The new Volvo EX30 is terrific to drive. It’s a compact electric crossover with strong performance and is at its most entertaining in its middle-range rear-wheel drive form, more so even than the incredibly rapid flagship four-wheel drive variant which can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds.
Few other electric cars, let alone small crossovers, have the levels of agility, grip, adjustability and engagement that the EX30 offers.
And yet I cannot in any honesty recommend you buy this car. It’s tempting to put it more strongly: do not buy a Volvo EX30. As we’ll explore in the following pages, it is frustrating to use to well beyond the point of annoyance, which is such a shame given the rest of the package – the design, the style, the range and value and most of all the driving dynamics – are so strong.