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Genesis GV60 RWD Review

The all-electric Genesis GV60 builds on the base of the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6, keeping all the good points such as the excellent driving experience and long range, and it adds a luxury feel.

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Green Car Guide Rating: 10/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Genesis GV60 168 RWD Single Motor Premium
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP):  321 miles
  • Maximum ultra-rapid charging rate:  233 kW

Summary

  • Excellent to drive
  • 321-mile driving range
  • Luxury feel
  • Well-equipped, with some thoughtful design touches

Background

It wasn’t that long ago when Hyundai and Kia were seen as budget brands in the UK. Over recent years the progress of these two companies has been amazing, including in the area of EVs, and now we have Hyundai’s ‘luxury’ brand, Genesis, with its first all-electric offering, the GV60.

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Design & Engineering

The Genesis GV60 is based on the same platform as the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6, so there are many similarities between these cars, including the 77.4 kWh (gross) lithium-ion battery and the 229 PS electric motor powering the rear wheels (although all-wheel drive is also an option).

However there are some interesting differences between the sizes of the three models. The Genesis GV60 is 4,515mm in length, with a 2,900mm wheelbase, and a 432-litre boot (and a 52-litre ‘front trunk’). The Kia EV6 is longer, at 4,695mm, although it has the same 2,900mm wheelbase, and it has a larger 490-litre boot. The IONIQ 5 is 4,635 mm in length, but it has a longer wheelbase (3,000mm), and the biggest boot, at 527-litres. All three cars have a spacious interior with a flat floor.

Perhaps the biggest differences between the three cars is in the area of styling. The IONIQ 5 is very angular. The Kia EV6 features a sporty mixture of straight lines and curves. And the GV60 is pretty much all curves.

There are also differences with the interiors of the cars, with the GV60 having an interior that aims to give the most luxurious feel – with light-coloured, Nappa leather seats (and light-coloured carpets) in the case of test car – very upmarket but perhaps not that practical to keep clean. The winged Genesis badge on the steering wheel gives the impression that the interior could be in a Bentley or Aston Martin.

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Genesis GV60 Driving Experience

Just as the exterior and interior design of the IONIQ 5, Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60 are different, even though the basic platform is basically similar, it’s the same story with the driving experience. The IONIQ 5 is very comfortable to drive, and the Kia EV6 feels more sporty; the wheelbase being 100mm shorter plays a part in this, as it’s more agile. The Genesis GV60 shares the shorter wheelbase of the Kia EV6, so it’s more rewarding to drive than the IONIQ 5, but the GV60 also feels extremely comfortable to drive. As well as the ride quality being excellent, the overall refinement feels amongst the best in class. The GV60 is very nice to drive on all types of roads, but it offers an incredibly quiet and serene experience on a motorway – the standard double-glazed soundproof glass is likely to be a key factor in this – as well as feeling very stable at high speeds.

The GV60 is rear-wheel drive, so you can enjoy rewarding handling, combined with the instant responses and impressive performance of the electric powertrain. There’s a button on the steering wheel for drive modes. This is brilliantly accessible (bizarrely, some EVs have drive modes hidden away in the touchscreen); the car starts in Comfort mode (there’s also Eco drive mode, and if you press and hold the button down you can select Snow mode) – all it needs is one press of the drive mode button to change it into Sport mode. If you do press Sport mode then you’ll find that the driver’s seat holds you tighter; apparently it also does this in Comfort mode if you go above 80mph – not that we tried this… The seat also offers a massage function – which feels more like a vigorous Thai massage than a relaxing spa day massage. You can press the button to switch on the massage function by accident when trying to press the button next to it to adjust the seat position.

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There are also steering wheel-mounted paddles that allow you to increase (or decrease) the degree of brake regeneration. When you get into the GV60 it appears as though there’s no gear selector, but in its place is what looks like a crystal ball. When you start the car the crystal ball revolves and as if by magic a gear selector appears. This happens relatively quickly, but if you’re in a rush to drive away, then there is a slight delay before you can do this.

