2017 Chevrolet Volt – Performance Driving Review (Video)

1 year ago by Mark Kane 34

An interesting test drive review of the 2017 Chevrolet Volt appeared on the Tom from Car-Revs-Daily.com channel recently, that we thought we should pass on; as the new Volt does not seem to be getting as much notice these days with all the ‘long range EV’ mania taking center stage.

2016 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt

In the sporty first drive, the 2nd generation Volt was rated as a very good car, with great handling, a refined drive experience and quick acceleration.

The video is definitely worth watching for all those considering a purchase…or who just have an interest in the 53 mile extended range Chevy.

“Fast drive in the incredibly good 2017 Volt around Lake Lanier, Georgia. HD First Drive – 2017 Chevrolet VOLT – Performance Driving”

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34 responses to "2017 Chevrolet Volt – Performance Driving Review (Video)"

  1. kdawg says:

    He said the Volt only has 4 seat belts. It has 5.

    1. jdbob says:

      Maybe he meant 4 usable seat belts 🙂

    2. Bacardi says:

      He also used “Volt” and “Performance” in the same sentence…Clearly this article has glaring errors…

  2. Marshal G says:

    He mentioned other journalists driving that exact car before him. Obviously a GM press event. I noticed the only “rival” he talks about consistently is the Prius Prime. I suspect most of his info has been spoon fed to him by GM to frame the debate on their terms. No mention of the i3 for example.

    1. SparkEV says:

      i3 cost a lot more. Ford energi could competitor, though still not considering lot better AER for Volt. Interestingly, what is the competitor for Volt? It seems that provides most bang for the buck in PH segment.

      1. Marshal G says:

        True, but he could have mentioned it, saying although it goes further on battery power it costs significantly more. Instead he compares it to it’s weakest competitor.

        FYI I recently bought a used Leaf. I did seriously consider buying a used Volt or leasing a new Volt, but couldn’t find one anywhere near me. GM’s PR effort needs to be aimed at stealerships.

        1. Spider-Dan says:

          “Weakest competitor”? The Prius Prime will sell at least triple the number of units as the i3 REx.

          1. Marshal G says:

            The PiP was a cheaters way of getting a California HOV lane sticker. I’d love to see sales of the PiP outside CA

            1. Rick (no, not that Rick) says:

              If you think about it, any EV is a cheater’s way of getting an HOV sticker. HOV stands for High Occupancy Vehicle. The HOV lane’s purpose is to increase the passenger capacity of the highway. It has nothing to do with the EV vs. ICE argument.

              1. Spider-Dan says:

                You are neglecting to consider the major reason why HOV lanes exist in the first place: to reduce pollution by providing an incentive for people to carpool.

                Providing HOV access to EVs (and other reduced-emission vehicles) is just another way to accomplish this goal.

            2. Spider-Dan says:

              I wasn’t talking about the PiP, I was talking about the Prius Prime (which is more similar to the Ford Energi line in EV range).

              I fully expect the Prius Prime to heavily cannibalize Energi sales.

        2. philip d says:

          “he could have mentioned it, saying although it goes further on battery power it costs significantly more”

          The price for the Prius Prime hasn’t been released yet but it will certainly cost close to $30k with destination. The old Prius Plugin cost $29,900 without destination. But let’s say the new price is $30,000 including destination. It will get $4,500 in federal incentives for its 8.8 KWh pack bring the starting price to $25,500.

          The Volt starts at $34,500 with destination. With the full federal incentive of $7500 the Volt starts at $27,000.

          So $1,500 isn’t really significantly more and you get much better range and much better EV performance for that price. I think they will be direct competitors.

          Having said that I think the Volt will be a far superior car but the math and the specs will be lost on the majority of consumers and the Prime will sell more.

          1. Marshal G says:

            Was referring to the i3

            1. philip d says:

              LOL. If only I would have known it would have saved me quite a bit of wasted typing.

    2. David Murray says:

      I suspect the Prius Prime and the Tesla Model III will be the 2 main competitors for this car. Maybe not intentionally. But if you think about people who would be interested in this car, those are the two most likely cars to be cross-shopped. of course, I doubt many people will choose the Prius Prime over the Volt if they have driven both. But Toyota will likely attempt to sell their car, where GM tries to hide theirs. As a result, many will buy the Prime without ever knowing about the Volt.

      1. Spider-Dan says:

        I’m actually convinced that GM has a different, longer-term strategy for the Volt.

        The lease deals on the Volt were, and continue to be, absurd. The residual values in these deals are not remotely based on reality; the residual on the 2013 that I recently turned in was around $26k, which was what I paid (after state+fed rebates) on my new 2017. I have seen used 2013 Volts similar to the one I had selling for $15k-18k.

        I think GM is intentionally taking a bath on lease deals for the Volt to get them out there. Once they come off of lease and “the normals” start buying them as much cheaper used cars, they will act as the REAL advertising for the car.

      2. pjwood1 says:

        After almost 4 years of Volt ownership, “after they have driven both” is something I think almost never happens.

        The EV/PHEV segment is no place for dumb loyalty. That’s really throwing out the baby, and bathwater.

  3. David Murray says:

    I’m working on the review to beat them all. I’ve been working on the video for a month now. I’m hoping to be done in another week. I’ve already sent some test-clips to some insideEVs people, I’m surprised they’d even run this review instead of waiting for mine.

    1. bukweet says:

      Eagerly awaiting your review David.

      I will be ordering a Volt Premier very soon.

      Why am I ordering rather than purchasing directly? Because. for some reason, availability of the black/brandy interior is very, very limited in the NE.

      Go figure….

