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2023 Genesis GV60 Review: Lively and Majestic

By on July 15, 2022 0

Hyundai Motor Group has managed to clinch gold three times in a row. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are both brilliant mid-size electric crossovers with unique styling and fun driving dynamics. Surely Korea cannot develop a third car on the same platform that stands out enough to deserve attention, right? Bad. The 2023 Genesis GV60 is that third car, and it rocks.

The GV60 immediately appeals to me with its style. Smooth lines are the name of the game here, a contrast to its sharply angled siblings. My tester is clad in a coat of $575 white paint, which makes it look like an egg, but a fresh egg. Genesis’ giant maw is lower on the front fascia than its gas-powered cars, but it’s still there, and the dual-layer headlights and taillights also help keep the GV60 looking within the family. There are some crazy angles, but they are used in limited quantities; the zag in the C-pillar feels pretty smooth, and my tester’s 21-inch alloy wheels are among my favorites in the industry.

The interior of the GV60 is even funkier. The Ioniq 5’s nifty sliding center console might not be there, but you know what it is? A metric cargo of blue Nappa leather and neon green contrast stitching and piping. Most contact points are soft, knurled, or visually interesting. The GV60 is not a car that takes itself too seriously, and I like that. And better yet, it’s all standard on the Performance trim, not an option package in sight.

There are some really neat bits inside the GV60, like the gearshift dial that flips when the car is off, giving you an orb to ponder. The door handles are circular, but unlike a Mini they are ergonomic. The steering wheel features an attractive bright green “BOOST” button (more on that later). The rear seat cupholders are seamlessly integrated into the door armrests. Everything seems very well thought out.

Genesis and its parent company have long had one of the best in-car tech setups in the auto industry, and the shift to electrification hasn’t changed that. The GV60 comes standard with a pair of 12.3-inch screens. The left screen is the digital gauge cluster, providing an overview of relevant information related to the car and its various safety systems. There’s a widget on the right side that lets me look at different things, whether it’s a map or vehicle info or whatever’s on the radio.

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2023 Genesis GV60

If you don’t like the way the menu is laid out from the factory, you can rearrange all those tiles so that your most used content is right in front of your face.

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The screen on the right runs the latest iteration of Genesis’ infotainment system, which is a fancy take on what Hyundai and Kia offer. It’s responsive, intuitive, and I like that there’s a dial on the center console, in case you don’t want to clog up the screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, but it’s not wireless, although wireless device charging is standard on both trims, as are four USB-C ports split between the two rows.

I saved the coolest tech for last, though. When setting up a driver profile through the infotainment touchscreen, I have the option to include biometric information. A fingerprint reader on the inside and a facial recognition camera on the outside combine to provide two-step authentication that allows the owner to use the GV60 without a key or phone. It’s easy to use, it’s secure – in the sense that the data never leaves the vehicle or is accessible to anyone, even Genesis – and it frees up space in my pocket.

Keyed or not, the 2023 Genesis GV60 is a joy to drive. The GV60 is offered in two versions, both of which include twin-motor all-wheel drive and a 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery. My tester is the livelier Performance version, which pumps out 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, numbers that generate thrilling action in a midsize crossover. Do you remember the green “BOOST” button on the steering wheel? Hit it and the wick goes up to 483 horsepower for 10 seconds. The instant delivery of electric torque is fun in every car, but man, the GV60 really starts in a hurry.

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2023 Genesis GV60

The GV60’s ride quality could benefit from slightly thicker tire sidewalls, but it’s still pretty plush overall.

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The GV60 Performance is a hoot to throw on back roads, thanks in part to trim-specific upgrades like a mechanical limited-slip differential and electronically controlled suspension. Turn the drive mode dial on the steering wheel to Sport and the vehicle stiffens up as the throttle adds sensitivity. Body roll is negligible, only really showing up around the jagged edges of grip. Leave the GV60 in Comfort mode by default, and it’s still fun to laugh at, but the suspension adds some plushness (a necessity in Michigan) and the right-pedal takes a much-needed cooling pill. I prefer the GV60 in its quieter settings, where you can really max out the luxury vibe, something Genesis has been nailing for years now.

It’s not all roses and daisies, though. The brake pedal is extremely sensitive at all times, no matter if the regeneration is strongest or weakest, so I advise keeping it in one-pedal drive mode (which, annoyingly, I have to activate every time I get in the car). For a car with “performance” in its name, the tires are seriously lacking; I understand that low rolling resistance improves range, but the Michelin Primacy Tour all-season tires burn out under moderate acceleration and spirited driving on twisty back roads. Put proper summer tires on the GV60, and while range might take a hit, it should be a lot nicer to drive.

Again, range is quite significant here, as the GV60’s battery doesn’t exactly win trophies. The GV60 Performance is rated at 235 miles, which is only slightly worse than the 248-mile range on the base Advanced trim. The EPA claims the Performance model’s economy is about 2.71 miles per kilowatt-hour, a figure I’m able to beat without much effort. Over a few hundred miles, I see between 2.9 and 3.1 miles per kilowatt hour.

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2023 Genesis GV60

When charging the GV60, the Meditative Orb will not flip over to display the gear selector, preventing owners from driving away with the charging cable attached.

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When it comes time to charge, the GV60 uses an 800-volt architecture, which allows it to use more power on high-speed chargers than most other EVs. Granted, it’s still limited to around 225kW, so I never get the 350kW advertised at the fastest charging stations, but 225 is After more than enough. Going from 10% state of charge to 80% in just 18 minutes isn’t bad at all, but if you’re one of those owners with an open 240-volt outlet, let the GV60 charge overnight. should provide all the juice you’ll need. Also, interesting fact: if you get back in the car while it’s charging and turn it on, the orb won’t turn around to show the spinning gear dial. A little anti-idiot never hurts.

The higher price of the Genesis GV60 should come as no surprise if you’ve seen the mainstream EV6 and Ioniq 5, both of which can be outfitted in the $50,000 range. The GV60 picks up a bit after that point, starting at $59,985, including $1,095 for destination. My tester’s Performance trim is a bit above that; including the only available option ($595 for a fancier white paint), this thing rings in at $69,560. That’s about as much as you’d spend on a fully charged Polestar 2 or Tesla Model Y. These two may have more horsepower, but neither is as luxurious as the Genesis.

Genesis has really found a good niche with its unique approach to luxury. Its cars are interesting through and through, with more than enough capacity for the average owner, and a confusing lack of packaging makes ordering that much easier. Hard not to recommend any Genesis, and the 2023 GV60 is definitely an impressive step as the automaker strives to electrify its lineup over the next three years.