Drive Notes: 2024 Genesis GV60 Performance AWD UPDATED
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.
- 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.
- 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 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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