2023 Genesis GV60 puts a more luxurious spin on the Ioniq 5 and EV6

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The brand new 2023 Genesis GV60 represents the primary EV for the Korean luxurious automaker because it transitions in the direction of an all-electric lineup by 2030. Whereas the corporate’s gas-powered lineup has taken on new platforms which have given it far from its Hyundai counterparts, the brand new electrical SUV heads again in the wrong way and turns into the third automobile we’ve examined that’s constructed on the Hyundai E-GMP platform.

The primary two are the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, which debuted as 2022 fashions. The similarities floor within the new 2023 Genesis GV60 with side-by-side screens atop the dashboard, the tiny frunk cupboard space, and the surprisingly spacious inside dimensions. 

However the GV60 provides a brand new degree of luxurious together with some new expertise that Genesis hopes will give it some clear benefits over its much less refined (and extra reasonably priced) counterparts. I spent a day behind the wheel of the GV60 on a very popular, 96-degree day in Austin, Texas, to search out out if these modifications make it totally different sufficient.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

The outside stylings of the Ioniq 5 and EV6 have been broadly praised and I believe I favor each of these autos to the GV60, from the surface a minimum of. Seen from each the entrance and rear three-quarters diagonals, the proportions and Genesis particulars just like the two-piece stacked headlights and taillights give it some added class. However from the facet the rear overhang seems to be awkwardly abbreviated, in order that the rear spoiler seems to jut out additional rearward than the again of the liftgate (although in apply it doesn’t). This stubbiness is just not an optical phantasm, the GV60 is almost 5 inches shorter than the Ioniq 5 and seven inches shorter than the EV6.

What the GV60 does supply is a a lot brighter colour vary than its counterparts, from copper, to vibrant inexperienced, to a really pleasing gentle blue/teal known as “Hanauma Mint.” The decrease cladding stays the identical on all the colours, however it’s not as outstanding because the bodywork on the Ioniq 5 so it seems to be much less offensive on lighter colours.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

Not like its counterparts, there isn’t a rear-wheel drive model of the GV60. It’s supplied in a pair of AWD trims, Superior and Efficiency. Each fashions make the identical quantity of torque (446 lb-ft), however the Efficiency has a extra highly effective entrance motor that outputs 160 kw versus 74 kw on the Superior, giving it a bonus of 429 hp to 314 hp. A 77.4-kwh battery pack is the one possibility, and it offers an estimated 248 miles of vary within the Superior and 235 miles within the Efficiency. 

Our day of driving didn’t cowl sufficient floor (round 140 miles) to necessitate a charging cease, however the GV60 does supply stellar fast charging occasions. Its 800-volt charging structure signifies that it might probably settle for 235 kw of energy and fast cost from 10-80% in simply 18 minutes, or add 64 miles in about 5 minutes at peak charging. 

The Efficiency model I examined felt very fast. A stab of the pedal resulted within the prompt torque jolt anticipated of an EV, and the GV60 pulls past freeway speeds with ease. Mounted on the steering wheel are a pair of buttons for drive mode by the left thumb and “Increase” mode by the appropriate thumb. To have essentially the most enjoyable, push the left button to activate Sport mode after which the appropriate one to get the GV60 into its strongest setting.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

It was beforehand introduced that the GV60 would supply enhance and drift driving modes, however I used to be solely in a position to take a look at the Increase mode safely and not using a managed monitor surroundings. Increase mode is simply supplied in Efficiency fashions and lasts for 10 seconds, growing output to 483 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, that are features of 54 hp and 70 lb-ft respectively. It additionally sharpens accelerator pedal inputs, in order that even a tiny sliver of throttle leads to a fast lurch ahead and makes passing or getting onto the freeway a enjoyable journey. 

Genesis says that there’s a theoretical restrict to the quantity of occasions which you could activate this mode in a row as parts get hotter. However on a very popular day I put it into Increase mode about six occasions in a row with out the GV60 pulling a Roberto Duran and saying “no más,” so it appears to not put an excessive amount of pressure on the powertrain. The Increase button additionally does one thing sensible. For those who hit the button mid-corner whereas off the accelerator pedal, it received’t activate till you begin to speed up at exit so that you get the complete 10-second impact solely after you get again on the pedal.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

The Efficiency variations of the GV60 additionally add the identical electronically managed suspension with street preview discovered on the GV70, together with a mechanical limited-slip differential. The second of these additions works flawlessly because the GV60 places down its energy with no actual drama. 

