the part of Genesis since a full charge driving range on the Performance trim is a modest 235 miles and compares to just 248 miles on the Advanced.



All three trim levels come with the same 77.4-kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that delivers power to the dual - front and rear permanent-magnet synchronous AC motors in our standard all-wheel drive Performance model. The transmission is single, direct-drive automatic.

As for recharging the battery we hooked up to a 350 kWh DC fast charging from Electrify America that took us 18 minutes to go from 10% to 80% and its worth noting the GV60 took all of the 350 kWh. That's certainly acceptable but home charging won't deliver that level of kWh and recharging will take longer.

The GV60 is the smallest SUV in the Genesis lineup with seating room for four, not five even though there are three seat belts in the rear. The interior is noticeably luxe and upscale in both material and design including some unique accoutrements like console mounted gear selector that rolls upside down when the vehicle is in park with the appearance of a crystal ball and is backlit with a terrestrial green glow (I'm guessing Genesis has a way to configure a variety of ambient interior lighting colors to choose from. Very cool actually. Power up the G60 and the glowing orb flips over agin revealing the twist-o-later transmission gear selector.

Attention to detail abounds inside with classy switchgear in a brushed nickel metallic and genuine quilted Nappa leather seating hides with microfiber suede trim. We thought the steering wheel took on a bow tie appearance and rather meh.

Niceties in our Performance trim includes a long list of extras including heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. There's twin 12.3-inch display screens across the mid instrument panel, one for vehicle operating controls and information, the other for navigation, infotainment, applications and numerous other vehicle operational functions.

There's a head-up display, Bang & Olfsen Premium Audio, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, active noise cancellation, surround-view camera monitoring, wireless phone charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, digital key, and facial recognition that unlocks the vehicle as the flush-handle driver door "pops" out as you approach it.

Other biometric tech such as fingerprint readers are also incorporated into the vehicle's tech design. A hands-free power rear lift gate comes standard on all three trims.

On the road we found the GV60's road manners were consistent with other Genesis products namely the excellent GV70. At all speeds the cabin remained extremely quiet with confident handling, superb braking, and overall a refined, comfortable and confident driving experience.

Overall, there is much to like and love about the GV60 and were deeply impressed with it. We much preferred it over the Jaguar, iPace, Audi e-Tron, Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Cadillac Lyric. A Tesla Model Y will definitely out do the GV60 on driving range but in no way does it feel special or anywhere near luxury let alone premium. While it does sacrifice driving range one would have to weigh if the impressive performance especially when engaging the Boost is worth the trade off.

Vital Stats

Base Price: $69,550
Price as Tested: $71,320
Powertrain: Dual permanent-magnet front and rear motor with a 77.4 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack delivering up to 483-hp and 516 lb-ft torque and a single speed direct-drive automatic transmission.
Driving Range: Up to 235 miles
Seats: 4, possibly 5
Where Built: Ulsan, South Korea

Crash Test Safety Results: The GV60 received the highest possible 2024 Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Competes With:
Audi Q8 e-Tron
BMW iX
Cadillac Lyric
Jaguar I-Pace
Lexus RZ
Mercedes-Benz EQB
Tesla Model Y
Volvo XC40 Recharge

Likes:
Sleek, modern, luxurious
Lightning-fast charging capability
Superb performance and driving dynamics
Very cool gear shift selector orb

Dislikes:
Modest maximum driving range
Rear seat extremely tight for three
Performance model is pricey