Volvo EX30: small car, big dreams

The Volvo EX30 is Volvo’s smallest, fastest, and least expensive EV.

02 April 2024

The Volvo EX30, specifically the 315kW Twin Motor Performance model that can go from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds, the top-of-the range model from the five variants on offer, was impressive, to say the least. I saw it in the metal at the Johannesburg launch in February, featuring Volvo’s signature closed-off grille, although I was disappointed that the media wasn’t allowed to drive it on the day.

As a “baby SUV”, the Swedish automaker says the EX30 is aimed at Gen Z buyers, but in South Africa, where there are higher import duties on EVs, a starting price of R775 900 means it’s an expensive car. The Scandinavian minimalist cabin is characterised by a 12.3-inch touchscreen, steering wheel sans speedometer, and sound-bar the full width of the windscreen – an industry first.

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