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Genesis GV60 (2022): E-Crossover comes with Boost mode

Presentation and price: Genesis GV60 starts at a good 56,000 euros

Genesis is the luxury brand in the Hyundai group. And classy always has something to do with exclusivity, so here are two facts about Genesis: First, the brand founded in 2015 only has one showroom in Germany (in Munich) and second, no dealer network, but personal assistants. They bring the demonstration car over for the first test drive and after the purchase they regularly pick up the car for inspection or repairs and bring it back again. Real classy! And now there’s something new from Genesis: The first electric car is called the GV60. AUTO BILD was already in it!

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We know Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, both electric cars are already on our roads. The Genesis GV60 shares with them the electric platform called E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform). Sure, that saves money when you invent a technique for three brands. With a length of 4.52 meters, the GV60 plays in the compact SUV league – and with its coupé-like line it is aimed at the 4.60 meter long VW ID.5.
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Exciting detail: The arrow-shaped element seems to connect the rear window with the side windows.

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

Sloping roof line, design borrowings from the Mercedes GLC coupé – the Genesis GV60 is so very different from its siblings! It is shorter, but nobler. First the length: the Hyundai measures 4.64 meters, twelve centimeters longer, the Kia (4.70 m) is even 18 centimeters longer.

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.

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The choice of color in the cockpit is strongly reminiscent of the presentation colors of the current BMW M4 Competition.

The only thing we can’t get used to is the camera rear view mirror. Yes, it looks futuristic, only with the lens in the pointed housing and without any large mirrors on the sides. But the fact that traffic is constantly flowing past us from the corner of our eye on a monitor on the inside of the door, no, we couldn’t get used to that with the Audi e-tron.

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.

“Privacy reasons,” they say at Genesis, in other countries the car opens when it sees the face of the owner and another previously defined person, sets its radio program and the head-up display, moves the seat and steering wheel to the desired position and starts. Not with us.

Interior and seat test: Huge legroom in the rear of the compact SUV

Let’s start at the back: The trunk swallows 432 liters and thus 110 liters less than the Kia EV6 – somehow 18 centimeters of length difference must be noticeable. And unfortunately they clipped hard plastic to the two side panels and didn’t install a carpet in Genesis, despite all the noble thoughts. Too bad, because scratches on the sides will remind you of the first visits to a beverage or hardware store, bet?
When trying the seat in the back, two things stand out: first, the huge legroom. 2.90 meters wheelbase is exactly as much as the Kia EV6, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 even has a mighty three meters. The rear passengers can cross their legs, but should not be taller than 1.90 meters! Our photo car has a panoramic roof that reaches deeper into the passenger compartment, so we already had curly contact with the sky at 1.80 meters, giant seats will be in full contact with the body because of the sloping roof line.
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The roof line falls off very sharply, the trunk (back seat up) holds 432 liters.

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?

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Gallery: Genesis GV60 (2022)

For redundant operation of its multimedia console, Genesis installs a rotary/push button like BMW, but you can also talk to the navigation system or touch the screen. The monitor, another GV60 cream of the crop. For the first time, the Koreans are building a broadband TV: The part combines the instrument cluster and multimedia into a panorama display, and the navigation map can be displayed over the entire width if desired.

Drive and range: all-wheel drive with 435 hp and 40 kW extra thanks to boost mode

Hyundai and Kia also have the small 58 kWh battery to keep the base price low. Not with Genesis. The only built-in battery is 77.4 kWh in size, there will be two drives at the market launch – both come with two electric motors and all-wheel drive.
The entry-level model is the GV60 Sport, where its two electric motors deliver 234 kW (318 hp) together, and with a maximum torque of 605 Nm, the sprint to country road speed is completed in 5.5 seconds. If you take it easy on the gas pedal, up to 470 kilometers should be possible according to WLTP.
Genesis GV60

Princely space in the rear: crossed legs is clear, the glass roof robs some headroom.


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:

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Both variants have 800-volt charging technology, which is otherwise only found in much more expensive vehicles such as the Porsche Taycan or the Audi e-tron GT. This means that the GV60 draws electricity from the fast charging station at a charging speed of around 230 kW and can charge its battery from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. By the way, even when it’s cold: When the Genesis comes onto the market, it will already have the charging update that the Ioniq 5 and EV6 will soon receive “over the air”. At the home wall box, the car charges from 10 to 100 percent in just over seven hours with 11 kW.

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