2019 Chevy Volt, Bolt EV Pass Automobile Mag #noboringcars Test

Chevrolet Volt vs. Chevrolet Bolt

OCT 1 2018 BY WADE MALONE 19

Automobile Magazine Thunderdome: Two Chevys enter; both Chevys leave with high marks. But one gets the bigger nod.

Automobile Magazine reviewer and social media editor Billy Rehbock recently took some time to check out the newly updated 2019 Chevy Volt and Chevy Bolt EVs. Rehbock wanted to see if the Chevrolet electrics fit the bill for the magazine’s #noboringcars mantra.

First, he took the reins of a Chevy Bolt sporting the new Slate Gray Metallic paint. He took the cars on a mixture of curved highways and country roads in the area around Burlington, Vermont.

My tester handled the route with hot hatch-baiting poise.

The Bolt EV leaps off the line and torches its front tires if the operator isn’t wary of the substantial 266 lb-ft of torque available from a standstill.

The 200-hp performed well when passing on the two-lane roads. The high regenerative braking and regen paddle and 238 miles of range made for a low-stress driving experience. In a differing opinion from many recent reviewers, Rehbock had no issue with the front or back seats.

The Bolt, with its slim yet supportive seats, even impressed me as a back-seat passenger with its generous leg room.

Chevy Volt

On the refreshed Chevy Volt, the reviewer felt that the plug-in hybrid had a lot of good qualities as well. Acceleration isn’t as sporty as the Bolt, but there is enough power to offer the occasionally exciting driving experience. Steering and handling have also improved since the last time he took a Volt for a spin.

The Volt interior was sculpted well and the material quality was high, but he did not like the mismatch between materials used on the door sills and the dash. Like a lot of reviewers, Automotive Magazine finds the low-rolling resistance tires on these cars aren’t ideal. Both cars offered a nice, quiet ride on electric power. Rehbock blew through the 53 miles of electric range quite quickly with his somewhat aggressive driving, however.

So both cars impressed overall. For those that look down upon electric vehicles, Rehbock wants to set the record straight:

Sometimes, folks seem to knock some of the more mundane electric cars for not being the best fit for our #noboringcars mantra.

As far as my #noboringcars assessment went, this dynamic duo had enough driving chops and techie gadgets to pass the test.

But which one came away as the reviewers favorite? Check out the full article below.

Source: Automobile Magazine

CHEVY BOLT

Chevrolet Bolt EVs - finding more US driveways every month!
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19 Comments on "2019 Chevy Volt, Bolt EV Pass Automobile Mag #noboringcars Test"

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John

Great seeing plenty of Bolt coverage at InsideEvs today- thanks for giving the Bolt some much needed (and deserved) press coverage!

Steven Loveday

We love the Bolt EV! Let’s get them to advertise it heavily and discount it more and sell sell sell

John

Amen, Steve! I’m biding my time for the upcoming lease returns in about a year. Should be some super deals on an awesome car, I’m thinking it may be time to swap out my first gen Volt for one.

Dimitrij

I think it is 1.5 years – 36 month lease started in Apr 2017

Al D

The Bolt is getting better, the range of the Nissan Leaf is increasing, the Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro EV’s are coming, and VW just announced its ID hatchback will be priced close to the Golf. VW will be taking losses on it to help meet new European emissions standards, which are also pressuring all the other European makers. It won’t be long before the other Japanese makers enter the EV battle. That’s good news for EV fans and bad news for Tesla.

William

This only Peaks interest in Tesla, as it is a premium brand. The more LG Chem battery powered multiple branded EVs that are sold between Chevy, Hyundai/Kia, and the soon to be released 60 kWh 2019 Leaf, the better for EVery Body that breaths ICE exhaust.

Let’s clean up city/urban/metro air in cities with stagnant air. China is leading the EV revolution. Try not to let your regional air quality be left behind, in a cloud of caustic carcinogens.

Sustainable2020

Al…EVs are not a zero sum game for Tesla. Musk n Tesla want to see the whole world driving or usuing bevs instead of ice vehicles so there is no “bad news” for Tesla. Tesla will easily build n sell many more model 3s to those hundreds of thousands of reservation holders in the next few years no matter what the other automakers offer. All of those bevs models combined you mentioned above will not even come close next year to selling as many model 3s as Tesla will this quarter!
More to the point is that the bevs you mentioned and any Tesla vehicle are in completely different classes as well.

ab

Kia Soul EV is coming up as well, and my hunch is that they just copy pasted the drivetrain from the Niro EV for economy of scale!

REXisKing

“Steering and handling have also improved since the last time he took a Volt for a spin.”

Can we get more info on this, as this is important.
And geometry changes, or upgrades to the suspension?

bro1999

Imagine the Bolt’s powertrain in the Volt’s form factor. GM should make it happen.

antrik

The Bolt’s battery doesn’t fit in the Volt. It necessitates a different shape.

ModernMarvelFan

Volt is too small, IMO. Volt powertrain needs to go into Equinox.

Bolt powertrain needs to be inside a Malibu.

bioburner

Agreed but the Malibu would need a bigger battery. I might be interested in an EV Malibu.

Boltfan

Bolts and Volts … rockn’ it!

Re-Volted

I wonder if the Volt becomes a crossover if that will also provide room for a Bolt powertrain. Could sell well if priced right.

Ziv

Nit picking here. In Para 2, I think you mean reins. Queen Elizabeth “reigns” the UK, she controls a horse by taking the “reins”.
Still wish my Volt had roomier backseats and better than 7 second 0-60. Not super quick, but quicker.

Steven Loveday

Good catch. Thank you.