The 2023 Genesis GV60 Is a Great Electric SUV With 1 Noticeable Problem
Prior to the release of the 2023 Genesis GV60, critics who managed to access the model early for testing led us to believe it was an impressive first electric vehicle for the brand that was on par with what we’ve come to expect of other Genesis luxury vehicles.
For the most part, it is, but there’s one issue that’s cropped up since then that makes the electric SUV not so impressive after all. Besides the higher price tag, the other issue is its driving range.
What the Genesis GV60 electric vehicle offers
Powering this electric SUV is a dual motor set up on an all-wheel-drive powertrain. It’s expected to produce about 314 hp on the Advanced trim and 429 hp on the Performance version. However, it’s possible to get up to 483 ponies on the higher trim if the Boost driving mode is on, according to Car & Driver.
With the electric motor set up, the GV60 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Electrified fuel economy is rated to get 86 mpge on the highway with the Advanced trim. For the Performance model, you can expect around 82 mpge when traveling on the highway.
The interior has some roominess, but you won’t get quite as much as the GV70 and GV80 versions. While the electric SUV offers some nice tech features, a few set the EV apart from its rivals. The most prominent one is the crystal that sits where the gear shifter dial would be.
Actually, when you turn on the vehicle, the crystal rolls over, and the gear selector appears. You’ll also get a facial recognition program, fingerprint reader, and a system where you can start your vehicle without needing to have a key fob on you.
Genesis’ GV60 Advanced model starts at $59,985 and comes with two 12.3-inch screens. One for the infotainment system and the other for the digital gauge cluster. You’ll also get standard features like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and automated emergency braking.
What can you expect with the driving range of the Genesis GV60?
With the Advanced trim, the 77.4 kWh battery offers a total of 248 miles of driving range. The Performance model, however, is said to get about 235 miles, despite having the same battery. The rear-wheel version may get a more extended range, but it isn’t confirmed as of yet.
Its range is average, but when you compare it to some other electric vehicles on the market, you might be disappointed to learn the GV60 is in the middle of the pack. There are quite a few that go much farther on a single charge.
For example, the Chevy Bolt EUV 1LT can go 259 miles. The Volkswagen ID.4 Pro has a range of 280 miles, while the Kia EV6 Wind RWD is rated to go 310. The list goes even higher than that, though.
Ford’s F-150 Lightning pickup has an extended range of 320, while the Tesla Model S can go as far as 405 miles on a single battery charge. But, it’s the Lucid Air Dream Edition that tops them all, at least currently. With this model, you can get an estimated range of 520 miles, which is a little over double what you get with the GV60.
Is the Genesis GV60 the worst when it comes to the driving range?
The GV60 is not the worst when it comes to driving distances. Several models don’t get as much as this Genesis model. In the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback, you’ll find that it can only go about 241 miles before needing a charge. The 2022 Porsche Taycan 4S Battery Plus is rated at around 227 miles.
According to Car and Driver, Volvo’s C40 Recharge has an even smaller range, which tops out at 226 miles. But, there are more that have shorter distances than that. For instance, the 2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will need a charge after 215 miles, while the Mazda MX-30 has the shortest range as of yet. With this model, you get 100 miles on a single charge.
The GV60 doesn’t have the most extended driving range available today on the electric vehicle market. However, it still has plenty for anyone wanting a luxury SUV that runs on an electric drivetrain. However, getting one will depend on which state you live in. Hopefully, in the future, Genesis will open it up to more states to sell it.