The gear selector is a dial that you turn to change gear, and right next to it is another dial that you turn to select items on the touchscreen – so it is possible to inadvertently turn the wrong dial. But aside from this, the infotainment system works very well, with the rotary dial – seemingly inspired by BMW’s iDrive system – allowing you to select items on the wide touchscreen without having to reach over to touch the screen. There are also shortcut buttons for the touchscreen, although these are located lower down under the separate climate controls, which have their own small screen. There’s also a digital instrument display in front of the driver, and a head-up display.

There’s a home button which brings up a selection of features to choose from on the touchscreen. As well as the expected items such as navigation, media etc, there are interesting options such as ‘Quiet’ mode, which plays music through the front speakers only – so allowing rear-seat occupants to listen to their own music in peace – and ‘Valet’ mode, which allows you to drive the car remotely using buttons on the key fob, in case you need to squeeze it in or out of a tight parking space.

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You can disengage the lane departure warning system with one press of a button on the steering wheel, which is brilliant. And a nice touch are the controls to adjust the position of the mirrors. Genesis has designed these so that they face directly towards the driver from the door, whereas on virtually every other car this control faces upwards or faces some other direction so that it’s hard to see.

The driver’s seat has lots of adjustment, but the steering wheel doesn’t come out particularly far – it’s the same with the IONIQ 5 and EV6. The floating wide centre console can also dig into the driver’s left leg.

One benefit of the GV60 over the EV6 is that the GV60 has roof rails, whereas the only main fault with the EV6 is that you can’t fit a roof rack.

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Genesis GV60 Electric Range and Charging

The Genesis GV60 168 RWD has an official combined WLTP electric driving range of 321 miles, which is very good. It also has a WLTP City range of 429 miles. After a week of mixed driving in the GV60 we experienced real-world driving ranges of between 270-315 miles.

The GV60 has a maximum ultra-rapid charging rate of 233 kW. If you charge the car using a 350 kW ultra-rapid charger (if you can find one), it’s possible to obtain a 10% to 80% charge in just 18 minutes. A 50 kW rapid charger will provide a 10% to 100% charge in 73 minutes. The GV60 also has an onboard charger that can handle 7 kW domestic charging and 11 kW three-phase charging (typically found at a workplace in the UK).

The GV60 has a 3-pin plug socket under the rear seat, so you can plug in laptops or other electrical devices. It also has a vehicle-to-load adaptor, which you can plug in to the external charging socket, which allows you to power electrical items such as camping equipment.

Electric cars do not charge at their maximum charge rate for an entire charging session – their charge rate typically starts off high with a battery with a low state of charge, then the charge rate decreases as the battery charge increases. See the charge curve for the Genesis GV60 from Fastned:

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Price And Model Range

Genesis GV60 168 RWD Single Motor Premium costs £47,005. Our test car had the options of Sport Plus Package, which includes Innovation Pack (£2,070), Comfort Seat Pack (£2,790), Nappa Leather Seats Pack (£2,310), Performance Nappa Leather Seats Pack (£250) and Outdoor Pack (£880). Other options included a Bang & Olufsen Audio System (£990), Electrochromic Outside Rear View Mirror With Auto Dimming (£80), and Hanauma Emerald paint (£740). All options came to £9,860, taking the total price of the test car to £56,865.

The Genesis GV60 trim levels are Premium (RWD single motor) from £47,005, Sport (AWD dual motor) from £53,605, and Sport Plus (AWD dual motor) from £65,405.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 prices start from £41,650 and Kia EV6 prices start from £44,195.

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Conclusion

The Genesis GV60 is an excellent car. It shares many of the same qualities as the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6, such as its new bespoke electric platform offering rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, a long electric driving range, and the ability to ultra-rapid charge. The GV60 is incredibly refined and comfortable to drive, with good performance and rewarding rear-wheel drive handling. It offers a more premium feel and more curvy styling compared to the angular styling of the IONIQ 5 and the sporty looks of the EV6. We have no hesitation of awarding the Genesis GV60 a Green Car Guide rating of 10 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Genesis GV60 RWD Review

  • Test electric driving range: 270-315 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): 17 kW/100km
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2022/23): 2%
  • Price:   £47,005
  • Insurance group:   TBC
  • Power:   229 PS
  • Torque:   350 Nm
  • Max speed:   115 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   7.8 seconds
  • Weight:   1,975 kg
  • Towing capacity: 1,600 kg (braked)
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor