My review of the Genesis GV60 Performance after a week of ownership

My review of the Genesis GV60 Performance after a week of ownership

My review of the Genesis GV60 Performance after a week of ownership

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  1. I bought a new GV60 Performance on August 29th, with the copper exterior and white/gray interior, trading in my 2017 Chevy Bolt LT that had almost 99k miles on it. I’d like to post my thoughts on it after a week of ownership and over 500 miles. (I earlier posted impressions from two test drives; you can check my post history for those.)

    This review is split into a couple of comments due to length constraints.


    I’ll start with this. Normally I refuse to pay over MSRP, but in this case settled for paying $1100 over (haggled down from $1500), due to a somewhat decent trade-in value offered for the Bolt ($14k). In the entire SoCal area, there is only one dealer selling GV60s for MSRP: Palm Springs, and naturally they have a long waiting list. (The San Diego dealer officially also sells for MSRP but they have no allocation.) But since all manufacturers are increasing prices, I figured if I wait then prices would very likely increase by the time my turn comes, defeating the entire purpose of waiting.


    I drove 90 miles home from the dealer going 85-90 mph the whole way, with the air conditioner on, with light traffic. I averaged 2.6 mi/kW-h which is quite good really. I fully charged it when I got home, and over the next five days I drove it normally (mixed city/highway) and averaged 2.5 mi/kW-h over 170 miles, and at that point the battery was at 10% and the remaining range was 17 miles. Incidentally the car does not warn you about low battery until it gets down to 10%, unlike the Bolt that pesters you well before that point. Anyway I would say this range is roughly equal to the Bolt’s with the 65 kW-h battery pack (post-recall).


    The steering feels isolated but it still works very well; there is no dead-zone or wobbles at all so the car remains very solid and easily controlled even at high speeds, unlike my Bolt which I constantly had to fight to keep in the lane, especially when accelerating (the torque steer was crazy).

    The “gas” pedal (I’ll always call it that) has a very gradual response for smoothness when in Eco or Comfort modes; you really have to push it far to accelerate hard in those modes. However, in Sport mode it’s much more responsive, and regardless of mode, when you activate Boost the throttle mapping changes completely and just a very gentle touch is all you need to accelerate hard. This is great because it means you can use boost mode even if you don’t need that power, just to make accelerating easier.

    Suspension is amazingly soft when it needs to be. The streets near my house are very rough, with large bumps, which were brutal in the Bolt. This car just eats them up and you barely notice them. Note that the Performance has electronic suspension, including a camera that scans the road surface to adjust the suspension. I don’t know specifically what impact this has because I never got to drive the Advanced (which lacks it).

    Also you can create a custom drive mode to set the steering, suspension, gas pedal, and numerous other parameters to what you like, so instead of choosing between Comfort and Sport, you can have a combination of both essentially.


    There are actually four entirely separate ways of accessing the car. Obviously you can use the key fob, and it can stay in your pocket/purse at all times. The car unlocks when you get very near it, though locking it requires that you lightly press the center of one of the handles. (The Bolt has auto-lock, but for some reason this car does not.) The key fob is the quickest way of accessing the car.

    But there is also one wallet “key” the same size as a credit card, just like Tesla offers. Hold it against the door handle for two seconds to lock or unlock, and put it in the center to start the car. It works well and is a nice backup option.

    You can also use your phone passively (also like Tesla) but it says my Samsung S10 is not compatible, which seems odd, but whatever.

    And finally of course, there’s the infamous facial and fingerprint scanning. The facial scanning does work well for locking and unlocking the car, and I can confirm it *does* work at night. You tap the center of the door handle, then look at the camera. A white ring light around the camera will spin to indicate it’s computing, and the ring turns green when it recognizes you and locks/unlocks the camera. (Of course it turns red if it fails.) The fingerprint works well too; after you get in, you press your finger on the sensor and then you see an onscreen prompt that you’ve been authenticated and can now start the car. At that point you can push the start button like normal. I didn’t think I would use these features but actually find them very useful; I went to the beach with completely empty pockets (after parking) since I didn’t need keys, wallet, or phone.

  2. (Part 2)


    I do hear wind and tire noise but it is pretty quiet. It’s hard to tell what impact, if any, the active noise reduction is making. The stereo is unfortunately pretty mediocre in my opinion. It’s much better than the Bolt’s stock sound system, but right after I got the Bolt, I had an aftermarket sound system installed for $800, and that system is much better than the GV60’s. Unfortunately the speakers and/or amplifier cannot be replaced without disabling the active noise reduction, so I haven’t bothered (yet). The quality is certainly not terrible, but it’s not very good.

    **Instruments and controls:**

    The instrument panel is reasonably functional but my favorite feature, by far, is [the 3D map view]( It shows all roads around you, albeit in *very* low contrast that can be hard to see, but if you have a navigation route selected then it shows that very brightly and is incredibly helpful. But what’s really neat is it also shows large buildings in 3D, at least in San Diego. Not sure which cities/countries are covered. Most buildings are just drawn in their general shape/size, but some are more detailed.

