- It's based on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6
- Probably one of the best looking electric SUVs you can buy...
- ...and one of the best to drive, too
- Some flimsy interior finishes
- You'll soon get bored of telling people what it is
- Don't expect a discount
In many ways, the Genesis GV60 is the car the brand should have launched with when it first hit the UK with its old-fashioned petrol- and diesel-powered G80 and GV80 models in 2021. It – like every other car brand – has ambitions to offer a fully-electric line-up within the next few years and the GV60 is a very strong initial step towards that.
So how does it fit in with the current electric SUV market? Prices now start at £54,105 for the entry-level Premium, rising to more than £67,000 for the top-of-the-line Sport Plus trim.
It means the Genesis GV60 is more expensive than its Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 brethren by some margin. Genesis is intended to be the premium brand of the trio, though, which means the GV60 can be compared with the Audi Q4 e-tron, Mercedes EQA and Polestar 2 (and all of which actually have lower starting prices).
There are three main models available, starting off with the Genesis GV60 Premium. As its name suggests, the GV60 Premium feels anything but entry-level – it's actually quite posh inside, with its plant-based interior, dual-screen infotainment system and fancy crystal ball drive selector. It is the least powerful of the line-up, with a single electric motor powering the rear axle. It feels pretty sprightly, though, with its 229PS motor providing a sub-8.0-second 0-62mph time.
The Genesis GV60 Sport brings an extra front-mounted electric motor into the mix, providing a combined 320PS and a fairly significant 605Nm of torque. If you want to catch Tesla drivers by surprise, you'll need the top-spec GV60 Sport Plus, which uses its combined 490PS (and 700Nm of torque) to accelerate to 62mph in four seconds flat. It's even got a boost mode which provides increased performance for 10 seconds – ideal for rapid overtakes.
Of course, most electric car drivers are more interested in how far they can travel between top-ups. All Genesis GV60 models use a 77kWh battery pack, which provides an official WLTP range of between 290 and 321 miles. That makes the Genesis GV60 very useable for day-to-day driving, as does its 350kW charging capability which can top the battery up from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes.
While these figures are impressive, they're no different to what you'll see from the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. And, while we're reluctant to keep mentioning this popular Korean duo, the GV60's fate really does rest on whether it's different enough from its cheaper platform-sharing relations.
We'd argue that it is. It certainly looks and feels very different, with each of the trio featuring their own distinct personality. And then there's the Genesis way of doing things which makes the GV60 worth a second look.
Dubbed the 'Genesis Difference', you'll be assigned a Genesis personal assistant the second you enquire about a car. They'll arrange for a GV60 to be delivered to you for a test drive, help you configure your car (you buy it online rather than through a dealership – prices are fixed) and keep you informed as it's built to order. It'll be delivered to your front door with a warranty and servicing included for five years.
Is the Genesis GV60 right for you?
If you like to do things differently, the Genesis GV60 could be the electric car for you. There's a clear appeal to having a car delivered to your door, while its exclusivity means you're sure to get the neighbours talking. While the GV60 has bags of personality, it's not different for the sake of being different, building on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6's excellent foundations with a long range and impressive interior.
What’s the best Genesis GV60 model/engine to choose?
While the top-spec Genesis GV60 Sport Plus has serious appeal thanks to its impressive performance, we reckon the GV60 Premium will tick a lot of boxes for a lot of buyers. It's quick enough, extremely comfortable and very well-equipped – although its price tag is more expensive than the equivalent Kia EV6 or Hyundai Ioniq 5.
What other cars are similar to the Genesis GV60?
If you're in the market for an electric SUV, you could do a lot worse than consider the Genesis GV60's platform sharers in the form of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. Its size also pitches it against the Volkswagen ID.5 and Ford Mustang Mach-E, while its premium price tag also brings the Volvo C40 Recharge, BMW iX1, Audi Q4 e-tron and Mercedes EQA into the fray.
If you’re a fan of minimalism, you might not be hugely enamoured with the Genesis GV60’s interior. There are buttons everywhere – shortcut buttons for the nav; buttons for your heated seats; we even counted no fewer than 12 buttons on the steering wheel controlling everything from the lane guidance systems to answering a phone call.
It might seem at odds with rivals but it does mean the GV60’s cabin is very useable – once you’ve worked at where everything you need is, anyway. There’s a lot to be said for just pressing a button for turning on a heated seat (the Volkswagen ID.5 could learn a lot here...).
The buttons have great tactility as well. There's no touch sensitive bar like you get in the EV6, you get chunky physical switches which are easy to operate. The same can be found on the wheel. Where Mercedes opts for fiddly touch controls, Genesis has kept the buttons traditional and it's all the better for it.
While the seating position doesn’t feel particularly lofty - partly due to the slightly higher floor to accommodate the batteries, meaning your legs don't drop into the foot-well as much - access is easy and the seats are comfortable and supportive. As the Genesis GV60 is quite a big car (even if it doesn't necessarily look it in the pictures), it feels spacious inside, helped by the flat floor and floating centre console.
