Measuring 166.7-inches nose to tail, the EX30 is more than eight inches shorter than the C40 Recharge. But with up to 422 HP, it’s no slower. Starts at $34,950.
Volvo recently debuted the EX30 to North America: an all-new, itty bitty, least expensive BEV crossover SUV. The first units will arrive as 2025 model year crossovers, but you can order one right now, with a starting price of $34,950. That’s a compelling number given the cost of the current crop of EVs today.
Volvo offer two powertrains with the EX30, a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive option. It delivers 268 horsepower to the rear wheels, which is enough to reach 60 miles an hour from rest in just 5.1 seconds, according to the Swedish brand. The other powertrain, called Twin-Motor, adds a 154 horsepower electric motor to power the front-wheels, tick total HP up to 422, and deliver sub 4.0-second 0-60 mph runs. Woof.
Both setups rely on a 69 kWh battery pack. Preliminary numbers from Volvo claim that good for 275 miles of range one motor, 265 miles if you opt for the twin-motor. But, bear in mind, these are estimates.
The other big number is a big deal because it’s actually pretty darn small. Base price for the base trim, base powertrain EX30 is only $34,950. That does not include destination charge, or taxes, or any of that. But it also doesn’t include EV incentives that both Federal and State governments offer, making this a potentially bargain EV.
It’s still very Volvo, however. The EX30 very much fits the modern, minimalist, Scandinavian design language. You get a relatively long wheelbase (104.3 inches) and short overhangs both front and rear.
The interior follows suit, which minimal switches and dials, clean lines, and a large, portrait mounted, tablet like center console touchscreen. Choked full with all the clever modern things you’d expect, I’m sure.
Going for a small crossover SUV is no surprise. Nor is making this a BEV. But advertising such a low starting price point is. Especially considering that Volvo is a premium brand. How will this Volvo compare to the C40 Recharge? Or, indeed to the similar sized Hyundai Kona? As soon as I get the chance, I will let you know.
In the meantime, I’ll share any further details as they emerge.
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