Tall, Large Guy Tests Small 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

OCT 13 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 38

How does this big guy fit in the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV?

This larger, taller man is at an auto show checking out the new, 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV. He says he’s 6’4″ inches tall and a touch over 250 pounds. After doing a brief walkaround and providing some basic information, he wonders if he’ll be able to get into the small electric car. While the Bolt EV is a compact car, it has a unique design that makes it much more representative of a crossover than many other compact cars.

The good news is that he has no trouble getting into the Bolt EV’s driver’s seat. He actually goes so far as to say that he’s comfortable, has lots of head room, and an extra six inches or so in front of his knees. He’s also happy with the outward and dash visibility, as well as the adjustability of the driver’s seat. Once he’s inside he provides a brief tour of the vehicle’s cabin.

The true test comes, however, when this big guy decides to check out the rear seats. He doesn’t expect there to be much leg room, and he’s right. While he does fit back there and would be fine for short trips, his head is just barely touching the headliner and his knees are hitting the back of the front seat. He says that there’s still a surprising amount of room and that a 6’3″ person may actually be ok back there.

Do you own a Bolt EV or have you sat in one? If so, share your impressions with us in the comment section below.

Video Description via Big Skid Media on YouTube:

2019 Chevy Bolt EV. Will you fit? Small Electric Car Review

If a tall fat guy fits into the Chevy Bolt, then you can too. It’s the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt, and yes it is a compact electric car, but it’s roomier on the interior than you might otherwise think.

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38 Comments on "Tall, Large Guy Tests Small 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV"

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bro1999

The Bolt is like a TARDIS. 😀

Dimitrij

I have heard that the 2020 Premier version will be equipped with a remote-controlled sonic screwdriver

Recoil

No, I think the TARDIS has ACC and autopilot.

Warren

At 5’10” and shrinking, 160 pounds, I sleep in this car while my autopilot (wife) drives. 🙂

cab

I actually sat in a 2019 at the Texas State Fair yesterday. It does appear Chevy has added a bit more padding to the center seat section so the sides aren’t quite as intrusive (basically, the “factory” version of the same fix several owners have done). The front seats are still too narrow of course…an exrra inch of width would go a longvway here.

BillT

It really is hard to beat the tall hatchback form factor for space to footprint efficiency. I just wish the Bolt was a little longer to permit more cargo space behind the 2nd row. Hopefully the upcoming Buick version will rectify that.

Dav8or

Me too. I wish it were more wagon like, but it does pretty well. You can put a lot of stuff in it vertically behind the rear seat. The car could have been longer without lengthening the wheel base. I know it’s sacrilegious talk in today’s car trends, but some amount of overhang is OK and the wheels don’t have to always be pushed to the absolute corners.

Dimitrij

More cargo, or a spare wheel.

Chris

I understand that they make a version without back seats, if that would work for you.

Mike

The Tardis comment is pretty accurate. Chevy figured out a way to warp space with that car. Kind of like the Ron Weasley’s tent. At 5’10” there is a ridiculous amount of head room. Easily 4-5″ of empty space above my head. My 6’4″, 300 lbs co-worker fit in there quite nicely, though the seats are probably a bit narrow for him.

They could actually have reduced the head room a bit to reduce weight, lower the center of gravity and aerodynamics. I parked next to a Model X and the height of the two cars is very similar, but the X is at least a couple feet longer.

Matthew Kennel

The interior and exterior dimensions are a near clone of the BMW i3. Which is a good thing for functionality. The i3 looks small from the outside too, but is remarkably open and roomy for front passengers.

Dimitrij

The i3 is indeed roomy inside, but it’s 6″ shorter than the Bolt

VT Leaf

I’m 6’5” 210lbs — the Bolt is great, as was the Leaf. Looks like a clown car but so be it. Gives a chance to talk about why there’s so much interior space — simplicity of an EV.

Chris

Watching the ALCS, I am struck at how much the Chevy Bolt looks like the catchers’ helmets.

Warren

At our car show a heavy (350lb) guy was sitting in my i3. I specifically asked him to see how he would fit in the Bolt. He could not get in the Bolt. His legs wouldn’t clear the steering column. In the rear seat, the Bolt has less actual headroom, and the side of your head easily can rub against the curvature of the roof. It is more like a fuselage tunnel in the rear.

Dav8or

Was the seat all the way down and the steering column all the way up? There are adjustments to make and if the person that drove the Bolt, or sat in it prior was 5’2″ or something, likely the adjustments were all wrong. I have no idea what you’re talking about with regards to the back seats. Nobody complains about them. I have driven mine with three adults back there and nobody complained. In fact they were surprised how comfortable they were considering how small the car is. Nobody rubs their head on the “fuselage”.

groingo

Look at this guys legs are pressed against the door panel and his right hip is also pressed against the console, the seat bottoms are still only 17 inches wide while the Volt is 23 inches wide, same with my Leaf at 23.
When he was sitting in the rear and he checks for head room his greasy hair is touching the headliner, hope it has Scotch Guard!
Basically the guy was an idiot, try driving for an hour as driver or passenger and the Bolt feels like a Sardine can.

Dav8or

Nonsense. I routinely drive my Bolt over an hour each way on my commute. No sardine can. I do the same commute sometimes in my wife’s Lexus RX-350 and interior space wise, it feels the much the same. Why you have the hate for the Bolt is your business, but I see no good reason to call the reviewer and idiot only dumb biased reasons.

groingo

You can’t review a car you have never driven.

