Genesis GV60 SUV review
"The Genesis GV60 is the new brand’s only dedicated electric car, but it’s also one of its most impressive models"
- Excellent driving range and fast charging
- Luxurious interior with lots of tech
- Good to drive and comfortable
- Expensive to buy
- Boot isn’t very big
- Limited headroom in models with a sunroof
The Genesis GV60 is a new model that uses electricity only. Other cars in the Genesis range include petrol and diesel-powered SUVs and saloon cars; this model is the first to use plug-in power.
The GV60 is often seen in an eye-catching colour to grab your attention, but it’s available in more subtle shades and is well worth considering if you are looking for an electric family car. It’s closely related to the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, two new electric cars that are among the best on sale right now.
Other rivals to be aware of include the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y. The GV60 has a range of up to 321 miles (depending on which version you choose), plus it can charge faster than many other electric cars.
The range is quite simple, with just three versions to choose from. Premium is the entry-level model, then there’s Sport and the top-spec Sport Plus. Premium comes with one electric motor driving the rear wheels, while Sport and Sport Plus use two electric motors and are four-wheel drive as a result.
The Premium model has 225bhp, Sport has a similar figure plus an extra 99bhp from the added front motor (totalling 315bhp), and Sport Plus has two 215bhp motors (a maximum of 483bhp in the car’s ‘Boost’ mode).
All versions use clever high-speed charging tech for a 10-80 per cent charge in just 18 minutes, but their driving ranges differ. Premium has the longest, with 321 miles on a single charge, Sport can drive for 292 miles and Sport Plus manages 289 miles. It means the GV60 isn’t as efficient as the Kia EV6, for example, which has up to 328 miles of range; even the four-wheel-drive EV6 can travel for 314 miles between charges.
The GV60 is well equipped whichever version you choose, with twin 12.3-inch infotainment screens as standard plus LED headlights, 19-inch alloys and a reversing camera. The equipment on higher-spec models is mostly cosmetic, so you’re paying for the added performance rather than more toys to play with.
The interior is very smart and well made, and the technology feels modern while also being easy to use and it has loads of features. It’s not the roomiest EV around, but there’s a good amount of space in the back seats, so the GV60 will work as a family car.
It’s good to drive, too. On our test drive in Germany we found that the GV60 was comfortable, enjoyable and smooth to drive, plus of course since it’s an electric car it’s quiet and relaxing in traffic.