Volvo EX30 hands-on video.

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The all-new Volvo EX30 was on display at the Volvo Studio in Downtown Los Angeles for just a few days.

I was able to see in person, inside and out, and came out very impressed. It looks fantastic in the flesh, and the interior does not disappoint. Everything feels solid and looks great. It is quite roomy for its size, and the color palette choice Volco offers is excellent.

At $ 35,000, it is also quite an EV bargain. As I mentioned it in the video, that’s about $5000 cheaper than the basic Kia Niro EV! While I think the Niro is cute, it’s nothing like the EX30. The pricing is even more amazing when you realize the Chinese-built EX30 is saddled with a staggering 27.5% tariff. Sure, this won’t allow the small Volvo to benefit from the $7500 federal incentives. (The Niro doesn’t qualify either). But local state incentives are still available, pushing the starting price closer to $ 30,000.

The expected 275-mile range for the RWD version is also pretty good. (Again, better than the Niro).

Conversation 2 comments

  1. Looks nice, but the Volvo brand is dead to me now that it is essentially a Chinese car company wearing Swedish clothes. This EX30 is made in China (thus the cheap price), and I own enough other things made in China that my next car won’t be one of them.

  2. Chinese build quality has come a long way, it’s basically in line with Korean cars now. Any view on which countries are good at manufacturing good cars, or are you just anti-China?

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