The suspension is just not as properly sorted, surprisingly, on condition that we loved this setup a lot within the GV70. On easy roads, the GV60’s experience is impeccable however on the customarily damaged pavement round Austin, the suspension struggled to isolate the cabin from seams and uneven surfaces. And it additionally appeared to have hassle controlling rebound in twisty corners. After getting off the brakes the nostril would come again up too rapidly and get unsettled, wobbling the entrance of the GV60 as you start to speed up and need stability essentially the most. 

It was a surprising improvement in a automobile which to that time had pushed like its counterparts—principally with out flaw. It’s value noting that the GV60’s added gear does drive its curb weight as much as 4,890 kilos for the Efficiency model, which is over 200 kilos greater than the Ioniq 5 and EV6. That might make some distinction within the experience high quality however neither of these autos supplied a touch of this delicate porpoising impact, so it in all probability comes all the way down to the tuning of the adaptive suspension.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

Inside, the GV60 does an amazing job with supplies and shapes (because it does in all of its different autos as properly).It feels acquainted to the Ioniq 5 although it’s clearly stepped up into the posh area. The one exception is the all-black inside, which is just too drab and doesn’t let the design particulars stand out sufficient. Go together with the grey and white (proven right here) and even higher, the Torrent Navy Monotone, with blue upholstery and vibrant inexperienced accents. That may sound unusual, however have a look for your self earlier than casting judgment. The illuminated orb that sits on the middle console can be much less gimmicky than it appears at first look. It may be tough generally to know in case your EV continues to be on and this makes it easy: when you see the orb the automobile is off, the drive selector knob means it’s on.

The GV60’s infotainment system doesn’t supply a lot over the Hyundai setup, in addition to flashier graphics. However the GV60 does have new expertise that makes it extra handy, together with facial recognition to unlock the automobile and a fingerprint reader to begin it. Faucet the door deal with and stand in entrance of a digital camera within the B-pillar and the GV60 will unlock (the identical process additionally locks the automobile). As soon as inside, put your chosen finger on the fingerprint reader and a small message within the instrument cluster signifies that the automobile is able to be began through the beginning button up on the sprint.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

Genesis says the GV60 can retailer two totally different profiles, so two individuals could have face unlocking and fingerprint beginning privileges. After you utilize your face to unlock the automobile, your private profile is loaded and the seat, steering wheel, mirrors, head-up show, and infotainment settings are all adjusted. And it was a breeze to arrange, so as to add my face and fingerprint to the present pre-loaded profile took underneath 90 seconds. Then the Genesis consultant snatched the keys from me and stated “you received’t want these the remainder of the day,” with confidence that proved to be prescient. The system makes use of an infrared digital camera so it really works in numerous gentle situations and at evening.

The 2023 GV60 begins at $59,980 (together with a $1,090 vacation spot cost) for Advance fashions, which is $10,000 greater than the Ioniq 5’s extra reasonably priced AWD trim and $9,000 greater than the EV6’s. Efficiency fashions stretch up even additional, beginning at $68,980 and options nappa leather-based upholstery, a massaging driver’s seat, heated rear seats, and 21-inch alloy wheels. The Advance could be very properly geared up in its personal proper, with matching 12.3-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment (the middle display is a touchscreen), Bang & Olufsen audio, wi-fi charging pad, 4 USB-C ports, and a slew of normal security options.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

Though it’s undoubtedly extra luxurious, an additional $15,000 for the GV60 Efficiency excessive trims of the Hyundai and Kia is difficult to abdomen. The GV60 has a special cool issue about it; hopping out of the automobile and locking it with my face on a fast detour to Goal to seize some sunscreen put a large grin on my face. Nevertheless it’s an costly social gathering trick. For the reason that Ioniq 5 and EV6 have AWD setups that match the Advance, I discover the worth proposition to be missing a bit on the GV60, which is the primary time I’ve stated that about any Genesis.

The GV60 goes on sale on Could 17, in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York at choose retailers with a aim of increasing availability later this yr.

Genesis offered airfare and lodging for Motor Authority to deliver you this firsthand drive report.

*Editor’s notice: This piece initially referred the GV60’s drift mode as being eliminated, however Genesis confirmed that it’s nonetheless supplied and this piece has been up to date to replicate that.

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