2023 Genesis GV60

Genesis 2023 GV60 EV Shrinked And Upgraded The Deluxe Staircase Ioniq 5

Genesis has spent the past few years putting new pads under its gas-powered cars to give the still-new luxury brand some much needed differentiation from Hyundai’s roots. But with the new 2023 GV60 and the rumored upcoming GV90, it’s returning to that pedigree as these two cars are based on the Hyundai E-GMP platform.

This is not a bad association at first glance. This platform works well in both the Ioniq 5 and EV6, with both vehicles getting solid recommendations from our employees. But expectations are different for the Genesis, which completes the Korean trio of new small electric SUVs (or small hatchbacks, or big wagons, whatever it does for you). It should offer a more luxurious electrification experience than its counterparts. I traveled to Austin, Texas to see if the GV60 could offer a different kind of experience than its peers and whether a third time on the Hyundai E-GMP platform was magic or a fiasco.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

The first way the GV60 differentiates itself is through its powertrain. The 77.4 kWh battery pack matches the longer-range versions of the Ioniq 5 and EV6, but the Genesis delivers a performance level with more power. The advanced base model has the same output as the AWD versions of Hyundai/Kia, with a 74 kW front engine and a 160 kW rear engine that produce a combined 314 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. Stepping things up a notch is the performance model I tested, bumping the front motor to 160 kW to match the rear. Horsepower jumps as well, to 429 horsepower although the torque number stays the same.

It’s clear from the first launch that the GV60 Performance has more power than either the Ioniq 5 or the EV6, jumping off the line more aggressively and exceeding highway speeds with unrestricted ease. And if that’s not enough for you, Performance models also offer a Boost mode that’s activated via a green button on the steering wheel. Pressing that unleashes 483 horsepower and 516 pound-feet, and 54 horsepower and 70 pound-feet increases, respectively, for 10 seconds. With this button activated, the GV60 turns into a more rocket-propelled vehicle (it’s especially fun for highway mergers on hills) and the initial end of the throttle feels noticeably more responsive.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

Genesis says there is a theoretical limit to how many times you can press this button in a row, as the ingredients will heat up. But in the name of science, I pressed the button six times in a row to go for a clean minute of boosted fun and the GV60 didn’t even flash. It was also a hot day in Austin, in the mid-90s, but that doesn’t seem to have any effect. The system also doesn’t intelligently activate boost mode if you press it while not depressing the accelerator, so if you press the button while slowing down to a corner, it won’t start for 10 seconds until you return to the throttle.

While the GV60 speeds up, stops and starts lively, it’s the angles that confuse the entire presentation a bit more. Performance models add electronically controlled suspension with road preview (a camera that scans the road ahead for potholes and the like), a setup we loved on one of Genesis’ other SUVs, the GV70. In this case something went wrong with the tuning, the GV60 doesn’t do a great job of isolating the cabin from broken pavement and in corners, the nose bounces a lot and disturbs the front of the car.

Unsteady driving and dealing with unexpected shortcomings, it puts the GV60 behind both the Ioniq 5 and EV6.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

The GV60 is about 200 pounds heavier than its compatriots, which contributes to a slight lower range. The Advance has an estimated range of 248 miles, compared to 256 miles (Ioniq 5) and 274 miles (EV6) for Hyundai/Kia’s AWD-equipped versions. Performance models appear aft at 235 miles of range.

Our driving path was only about 140 miles, so fast charging wasn’t necessary, but the GV60 was rated at the same 800-volt fast charging numbers as the other two cars. It can handle up to 235 kilowatts of power, allowing it to go from 10 to 80% of a charge in just 18 minutes, or add 64 miles in five minutes.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

The interior is where the GV60 shines most brightly, if you have a choice of interiors, white or blue (performance only) helps the interior look bigger. In black a lot of details are lost and the cabin looks very harsh. The GV60 doesn’t have a sliding center console like the Ioniq 5, but it does have plenty of storage space at the bottom of it that can be accessed by both front and rear passengers. The materials are great and Performance Style adds nappa leather upholstery, a massage driver’s seat, and heated rear seats to give the GV60 an even more luxurious credential.

Although it’s among the smallest and shortest cars in its class at 177.8″ in length and 62.6″ in length (the Tesla Model 3 is 187.1/63.9″ in length), the interior still feels plenty of room for four adults with plenty of legroom in the rear seat and room Overhead for taller passengers. . It’s also 4.7 inches shorter than the Ioniq 5, which reduces cargo space a bit but is still 24.0 cubic feet behind the rear seat.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

Standard 12.3-inch side-by-side screens will look familiar, and are the same setup as the Hyundai/Kia Share. This is where the GV60 starts to show off with other technologies. A small camera is installed on the B-pillar that powers the facial recognition system, while a fingerprint reader is now located on the edge of the center console. Setting up both systems was amazingly easy, taking only about 90 seconds from start to finish for both. Once that was done, the Genesis representative took the car keys from me and said “You won’t need them.”

This is a feature aimed at those who like to run or surf without an easy place to keep your valuables. I’m neither of those two, but it’s perfectly satisfying to use a quick stop at the B-pillar to unlock (or lock) the GV60 and then a single tap on the fingerprint sensor gets me ready to go.

Genesis assured us that the system, which uses infrared cameras to work in low-light conditions, can detect if it’s your face or a photo of you, for example. Once you use your face to unlock the doors, your profile is activated and the driver’s seat, steering wheel, mirrors and infotainment preferences are loaded. The GV60 can store up to two groups of faces and fingerprints.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

Another distinctive part of the Genesis interior is the crystal ball that flips when the GV60 is turned off. Its color can be changed in the infotainment system and the ball becomes an easy visual reference to see if the car is running – something that’s harder to tell in electric vehicles than you think.

Pricing for the 2023 GV60 starts at $59,980 (including the $1,090 destination fee) which is why the Advance offers 12.3-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, leather upholstery, and heated/cooled front seats. From there, Performance starts at $68,890, adding nappa leather, a massage driver’s seat, heated rear seats, 21-inch wheels, and the aforementioned powertrain upgrades.

This results in a huge price gap between the GV60 and the Ioniq 5 or EV6, particularly in the performance configuration – but then again, the GV60 is a luxury car while the others aren’t. We’ll have to wait to get behind the wheel of the Advance Edition to see how the suspension reacts and make the final verdict. The GV60 is fairly good, but its peers are great and that’s the problem.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

Put the GV60 against its luxury kin and it really does look even better. Its interior is much higher quality than a Model Y and much more powerful than an Audi Q4 E-Tron, although we haven’t driven that car yet to give it a good distancing. There are more competitors on the horizon, too, with the Lexus RZ and Mercedes-Benz EQB models also on the line. This is about to become a very crowded segment and it will be interesting to see how the GV60 compares to these outside competitors, not just its own stable.

The GV60 goes on sale May 17 in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York at select retailers with the goal of expanding availability later this year. Those geographic limitations sound more like the Ioniq 5, which debuted in 19 states, than the EV6’s nationwide distribution.

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