Genesis, a newer company in the luxury market, has been selling luxury cars and SUVs that offer all the options for an easier-to-live-with price tag. Recently, my driveway has been silently buzzing with Genesis EV vehicles.
First up this week the GV60 Performance, a smaller luxury crossover based off the already solid Hyundai and Kia EV models with luxury and performance turned up to 11.
The GV60 Performance is one quick ride when you plant the accelerator pedal. While stupid fast at times, the GV60 Performance provides a comfortable ride thanks to the adaptive suspension. It seems to smooth out the roads as it goes. The range can be somewhat of a worry for those driving a distance. No need to sweat, though. The GV60 charges quickly at high-speed chargers, which lessens the anxiety and aggravation of losing time when compared to gas vehicles.
Genesis gave the GV60 an upscale interior with high quality materials like heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats. The front seats offer great comfort and many power adjustments to get the perfect driving position. Though a smaller vehicle, the Genesis feels roomy for its size; even the back seat welcomes adults without any hassle and the seats recline and offer plenty of padding.
The GV60 has cool interior touches like the glass globe that flips over to reveal the gear selector. Technology like the One Finger Print Authentication and Face Connect allow you to enter without the key fob. In addition, the Active Noise Control means this is one hushed ride on the highway.
The GV60 Performance has a more daring, sleek appearance than the EVs and other cars from the Genesis brand. Its shapely body has curves and a sloping roofline finishing in a hatchback with a spoiler. This Performance model has a sportier vibe with unique larger 21” alloy wheels. A hands-free power trunk allows you easy access when your hands are full.
Cost: $67,890; as tested $69,560
MPG: 97MPGe city and 82MPGe highway; I managed 3.4 mi/kWh in 246 miles of mixed driving.
Safety: Forward collision-avoidance assist; safe exit assist; blind-spot collision avoidance assist; lane keeping assist with lane-changing oncoming; high beam assist; blind view monitor; smart cruise control with machine learning; surround view monitor; driver attention warning; parking distance waring reverse; highway drive assist2
Options: $575 Uyuni White paint; $1,045 inland freight & handling
Things to know: The new GV60 Performance is a quick EV with luxury and style. The Genesis offers three years of complimentary charging and a very generous warranty making this worth a look.
- Fast, yet very hushed on the highway
- Packed with safety equipment and technology
- Long warranty period, service valet and free charging period make ownership easier
- Looks could turn some EV buyers off
- Range may seem limiting for some drivers
- More costly to buy when compared to the base GV60 model