Drive Notes: 2024 Genesis GV60 Performance AWD UPDATED

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today I say goodbye to a funky EV hatchback that has charmed me in some ways and left me befuddled in others.


The 2024 Genesis GV60 Advanced AWD is a weird little thing. It's fun to drive, it's nice, it's expensive, and I don't know who the target buyer is.

Pros

  • The GV60's cabin has a nice mix of upscale materials and I like the design aesthetic overall. A well-integrated infotainment screen, easy-to-read digital gauges, most controls within easy reach -- there are flaws (see below) but I generally found myself happy to sit behind the fat steering wheel.
  • We all know EVs have instant torque, and not only does this have that, but it has a boost button that can be used for a few seconds of extra power. And it works in all drive modes. It's fun!
  • 429 horsepower from the dual 160 kW motors is nothing to sneeze at.
  • The ride is silky smooth.
  • Rear-seat room is nice, considering the overall size.

Cons

  • There's too much body roll in cornering.
  • I don't love the scrolling radio volume controller. There's room for knobs here.
  • The shifter that turns into a glowing orb upon shutdown looks cool as hell, but I imagine it won't be cheap to replace.
  • This is a nice vehicle. Is it a 70 grand nice vehicle?
  • The steering wheel is fat and looks kinda weird.

There's a lot to like, here, but it's hard to give this car a full embrace. Unless you like quirky and don't mind paying extra for it.

UPDATE: I initially marked this as the Advanced trim. I had the wrong information from our press fleet and forgot to change the headline once it was clarified that I had the Performance trim. I regret the error.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Jan 10, 2024

    Like nearly every new car, SUV and truck, this is overpriced by 15-20%. I can think of a few reasonable values and everything else is like this - a bloated, unreliable, overly complicated turd that will undoubtedly use that warranty like a crutch and then leave all post 3 yr leasees holding the bag. And good luck not hitting anything that might slightly dent the battery cover. H/K has shown what their response will be.


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    • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Jan 18, 2024

      Jkross2 - yes except for Hyundai delivering on the promise


  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Jan 11, 2024

    That front styling is unfortunate.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jan 14, 2024

      It's a toned down version of the Fiat Multipla, the World's Ugliest Vehicle.


  • Kwi65728132 "Safety wonks at the federal level claim the starter solenoid in these rigs could be contaminated with water if operated in abnormally wet conditions like as a flooded road."Don't drive on flooded roads or "Turn around, don't down"It sounds like just plain common sense to not submerge your fancy vehicle in a body of standing water, unless you're doing it for the insurance money because you bought more car than your subprime credit rating can afford to pay for.
  • Mattwc1 The ban was scrapped. My inherent problem with this ban is just postering. The US collectively has to improve the infrastructure for EVs in order for them to be a compelling alternative
  • Eliyahu Actual combustion requires a burner phone on the wireless charging pad.
  • ToolGuy TG's handy guide to developing EVs (for legacy OEMs):• Make it look weird• Give it weird/special/confusing naming• Change the way you compensate your dealer body for these models only -- this way they can be extra un-motivated to sell and service the EV stuff• If possible, develop a bunch of new 'sub-brand' names and use them to confuse everyone (name the battery, name the charger, name the infotainment, name the seats, name it all)Good news: When the whole thing comes crashing down, you can pretend like it never happened.Better news: This already happened in January 2024 when all EV sales ended forever (in the U.S. market anyway).
  • ToolGuy Simple question from a simple guy: When the wet solenoid gets sparky, what burns? I ain't no pyromaniac, but I do start my share of fires (intentionally), and this doesn't seem like it would be a very impressive combustion event.
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