The GV60’s wide range of price, engine and performance options, coupled with generous specs, puts it up for grabs against a host of different rivals.
A few years ago, the premium electric vehicle segment was pretty sparse. Only Tesla claims to offer a premium EV experience.
The Genesis only arrived in the UK last year but already has plans to follow suit, with three EVs planned for this year alone. Two are fully electrified versions of existing cars – the G80 and GV70 – while the third is this all-new GV60.
Such a wide range or competitors can be an advantage or a disadvantage as it has to jostle for recognition but there is no doubt Genesis has cut its work to make the impact between a number of high-quality competitors.
One thing is for sure, the GV60 definitely stands out visually, especially in the eyes of Sao Paolo Lime of the launch cars. Even in the subtle colors the car’s look is a bit tough but it looks a lot better in the metal than it does in the photo.
It has the familiar face of the Genesis, with four-split headlights – LED is standard, adaptive matrix as an option – and a peak-shaped grille, this time positioned low at the front to aid in battery cooling. . Behind that ‘face’ and the scalloped bonnet, the rest of the car juts out a lot and has a more superficial look, a feeling enhanced by the reduced window line at the rear. . Much of the rear is demarcated by a neat V-cut in the metal trim on the C-pillar and a rear door-mounted spoiler.
Despite its bulky styling, the GV60 camouflages its size quite well. It looks quite compact but has plenty of space for four 6 meter tall adults inside.
It is a wonderful place that is comfortable and spacious while being miles away and offering the high-quality materials and construction that are the hallmarks of the brand. Despite a huge center console that houses the infotainment controls, drive selector, phone charger and storage space, it feels spacious and spacious thanks to the flat floor and the sculpted shape of that panel. The panoramic roof – a £1,120 option – enhances that feeling even further.
Emphasizing the future-oriented philosophy of the GV60, there are high-tech features such as twin 12.3-inch screens for the instrumentation and infotainment, head-up display, fingerprint recognition for the driver profile. and the delightfully tactile Crystal Ball, which rotates to reveal the drive selector when the engine is started.
As you’d expect from a premium EV, fine-tuning is excellent, thanks in part to active noise cancellation technology. It’s not until you’re getting to triple on the autobahn that wind noise starts to become apparent. On UK roads it will run in near silence, with almost no wind or tire noise intruding.
The trip was similarly impressive. Top-of-the-range GV60s are equipped with an adaptive suspension that uses a forward-facing camera to monitor the surface and proactively the system to deal with upcoming changes. It performs great, and equipped like this, the GV60 is one of the best-damped and most comfortable vehicles in its class. However, even the passive damping of lesser models ensures a smooth and comfortable ride.
Handling is responsive and responsive though like so many electronically powered systems there is little feedback. It will grip and steer well even at high speeds but it won’t tell you much about what’s going on below. It also still rolls a bit in the body, even with the suspension in the sportier setup being firmer.
As usual, Genesis keeps the GV60’s specs simple. There are three trims, each reflecting a different powertrain configuration. The Premium is more comfort and range-focused, with a single engine in the rear and reasonable but not flashy performance. Sport adds a front engine to improve performance but reduce range, while Sport Plus increases engine power even further and adds some silly features like boost and drift modes.
The Sport Plus’ performance is, to be honest, unnecessary but it’s a lot of fun. In normal usage, the two engines make 429bhp but hit the bright green boost button on the steering wheel and you get 10 seconds of the full 483bhp. It’s novel to have a special button to unlock “more” performance, but it makes more sense to set that almighty mode as the default setting in sport mode.
Even in acceleration mode, the GV60 isn’t as fast as the Tesla Model Y or Ford Mustang Mach-E GT but the 0-62mph time of 4 seconds is really plenty for real-world use.
The lower-powered Premium model is pretty underpowered, with 226bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.8 seconds. Its performance feels much more universal, but it costs much closer to entry-level models while maintaining the quality and comfort common across all models.
If you want comfort, refinement and range at a good price, that makes a lot of sense. However, I suspect Sport could be the good point of the range. At £53,605, it’s not much more than the Premium but delivers all-wheel drive, 314bhp and a 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds while maintaining a range of 292 miles, compared to the Premium’s 321 miles and 289 of Sport Plus.
All versions of the GV60 use the same 77.4kWh battery that, thanks to a dedicated E-GMP platform, can be charged at 350kW, allowing the driver to charge up to 70% more in just 18 minutes.
That smart platform also means that the GV60 offers media-loading so you can power external devices – from laptops to lights – from batteries via the internal tripod socket or optional charging port adapter.
Powertrain aside, the basic specifications of the various GV60 models don’t differ too much.
Ranges start at £47,005 for the Premium, which brings 19-inch alloys, auto-dipped LED headlights, twin 12.3-inch screens, parking camera, audio glass, dual-zone climate control, faux upholstery Eco-friendly leather and keyless entry and start. It also has driver aids including adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, blind spot avoidance, and lane keeping assist.
The only Sport additions, besides the auxiliary engines, are 20-inch alloys, while the Sport Plus lifts them up to 21 inches and adds an electronically controlled suspension, electronic LSD plus aluminum interior trim. and suede and Nappa leather upholstery.
On top of that, buyers can specify a number of options packages ranging from a tech-heavy innovation package with a head-up display, matrix headlights and remote parking, to a comfort-seat package that adds seat adjustment. , heating and ventilation and Ambient Light.
Personalization options also include a Bang & Olufson sound system, a panoramic sunroof and a digital rearview mirror that uses a slimline camera on the outside of the vehicle and a roof-mounted display that replaces the traditional glass mirror. system. Like every other version of this technology, £1,200 could be better spent elsewhere.
Genesis has proven they can do the high end of a car like any of the older brands. With the GV60, it has proven that it can do it EV too. There’s a range of powertrain options and powerful specs to suit a wide range of needs and budgets, all wrapped up in a package that’s fun, comfortable, and refined.
Price: £66,405 (£77,195 as tested) Engine: 180kW twin synchronous motor; The battery: 77.2kWh; Power: 483bhp; Torque: 516lb ft; Transmission process: Single-speed automatic, all-wheel drive; Max speed: 146 mph; 0-62mph: 4 seconds; WLTP scope: 289 miles; Consumption: 3.25 circuit/kWh; Charger: Up to 350kW
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