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2024 Genesis GV60

Intriguing, electric and no, it's not a Bentley.

Throughout my week in the 2024 Genesis GV60 I was asked many times 'What is that?',  'Are you reviewing Bentley's now?', 'Who makes Genesis?', and 'What does that crystal ball do?'  This tells me a few things such as Genesis is still not a household car brand name despite being around since 2015. Secondly, the GV60 has a unique, appealing style that attracts attention. And finally, hiring a Bentley designer as you launch a new brand is mostly a good thing... other than consumers mixing up the two. More on the crystal ball later.

The GV60 is Genesis' first dedicated electric vehicle that shares components with its cousins that are also built on the E-GMP Platform, the Hyundai IONIQ5 and Kia EV6. It has a style all its own that blends performance and luxury. It is a five-passenger compact crossover with a coupe-like roofline. It is available in three trims known as Standard, Advanced, and Performance. Standard models are rear-wheel drive, offer 225 horsepower, have an EPA-estimated 294 miles of range, and start at $52,000. Advanced models are all wheel drive, deliver 314 horsepower, have an EPA-estimated range of 248 miles, and start at $60,550. Finally, the Performance model is all wheel drive, delivers 429 - 483 horsepower (thanks to Boost Mode), has an EPA-estimated range of 235 miles, and starts at $69,550. It's available in 11 exterior colors, five interior colors, innovative technology, standard driver assist features, and fast charging ability. I spent a week in a Hanauma Mint AWD Performance model that checked in at $71,320 and here's what stood out...

Exterior Style (+)
Everywhere I went, people were asking about this one. From the unique color to the 21" razor-looking wheels, the GV60 has some style. Up front and around back are the now signature Genesis two-line LED lighting elements that are clearly identifiable. The signature crest grille moves to a lower position to accommodate cooling requirements specific to the dedicated high performance EV platform. It comes with a clamshell hood that wraps around to incorporate the front fenders and minimize gaps. It has a sleek, smooth side profile with flush-mounted door handles that pop open (personally not a fan of those). The roofline is rounded with a coupe-like slope. However, the chrome trim line has a unique break in the back that creates a V-shape to counter the otherwise fluid design. At the rear of the GV60, the coup  roof profile ends with a distinctive fixed wing spoiler. The shoulder volume of the rear fender emphasizes the vehicle's side stance, further highlighting its dynamic, high-performance electric vehicle image. The finishing touch of the GV60's rear is the Genesis signature two-line lamps.

Countering the smooth, seamless design of the body are some edgy-styled alloy wheels. Either 19, 20 or 21-inch wheels are available. All three sizes coincide with the trim levels and are intricately designed with varying finishes. The details in the wheels are impressive and give the impression that the GV60 is always in motion.

Powertrain (+)
The GV60 offers three levels of power to choose from that all provide an impressive punch off the line with peppy acceleration. I spent time in the Performance model with 320kW battery power that delivers 429 horsepower. And for an extra kick, you can hit the Boost Mode button on the steering wheel that allows for 360 kW at 483 horsepower. That's enough to get you from 0-60 MPH in less than 4 seconds and throw you back in the seat. The boost lasts for 10 seconds before turning off and regenerating the available power. For drivers who are looking for a more dynamic experience, the GV60 also features a Drift Mode. It provides athletic driving by optimizing distribution of driving power and braking system. Sadly, I did not have an opportunity to test Drift Mode out.

This crossover handles the road well with performance in mind. It's confident and grips the road around corners with little body lean. It blends sporty dynamics with luxurious refinement as it's also very quiet and smooth. Regardless of the road conditions, the GV60 absorbs them all well. It features the preview electronic control suspension, which uses information gathered from the front camera and navigation system to recognize situations that could have an impact on the vehicle, such as speed bumps, in advance. It controls the damping force of the suspension according to the surface of the road to offer passengers optimal comfort. It's comfortable for a longer drive as well. I took it from Chicago to Elkhart Lake, WI and back never felt driving fatigue. Steering is responsive and direct for quick maneuvers. The tires grip the road even in wet conditions.  Overall, its road manners are phenomenal and engaging on all levels.

