Motoring

2024 Genesis GV60: Electric and Stunning

Considered one of the best EVs for 2024, the Genesis GV60 is truly racking up the kudos across the internet.

With its sleek styling, compact good looks and some great features, this baby bear is a darling to those who truly want to save the planet – and stop using fuel points.

If electric vehicles are your thing, this is one to consider, but know upfront that the GV60 is effectively a small car. The cargo area is tight, and the cabin area is even tighter IMHO.

It is also effectively the same as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6 – but much nicer, and way cooler. (Hyundai owns Genesis, which is the luxury arm of the South Korean manufacturers.) 

U.S. News and World Report says this year’s GV60 “flawlessly combines luxury with practicality.” They rank it at No. 2 in the Luxury Electric SUV category for the year.

Edmunds.com gives the GV60 4 ½ stars (out of 5) and calls it “simply one of the best EVs on sale.”

Even the conservative Car and Driver calls the “stylish and quirky” GV60, which was introduced last year, a car that “lands in the sweet spot.” 

Starting at $52K US (which admittedly ain’t cheap), you get standard goodies like a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free liftgate (a practical treasure), synthetic leather upholstery, power front seats, power mirrors, 19-inch wheels, 12.3-inch touchscreen, blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, forward collision mitigation…… and some other really cool and important stuff to keep you safe and happy. 

Yet I am a bit of an outlier here: I could not quite find my sweet spot with the GV60.  

At a dead stop, when you give it the gas (as it were), the vehicle still has a bumper car feel to it, moving forward or back in a bit of a jerky fashion.  That makes for a difficult situation if you are truly in a tight spot.  

For Bears, this one really needs to be tested first.  If you really are all the man you can be size-wise, the ride can get a little pinched, even if your Ozempic or Jardiance is working wonders.

The mileage range is good (294 miles on a full charge but most get about 235), but the base (called ‘Standard’) trim is just Rear-Wheel Drive. 

And once again, you really need to ask yourself if an electric vehicle is right for you (just as Ozempic asks ‘is it right for you’).  Worldwide, the infrastructure for having full-time use of an electric vehicle still is not there yet.  Hopefully, it will be soon.  But unless you can charge it at home, and you work at home (you see where I’m going), an EV may not be in your best interests.

Still, we need to do something to save to save the planet.

Not long ago, our forefathers use to chant Make Love Not War. Bears are great at making love, whether or not we can afford a new car.

Just a thought.

(Note: The Ozempic song is from an old 1970s song called Magic, from a one-hit wonder band called Pilot. I’m sure Maude Findlay a.k.a. Dorothy Zbornak a.k.a. Bea Arthur used to listen to it on 8-track.)

(The Jardiance song is original and just gay and fun.)

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