Interesting thoughts have been percolating lately, mainly because I’ve just been driving both the Volvo P8 AWD Recharge and the Mazda MX30. Both pure electric EVs, both small SUVs. And yet, that’s pretty much where the similarities end.
The Volvo is a full-house 78kWh bi-motor, all-wheel drive mini-monster with 408bhp, and costs - in the ‘first edition’ format, at least - just under sixty thousand quid. The Mazda, on the other hand, has a 35.5kWh battery pack, a single motor driving the front wheels, 141bhp and, in its cheapest version, can be had for £25,545.
I know, I know, the Volvo has absolutely every item of extra possible loaded into it, and then a few more that you never knew existed, never mind thought you needed, but there is a situation that it throws up. When is enough, enough?