- EX30 electric SUV priced from $59,990
- Up to 480km driving range, three variants
- Rivals Hyundai Kona EV, Cupra Born, Tesla Model 3
The Volvo EX30 will launch in Australia before the end of 2023, as a premium small electric SUV offering value, an eco-conscience, and high performance.
Priced from $59,990 to $69,990 before on-road costs, the EX30 EV provides between 460km to 480km of claimed WLTP driving range depending on the variant.
Despite using parent Geely’s dedicated Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), it is cheaper than its own combustion engine-based Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge electric SUVs, while launching earlier than the similarly-looking EX90 large electric SUV.
The Volvo EX30 rivals the similarly-priced Tesla Model 3, Cupra Born, and Polestar 2 electric cars. But, electric SUV competitors include the upcoming all-new Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV, and larger Tesla Model Y.
It’s also notably cheaper than its luxury small SUV competition, including the Mercedes-Benz EQA, BMW iX1, and Lexus UX300e.
EX30 Key Specs: Range, Charging and Size
The Volvo EX30 is available in three variants in Australia, with single motor rear-wheel drive and dual motor all-wheel drive powertrains.
All use a 64kWh usable battery with a nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode lithium-ion chemistry. A shorter range, but longer lasting 49kWh usable lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery won’t be sold locally at launch.
The two single motor models provide up to 480km of claimed WLTP driving range, with a spritely 0-100km/h acceleration time in 5.3 seconds and 153kW DC fast-charging capability.
Meanwhile, the twin motor only compromises 20km less claimed range, but ups the ante with a 0-100km/h time in just 3.6 seconds – in line with the Tesla Model Y Performance, Kia EV6 GT, and Ford Mustang Mach-E GT.View the full EV database
EX30 Price, Models and Features
The Volvo EX30 is priced from $59,990 before on-road costs for the Single Motor Extended Plus. Key features include a 12.3-inch central portrait-orientated touchscreen with integrated driver instrumentation powered by Android Automotive software, leather-free and recycled interior materials, a front soundbar speaker, and digital key functionality.
Additionally, for $5000 more, the Extended Ultra gains features including a 360-degree camera system, fixed panoramic glass roof, semi-automatic parking, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
For another $5000 more, the Twin Performance Ultra gains 20-inch alloy wheels and the dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain.
The base 'standard range' and rugged-looking Cross Country variants will unlikely be offered in Australia (at least from launch).
EDITOR’S NOTE: Volvo Cars Australia has detailed preliminary local specifications and features. We will update this story as more details are revealed ahead of its launch later this year.
EX30 Single Motor Extended Plus price: $59,990 before on-road costs
Single Motor Extended Plus features:
|Battery||64kWh usable NMC battery|
|Exterior||19-inch alloy wheels (expected)|
|Electrically operated tailgate|
|Full LED lights|
|Two tone black roof|
|Centre storage box with sliding cup holders|
|Two-zone climate control with cabin filter|
|Front soundbar speaker|
|Auto dimming mirrors|
|Technology||12.3-inch portrait-orientated touchscreen powered by Android Automotive and Snapdragon Cockpit Platforms|
|Driver instruments integrated into central touchscreen|
|Calm view central touchscreen mode|
|Over-the-air software update capability|
|Wired Apple CarPlay|
|Built-in Google Maps with charging stop route planning and Assistant voice control|
|Qi wireless charging pad|
|Connected smartphone app with digital key functionality|
|NFC key card|
|5G cellular connectivity|
|Safety assist||Front auto emergency braking (AEB) with car/pedestrian/cyclist/intersection detection|
|Lane keep assist|
|Oncoming lane mitigation|
|Run-off road mitigation|
|Front and rear cross-traffic assist|
|Road sign recognition|
|Adaptive cruise control with ‘Pilot Assist’ lane centring|
|‘Distance to Truck’ assist|
|Rear view camera|
|Front and rear parking sensors|
|Door opening alert|
EX30 Single Motor Extended Ultra price: $64,990 before on-road costs
Single Motor Extended Ultra adds:
|Exterior||Fixed panoramic glass roof|
|Interior||Electrically adjustable front seats|
|Four-way lumbar adjustment|
|Heated front seats|
|Heated steering wheel|
|Tinted rear windows|
|Safety assist||360-degree camera system|
|Semi-automatic parking (‘Park Assist Pilot’)|
EX30 Twin Performance Ultra price: $69,990 before on-road costs
Twin Performance Ultra adds:
|Exterior||20-inch alloy wheels|
Volvo EX30 Options
- Exterior colours – $TBA: Vapour Grey, Onyx Black, Crystal White, Moss Yellow, Cloud Blue
- Interior designs (depends on the exterior colour) – $TBA: Breeze, Mist, Pine, Indigo
EX30 Government Incentives
As at the time of publication, all Volvo EX30 variants are eligible for government incentives, as summarised in the table below. Refer to our guides for more information on the federal FBT exemption and state-based incentives.
Volvo EX30 on a Novated Lease
DISCLAIMER: Zecar is not a financial adviser. You should consider seeking independent legal, financial, taxation or other advice to check how the website information relates to your unique circumstances.
The introduction of the FBT exemption for electric cars means procuring a Volvo EX30 through a novated lease may be cheaper than purchasing one outright. In the below example, we've broken down the financial case for 'James', a NSW-based sales representative who:
- Drives 15,000 km per annum
- Earns $100,000 gross income per annum
- Procures a Volvo EX30 Single Motor Extended Plus ($59,990 before on-road costs) through a novated lease and a salary packaging arrangement through his employer
Over a five-year lease, the total costs of the novated lease are $91,734 – this does not include any tax savings. This is ~$15,500 more expensive compared to an outright purchase. The total lease payments (including running costs) equate to $571 per fortnight.
The total cost of the novated lease after tax savings is $66,123. This makes the novated lease ~$10,000 cheaper than an outright purchase after tax savings. The tax savings arise from being able to reduce your pre-tax salary by the lease payments and running costs – resulting in James being taxed a lower amount. We explain this in more detail in this novated lease guide
This analysis does not take into account additional interest paid on a home loan or foregone interest on a term deposit for the outright purchase option.
Analysis undertaken by Danny Thai
EX30 Warranty and Servicing
The Volvo EX30 is covered by a five-year/unlimited kilometre vehicle warranty and an eight-year battery warranty.
Eight years of roadside assistance is also included, with logbook servicing required every two years.
How does the EX30 compare to other EVs?
It offers similar claimed driving range to all three electric models, but is the most powerful off the line – even on the base variant. But, the larger and popular Tesla electric SUV still has the advantage of the LFP battery, better energy efficiency, and faster DC charging capability.
Datawrappers by Danny Thai
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