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Charm Turns Little EV into a Big Delight

Volvo’s New EX30 Electric Crossover: A Predictable, Controllable, and Comfortable Ride

Volvo’s head of vehicle dynamics, Egbert Bakker, is driving me around Volvo’s proving grounds in a charming Moss Yellow EX30 prototype. According to Bakker, “Every Volvo must be predictable, controllable, and comfortable.” And from my experience riding shotgun with him, I can already see why.

The 2025 EX30 will be Volvo’s smallest and least-expensive model, set to go on sale next year. With a length of 166.7 inches, width of 72.3 inches, and height of 61.1 inches, this electric crossover is comparable in size to the Hyundai Kona. But what sets it apart is the expected starting price of $36,145, undercutting Volvo’s current entry-level EV, the XC40 Recharge, by a significant $18,600.

Let’s take a closer look at the specifications of the 2025 Volvo EX30:

Quick Specs:
– Motor: Dual Permanent-Magnet Synchronous
– Output: 422 Horsepower / 400 Pound-Feet
– Range: 265 Miles (estimated)
– Charge Type: 153 Kilowatts DC
– Base Price: $34,950 + $1,195 Destination
– On-Sale Date: Summer 2024

The EX30 will come in two trims: Single Motor Extended Range and Twin Motor Performance, both featuring a 69.0-kilowatt-hour battery. The single motor version will have 268 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, while the dual-motor version will offer 422 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Volvo estimates a range of 275 miles for the single-motor EX30 and 265 miles for the dual-motor version.

It’s worth noting that Volvo plans to adopt Tesla’s North American Charging Standard plug, but this feature won’t be available in the early EX30 models. However, an adapter will be provided to allow customers to use Tesla’s Supercharger network. The 2026 models will be the first to have Volvo’s new combo design.

During my test drive, Bakker showcased the EX30’s controllability and stability. The crossover maintained its balance and composure even when driving over rough surfaces and executing sharp steering maneuvers. Compared to Volvo’s higher-riding C40 and XC40 EVs, the EX30 exhibited fewer body motions.

While the ride on the prototype with European-spec summer tires was firm, the US-spec EX30 will have all-season tires, which may provide a more compliant ride. Additionally, the smaller-diameter 19-inch wheels might also contribute to a smoother experience.

When it comes to comfort, the EX30 doesn’t disappoint. Despite its small size, the cabin feels spacious, and the overall design is functional and aesthetically pleasing. Volvo’s focus on sustainable materials is evident, with different textiles like recycled denim trim, weaves made from plant stalks, and wool fabric. The EX30 offers four room themes, each showcasing Volvo’s exploration of Scandinavian premium design.

While there are a few minor drawbacks, such as the window switch placement and the reliance on a central touchscreen for many vehicle functions, Volvo assures that certain controls like wiper adjustments will always be physical. Only time will tell if these design choices will affect the overall user experience.

In the future, Volvo plans to introduce an EX30 Cross Country variant with additional ground clearance and all-terrain tires. This variant will give the EX30 a more rugged, off-road appearance.

Overall, the EX30 seems promising, combining Volvo’s signature predictability, controllability, and comfort with a burst of personality. Whether it attracts new buyers or delights Volvo loyalists, the EX30 presents a compelling option in the small electric crossover market.

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FAQs:

1. What is the expected starting price of the 2025 Volvo EX30?
The expected starting price of the EX30 is $36,145, including a $1,195 destination charge.

2. What is the range of the EX30?
Volvo estimates a range of 265 miles for the EX30.

3. Will the EX30 be available with all-wheel drive?
Yes, the EX30 will come in two trims: Single Motor Extended Range and Twin Motor Performance, with both featuring all-wheel drive capabilities.

4. Does the EX30 offer one-pedal driving?
Yes, the EX30 offers one-pedal driving in the standard mode, but it is not available in Performance AWD mode.

5. When will the EX30 be available for purchase?
The EX30 is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2024.

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