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Car of the Year Awards 2023: Electric SUV of the Year

Thanks to big advancements in battery and charging technology, the best electric SUVs are now as usable as they are desirable...

WINNER: Electric SUV of the Year

Genesis GV60 RWD Premium

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Genesis is still a newish brand in the UK, and it’s fair to say we weren’t expecting that much from the Genesis GV60. But how wrong we were.

With its very first electric SUV, the South Korean brand has nailed it – creating a truly game-changing car. Sure, it got a head start by basing it on the formidable Kia EV6, but this is no ‘badge-engineered’ special.

Take the interior, for example. You won’t find any fiddly haptic controls or a touchscreen- only infotainment system; almost everything is controlled using proper dials and buttons.

Electric SUV of the Year Awards 2023 - Genesis GV60 dashboard

Quality feels a couple of steps up from that of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and EV6, especially if you opt for the Nappa Leather Pack. With quilted leather seats, suede headlining and an eclectic mix of interior colour schemes, you almost feel as though you’re sitting in a Bentley. (That’s probably no coincidence, because Bentley’s former design director now works for Genesis.)

From the outside, the GV60 is quite a lot more compact than the Ioniq 5 and EV6, but thanks to some clever packaging, six-footers will find it virtually as comfortable inside. The rear seats in particular are supportive and well shaped, and they can be reclined if your passengers want to have a nap on a long journey.

They shouldn’t get woken mid-snooze, either, because the GV60 is noticeably more refined than the Ioniq 5 and EV6. The suspension strikes an impressive balance between comfort and control, and you’ll hear less road and wind noise when cruising at motorway speeds.

That bolsters our winner’s credentials as a long-distance cruiser, as does our preferred rear-wheel-drive version’s official 321-mile range. For comparison, the entry-level Tesla Model Y can officially do 283 miles.

Electric SUV of the Year Awards 2023 - Genesis GV60 rear

The GV60 can charge quicker, too, with a maximum rate of 239kW versus the Model Y RWD’s 170kW. That means it can be topped up from 10-80% in as little as 18 minutes, compared with just under 30 minutes for its rival.

So, after reading all that, you’re probably thinking that the GV60 must cost far more than the alternatives we’ve mentioned. Well, that’s the best bit. In our favoured Premium trim, it’s only slightly more expensive than a similarly well-equipped Ioniq 5, EV6 or Model Y.

Like Lexus in the 1990s, Genesis seems to have spent big on design without passing too much of the cost on to buyers while it earns its place at the luxury car table. All we can say is, pull up a chair...

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