We encountered several issues using the driving assist features during our test drive, and the layout of the infotainment system could be changed before customers get their cars next year. That’s a good thing too, because currently it comes across as a maze of menus and sub menus – it takes three presses and a scroll to turn the permanent dual motor Performance mode on. While Google integration is there, simplifying many tasks, just like we’ve seen before with Polestar, it doesn’t have carte blanche to change everything.
The screen itself is massive, a 12.3-inch portrait unit that is the control centre for everything, including the speedometer etc. There’s no screen in front of the driver, that’s reserved for the monitoring systems that, as part of Pilot Assist, will make sure the driver is paying attention to the road. I have to say that I find having to look away from the road to see my screen, sideways rather than down, slightly off putting, and the systems that monitor you remind you to not be distracted… with a sign on the screen and a bong. But as mentioned those are pre-production and hopefully going to change.
All cars at launch will be in Plus or Ultra spec, so Two-zone climate control is standard on all Volvo EX30s to begin with. Heated front seats and steering wheel, the big 12.3-inch touchscreen, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking assist, reversing camera, one pedal driving, automatic windscreen wipers, lane keep assist, Pilot Assist and automatic headlights. Apple CarPlay, Google integration, DAB radio and Bluetooth are also on the Plus. Ultra adds a 360-degree camera, automatic parking, the big panoramic sunroof and a series of alternative materials and colours.