Presentation and price: Genesis GV60 starts at a good 56,000 euros
The GV60 is scheduled to start in June 2022 – i.e. it will be in the Munich showroom and available for a test drive via the personal assistants. In terms of price, the trip starts at 56,370 euros for the “Sport”, for the larger “Sport Plus” at least 71,010 euros are due.
Appearance and dimensions: The Genesis GV60 is shorter and classier than its siblings
The dimensions of the Genesis GV60 in detail:
• Length: 4515mm
• Width: 1890mm
• Height: 1580mm
• Wheelbase: 2900mm
• Trunk volume: 432 liters
From the front, the car looks as if it were made of one piece, and that is due to the hood and fender unit. The Genesis designers around Luc Donckerwolke (formerly Lamborghini and Bentley) gave the GV60 the “clamshell hood”, in which the hood and fenders are formed from a single solid piece of sheet metal. In general, the Genesis looks powerful, it looks brawny, even when viewed from behind, with its distinctive wing spoiler.
Face recognition is not coming to Germany
Luckily this feature is optional, there will also be real mirrors. Oh yes, we still have to talk about the B-pillars. Actually, a camera with face recognition should be installed here, Genesis calls it “Face Connect”. There is no such thing in our photo car. Unlike modern smartphones, the Genesis GV60 will not have face recognition in Germany – although the technology is available.
Interior and seat test: Huge legroom in the rear of the compact SUV
But we also have to give a word of praise: no matter how the trunk is for the Koreans, the interior is as important to them. Nothing hard plastic on the cheap places, they have built soft plastic and Alcantara surfaces into the door panels, which all looks very classy. Seats, door armrests and console are made from plant-based leather, while seat covers and door panels are made from recycled PET bottles and fishing nets. Real leather? Nothing there, no animal has to die for this car!
Central display and instrument cluster become one
Let’s move forward. We know the floating center console from the Kia EV6, but not this gear selector. With the ignition switched on, so when the car is ready to go, we can turn the wheel, “R” for reverse, “N” for neutral or “D” for drive. If we switch off the ignition, the part called “Crystal Sphere” rotates downwards once and we look at a crystal ball. Captain Future couldn’t have invented this better, really spooky! On the other hand, the, well, should we say iDrive controller is quite familiar?
Drive and range: all-wheel drive with 435 hp and 40 kW extra thanks to boost mode
If the performance of the Sport is not enough for you, you can go for the larger “Sport Plus” model. Its two motors deliver a total of 320 kW (435 hp), with a further 40 kW released via a boost mode. Then the Korean delivers up to 360 kW (490 hp), but only for ten seconds. With up to 700 Nm, the 100 mark is reached in just four seconds.
Technical data at a glance:
Power consumption combined according to WLTP
Max. range according to WLTP