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Volvo EX30 launched in Australia

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There's always something delightful about a Volvo. The blend of Scandinavian design, top-tier safety features, and an unmistakable air of refined simplicity has always given the brand its distinct edge.

Yet, it's not just about aesthetics and safety with Volvo.

There's an undercurrent of responsibility and respect for our blue planet, seen most recently in their pivot towards electric vehicles.

Today, we were introduced to the newest member of the Volvo family – the electric EX30.

This is not just another electric SUV. It represents a significant stride forward in Volvo's commitment to be all-electric by 2026 in Australia, which is an ambition that's as audacious as it is necessary.

The EX30, with its diminutive size yet expansive feature list, is a prime example of Volvo's ability to intertwine comfort, practicality, and sustainability in a way few other brands can boast.

What will power the Volvo EX30?

Reflecting its tagline, "Small in size. Large for life", the EX30 – Volvo's smallest electric SUV yet – is a bit like a compact espresso machine. Just as that little machine can deliver a powerful jolt of caffeine, the EX30, though small, provides plenty of kick.

The electric motor outputs 200 kW of power and 343 Nm of torque in the single motor variant, while the twin motor version ramps up the pace (similar to a double shot of espresso), reaching a robust 315 kW of power and a mighty 543 Nm of torque.

The EX30's lithium-ion battery is optimised for range and versatility, boasting a range of up to 480 kilometres with the single motor variant and up to 460 kilometres with the twin motor.

What's even more impressive is that it can charge from 10% to 80% in just 30 minutes.

What will the Volvo EX30's interior be like?

Stepping inside, the EX30 showcases a blend of traditional comfort and forward-thinking design.

The interior swaps out leather for recycled and renewable materials like flax, wool and denim.

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As part of its minimalist design, a 12.3-inch tablet screen sits in the centre of the dashboard. Staying true to Volvo's commitment to providing cutting-edge tech, the EX30 is equipped with Google built-in apps and services, wireless Apple CarPlay, and the ability to stay updated with the latest software and systems via Over The Air updates.

Volvo has also taken a unique approach to sound, introducing the soundbar speaker concept as a standard, which Volvo reckons provides an immersive audio experience while saving door storage space. We certainly look forward to seeing if this is the case.

Volvo EX30 model range

The EX30 Single Motor Extended Plus is the entry point, but don't be fooled, it's still every bit a Volvo. The dual-tone roof offers a snazzy appearance while practical features like a digital key, wireless charging, and a power-operated tailgate make everyday use a breeze. And with a Harman Kardon Premium Sound system, your daily commutes will feel like private concerts.

Moving up, the Single Motor Extended Ultra adds a fixed panoramic roof for stargazers and a 360-degree camera for those tricky parking spots. The addition of power seats with 4-way lumbar support and tinted rear windows adds a dash of luxury and privacy.

Top of the heap is the Twin Motor Performance Ultra. Offering not only the extra power of twin motors, it brings features like heated front seats and a heated steering wheel – perfect for chilly mornings.

Rounding it off with exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, it's a clear statement that you can have your electric SUV and a healthy dose of flair, too.

How safe will it be?

In terms of safety features, which has always been Volvo's forte, the EX30 is second to none. It comes loaded with features such as Lane Keeping Aid, Run-off Road Mitigation, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Intersection Auto Brake, Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection, and more.

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Volvo EX30 pricing

Volvo's EX30 is being launched in Australia at a compelling price point.

The Single Motor Extended Plus starts at $59,990 before on-road costs, the Single Motor Extended Ultra starts at $64,990 before on-roads, and the Twin Performance Ultra is the most expensive EX30 at $69,990.

To frame it in the bigger picture, let's line it up against the competition. Tesla's Model 3, the poster child for Elon Musk's electric dreams, is priced at $61,300 for the rear-wheel-drive version. Hyundai's cyborg looking IONIQ 5 is a bit pricier, starting from $72,000, and CUPRA's new Born matches the entry-level EX30's price at $59,990.

The EX30 is a demonstration of Volvo's ongoing commitment to electric vehicles. As they aim to become an all-electric car company by 2026, the EX30 marks a significant and promising step towards that goal. Given its compact size, array of features and eco-friendly credentials, the EX30 could make a compelling case for itself in the electric SUV market.

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