The things we love
- Appearance, build quality, cool factor
- Powerful performance, easy to manage and matching efficiency
- 800V system ensures fast charging
- Elegant and luxurious equipment
- Decent ride, very low noise level
- Packaging is not up to the level of stable comrades in Hyundai / Kia
- Expensive no matter what you compare it to
- Steering, chassis and brakes need more fine-tuning
The is Genesis GV60 Packages up to 365 kW and five stars in a compact package.
Please welcome the new brother of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. Although the three cars share the same E-GMP architecture, they are very different in character and appeal.
The Ioniq is the practical choice – roomy, durable and convenient, yet features the same 800V fast charging system and long-range battery. The Kia is more of a driver’s car, especially in the form of the 436 kW GT.
Genesis splits the pair with its GV60, but by trying to be exactly what? Certainly more famous, better equipped, and more elegant inside and out. It’s also somewhat more expensive (in Europe, with Australian prices still going), undermining the base BMW i4 by a few shekels with matching 405kW i4 M50 xDrive on arrival fully loaded like our Uyuni White test car.
Similar money also buys the high-end Tesla Model 3 (again, in Europe) which is faster and faster, while promising more range per charge than all of the above.
Ordering a new car is a painful anti-climax these days. Prices keep rising at an alarming rate, delivery times are increasing by the hour, and placing a special order can compound problems and increase frustration.
Hyundai/Kia/Genesis is a notable exception to this experience. The waiting list for most Korean electric vehicles is less than nine months, and the GV60 may turn out for faster delivery because the brand’s personal assistants are currently selling batches of pre-selected vehicles en route to various ports around the world, which could be with customers before June 30.
In stark contrast, the arrival date of the new Audi Q4 e-Tron for European customers is November 2023. We are also talking about 2023 in terms of electric vehicles by BMW, Mercedes, Tesla, Polestar and even Volkswagen.
The GV60 is available in a 237kW/605Nm Sport and 325kW/700Nm Sport Plus version pictured here. Both four-wheel drive models share the same 74.2 kWh battery and 800V system, can with specified ranges of 470 km and 466 km and consume a claimed WLTP power of about 19 kWh/100 km.
The Kia GT is being introduced with an additional power of 112 kW and 40 Nm, but it will be more expensive and will not be launched for at least another three months. Despite the numerous price increases, the 383 kW Tesla Model 3 AWD Performance remains the undisputed leader in value for money, the king of performance and the champion of the range. A comparison of the base prices confirms the advantage of 10,000 euros ($15,000) for the German-made bestseller.
Double that when you meet a fully loaded GV60 like the Princess Snow White, which features sing-and-dance massage seats, headliner and steering wheel all trimmed in white leather or suede. It’s also equipped with a non-retractable panoramic glass roof (is there any more silly?), digital door mirrors and a great B&O sound system.
Clamp the pedal to the metal, and the snowball will radiate itself in four seconds flat from 0 to 100 km/h. Although a perfectly acceptable top speed of 235 km/h, please clap for a moment to check the numbers given in the competition.