Virtual Sounds (+/-)
The GV60 is the first model to feature electric-Active Sound Design. The system provides various virtual driving sounds through the speakers based on the driving mode, the vehicle's speed, and accelerator pedal data. Customers can choose from three sounds: a 'Futuristic' sound that symbolizes the direction of future mobility; a soft and sporty 'G-Engine' sound that's based on engine noises; and an 'E-Motor' sound, which reimagines the vehicle's motor sounds. Drivers can explore detailed volume controls and pedal responses in the settings to customize their driving experience to suit their preferences. These sounds may seem gimmicky and unnatural, but they do add something to the driving experience.

Regenerative Braking (+/-)   
The GV60 features regenerative braking also known as one-pedal driving in which it slows itself down when you lift your foot off the pedal. There are multiple settings that can adjust the intensity of the braking for a smoother stop. The system will bring it to a complete stop. Even in the lightest setting, it still took some getting used to in the GV60 and feels more intense than competitors. The Genesis has paddles on the steering wheel that cycle through the settings between zero (off) and iPedal (max) with three levels in between. It resets after the car is turned off to the default which is a bit of a nuisance. It also has smart regenerative braking where you hold the + paddle in to maximize the regen. The entire system works as it should and

Range / Charging (+)
The GV60 Standard model has a maximum driving range of 294 miles, according to the EPA. The Advanced model's range drops to 248 miles, and the Performance model has an EPA-estimated maximum range of 235 miles. I managed to get over 250 miles of range (according to the gauge) for my highway trip in Eco mode. Overall range is average to below average compared to other EVs of its size.

Thankfully, the GV60 will charge up faster than many others. A 240-volt (Level 2) outlet will charge the GV60 in around seven hours. Using a DC fast charging (Level 3) station, the GV60 will charge from 10% to 80% in around 18 minutes (350-kW/800 volts).  During my trip home from Wisconsin, I stopped at a DC Fast Charger from Electrify America and was able to boost my charge from 20% to 87% in under 20 minutes. While I was fortunate that there was a charger available and working, it did provide a minor inconvenience that added around 45 minutes to my commute time (including driving to the charger from the highway). I did note that 2 of the 10 chargers were out of service and only three others were in use... all by Chevy Bolts.

Every GV60 also comes with vehicle-to-load charging capability. This lets you use the vehicle's battery to provide standard AC power for appliances, laptops, and other equipment. Overall range will ultimately vary based on situations like weather, driving mode, wheel size, and more. The combination of quick charging, accurate range indicators, and average total range keep the GV60 a worthwhile EV.

Interior Vibe (+)
Hopping inside, the GV60 has a contemporary layout with high-quality materials. The first thing most will notice is the crystal sphere in the center counsel.  It is not only an aesthetic element of the interior design, but it is also built to create an emotional connection between the driver and the vehicle. When the vehicle is turned off, the crystal sphere becomes the vehicle's mood lights, adding to the aesthetic of the driving experience. When the vehicle is ready to drive, the sphere rotates and the shift by wire gear dial selector appears, creating an indoor atmosphere of futuristic mobility.

The floating console, where the crystal sphere is located, looks as if it is hovering in the air, working with other unique features such as the slim cockpit and flat floor to provide passengers with a maximum level of openness. In addition, the connected car integrated cockpit connects the digital cluster and infotainment screen into a panoramic display, creating a high-tech look and great usability. To further enhance the luxurious factor, various components in the GV60's interior, including the crystal sphere, the horn cover, the door handles, and the side mirror controllers, are decorated with circular embellishments.

Technology (+)
Technology is a high point of the GV60 with everything ranging from facial recognition to over-the-air updates to fingerprint authentication. At its base the dual panoramic display with two 12.3" displays integrate with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Unfortunately, Genesis has yet to cut the cord for that integration. The graphics and navigation through the screen are clear. I like the 360-degree view of the GV60 with options to select different areas of the car to navigate to those specific controls. It's an added navigation option through the menus that works well.

The GV60 also features things like a wireless device charger, push button start, USB ports, digital key, head-up display,  and Wi-Fi hotspot.  An optional 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system fills the interior with quality sound. The GV60's infotainment system may take some getting used to, but the touch screen is crisp, clear, and responsive. Redundant physical buttons on the center stack and steering wheel make accessing certain functions easier.

