Where is the speedometer on the new Chinese Volvo?

Where is the speedometer on the new Chinese Volvo?

Volvo’s small SUV is amazing, but it also needs some adjustment time.


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UnusualSwedish brand, Chinese manufacture: where is the speedometer?

Small size, affordable price: with the EX30, Volvo is bold and targeting new customers.

Shown at a starting price of 37,850 francs, of EX30 it is currently the cheapest Volvo on the market, despite being an electric car. Based on a platform from parent company Geely and built in China, this compact crossover is destined to become the Swedish manufacturer’s best-selling model.

At 4.23 meters long, almost 20 centimeters shorter than its big brother, the EX40, it lends itself a little to family car duty, but should suit singles and couples for everyday use. In addition to its spacious trunk, with a capacity of 318 liters, it provides another storage area for the charging cable, under the hood. The back seat can theoretically accommodate three people, but knowing that two adults are already squeezed in there, it is more intended for children.

Where did the speedometer go?

If the manufacturer has created an atypical space for Volvo, it has gone further in terms of space, not so much in terms of the cockpit, which we can point to a refined Scandinavian style, but in terms of equipment and materials. instructions. The molded plastic on the doors and dashboard does not match the brand.

You also have to get used to savings efforts that appear at different levels. Volvo, for example, has moved the window-opening controls to the center console to simplify the task and save cable length. Only the driver’s door has a Keyless sensor and the central instrument screen behind the steering wheel has also been omitted. To control your speed, you have to look at the large vertically mounted touchscreen of the center console…

On the other hand, Volvo EX30 has something persuasive regarding its main advantage, i.e. driving without emissions. This ranges from a charging scheme in the Android navigation system to a self-driving and charging time suitable for everyday use. According to the manufacturer, the 64 kWh battery can travel up to 475 km. In practice, however, with highway driving, this figure is close to 350 km. For a lot of traveling in urban environments, however, it is possible to get close to the range of 500 km. The small battery (49 kWh) has a range of 337 km. The smallest Volvo does well when it comes to charging. Indeed, it has the standard equipment and charger 11 kW and 22 kW for the top version. The Swedes promise a charging power of 153 kW on the fast charger.

Overall, the Volvo EX30 is a very attractive model. If you can live with the plastic interior and Android controls, you’ll find a comfortable little cruiser, stylishly designed and well-equipped for everyday life and weekend trips.