2016 Chevrolet Volt Video Review

2 years ago by Mark Kane 41

2016 Chevrolet Volt | Driving.ca

2016 Chevrolet Volt | Driving.ca

Driving.ca released a short review of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt (from Canada), which it considers an enormous step forward from the first generation Volt.

Great fuel economy, new infotainment and paddle shifter for regenerative braking on demand were mentioned among the pros, while lack of a full-size fifth seat is among cons.

“Chevy’s newest Volt makes large improvements over the previous model. But some flaws remain.”

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41 responses to "2016 Chevrolet Volt Video Review"

  1. EVcarNut says:

    It’s the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread….”Dual Power Trains” Should work Good , Until things start to “FAIL”…. Then the Fun begins! “D0UBLE TR0UBLE” I can See the “FUN FUTURE” 0n the horizon..

    1. Goodbyegascar says:

      Why be so negative?

      1. SparkEV says:

        Having experienced double trouble with Prius, I have to agree. Either go with all gas or all BEV. Double trouble is not worth the trouble unless you plan to dump the car before warranty expires. Then it becomes the most powerful of all: SEP field engine.

        1. Dan says:

          Their reliability numbers have been very good so far. I think most of the negativity is just FUD. I would expect that both the i3 and the model S will have lesser reliability purely because there hasn’t been enough time to tighten up what are essentially brand new processes – even with an established manufacturer who employs six sigma or kaizen style quality processes, it takes time to figure out how to reliably stamp out thousands of items with low variance.

          1. SparkEV says:

            Back in the day when I got the Prius, people used to say Prius will last far longer than warranty period, and that any contrary view was deemed FUD. Funny how history repeats. Some of us learned from history.

            Car makers don’t make warranty period out of thin air. They have research to back it up. If cars last significantly longer than warranty period, they would’ve lengthen the warranty, if only to say “see? our cars last longer than the competition”. This is what Hyundai did.

            Trying to second guess them like I did is at one’s bank account peril. That is, unless something insanely great comes along just at the right time like SparkEV.

            1. lewl says:

              Prius cannot run one or the other, it needs both to survive.
              A volt can have an engine failure and still drive EV just fine (obviously with error messages aplenty)
              It can also have severe battery failure and still drive on gas alone.

              The one thing it can’t drive away from is electric motors/transmission failure. But the same can be said of any car with a tranny failure.
              Fortunately, the voltec has proven to be very robust to date, and only a few infant mortality issues from what I’ve seen user reports of.

              1. SparkEV says:

                What you say is pretty much what Prius crowd said back in the day: it’s highly reliable, blah blah. We’ll see in 8 to 12 years how Volt will hold up. I have no doubt Volt gas engine will still be running perfectly fine. But if the battery goes, one has to worry about old, albeit still well running gas engine as additional gamble.

                I don’t know if Volt with bad battery will continue to function. Such is the problem with Prius; gas engine will run probably well past 300K miles, but it won’t run (well) with bad battery. Also, Prius is now required to have “SMOG” check, and bad battery won’t pass SMOG check. Then one has to weigh battery replacement cost vs just junking it and getting a gas car, or SparkEV in my case.

                1. ModernMarvelFan says:

                  If a battery is bad in the Volt, then it can be equally bad in the Spark EV. So, your case of concerns are the same since you stated that you aren’t concerned by its ICE powertrain.

                  Did the 2012 Volt with nearly 300K miles have problems with its battery at 100K EV miles? No.

                  1. lewl says:

                    It’s actually worse in a sparkev, because you’re stranded. No battery, no go.

                    Volt only needs 10% of the battery’s original capacity or so to use as a buffer and it should still be able to run. So apart from a complete and total battery loss, it should be able to run just fine on gas alone. A sparkEV with a complete and total battery loss is just as bad as a prius with an engine loss. Going nowhere.

                    I’m not saying pure electric is bad. I’m just saying the volt approach isn’t the devil it’s made out to be here. The ‘unreliable ICE’ bits that purists are against don’t actually need to function for the car to run. You just get an error ‘engine not available’ and a MIL and it switches to EV mode again.
                    Obviously you’d need to charge up ASAP to continue driving, though.