The biometric features are next level and not ones that I used in my short-term loan. According to Genesis, Face Connect is a feature that allows the vehicle to recognize the driver's face to lock or unlock its doors without a key. Drivers only need to touch the door handle and show their face to the camera on the B-pillar. The feature can register two faces. The feature uses a Near Infra-Red (NIR) camera to provide accurate facial recognition under virtually any circumstances - including in the dark or when the weather is cloudy. It also leverages Deep learning technology to improve accuracy. And the Fingerprint Authentication System allows drivers to start and drive the car without a key and offers an authentication function for in-car payments and release of Valet Mode.

In addition, the GV60 will feature a Digital Key 2 for the first time in a Genesis vehicle. This is an upgraded version of the existing digital key, enabling drivers to open the door without using the smartphone. Drivers can enter and start their car by simply touching the door handle and the digital key can be shared to up to three people.

Remote Smart Parking Assist (+)
This is a fun, but also useful, feature to show off to friends. The remote smart park assist enables the GV60 to park itself without you being in the driver seat. At the touch of a button on the remote, you can back up or pull the vehicle forward into position. It's nice for tight spaces or if you just need to adjust its position in the driveway.

Seating (+)
The GV60 continues to advance on sustainability; various parts are created with eco-friendly and recycled materials. The seats, door armrests, console armrests, and crash pads are made with plant-based leather. The seat covers and door center trims feature fabrics made with yarns extracted from recycled PET bottles and fishnets.

There is room for five and adults should feel comfortable in any of the seats. Synthetic upholstery, heated front seats and power-adjusted front seats are all standard. Upgrades (and standard on Performance models) include Nappa leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated outboard rear seats and heated, ventilated and massaging front seats. The seats offer ample support and cushioning. The available automatic massaging lumbar support kicks in when needed after 60 minutes of driving for additional comfort. Leg, shoulder, and head room are all good both up front and in back. Seats recline for added comfort when you're taking a moment to chill in the car... a nice compliment to various mood settings available in the infotainment screen. The Nappa leather in my test model was very comfortable, soft to the touch and I really liked the diamond pattern stitching.

Cargo (+/-)
Cargo space is average amongst other luxury electric SUVs. There is 24.7 cubic feet behind the second row and a total of 54.7 cubic feet with the second row folded down. Under the clam shell hood there is also a small storage space suitable for a charging cord or other small items. A hands-free power liftgate is standard.

Safety / Driver Assist (+)
Genesis includes a comprehensive driver-assistance suite including forward collision avoidance, blind spot view monitor, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assistance, a rearview camera, parking obstruction warning, driver monitoring, automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic warning, safe exit assist and more. I particularly like the blind spot monitor view in which cameras on the mirrors project images into the digital cluster when the turn signals are engaged. It gives a clear image of what may or may not be in your blind spot. Many of these features cost extra on German rivals.

Another favorite feature is the semi-autonomous driving technology which is an advanced cruise control that will center the GV60 and maintain a set distance from the vehicle it's behind. The system will also automatically change lanes with minimal driver input when it's safe to do so after engaging the turn signals. It pairs nicely with the 3D head-up display that recognizes surrounding vehicles and shows them as 3D blocks on the road. Hands on the steering wheel are required, but the car will do most of the work.

Final Statement

The GV60 is yet another Genesis vehicle that I have wanted to keep around longer.  It is a premium vehicle with a lot of impressive technology (whether it's needed is up to you).  I was particularly impressed by the power and performance of the GV60. It was a smooth and refined vehicle to drive on my day trip and I learned that stopping for a recharge boost wasn't as bad as I anticipated, although range anxiety is real for a round trip such as mine. Genesis continues to deliver modern luxury vehicles with a twist and head-turning style.

First Impression Summary:
Test Vehicle:
2024 Genesis GV60
Exterior Color: Hanauma Mint
Interior Color: Ash Gray / Glacier Nappa Leather
Options: Paint ($575)
MSRP as tested: $71,320 (With Delivery/Destination)

Pros: Performance power, confident ride quality, quick chargeability, next level technology
Cons: Limited range compared to others, regenerative braking is intense