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The very elegant 2023 Genesis GV60 is a luxury fully electric five-seater SUV, that I had the joy of testing with our family! This is a particularly stunning car both inside and out so let's see how the new GV60 stacks up in our BabyDrive testing…

 

BabyDrive Verdict

The Genesis GV60 is a beautiful looking vehicle on the exterior and is strikingly different from all other vehicles. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the absence of side mirrors, replaced by side cameras. These are visible on the inside in screens on either door. They take a small amount of time to get used to, after a few days I found I didn't even remember that they are any different! The camera position is adjusted in the same way as mirrors would be using the dial on the door, below the screen.

On the passenger side door that knob is replaced by a mock speaker that is actually a secret storage pot.

The Genesis GV60 is full of beautiful details like this, nothing is left undesigned or utilised. Perhaps the most noticeable detail of the interior is the crystal ball gear dome. When the car is turned off it is a glowing glass dome…

…when you turn the car on it rotates to become a gear dial.

Nothing in the Genesis GV60 feels like it is left to normal car design; The glove box is a drawer like you find in the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and I find it so much nicer to use than a regular glove box.

The doors of the GV60 have ridges running the length of them that glow at night and are also fantastic storage for mobile phones for passengers in the front and back.

My favourite storage has to be the cup holders in the rear doors. These are great for holding your cup of coffee but even better for holding drinks for little rear passengers because they can easily reach it while driving long.

All other storage throughout the GV60 has been carefully considered, with nicely lined glasses cases for both front passengers, ample under central console storage and more.

In the back there is a conventional plug socket in the rear footwell which is fantastic for charging your laptop if you are working in the car while you are waiting at school pick up or while your child naps in the back. Also great for rear passengers using laptops or devices while travelling and trips where you have a little Esky plugged in keeping snacks or shopping cool.

The rear footwell is flat making an easy walk through for little passengers getting to and from their child seats and for big kids and adults it makes the central seat a very pleasant place to sit and not have to straddle anything with your feet.

When it comes to installing child seats in the back of the Genesis GV60 there are ISOFix in the two outer rear seats, they are not within plastic guides but are lovely and easy to connect to.

There are top tether anchorages in the of all three rear backrests, they are all clearly labelled and easily accessible through the boot.

The rear seats are nice and wide so I wasn't surprised to be able to install three Infasecure child seats across the rear seats of the Genesis GV60. I installed the Infasecure Attain More and Achieve More forward facing and the Infasecure Adapt More rear-facing Infant Capsule behind the drivers seat.

With the Infasecure Adapt More rear-facing Infant Capsule installed we could easily fit a 186cm driver in front.

With the forward-facing Infasecure Attain More and Achieve More child seats forward facing. We found the front passenger seat could be in it's furthest back position allowing a 190cm passenger in the front and there was still legroom for that child.

From the outside the Genesis GV60 is deceiving in size, you would not imagine the legroom and interior space would be so generous.

The rear passengers also have built in window blinds which are fantastic for shielding little rear passengers from the sun while you are driving along.

The space does not seem to have been taken from the boot. When empty the boot of the Genesis GV60 will hold twelve shopping bags. Which is comparable to the Volvo C40 Recharge which also holds twelve shopping bags. The BMW iX3 and Jaguar i-Pace that both hold thirteen and the Tesla Model Y which holds fifteen shopping bags.

You can fit all sizes of pram in the boot of the Genesis GV60. I found a twin side-by-side pram fits in the boot of the GV60 with a couple of bags of shopping.

A single pram fits in the boot of the GV60 with six bags of shopping around it.

Or if you have a family dog we found a medium to large size family fur baby will fit comfortably in the boot of the GV60.

There are aircon vents in the rear side pillars, these are wonderful for keeping the rear passengers a comfortable temperature while doing along.

There are heated and cooled seats in the front as well as a heated steering wheel button in the central console. These have been wonderful for keeping nice and toast in the Queensland winter!

In the back there are heated seat controls in the rear door panels too.

The interior of the GV60 is predominantly white/cream leather and suede, as my daughter says “it feels like the interior of a handbag!!”.

The perforated cream leather seats are incredibly comfortable and they do make you carefully with your kiddies that they don't mark them with their crumbs and feet!

There is a child lock button on the drivers door controls panel that locks both the windows and doors in the rear, which is great when travelling with little ones.

Being a fully electric vehicle the Genesis GV60 is lovely and quiet, it is a really smooth drive and feels a little like you are floating along! The steering is very light and it's a joy to drive.

The GV60 does around 400km to a full battery charge and we found it really economical with charge during our week with the car.

Visibility out of the back is limited when you have three child seats installed in the back of the GV60, thankfully it also has a very clear rear view camera giving you great visibility front or back while driving.

The media system in the GV60 is modern and easy to navigate.

There are some great features within the media system like voice memo. You can use the EV screen to plan your journey based on your battery range…

…and you can control the climate through the media screen also.

It has Apple Car Play and Android Auto so you can easily access apps etc on your phone while driving.

The rear view camera is very clear and you have different views to choose from.

You can turn the parking sensors on and off with a button in the central console.

The luxury Genesis GV60 also has face recognition entry and finger print recognition to start the car. I wasn't able to test this as I was loaning the car but this would be a game changer for families. Allowing you completely keyless entry, so you can go to and from the car with your child filled hands, to the beach etc without the need for a key at all! There is a fingerprint pad in the central console for you to start the car with too!

The Genesis GV60 has a five star ANCAP Safety Rating and eight airbags are standard in the Genesis GV60

Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags, as well as a driver knee airbag, are standard. A centre airbag which provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes is also standard.

 

 

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