    2. SparkEV says:

      Include a 0-30 MPH race against Tesla S85, Mustang, Camaro if you can. It seems very few people know how quick the new Volt is.

      1. David Murray says:

        Well, I don’t have a Tesla on hand to race.. BUT.. funny you mention that, in the video I do take my Volt to the track and surprisingly win a few races against some hot-rods. I do mention the 60 feet launch time being faster than the base-model Tesla Model-S.

        1. DL says:

          Do you mean to the “strip” as in “drag strip”? Or did you actually take the Volt to the “track” as in “race track”?

          Even the mighty Ludicrous S is king of the “strip” but still not much of a competitor at the “track”.

  4. Tech01x says:

    This guy seems to love every car he reviews.

    1. kdawg says:

      Sort like when Homer Simpson becomes a food critic and likes every restaurant. Everyone in Springfield becomes fat. Hey maybe that would work for EVs! 🙂

  5. jdbob says:

    This guy thinks the Volt uses fiber optics? I find that extremely unlikely, not even Tesla does that. There is some ethernet in the Tesla but connections to power-train components still use the CAN buss.

    1. Durkle says:

      And that was when I stopped watching the video. As an automotive electrical engineer, though I didn’t work on this product, we would know if they were using optics for data transfer. Also I thought the Volts didn’t turn on their engine when accelerating unless the battery was nearly drained, which would leave me to believe that he’s doing this review with a drained battery which is too bad because I’m pretty sure it’s faster with a full one!

      1. Bill Howland says:

        Hi I’m an owner of a 2011 VOLT and 2014 ELR, both first generation.

        I did rent a 2016 VOLT, and checked out the ev acceleration (the engine didn’t start, but he had this thing in sport mode – something I didn’t check for – in sport the engine may start with a charged battery to get considerably better acceleration).

        He commented on the wipers being high tech, so I assume they are the same as in the ELR – 2 wiper motors which shut down at the end of travel, or ‘twice per wipe cycle’.

        I chauk this up to GM having too many engineers – wipers don’t use that much juice in the first place. I think I’d rather have a standard assembly, but knock on wood haven’t had any trouble with the high tech ones.

        The place to save accessory juice is in the HVAC fan – those things use a ton of amps, and the only ‘efficiency enhancement’ GM has done is with the speed control, using a PWM controller instead of a resistance.
        Unfortunately, since output of a centrifugal blower is proportional to the cube of the speed, the resistor wasn’t such a bad idea for the past 100 years, since the output is next to nothing with it in the circuit. But it is a slight improvement.

        A much bigger improvement would be if they used a decent diameter backward-inclined blower wheel, and a larger evaporator to decrease the Inches water-column (static pressure) the blower has to work against. Either or both would greatly decrease the blower horsepower loading – but in the scheme of things its a small drain, and you need the heat in the wintertime anyway.

        I’m not sure to what extent the lights are multiplexed in my cars, but I can tell you this in my 2011 Volt. The car uses SO MUCH juice off the 12 volt aux battery in mtc mode that listening to the radio will make the car go dead in a few hours, the same thing that happened to my great – grandfather’s car prior to 1955. But then, the auto radio had to run a vibrator power supply, and the high voltage required several amps at the 6 or 12 volt input.

        It must be the 27 microprocessors in the 2011 VOLT aren’t cmos (low power).

        As far as this review goes, he sure went GAGA over the new VOlt. When I test drove the 2016, it was nice, but I like the instrument cluster of the 2011 better, I like the 2011’s Bose features better, so it wasn’t enough of an improvement to justify a swap-out. I’m living with my 2011 another 5 years.

  6. Rick says:

    He has no clue

  7. DL says:

    Paddle down shifter?

    Douche bag from the first minute.

    Where is the “performance driving”?

  8. DBMoore says:

    Did anyone notice the reflection of the wine color dash panels in the windshield? I’ve heard that that is an issue, now I see it’s true. The accent color looks really cool, but I would have to pass. And, yeah, the guy doesn’t seem to have even a minimal understanding of the Volt’s operation.

  9. BB says:

    I drove a 2007 Prius and got around 50mpg during the summer and 43 or so during the winter. I just traded it for a 2017 Premier Volt. Past cars: Infinity, Lincoln, etc. This is the best car I have ever owned. 1800 miles so far and used 2 gal of gas (only to intentionally run the gas engine). ONLY criticism is no fast charging. I installed a 220 Clipper in my garage and it does chg it fairly quickly but wish they had 440 like the Tesla chg points. Unbelievable vehicle! I have solar panels at home and have virtually NO expense in driving it around town and to and from work.

  10. Chris C. says:

    Several comments above have already pointed out that this guy has no clue.

    To me, reviewing the Volt solely in range-extender mode is, ahem, ludicrous. Sure, at some point go ahead and drive the battery down so that the gas engine kicks in and make that experience PART of your review, but you really should start with it in EV mode, not drained. The car is even better then. If GM hands you a discharged Volt for a review, hand it back.

    As soon as he implied that punching the accelerator took it out of EV mode and started the gas engine, I knew that there was a fundamental failure of understanding here. Then I actually heard the gas engine and stopped watching.

    Also, the words “plugin hybrid” didn’t help. Sigh.

  11. Arnold says:

    I drove my 2016 2,200 mi and only used 1/2 gal of gas (I think I may have accidentally has it in the Mtn mode). I haven’t tried the Sport mode yet. Very nice pickup. Usually charges to 57 or 58 mi on battery. L2 Clipper fully charges in 4-5 hrs. Check system online (batt/mi/chg)

  12. Paul says:

    Not impressed by this guys knowledge of the car. He needs to do his homework before posting a test drive.