It's far from a Kia or Hyundai parts bin, but you will notice a few features that have been lifted from its Korean siblings. It's generally well-finished, although we took an instant dislike to the slightly flimsy interior door handles and the weak feeling integrated window blinds in the back.
Quality and finish
Generally, the Genesis GV60 looks and feels exceptionally well finished. There are lots of soft-touch finishes, while the lounge-like interior of the GV60 Premium feels more John Lewis than Ikea. It's an inviting place to be.
Some of the switchgear, though, feels a bit flimsy. It’s almost like it’s been lifted straight from a Kia or Hyundai (probably because it has). The door handles feel a bit low-rent, too - these details do matter in a premium car.
Infotainment: Touchscreen, USB, nav and stereo in the Genesis GV60
All Genesis GV60 models come with a pair of 12.3-inch digital displays. These look every bit as modern as you'd expect for an expensive electric car, with intuitive menu layouts, speedy responses and sharp graphics. You get no fewer than four USB-C ports, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto provide access to apps on your phone.
If you opt for the Bang & Olufsen audio system (a £990 option on the Premium trim we drove) you will be greeted with fantastic sound. It's provides crystal clear audio for podcasts and talk radio, and can really get the party started when you switch to music.
Space and practicality: Genesis GV60 boot space
The Genesis GV60 measures 4515mm in length, 1890mm in width and 1580mm in height. That means it’s actually quite a big car – probably a good 10% larger than you might expect from the photographs. But, as it’s been built on the same pure-electric platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, none of that space goes to waste in the cabin. The large, flat battery sits underneath the floor, meaning the GV60 gets a totally flat floor inside.
There are loads of useful little stowage areas, too – from the (relatively narrow) door bins to the cubby under the central armrest and some extra storage underneath that (aided by nets to prevent your possessions from flying around the cabin). Rather than a conventional glovebox, there’s a neat drawer which slides out.
Rear passengers get dedicated cup holders built into their door panels, making up for the small door pockets further down. There's also an armrest which folds out of the middle seat with two further cup holders, just in case you're transporting particularly thirsty passengers.
In the back, two adults can sit in comfort, with plenty of legroom (even behind a tall driver or front-seat passenger). Headroom’s pretty good, too, although those over six foot will find their heads grazing the roof. You can squeeze a third person in the middle seats, although it’s on the narrow side. At least the aforementioned flat floor means there’ll be somewhere for them to put their feet.
A minor grip is the rear windows don't go down all the way, leaving a slightly uncomfortable angle if you like to lean an arm out when the weather's nice. That's compounded by the armrests on the rear door panels being a little lower than you'd find in other vehicles. It's not the end of the world by any means, but it was noticeable after spending a little bit of time in the back of the GV60.
At 432 litres, boot space in the Genesis GV60 is pretty good. It’s a very wide boot with a large opening, although it is quite high – something to bear in mind if you’re expecting to load heavy or bulky items. There’s a false floor with some extra storage underneath for keeping your cables while there's also a compact 'frunk' providing some extra storage under the bonnet at the front.
Sometimes it's best to keep things simple. The entry-level Genesis GV60 Premium comes with a single electric motor driving the rear axle, which means it's rear-wheel drive (like an old-fashioned sports car).
As such, the front wheels are left to handle the cornering, which means it feels mega responsive whether you're around town or out on a twisty open road. The smaller wheels of the Premium mean this doesn't come at the expense of ride comfort, either – you're not going to wince at the mere idea of a pothole, like you might in a Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Pricier Genesis GV60 models are four-wheel drive, taking away some of this nimbleness of the entry-level car. There's loads of grip on offer, though, and it leans less than higher-riding SUVs. While these are obviously heavier and fitted as standard with bigger alloy wheels (and therefore lower profile tyres), you do get a fancy camera system which scans the road ahead and primes the dampers if it detects imperfections. It works well, but it's still not as soft and cushiony as the GV60 Premium.
The gimmicks don't stop there. You can spec your Genesis GV60 Sport Plus with a drift mode, if you like. This "automatically optimises the distribution of driving power and the stability control system to assist the driver in sliding [the] all-new GV60 through corners," apparently. We haven't tried it.
What motors and batteries are available in the Genesis GV60?
Based on the same E-GMP platform as the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Genesis GV60 is available in two- or four-wheel drive form with a choice of three different power outputs.
Kicking the range off is the Genesis GV60 Premium, which comes with a rear-mounted motor that delivers 229PS and maximum torque of 350Nm. It'll accelerate to 62mph in 7.8 seconds which might not sound that sprightly by electric vehicle standards – but it's far from slow. It'll take off quite urgently when you hit the accelerator, with impressive performance up to 30 or 40mph. The punch tails off as you approach motorway speeds, but it's still going to feel pretty quick if you're trading in your petrol Kia Sportage.
The Genesis GV60 Sport adds an extra electric motor to the front axle. This means it's four-wheel drive, with a combined 318PS and 605Nm providing 0-62mph acceleration of 5.5 seconds. That's quicker than a Volkswagen Golf GTI.
