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News 2025 Volvo EX30 Debuts As Brand’s Upcoming Small Electric Vehicle

2025 Volvo EX30 Debuts As Brand’s Upcoming Small Electric Vehicle

Small, seductive, affordable.

  • The 2025 Volvo EX30 is the brand’s upcoming entry-level EV.

  • Two variants coming our way: single-motor RWD, two-motor AWD.

  • Range tops out at 275 miles or 442.5 km.

Volvo is ramping up its transition to a fully electric lineup with a new family of vehicles in the pipeline, and one of them is the all-new 2025 Volvo EX30 crossover.

Touted by the Swedish brand as its first small premium utility vehicle, which makes us wonder what size the automaker considers its Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge crossovers to be, the EX30 is a subcompact vehicle, riding on a 104.3-inch or 2,649-millimetre wheelbase. Its overall length reaches a scant 166.7 inches or 4,395 mm, while width is set at 72.3 inches or 1,836 mm without the outside mirrors and its roofline is capped at 61.1 inches or 1,552 mm. Indeed, the EX30 is smaller than both the XC40 and C40, positioning itself on the lower end of the current field of subcompact luxury models.

However, the 2025 Volvo EX30’s electric architecture allowed designers to maximize interior space, with above-average headroom and front-seat legroom. The cargo area is quite small with an announced maximum volume of 31.9 cubic feet or 904 litres.

The EX30 distinguishes itself with Volvo’s new design vision, which keeps some familiar stylistic touches. The Thor’s Hammer front lighting pattern is conserved, but presented in an array of little square-shaped elements. The vehicle’s nose is pretty bare save for the brand’s logo, while the creased hood give the front fascia some character. The rear portion receives a two-tier lighting setup with C-shaped illumination at mid-height, and an extra row of lights running up the pillars. The glass roof is completely black, following the growing trend of two-tone exterior colour schemes. The EX30 offers a palette of five paint hues, including Cloud Blue and Moss Yellow.

In addition, the EX30 will eventually be available in Cross Country guise, sporting an elevated ride height, lower-body cladding, blacked-out front and rear fascias as well as 18- or 19-inch wheels. In the images provided by Volvo, the regular EX30 rolls on 20-inch wheels and tires.

Inside, the 2025 Volvo EX30 carries on the minimalistic approach with the absence of a driver instrument cluster, with all travel information relegated to the centre stack infotainment screen, whose interface runs Google built-in software tech. There are four different interior design schemes to choose from, in addition to configurable ambient lighting and sounds.

2025 Volvo EX30

Available features include new-generation Park Pilot Assist, a digital key, a dedicated phone app, a Harman/Kardon sound system as well as over-the-air updates. Not to mention the usual plethora of active safety aids, because it is a Volvo after all.

2025 Volvo EX30

Now for powertrain details. The 2025 Volvo EX30 is available with a rear-wheel drivetrain with a single motor that develops 268 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, good for 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprints in 5.3 seconds. Range is estimated at 275 miles or 442.5 km. The EX30 Twin Motor Performance variant gets an electric motor at each end for an all-wheel drivetrain and a combined output of 422 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The 0-100 km/h dash takes 3.6 seconds and the 0-60 mph is cleared in 3.4 seconds, the brand says, while claiming that it’s the quickest car it has built so far. Range for the two-motor setup is pegged at 265 miles or 426.5 km.

2025 Volvo EX30

Battery capacity is rated at 69 kWh, or 64 kWh usable, while its max charging speed reaches 153 kW. Volvo says the 10% to 80% charge takes less than 27 minutes.

Pricing for the Canadian market isn’t available yet, but the company is promising that the 2025 Volvo EX30’s price tag will be similar to that of an equivalent vehicle powered by an internal-combustion engine. It’s the case in the United States, where the EX30 still at a reasonable $36,145 including freight and delivery charges.

The range-topping Volvo EX90 will arrive first, as production is scheduled to start in early 2024 in the USA. Meanwhile, the EX30 will be available on the European market first, and interested buyers can already order the vehicle, while pre-orders will open for U.S. customers.

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