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Should-you-buyShould You Buy a 2023 Genesis GV60?

Should You Buy a 2023 Genesis GV60?

Design, performance, high price.

  • The 2023 Genesis GV60 starts at $60,415 in the United States and at $71,150 in Canada, freight and delivery charges included.

  • Attractive inside and out, strong performance, good range.

  • High price, limited outward visibility, cabin insulation could be better.

The Genesis brand is decidedly determined to position itself favourably in the luxury brand space, and after a slow start with a lineup exclusively filled with sedans, it’s now offering a wide selection of utility vehicles, including the 2023 Genesis GV60.

The difference with the brand’s other two crossover models is that the GV60 was conceived from the get-go as a dedicated fully electric vehicle. As a result, we benefit from an architecture that maximises range, interior space, and in this case, driving pleasure.

The base Advanced variant relies on two electric motors for a combined output of 314 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque, creating an all-wheel drivetrain in the process. The automaker doesn’t publish performance figures, but with a curb weight of about 4,700 pounds or 2,130 kilograms, along with all that instantaneous torque, the 0-60 mph or 0-100 km/h dash should take about five seconds.

However, the Performance trim level of the 2023 Genesis GV60 is true to its name with 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet on tap, while an overboost function raises output to 483 horsepower for 10-second bursts. The 0-60 mph or 0-100 km/h dash is cleared in less than four seconds. That’s fast. As fast as some sports cars costing well over the $100K mark—although the GV60 isn’t a screaming deal either.

Thanks to a 77.4 kWh battery pack, driving range is pegged at 248 miles or 399 km for the Advanced trim, and 235 miles to 378 km for the Performance, and one-pedal driving is possible. This compares well with the Audi Q4 e-tron quattro (236 miles or 380 km), the Lexus RZ 450e (220 miles or 354 km) and the Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4MATIC (221 miles or 356 km). The Polestar 2 with AWD can do better (260 miles or 418 km), while the Tesla Model Y AWD beats all of them with a range varying between 279 and 330 miles, or 459 and 497 km.

Pricing for the 2023 Genesis GV60 starts at $60,415 in the U.S. and at $71,150 in Canada, freight and delivery charges included. The Performance trim level is available from USD$69,415 or CAD$79,150.

Why You Should Buy a 2023 Genesis GV60

  • It looks great inside and out. The GV60’s exterior design is avant-garde, stubby and sporty, while the interior layout as well as fit and finish are decidedly attractive. The quilted leather upholstery and faux-suede headliner add a lavish touch.
  • The Performance trim level is really fast, and the EV can handle itself pretty well, too, although its roadholding abilities don’t match its straight-line speed.
  • Driving range is pretty good, allowing us to get through the average daily commute without a hitch. DC fast charger speeds of up to 350 kW shortens waiting times at public stations when we’re covering greater distances, although it all depends on the infrastructures we find along the way. During our test, we plugged into a 180 kW fast charger, but the maximum speed we saw on the instrument cluster was 131 kW—for only a couple of minutes. Charge speeds depend on the vehicle, not the charging station, and that speed is determined by a bunch of factors such as outside temperature, battery charge level, and the vehicle’s general mood.
  • Energy consumption is also in check, with a combined city/highway rating of 35 kWh/100 miles or 22.1 kWh/100 km for the Advanced, and 37 kWh/100 miles or 23.0/kWh 100 km for the Performance. That’s in the same ballpark as the Q4 e-tron, RZ, EQB and Polestar 2, with the Model Y being the most efficient of the bunch.

2023 Genesis GV60 Performance

Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2023 Genesis GV60

  • First and foremost, the GV60 doesn’t come cheap, and we get that charging substantially less than its rivals would tarnish the perception that it’s a luxury-brand product. However, a badge is also a status symbol that’s worth a certain amount for some buyers, and a Genesis badge isn’t as prestigious as a Mercedes-Benz badge, forward-thinking as a Tesla badge, and bulletproof as a Lexus badge.
  • As much as the latest Korean-brand products stand out in initial quality surveys, it remains to be seen how durable the GV60 will be, given all its new technology. That said, resale value might not be critical if we prefer leasing.
  • The GV60’s rear window is small while its surrounding pillars aren’t, so outward visibility isn’t all that great. Form over function.
  • It’s a challenge for many EVs, but we wish the GV60’s cabin was a little better insulated to filter out road and suspension noise. It’s not a big deal, but some rivals are quieter inside. The simulated engine sounds aren’t very melodious, but fortunately, they can be deactivated.

2023 Genesis GV60 Performance

Final Word

There’s a lot to like about the 2023 Genesis GV60, starting with its distinctive design, along with its performance and decent range. On the other hand, it doesn’t come cheap and its architecture doesn’t feel more substantial or more refined than that of the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6 well, because they all share the same architecture. The other problem, like the vast majority of EVs at the moment, is availability, as there likely aren’t any in stock anywhere, meaning the vehicle’s purchase or lease must planned way before the moment we want to change vehicles. However, Genesis’ first swing at a dedicated fully electric vehicle is a strong one.


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