2023 Genesis GV60: Sleek Looks, Scary Price

Strong points
  • Sleek and unique exterior
  • Interior fit and finish is impressive
  • Strong acceleration at any speed
  • Cool tech and gadgets
Weak points
  • No EV rebates apply
  • Long delivery times
  • Lack of a rear window wiper
  • Heavy weight that affects handling
Full report

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear right away: the all-new 2023 Genesis GV60 is not cheap. The base Advanced and top-line Performance models start at $71,000 and $79,000, respectively.

You know what that means, of course. Genesis’ first-ever electric vehicle is not eligible to any EV rebates from the governments.

While in Austin, Texas for the media launch of the GV60, Genesis Motors Canada CEO Lawrence Hamilton confirmed to us that the company took 500 pre-orders (with a refundable $1,000 deposit) and that delivery times will be anywhere between 6-12 months. Once again, customers will have to be patient.

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Two Output Levels

Now that we’ve addressed pricing and availability details, let’s focus on the vehicle itself. Built on the same Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that underpins the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6, the Genesis GV60 will be sold in Canada in dual-motor AWD configuration exclusively.

The GV60 Advanced features a 74kW front motor and 160kW rear motor. Total output is rated at 314 horsepower, while peak torque is 446 pound-feet. Genesis claims a range of up to 399 kilometres.

In the case of the GV60 Performance, two 160kW motors deliver a combined 429 horsepower. When drivers push the “Boost” button on the steering wheel, that number increases to 483 horsepower for 10 seconds. Torque can go as high as 516 pound-feet. On the flip side, range drops to 378 kilometres.

By the way, towing capacity is 2,000 pounds when properly equipped, which means a trailer with electric brakes, among other things.

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Fast Charging

Both Genesis GV60 models draw energy from a 77.4kWh battery. A full charge from 0-100 percent capacity takes 7 hours and 5 minutes using a level-2 charger at up to 11 kW. Fast charging from 0-80 percent capacity can be done in 73 minutes via a 50kW DC charger or just 18 minutes with a 150kW charger.

Of course, various factors such as outside temperature can affect charging times. The operation is slower in winter even though the GV60’s battery can be pre-conditioned before hitting the road.

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Ride and Handling

Our first experience behind the wheel of the GV60 involved the sportier Performance model. It not only has more power and torque, but also an electronically controlled damping system that uses data from a front-mounted camera scanning the road in real time. Furthermore, an electronic rear differential sends more torque to the outside wheel in a corner for improved handling, while a Drift Mode can help you take the GV60 sideways. Oh, and 21-inch wheels replace the 20-inch units on the base Advanced model. Michelin Primacy Tour all-season tires are standard on both.

In typical EV fashion, acceleration is brisk at any speed due to the instant torque generated by the electric motors. The GV60’s Boost function is great for passing manoeuvres, especially on byroads.

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However, at 2,218 kilograms, the heavier Performance model has a tough time dealing with sharp turns. That could be a problem for some, although most owners will likely just try to impress their passengers with powerful straight-line sprints.

Various drive modes and energy recuperation levels are available. Paddles on the steering wheel make it possible to adjust the intensity of the regenerative brakes, from a scale of 0-4. When set to 4, one-pedal driving is possible. The GV60 also features Smart Regen, which adapts energy recuperation based on driving characteristics and the route planned in the navigation system.

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Sleek Looks

The most fascinating aspect of the new Genesis GV60 is arguably the exterior design. This little crossover gets its own identity with softer, more rounded shapes while still integrating many of the brand’s design cues such as the signature Two-Line Quad Lamps. The grille is lowered and flattened since there’s no combustion engine to cool under the clamshell hood.

The coupe-style profile of the GV60 is punctuated at the rear by a fixed spoiler. No fewer than 12 body colours are available, which is refreshing. Sāo Paulo Lime, Hanauma Mint and Atacama Copper, in particular, are quite striking. Unfortunately, similar to the IONIQ 5 and EV6, the rear window is missing a wiper, which will prove a major inconvenience in winter.

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Facial Recognition and Fingerprint Scan

The Genesis GV60 also emphasizes technology. One of the futuristic features that caught our attention is a facial recognition camera on the outside that identifies the driver and automatically unlocks the doors—no keyfob or smartphone needed. Inside, there’s a fingerprint scanner to start the vehicle instead of having to push a button or use a mobile app.

Two user profiles can be created, thus allowing two different drivers to take advantage of these advanced security measures in addition to seat and mirror position, radio presets and more.

Also notable is the Crystal Sphere, a ball-shaped Shift-By-Wire that intuitively informs drivers when the GV60 is ready to drive (and serves as mood lighting when the vehicle is turned off). Elsewhere, two 12.3-inch displays are used for the instruments and infotainment system—exactly like what you’ll find in the IONIQ 5, but with unique graphics.

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Bottom Line

The 2023 Genesis GV60 is a luxury-oriented electric crossover with a high price tag that fails to qualify for federal and provincial EV rebates in Canada. Acceleration and range are satisfying, but handling is marred by the heavy weight while the missing rear window wiper compromises visibility and safety in foul weather.

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