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Volvo EX30

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

70
%
A

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

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Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

71
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

70
%
A

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

71
%
A

Summary


The Volvo EX30 is a small all-electric SUV/crossover that launched in the UK around the end of 2023, and arrived to consistent praise and acclaim from the British motoring media.

Already the winner of three separate ‘Car of the Year’ titles from British outlets, the Volvo EX30 has been widely commended for its stylish looks, its premium-feel interior, its comfortable ride quality and its competitive price tag.

“It’s absolutely brilliant”, says the Carwow team. “There aren’t many electric cars that even get close to the Volvo EX30’s comfort, especially at this low price.” What Car?‘s Doug Revolta adds that the compact crossover is “excellent on the road, rapid, and well-finished inside.”

That said, the EX30 does come with a large practicality flaw that all reviewers mention, and some modify their review scores as a result. Volvo has opted to not install any physical buttons that are not required by law, and thus practically all of the cabin controls run through the central touchscreen.

As a result, Autocar‘s Matt Prior struggles to recommend the Volvo, as the lack of physical controls makes the car “frustrating to use well beyond the point of annoyance”, which he says is disappointing considering that this is otherwise a strong family car package.

Top Gear’s Paul Horrell mirrors this complaint, while also explaining that the EX30 is cramped in the rear. “The Volvo EX30 is a likeable and admirable car, unless you’re sat in the back of it or lost in the labyrinth that is the screen.”

As of January 2024, the Volvo EX30 holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 70%. As yet, we don’t have any reliability or safety data, so this score may shift up or down over time as these data points are published. Check back soon.

EX30 highlights

  • Comfortable and balanced driving experience
  • Good value-for-money
  • Impressive performance considering price
  • Upmarket, tech-laden interior

EX30 lowlights

  • Tight rear seats and small boot
  • Entry-level battery range beaten by rivals
  • Alternatives are more battery efficient
  • All cabin controls run through a touchscreen

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines:
electric, battery-powered
Price:
From £33,795 on-road

Launched: Winter 2023/24
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

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Auto Trader

+

Autocar

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Car

+

Carbuyer

+

Carwow

+

Daily Mail

+

Driving Electric

+

Electrifying.com

+

Heycar

+

Honest John

+

Parkers

+

The Sunday Times

+

The Telegraph

+

Top Gear

+

What Car?

+

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, the Volvo EX30 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Volvo EX30 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. Being an electric car, the EX30 produces no tailpipe emissions so is likely to score very highly when Green NCAP does test it.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volvo EX30 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the EX30, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models276 milesB213 – 298 milesA – B

No data yet

As of January 2024, we don’t have independently verified data available for the Volvo EX30. We do know that the average battery range across all the EX30 variants is just under 280 miles, according to the official UK/EU government lab test figures. In real-world driving, that’s more likely to be no more than about 250- miles.

We’ll have more running cost data soon, so keep checking back for the latest updates.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volvo EX30 has received.

2023

  • Carwow AwardsCar of the Year + Urban Living Award
  • Electifying.com AwardsCar of the Year + Best Small Family Car
  • News UK Motor Awards – Best Small SUV/Crossover
  • The Sun Motoring AwardsCar of the Year + Best Small SUV/Crossover

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If you’re looking at the Volvo EX30, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

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