The Kia EV6 is one of the most interesting and desirable electric cars on the market, second only to its sibling, the Hyundai Ioniq 5. However, they both have a slightly more fashionable and upmarket distant sibling. . The luxury branch of the Hyundai Motor Group also has the Genesis GV60. The three cars are very similar, but also very different from each other. But just how different the Genesis GV60 is from the Kia EV6 in particular is what we’ll be looking to find out. That said, styling and interior design are subject to personal taste and preference. Here, we’re mostly looking at the performance differences and the different technologies they both have to offer.
GV60 Vs EV6: the platform and the performance
The Genesis GV60 and Kia EV6 share the same E-GMP electric platform. Both use skateboard architecture and feature a maximum battery capacity of 77 kWh. However, the EV6 is also available with a smaller, more affordable 58kWh battery option.
However, both 77.5kWh versions of the cars come with single-motor rear-wheel-drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive options. Additionally, their top-of-the-line models are available with additional performance with the EV6 GT and GV60 AWD Performance variants.
While the most efficient RWD GV60 offers an estimated range of 280 miles, the EV6 does even better at 295 miles on a single charge. The EV6 is also a superior vehicle in terms of range compared to the GV60 for AWD models. This is despite the fact that Kia and Genesis electric cars have identical 225 horsepower / 258 lb-ft electric motors. The difference in range would be largely due to the difference in styling affecting the drag coefficient and vehicle weight. All-wheel-drive options on both models offer more power that’s quite comparable.
The EV6 GT is said to produce 570 hp and 546 lb-ft, compared to the GV60 Performance model which uses a 430 hp engine that does up to 516 lb-ft using the boost function.
As for the suspension and handling, the Kia uses a McPherson Strut front suspension, with a multi-link in the rear. But the Genesis uses an electronically controlled suspension feature that reacts to information gathered by the camera in front of the vehicle. The shock absorbers adjust according to the road ahead in the GV60 to provide a more comfortable luxurious ride. Since Kia is the “sporty” brand, the EV6 should handle better. However, Genesis has revealed that the GV60 will also come with a Drift mode!
GV60 Vs EV6: technology and toys to play with
Both cars are environmentally conscious. The Kia EV6 has a very premium interior that uses recycled PET fabrics, vegan leather and linseed oil tanned leather. The Genesis GV60 goes one step further by offering premium vegan leather in premium colors with quilted designs. The interior of the GV60 is generously covered in soft-touch materials for a more luxurious appeal.
As far as screens go, the two cars are equally matched. The EV6 and GV60 feature a 12.3-inch digital driver gauge cluster and another 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. However, the Kia and Genesis will feature different graphics and distinguished user interfaces, to achieve largely the same results. Both electric models feature floating center console designs. But, the GV60 has a rotating orb that flips around to reveal the gear selector. They call it the “crystal sphere” and it looks straight out of a sci-fi movie if you ask us.
The GV60 also has a more premium Bang and Olufsen audio system, as opposed to the EV6’s Meridian system. In addition, the Genesis is equipped with facial recognition technology that unlocks the vehicle and a fingerprint sensor to allow access to vehicle functions, because… why not? The exterior mirrors are replaced by side reversing cameras and, more importantly, the vehicle claims to be able to be charged wirelessly like a smartphone.
GV60 Vs EV6: luxury or sport?
The Kia EV6 is designed to be a sporty electric car. The EV6 is one of the most sought after electric cars today. The Genesis GV60 electric crossover, meanwhile, tends to be more luxurious, although it hasn’t officially arrived in the US yet. However, with all the cool tech added, coupled with a luxurious interior and the promising drift mode, the Genesis will likely cost more, but it could be worth it and also worth the wait. Much like the GV60, Kia is also expected to reveal pricing for the performance EV6 GT variant. It would also be quite an interesting model that we are very excited about.
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