                  2. SparkEV says:

                    If battery dies in SparkEV, I only have to worry about the battery. On hybrids (face it, Volt is a hybrid), you also have to worry about old gas engine, even if it’s running well for now. With >18kWh battery on Volt close to 19kWh on SparkEV, double trouble is really double.

                    The fact that Volt that’s not even out of warranty years runs well is meaningless. If you own it for 10 more years and the battery needs replacing, you’ll sing a different tune.

                2. JimGord says:

                  The Volt has a lithium ion (Li-ion)battery, The Prius is Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)
                  Totally different technologies. Lithium should last 8-10 years with less han 30 % degradation. In 10 years will cost only 100/KWh to replace.
                  Prius is old technology and no longer nearly “green” enough.

            2. Spider-Dan says:

              Yes, one of the common methods of FUD against the Prius is that “you’ll end up spending all your fuel savings on replacement batteries.” So how did that work out? I personally know dozens of 2nd-gen Prius owners (I live in NorCal) and I don’t know a single one who has had to replace their batteries.

              Furthermore, I’ve worked with 4 different Volt owners (plus my own Volt), and while we have all experienced issues as any car would, none of our Volts have ever had a problem that made the car undriveable. In fact, I’ve yet to even read of an issue with a Volt that made the car undriveable.

              1. SparkEV says:

                FUD is assuming GM engineers are morons who don’t know how to estimate warranty properly. How many of the Priuses are out of warranty in years and miles, and by how much? Failures occur AFTER warranty period, >10 years + 150K miles. Mine was 12 years, 149K miles, then it’s junkyard, not repair.

        2. David Murray says:

          In my time, my wife and I have owned 5 different Priuses (Prii, whatever you want to call the plural) they span all 3 generations and some were used and some were new. This was over the course of about 10 years. We never had a single problem with any of them outside of regular maintenance issues. So you’ve given your anecdotal evidence, there is mine. As far as reliability goes, I give the Prius an A+.

          1. SparkEV says:

            Until Prius battery died, it had only 1 problem which was dirty intake induction. As far as reliability goes, it’s A++, I agree.

            But the battery died around 11 years and 149K miles. Considering warranty was for 10 years / 150K miles, it died pretty much bit after warranty expiry.

            Anecdotal? Yes. But I trust Toyota engineers did their homework before coming up with warranty period, not just throw darts and guess.

            1. G2 says:

              Can’t wait to go pure BEV but,

              With regard to Prius reliability;
              Almost all the taxi cabs in Victoria and Vancouver BC are hybrids, mainly Prius and Camrys, and the operators run them reliably to 300-400,000 miles.
              The battery replacements, which are more rare than engine replacements in ICE cars, cost about $2.5K USD.

              So anyone who thinks that the car is some sort of inferior product from a reliability standpoint is misinformed and probably still believes in the NASA debunked ‘unintended acceleration’.

              PS: Tesla bring me a Model 3 for Christmas please.

              1. EVcarNut says:

                Make that 2 model 3’s one for U &one for me.. But.,Not this Christmas I’m Afraid.

              2. Fabian says:

                A Prius battery is only 2.5K USD installed? That does seem like a good deal compared to the cost of having a new ICE installed.

                I suspect that a Bolt BEV battery in 7-10 years will be quite approachable by an owner looking to get their BEV back up to 100% range. I am hoping GM over engineers them like they did the Volt batteries.

          2. EVcarNut says:

            GM Is NOT TOYOTA

          3. Proton says:

            I, too, owned 3 Priuses: 06, 07, 08, and leased 10 and 13. Never a mechanical or operational issue. Now have a 15 Volt which handles better, accelerates better, rides better, is free of rattles, and delivers 48-50 miles per charge in flat, hot, south Florida.

        3. Spider-Dan says:

          I doubt the Leaf owners that have lost 30%+ of their total range due to battery degradation would agree about the advantages of a single-source powertrain.

    2. ElectricPower says:

      Dual power like BYD Qin – 0-62mph in 5,9sec price $31000.

      1. EVcarNut says:

        That would be Sweet!…BYD is an up coming Car company with Huge Potential….With Warren Buffet Involved….

        1. ElectricPower says:

          BYD already sales 4000 Qins monthly only in China.