    The default view, however, just shows a rendering of the car centered in a straight lane. This view has very limited functionality in the US market. I watched Autogefühl’s review and the European-spec car he drove actually shows where you are relative to your lane (centered or not), it curves the lane to reflect what the actual road does, and it even renders other cars it detects, just like Tesla. But the US-spec cars do literally none of those things. Probably a patent infringement with Tesla? So this view is useless and misleading and it’s annoying that it always starts in this view when you turn on the car.

    When you activate a turn signal, you get a fairly high-resolution camera view from that mirror appearing on the instrument panel which I absolutely love; it lets you verify your blind spot is clear and is just nicer than a boring (and less trustworthy) warning beep, although it does have such warning lights and optional beeps if you enable them.

    The rear and front view cameras are also very sharp, and they work very well at night too, unlike the 2017 Bolt’s camera that was almost useless at night.

    The steering wheel is very comfortable and easy to adjust and does not block any part of the UI when properly adjusted. It also has three or four custom buttons; you can configure what they do when pressed. And of course it has the drive mode and boost buttons conveniently located so you can very easily activate them while driving. (The Ioniq 5 and EV6 also have similar drive mode buttons.) The paddle shifters are very easy to use; they’re very close to the wheel and just need a very shallow flick to activate. I find myself not using one-pedal mode but instead just increasing or decreasing regen as needed, and often using the zero-regen mode.


    Reasonably responsive but not great. Minor complaints are that it always defaults to showing the 3D map view when you start the car, forcing you to push the radio/home/whatever button first, and it’s slow to initialize. And because the screen is much wider than it is tall, Hyundai decided to go with a card view and horizontal scrolling for radio stations / songs. On the radio screen, there’s a bit of wasted screen space, and a large amount is wasted just showing (redundantly) the station you’re listening to, and this prevents the song’s full title and band from appearing, which is annoying. [Here’s a photo that shows that.]( But one nice thing is when favoriting a satellite radio station, it appears on the bottom bar using that station’s icon instead of just a number, as you can see, and they automatically arrange in numerical channel order which I like.

    There’s a physical button for immediately going to the radio screen, and another physical button for going to [the media screen](, such as for listening to MP3s on a USB drive, which I like to do. I have a USB-C pen drive plugged into the port, and the app does let me browse the different folders I have and play songs, optionally shuffled, from each folder. Unlike the radio view, this one uses all the screen space for the current song so you can see the band and name in full. But you can’t favorite folders, unlike with the Bolt, which I find annoying.

    There’s a large physical rotary knob near the cup holders that can be used for changing the station or song if you’re on those views, and there’s a smaller dedicated rotary tuning knob that works even if you’re on another screen (like the map screen) as well as a rotary knob for volume/mute.

    The climate controls are great. Many physical buttons, with just a few capacitive soft buttons, such as for toggling AC or heat on or off.

    The phone wireless charger works well and there’s a little LED that turns yellow when the phone begins charging so you know it’s working. (I assume it turns green when the phone is fully charged.) Only disadvantage is you can’t use your phone when it’s in this spot.


    Normally I hate leather and this is the first leather-seated car I’ve ever bought, but the seats (and steering wheel) have a very soft and pleasant material and they do not get hot even when the car is parked in sunlight on a 95-degree (F) day. However the physical buttons in the center do get hot but that’s minor. The seat is extremely adjustable; you can even adjust the side bolster width, the angle of the seat bottom, and the length of the seat bottom (for more support under your legs). It also has fully adjustable lumbar if you care for that, and a massage function basically intended to relieve pressure points on long drives. My only complaint is the headrest juts forward a fair amount, but research suggests most cars do this now for crash safety and I eventually got somewhat used to it.

    The car does of course have a seat memory function, with physical buttons on the driver’s door to activate it.

    Overall I really like the car and am glad I got it!

  3. Great review! Thanks for sharing! I have an Ioniq 5 SEL and share many of the same feelings. This is obviously a step up but great to hear your thoughts. I would have definitely considered this over my HI5 but it’s not for sale in my state. Any thoughts on the speed? I feel like my HI5 is very quick but this is a whole other level of quickness. It must feel like lightning compared with the Bolt.

  4. I picked up mine Saturday (white over black) and LOVE it. The styling the features and the comfort/quietness are amazing. I wired my 240v 14-50 plug and waiting on my charger. Now the question of which charger to use until my charger gets here next week. I can probably just charge once. Been driving g it everyday and still at 38% today. Friday it gets tinted and as soon as my 21 elantra hybrid gets out of body shop (got in fender bender last week) I’ll take wheels off to powdercoat black or possibly dark gunmetal

  5. I’m mostly shocked at your trade in value. Sure I’m in Canada and the market is different, but the cheapest used Bolt I can find is a 2017 LT with 250k km (150k miles), and they ask 35k CAD.

  6. I bought this car in Advanced package for my wife after weeks of research. I wanted the Performance package for the back to the future booster speed button but it’s her car and she cares more for the luxury ride than going vroom vroom. That said, we are both extremely happy with the purchase and for me personally, I think it’s one of the best built cars in that price range. It’s a super fun and comfortable ride.

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