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5 Thoughts About the 2025 Volvo EX30

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5 Thoughts About the 2025 Volvo EX30

When we got behind the wheel of the 2025 Volvo EX30 at the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Spring Rally, we were excited. This compact electric crossover was originally slated to hit the market this year as Volvo’s new entry-level EV. But then, the U.S. government threw a curveball by imposing hefty tariffs on Chinese-built vehicles. The EX30, currently manufactured in Chengdu, China, had to change its plans.

1. Delayed Gratification

Volvo decided to postpone the EX30’s on-sale date until next year when production shifts to Ghent, Belgium. That means the American-market EX30 will likely debut as a 2026 model. So, the burning question isn’t whether you should buy it, but rather, will it be worth the wait? We think so.

2. Minimalist Design Done Right

The EX30’s design is a masterclass in minimalism. At first glance, it appears straightforward—a basic box without even a grille. But look closer, and you’ll discover intriguing details. The debossed Volvo insignia up front, the wheel well curves mirrored in the panel gaps, and the elegant linework in the head and taillights—all contribute to its understated yet captivating aesthetics.

5 Thoughts About the 2025 Volvo EX30
5 Thoughts About the 2025 Volvo EX30

3. Premium Feel Without the Price Tag

Step inside, and the EX30 continues to impress. While the open dash and single center screen might seem basic, there’s more than meets the eye. Metal door handles that blend seamlessly with the trim, intriguing materials (like speckled recycled plastic), and thoughtful touches (such as translucent trim in the vents) elevate the EX30’s interior. It feels fun and premium, punching above its anticipated price point.

4. The Control Conundrum

However, Volvo seems to have taken a page from Tesla’s playbook when it comes to controls. Everything happens on that center screen—the instrumentation, climate adjustments, and stereo settings. While acclimation is possible, having critical info directly in front of you (via a head-up display or a smaller supplemental screen) remains superior. But hey, at least it keeps costs down, right?

5. The Bottom Line

The 2025 Volvo EX30 starts at an attractive $36,245 (including the $1,295 destination charge). It’s the most affordable model in Volvo’s lineup and holds its own against gas-powered rivals. If you’re willing to wait a bit longer, this small electric crossover promises a premium experience without breaking the bank.

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