      1. G2 says:

        What does Consumer Reports say?

        1. Jacked says:

          CR tend to be biased against American made cars. Their reliability scores are outliers compared to other tests.

          It’s probably because they only survey their readers, who are primed by CR’s rating to believe that American cars are still junk. Thus confirmation bias results in more careful reporting of problems for American cars than CR’s higher rated cars.

      2. EVcarNut says:

        A 5Yr Existence Does N0t make it a proven product

        1. Spider-Dan says:

          So which “reliable” BEV are you comparing it to, then?

    3. Richard Joash Tan says:

      And you are a bulls**t!

    4. JimGord says:

      Actually, since Volt owners are expected to use the gas engine only 10% of the time, then the gas engine (unlike conventional cars) should outlast the body. The electric motor and drive train should easily outlast the body. The battery in 10 years can be replaced at the future cost of Lithium batteries which will be $1,800 for the Volt.
      Quite possibly a great deal. Over its lifetime, very low power train fuel and maintenance costs

  2. Koenigsegg says:

    LOL couldn’t even care about a 5th seat.

    I drive my Volt 99.9% of the time by myself.

    So I am driving around with 3 empty seats.

  3. kosee says:

    Fuel economy 5.7l /100km combined??? That’s worse then a prius. Shouldn’t plugin vehicles be at least 2.☓l /100kw?

    1. ggpa says:

      5.7l/100km is consumption while engine is running. Combined means city/hwy combined, not gas/battery combined.

  4. Speculawyer says:

    Base Price is $42,390? WTF?

    Oh . . . it is Canada. Damn . . . the Loonie really did take a hit.

    1. lewl says:

      And that price was set when the dollar was like 1.25 or something.
      It’s pushing 1.40 now.. Don’t want to see what the 2017 price will be…

  5. Bill Howland says:

    The reliability of the GEN 2 volt is still a bit of an unknown, and, in a certain sense a gamble because much of the car is new.

    I’m satisfied that the GEN 1 volt is uncharacteristically reliable – much more so than your typical chevy. Bob Lutz (his baby) said to warrant the battery for 8 years / 100,000 miles that it had to be designed for 10 years/ 150,000 miles.

    We havent crossed that time line yet but one volt owner’s 300,000 miles with no problems (including 100,000 miles plugin) is pretty compelling annocdotal information.

    So, you might think I’m upset at having 2 – out of date GEN 1 vehicles currently. Far from being ‘old fashioned’, in view of their demonstrated reliability to date, I couldn’t be happier.

    1. Jacked says:

      Yes, based on the Gen 1’s astonishing reliability, I plan to buy a used Gen 1 Volt once the Gen 2 goes on sale in MI. Due to the right wing smears and general fearfulness of Americans, I can score a used Volt for a fraction of the price of buying new.

      1. Proton says:

        May not be so easy to “steal” a Gen 1 Volt because the seller should also be aware of the “astonishing reliability” you site. But, good luck.

      2. Ash09 says:

        Actually, getting a great deal on a used Gen 1 Volt has several things working in the favor of the buyer:

        1. “Low” gas prices. A lot of other people are going out and buying trucks and SUV’s. Because you should totally make a long term decision to buy a brand new vehicle based solely on today’s gas prices.

        2. The Gen 2’s arrival, or imminent arrival in other places. Most people will want the new toy, and its improved EV/mpg numbers, thus driving further demand down for the older one. But if the old one’s numbers work for you, it’s great.

        3. The tax credit for plug-ins, at least in the US. Savvy shoppers will already factor this deal into a used Volt price. So even the second owner gets to benefit indirectly from that tax credit in the form of a lower used price. This does suck for the first owner though.

        4. People misunderstanding the usefulness of this car. Sure, it’s a compact with only 4 seats. But if you’re using it to commute to work and back by yourself, do you really need those other 3 seats all the time? For families, you could always get a minivan as a second car.

        And unlike a BEV such as the Nissan Leaf, if you can’t charge, and let’s be honest, the charging infrastructure still kind of sucks in most places, you can at least get around on gas, therefore eliminating range anxiety. Sure, you’ll have to burn some gas, but it’s either that or get a tow truck to carry your car home.