Baby EX30 SUV EV

launched by Volvo

Volvo EX30, 2023, front
Volvo EX30, 2023, side
Volvo EX30, 2023, rear
Volvo EX30, 2023, interior

VOLVO has launched its all-electric EX30 baby SUV which will be priced from £33,795 when it is released in the UK early in 2024.

The EX30 range in the UK will come with three different powertrain options - a Single Motor version with 272hp and a 51kWh battery, a Single Motor Extended Range with 272hp and a 69kWh battery, and a Twin Motor Performance with 428hp and a 69kWh battery.

Prices start from £33,795 for the Single Motor versions, £38,545 for Single Motor Extended Range cars, and £40,995 for the Twin Motor Performance models.

Pre-homologation performance figures indicate a potential driving range of up to 298 miles on a single battery charge, with power consumption of up to 4.0 miles/kWh.

The EX30 Single Motor without the extended range system is said to have a range of up to 214 miles with the EX30 Twin Motor Performance managing up to 286 miles on a full charge.

Battery charging will take 26 minutes up to 80 per cent capacity, says the Swedish car maker.

The Twin Motor Performance version is expected to manage 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds - making it the fastest-accelerating Volvo car ever.

The initial UK model range will consist of two equipment grades, Plus and Ultra. An additional entry-level Core grade will be added at a later date, at a lower price point.

The Plus versions come as standard with a 12.3-inch central touchscreen with built-in Google functions and wireless smartphone integration using Apple CarPlay.

There's also a Harman Kardon premium audio system, featuring a new soundbar that extends across the width of the dashboard.

A two-zone climate control set-up has an air-purification system and uses an energy-saving heat pump and the car is fitted wtih heated front seats and steering wheel.

A rear camera and front and rear parking sensors help the driver safely manoeuvre tight spaces, and Pilot Assist provides adaptive cruise control with steering assistance to help keep the car safely within its lane.

Building on this specification, the EX30 Ultra models provide higher levels of driver-assistance with a 360-degree camera with virtual 3D view and Volvo's Park Pilot Assist automatic parking system.

Other features include a fixed panoramic sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable front seats, dark-tinted rear windows and a more powerful, 22kW on-board charger.

Safety features have been extended on the EX30 with the introduction of a what Volvo calls Safe Space Technology, which addresses the sort of accident risks familiar in urban areas.

It equips the car with front and rear cross traffic Alert with brake support, which detects and warns the driver of other vehicles approaching unexpectedly and applies automatic braking if there's an imminent collision risk.

There is also door opening alert, which gives visual and audible warnings to help guard against a door being opened into the path of a cyclist or other road user approaching from the rear.

Prices for the rest of the initial range are from £38,545 for the Single Motor Extended Range Plus, £40,995 for the Twin Motor Performance Plus, £42,045 for the Single Motor Extended Range Ultra and £44,495 for the Twin Motor Performance Ultra.

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