Volvo EX30 Electric Ultra 69kWh Review: Alces go places

Augustine Lai

Volvo’s new entry-level electric SUV is a futuristic city runabout for the ung i hjärtat.

2024 Volvo EX30 Electric Ultra 69kWh

Launched: 2024 – Price: $235,000
Five-door, suv, five seats
272hp 343Nm, Single electric motor, rear-wheel drive
475km range

Refreshingly different
Good powertrain
Decent range

Limited rear legroom
Key fob lacks buttons, unable to unlock from front passenger side

Photos: Clifford Chow
Text: Augustine Lai & Clifford Chow


Volvo aims for half of its global sales to be fully-electric by 2025, and plans to exclusively sell battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030. With the introduction of small premium electric SUVs such as the Smart #1 (the Volvo’s German sibling), and the non-premium Peugeot E-2008 and Hyundai Kona, it is no surprise that Volvo has decided to hop onto the bandwagon by introducing their latest offering – the Volvo EX30. The decision here is a simple one, since Volvo’s new B-Segment SUV is based on a platform developed by parent, Geely, who also have ownership of Polestar, Smart and the upcoming Zeekr brand).

While the EX30 shares some visual cues with the slightly larger XC40 (here’s an electric-flavoured one), with its signature Thor’s Hammer headlamps, “shoulders” and upward kink at the rear window; it vibes very differently from the Volvo you have come to know. Its broad LED pixelated daytime running lights, smooth-integrated bumper and that baby’s-bottom-smooth “non-grille”, hint of something that had come right off the clay modelling floor. Our test car’s Cloud Blue paintwork, which is pleasing to the eye, but difficult to photograph right, makes the car “low-level” pop. The small Volvo SUV is also available in striking Moss Yellow or even a more subtle Vapour Grey.

Within the cabin, Volvo’s green message becomes clearer, with the introduction of surface panels, made from recycled cars. Adding on to this, they have even incorporated ground-up house window frames, PET plastic from water bottles, plant-based flax fibres, and discarded denim threads from the recycling of blue jeans into the interior of the EX30.

In the middle of the dash, you are greeted by a high definition 12.3-inch portrait infotainment screen, powered by Google. Over here, things are minimalistic, with just about every feature being controlled on-screen. This includes, the climate control function and even the centralised glovebox, which I feel can be a bit of overkill, and distracting to users.

A box for your potato chips?

But while the EX30’s interior boasts a liberal use of recycled materials, designers have balanced this with some new materials too. I particularly like the sleek satin-finished metal door handles, which emerge from a(nother) recycled panel. I do also like the neat touch of the dual cup holder drawer, positioned within the centre armrest area, which is practical, and looks like it came right out of a concept drawing. Below, a wireless charging cradles your phone, and sits in-front of yet another compartment.

To suit your preferences, the EX30 boasts a wide array of ambient themes to choose from, which includes the Northern Lights, Forest Bath, and Midsummer, all which reflect things – Scandinavian. And of course, being a premium car, there is a Harman-Kardon sound bar, located up in the front of the dash. This is accompanied by speakers discreetly located around the cabin, and for bass, a sub in the boot.

I do gripe about the lack of room at the rear though, as it is a tight squeeze for three. The limited rear knee room also makes the EX30 not the best for distance driving for taller rear passengers. Additionally, the keyless entry function only allows access from the drivers side, and to make matters more complicated, there are no functional locking/unlocking buttons on the key fob.

On the road though, the EX30 performance. Impressively well. The rear-mounted motor, which produces 272Hp and 343Nm, launches the small SUV to 100km/h in just 5.3 seconds. Overtaking is effortless, and if you do like a brisk drive, the EX30 feels composed around corners.

However, I would have liked it if the steering was less numb, even on its heaviest setting. Smoothness aside, the small SUV’s short wheelbase does show itself over rougher surfaces, but ride quality is generally smooth. You can drive with the regenerative braking on, however, I find that it is not the most seamless experience. Quickly, I found that turning it off improved the driving experience significantly.

Consumption-wise, on paper, the small Volvo does 17.5kWh/100km. I managed even better, at 15.1kWh/100km, even with some spirited driving. With a claimed 476km of range, the EX30 would probably give you between four or five days of driving with Singapore’s road conditions… which I feel is more than decent.

All in all, EX30 is a very different Volvo. It plays to a younger crowd, who are keen to embrace electrification.

2024 Volvo EX30 Electric Ultra 69kWh

Drivetrain typeFull Electric
Electric Motor / layoutSingle Motor, Rear Wheel Drive
Motor power / torque272hp / 343Nm
Battery type /net capacityLithium-ion / 66kWh (net)
Normal Charge Type / Time11kW AC / 7.5 hours
Max Fast Charge Type / Time153kW DC / 46 mins
Electric Range475km
0-100km/h5.3 seconds
Top Speed180km/h 
VES BandA1 / -S$25,000
AgentWearnes Automotive Pte. Ltd.
PriceS$235,000 with COE and VES
Verdict:Refreshing good looks could make it a winner. Pity the lack of rear legroom, and that price


BEV electric EV smart #1 SUV Volvo Volvo EX30 Zeeker X

About the Author

Augustine Lai

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CarBuyer – Revolutionizing The Online Car Marketplace In Singapore

Buy Used And New Cars Online
Start your car buying journey with CarBuyer as we connect you seamlessly to the industry’s best CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealerships. As a one stop car online portal you can now buy your new ride, be it a pre-owned car or a brand new car from trusted dealers all over Singapore, all in one place. Our ever expanding listing of quality and covet-worthy cars, new and second hand, from both owners and trusted car dealers, will leave you spoilt for choice. Refine your search by vehicle type, registration year, price, mileage, engine type, transmission, annual depreciation value and more to find the car that best suits your needs, taste and lifestyle. You can even search for your car by dealer or directly by owner.

Sell Your Car In An Instant With Confidence
We all know how selling a car in Singapore can be a daunting task especially for a first time car seller; from trying to get a valuation for your car, finding a trusted dealer, to getting the best quote on your vehicle. CarBuyer understands the hassle and even the costs involved and have as such partnered with Huawei to develop a FIRST in Southeast Asia AI car valuation tool that is able to provide a car’s resale value at the snap of a finger. Backed with a consortium of trusted CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealers you can be assured that you are getting the best price for your vehicle and do not have to worry about any hidden costs.

The Ultimate Car Shopping Experience Online
CarBuyer platform is the first of its kind to be backed by Huawei’s Artificial Intelligence and cloud computing, enabling it to be able to offer users transparency and enhanced security, all with the one aim of enhancing customer experience. So come on over to buy and sell used cars online at the best prices at CarBuyer Singapore. Connect easily with dealers in real-time via our online video call feature, or schedule a test drive when you’re ready. Have some questions? Get them answered instantly with our chatbot moderated by our responsive team. Stay in the loop with our car-related tips, reviews and news. Learn the ins-and-outs of your car, as well as global and Singapore’s car updates at your own pace.