Long-Term Holden Volt Review

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

Holden Volt

Holden Volt

The Holden Volt and the Chevrolet Volt are identical, aside from some appearance differences.

Holden Volt

Holden Volt

So, why bring you a Holden Volt review?

Well, the Holden Volt is sold exclusively in Australia and it’s not often we hear even a peep about the Volt from the Land Down Under.

Do Australians dig the Volt?

While most of the review discusses EV range, features, etc. (topics we’re all well aware of in relation to the Volt), some of its focuses on aspects that are Australia-specific such as price – $59,990, beyond the means of most Australians – and sales – 101 Holden Volt sold in Australia in all of 2013.

Also of interest in Australian plug-in sales scene: the Nissan LEAF lead the way with 188 units sold, the Holden finished 2nd, and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV 3rd with 15 EVs sold.

The we arrive at the conclusion.  This “long-term” test drive was limited to only 1,000 km, but still the verdict is worth sharing:

Of the hybrid and electric vehicles that we have driven so far the Volt is the first one we’d actually consider buying. The performance from the electric motor is more than adequate and it actually handles quite well too, not to mention being whisper quiet, so quiet in fact that you don’t hear it coming.

It functions perfectly well as a daily driver… A larger capacity battery would be icing on the cake but you can’t have everything and at least there is no need to be concerned about running out of charge.

We’d seriously consider adding this one to the collection.

Check out the whole review at Cars Guide

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11 responses to "Long-Term Holden Volt Review"

  1. Bill Howland says:

    Another fine vehicle. Australians themselves complain they are over charged for everything, so $59k pricing is just another typical insult for them…. I would bet the 101 who did purchase a volt are basically satisfied with it.

    I believe one of our Aussie friends (Martin T?) stated that, at least for the lofty price, you get every option available. So the car is loaded as we say in the states.

    1. Craig says:

      To put that price in perspective, you could buy three holden Cruzes for that money. It’s like they think we can’t work a calculator or look up an exchange rate.

      1. Malcolm Scott says:

        Not sure that even 10 Cruzes would equal a Volt, unless you were running a bus company.

        Would a bees —- more than 2 Cruzes get you to buy a Volt? If it would, then ask your Holden dealer.

        The exchange rate has depreciated 15-20% in recent months from when Volt pricing was set, and most expect it to shed another 10%. The business case has only got worse for the near future. Something massively dramatic has to happen with a Ver 2 of the Volt cost wise from free trade USA to overcome this exchange rate and customer expectations for a lower price. It will take a lot more than the bottom falling out of EV battery pricing.

        Current politics indicate that there is going to be absolutely nothing to encourage EVs in Australia for many years

        Chevrolet has withdrawn the Volt from the European market, and of note the RHD Chev Volt from the UK. I don’t think there is a volume produced RHD Volt market for Australia and NZ to tag along with.

        A demo Volt with bugger all km well off floor plan financing is I think a terribly good buyer opportunity that is unlikely to have competition for many years to come.

        A long range/extended range EV of market pricing that Holden are offering now is unlikely to be repeated for many years to come.

        Today I was impressed where three Holden dealers priced their low km demos, and what they put with their offers.

        At the moment, price for specific buyers for specific cars should not be preventing you putting a Volt in your garage. The time to act is now

    2. Martin T says:

      Yes Bill, the Australian Volt is fully loaded.
      I’m still disappointed in fellow Australians as they can’t seem to appreciate the technology, even though it’s expensive compared to euro models. The Volt has an advanced drive train why the euro branded models are what I term “vintage” ICE technology. (except when the BMW i3 arrives)

      My opinion is that in the end the GM brand down under is not a viable match for the Volt.

      Why – GMH local customer base if family “value” cars usually (not the best in class economy $ boxes) The exception – soon to cease local production is the Commodore (large car) is the “draw card” for the traditional V8 or V6 “driving enthusiast”
      So the only 2 viable GM cars down under is the Commodore or the Volt.

      Due to the price and size of the Volt it’s being used a technology advertisement for GM down under, with some of the nifty features migrating to our local commodore and then some…. example electric park brake and even self parking – which even the Volt does not offer.

      The crowd with the VOLT “money” and who are technology “savvy” seek a prestige brand plate – to full fill their perceived status.
      Hence the type of people that would / should be driving a Volt are busy buying “vintage” technology at another brand!

      Some people just don’t see value …. oh you think we are expensive down under ,,, check us out for rip off pricing on Porsche or Harley Davidsons.
      Then you will truly know you have been truly financially violated when buying in Australia LOL!
      + The inefficient overpriced lame distribution of motor vehicles locally would make your US or European eyes water.

  2. Thomas J. Thias says:

    Thanks, Eric for the review from ‘Cars Guide’.

    Great article-

    Meanwhile, another Australian review of the Holden Volt Long Range Electric Vehicle-

    This from February 1, 2013-

    “Overall the Volt is a brilliantly executed example of automotive innovation that makes any ICE only car seem primitive by comparison. It combines the benefits of a full EV powertrain with a part-time duty-cycle ICE to provide 600 km of combined range.”

    Link Goes To EV News-

    http://www.electric-vehiclenews.com/2013/02/a-week-with-holden-volt-extended-range.html

    …..From EV News- Comments-
    Martin (a year ago )

    “As an owner of one I can say I agree – it really is the best handling FWD, that low center of gravity and the best electric assisted steering – plus in my example perfect transition from electric braking to mechanical braking.

    I get with drawl symptoms when I drive any other car – yet us Australians are slow adopters, in this price range it must be about the brand image – not the brain cell count up top!

    We must re educate them one experience at a time-”
    Martin-

    Best-

    Thomas J. Thias

    Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

    1. Chris says:

      Sure, I’d love to be driving a Volt but for $60,000, a bit “F.U” to Holden.!!! Couldn’t care less if it was a home made Australian car. It has NOTHING to do with Brand Image and everything to do with the Cost. $60k – I could get a Kia Cerato Sli for half the price or the Si for $22k approx.

      Electric Vehicle adoption in Australia is a joke, thanks to a blind Liberal Government whos Anti-Green everything and corrupt.

      Everything is Backwards in Australia, I wish I could get out but I can’t. It’s just fk’d.

      1. Bill Howland says:

        Its deteriorating marekedly in the States also Chris. We both have to pay Carbon Taxes to Al Gore and Maurice Strong, amoung others.

        And thankfully, the only government that has finally figured out how to Tax Sunshine (so far, thankfully), is Spain. So Governments hit you no matter what your preferred prime mover fuel is.

  3. Malcolm Scott says:

    Martin T has covered the Australian context quite well.

    For Australian readers who would buy a Volt but the price is too high, I strongly urge you to talk to your dealer. There are good deals to be had. Holden has recently provided additional incentives to get you on the road with a Volt. You might be surprised.

    I bought a Claret Red Volt today. The price was in my modest budget, something I thought would not be possible for quite some time.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Congrats Malcolm, (=

    2. Martin T says:

      Hey Malcolm,

      Congrats on your New Holden Volt.
      It drives like no other ….. I enjoy mine all the time
      and over year put a 1/3 of a tank of petrol into.
      Cheapest most pleasant motoring / driving experiance ever ….