For the ultimate in performance, though, the Genesis GV60 Sport Plus pairs an electric motor on each axle to produce 435PS and a muscular 700Nm of torque. This can be boosted using an eye-catching neon button on the steering wheel for around 10 seconds – deploying up to 490PS and making extremely light work out of any overtakes. Officially, this'll cover 0-62mph in just 4.0 seconds, which pitches the Genesis GV60 against even the quickest electric cars. It's also a lot of fun to play with when you find a quiet stretch of road.
Maximum electric range in the Genesis GV60
All Genesis GV60 models come with a hefty 77kWh battery which provides an official range of between 290 and 321 miles, depending on which variant you go for. The single-motor rear-wheel-drive GV60 is the most efficient, with a long enough range to compete with the longest range electric vehicles.
The least efficient Genesis GV60 is the Sport Plus, which has the potential to be quite a lot less efficient if you make the most of its performance. Based on our experience with the mechanically similar Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Genesis GV60 ought to be fairly efficient in the real world, but you'll have to be pretty gentle with the throttle to get close to the official figures.
In the summer months you should be able to achieve over 250 miles of range quite easily in the GV60 Premium, but as winter hits we saw range settle more around the 220 mile mark. That's still plenty to cover the vast majority of journeys, but low temperatures do limit range slightly and there's no getting away from that with any EV.
Refinement and noise levels
The Genesis GV60 is one of the most relaxing, refined cars on the market today. Unless you're travelling really quickly, you're unlikely to notice any roar from the tyres or noise from the suspension working away. For the ultimate in Rolls-Royce-like refinement, the Genesis GV60 is available with an active noise cancellation system which essentially turns its sound system into your favourite pair of noise-cancelling headphones.
Safety equipment: How safe is the Genesis GV60?
The Genesis GV60 comes with all the usual safety kit you'd expect from a modern electric vehicle. This includes a Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system which can apply the brakes to prevent a crash (or at least reduce its severity). The Evasive Steering Assist can actively help turn the car away from a potential collision, too.
Eight airbags are fitted as standard, including a front centre airbag which deploys within 0.03 seconds of a side collision – preventing the driver from colliding with the front passenger.
The Genesis GV60 has been awarded five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.
The fastest electric car chargers are also the most expensive. You'll pay around 69p per kWh for a rapid charge at a 350kW charging point – so the 20-minute charge mentioned above will cost you more than £30. That's cheaper than visiting a petrol station, though, and you're doing your bit for the environment.
We'd always recommend charging an electric vehicle at home, where possible. A 7kW home charger will fully charge the Genesis GV60 overnight in around 11 hours. We wouldn't bother attempting to charge it using a three-pin plug – that'll take actual days for a full charge.
The GV60 comes with a motorised charge port cover, just touch your finger on the cover and it will open upwards to reveal the charging port. As it moves up, rather than to one side of the other like on many EVs, you get less obstructed access to the charging connection. You get just the one charging port though, above the right hand rear wheel - which isn't always the most convenient location.
EVs such as the Porsche Taycan come with a charging port either side of the vehicle, while the Kia Niro EV has it located on the front, which can make things easier when you pull up to public chargers.
How reliable is a Genesis GV60?
While Genesis is a relatively unknown brand in the UK, the GV60 shares much of its mechanical parts with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. That's good news for reliability – and with much fewer moving parts than a petrol or diesel model, electric vehicles are usually exceptionally reliable.
As part of the Genesis Care Plan, all servicing is included for the first five years or 50,000 miles. During this period, Genesis will collect your car in a truck for any servicing or warranty work, meaning you won't have to visit a dealer. Roadside assistance is also provided for five years.
Insurance groups and costs
Insurance groups range from 41 to 49, which isn't exactly low. Unsurprisingly, the most affordable GV60 to insure is the least powerful one – the Genesis GV60 Premium. It might be worth searching around for insurance quotes, particularly if you're a relatively new driver – the high price tag combined with the performance available means the Genesis GV60 might not be cheap to insure.
VED car tax: What is the annual road tax on a Genesis GV60?
As the Genesis GV60 is a zero-emission electric car, it's free to tax. That's a saving of £520 a year (for the first five years) compared to a premium petrol or diesel vehicle.
That £54,105 starting price is for a new single-motor Premium model, while the dual-motor Genesis GV60 Sport starts from £58,565. Topping the range, the powerful Genesis GV60 Sport Plus is priced from £67,705.
Genesis prides itself on a transparent pricing structure. The price you see is the price you pay – and there aren't even any Genesis dealers to haggle with. Instead, there are a select number of Genesis 'studios' in high footfall locations (like shopping centres). Here, you can take no-pressure advice from product specialists who are on hand to help you configure your Genesis GV60.
As it's been available in the UK for a couple of years now, we're starting to see secondhand GV60s land on the market, with prices starting at notch under £40,000. We've even seen low-mileage Sport trims around the £50,000 mark, which represents a nice saving versus buying new.
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