Volvo’s new fully electric mini-SUV has just been announced, with the first UK deliveries expected in early 2024.
Aimed at a new, younger audience, the Swedish brand wants to lower the entry point for premium electric mobility. But will the EX30 have what it takes to tempt buyers away from cheaper electric rivals like the MG ZS? Keep reading for a whistle-stop tour of the EX30’s key highlights.
1. It’s the fastest accelerating Volvo ever
That’s right, the smallest SUV in Volvo’s line-up is also set to be the quickest off the mark: achieving 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds for the 422bhp dual motor version.
However, if you don’t need space shuttle levels of thrust, two lower powered rear-wheel-drive variants are also available for significantly less money - including an extended range model capable of a useful 298 miles between charges.
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2. It has the lowest carbon footprint of any Volvo to date
Unsatisfied with just being the fastest accelerating Volvo, the new EX30 is also the kindest to the planet. Volvo say this has been achieved by: “tackling emissions across the entire production and lifecycle, as well as a considerate use of materials inside and out.” As a result, over 120,000 miles of driving will equate to a carbon footprint under 30 tonnes.
3. It can park itself in any type of space
Granted, autonomous parking features have been around for some time now - and even at a lower price point. However, what makes Volvo’s Park Pilot Assist interesting, is the fact that it can easily differentiate between parallel, curved, perpendicular and even fishbone style spaces, and then slot the EX30 in without any human input on the controls.
4. A Cross country version is coming
If you’d like your EX30 to look a little more rugged, Volvo has promised a Cross Country version which will offer more ride height, protective front and rear skid plates, black body panels, and a bespoke off-road wheel and tyre combination. However, we are still waiting for official confirmation that the Cross Country will make it to UK shores.
5. You can get it on a subscription plan
Now for the bit you’ve been waiting for: how low exactly is that new entry point? Well, with prices starting at £33,795 (with a cheaper Core trim to follow) the EX30 fits somewhere between the Smart #1 and Peugeot’s E-2008.
Once again, catering to a younger audience who often prioritise convenience when purchasing, Volvo has also made the EX30 available through its ingenious Care by Volvo subscription package. For £574 a month you can drive away knowing that you don’t need to worry about insurance, servicing, or maintenance, as it is all covered in one easy car payment.