Dav8or

He’s not giving a full car review. It’s an impression of what it looks and feels like to sit in a Bolt. I don’t think he ever calls this video a review of the Chevy Bolt.

Dimitrij

I have driven a Bolt for almost 1.5 years and 27K miles; I find the car very roomy inside. I am 6’2″ and 215 lbs (188 cm and 98 kg). The longest I have driven it was 4.5 hours/day and 2.5 hours in one stretch. No sardine cans.

From other EV’s I have driven, the i3 is as roomy as the Bolt, and the TM3 is a lot lower, but quite a bit wider. I haven’t driven a Leaf, only sat in it for a while, so can’t comment on how it would feel to drive it for a period of time.

Tom

Hah! I just purchased a Bolt and it looks huge parked in the garage next to the Suzuki Swift I converted to electric 9 years ago and am still driving! I’m 6’0″ and quite comfortable in both. It’s just a matter of mentality. Most of the world drives smaller vehicles. In India they fit 3 people on a scooter. People in the U.S. grew up with large vehicles and think it must be so.

MoMac

His head wasn’t touching the headline. You may need an eye exam.

You have to go by what he says as far as plenty of room in the front, as camera angles can be deceptive.

Here is a good example. From the first 3 photos, it looks like the pool is only about 2 feet or so from the house. Then from a different angle (4th photo), you have a better idea where the pool is in relation to the house.

http://www.priceypads.com/deceiving-camera-angle/#

Tom

My wife has an 18 Bolt, I have an 18 Leaf. I’m 6’. While I prefer the seats in the Leaf, I have to say that the Bolt has the most driver / passenger legroom that I can remember going back to my old mans mid-70’s Lincoln land yacht!

The Bolts seat backs (in my case) truly suck; my back rests on both side bolsters, and, the car needs a power seats for the best comfort.

Dav8or

I don’t understand how power seats would make them more comfortable. Can you explain?

Bill Howland

Haven’t tried the 2019 Leather seats, but when I sat in the 2017’s Leather Seats I couldn’t stand it. Thankfully the car I bought has those “CHEAP” Cloth seats which are very comfortable after hours of driving – since I rarely stop when I’m on the road.

Dimitrij

for some reason I cannot quite comprehend, I HATE power seats … So, I’m very glad that the2017 doesn’t have them.

MoMac

The Bolt EV would have made that top 10 depreciating (after 5 years) cars list too if it had been around for 5 years.

But only BECAUSE they failed to subtract out the $7,500 EV tax credit in the calculation.
iseecars failed to adjust EVs for the tax credit in that top 10 list.
In other words, the ONLY REASON the Leaf and Volt were the top 2 in the list was because immediately after buying a Leaf or Volt, it’s value as a used car has dropped by a minimum $7,500 when one excludes the $7,500 tax credit from the deprecation calculation (as iseecars did).

Shaun

There is really nothing magical about this, they just made it very tall for its size like other small hatchbacks have done. The downside is that it gives the car awkward proportions that resemble a minivan at a glance. Personally, I think the Bolt would have sold better had they lowered the roofline to make it more resemble a sporty hatchback. I like practicality, but I’m afraid the buying public seems to prefer form over function.

Ziv

Even an inch lower and the Bolt hood to roof curve would have looks less clown car’ish. They chose to make it look unattractive.

Kdawg

I have a friend who’s 6’3″ 275lbs and took a test drive in a Bolt EV. He said he had a lot of room and was impressed.

Kdawg

This guy is 6’5″ and says he had plenty of room. https://youtu.be/AHycHt2zicg

Cypress

Funny to me how people call the Bolt a small car, but other than width, has similar value interior dimensions to the Model 3, and the Bolt has more storage and cargo capacity, but no one seems to complain/criticize the Model 3 as being a small car.

Bill Howland

Its the same issue as a Model ‘3’ is inexpensive (which in fairness, it is – when being compared to other new Teslas), but the Bolt EV is described as
‘unaffordable’, when in my state at least – you get $9500 in tax credits. Thats a huge chunk of change and a large percentage of the car’s purchase price.

Jack

I basically match this guy but with a skinny bottom… the Bolt is comfortable for me as well. The sears are not as nice as the i3, but it’s pretty good.

I am not comfortable in the leaf without the power seat option. (Need to tilt the back of the bottom to avoid torturing my tailbone).

Doug B

Am only 5’11” and 165lb, find the Bolt very comfortable and seats sporty in their support. Last couple long trips over 150 miles each way, had no problem and enjoyed zipping through the mountains. Love the pickup of the Bolt when climbing passes, and found the Low ‘gear’ high regeneration to be perfect for coming back down. Drives included Wilkerson, Independence and Hooseir passes.

ERIC COPLAND

WHEN I PURCHASED THE 2017 BOLT, I WAS 6’4′ AND 207 LBS. GETTING IN AND OUT WAS A PAIN IN THE YOU KNOW WHERE. AS A RESULT, I WENT TO WALMARTS AND PURCHASED: A WOODEN BEADED SEAT COVER AND A DINING CHAIR CUSHION. NOW, I SLID IN/OUT OF THE DRIVER’S SEAT LIKE A BALLET DANCER. NO MUSS. NO FUSS. THE CAR IS A-OK AND I RAVE ABOUT IT TO EVERYONE. NOW THAT I KNOW HOW TO USE PLUGSHARES AND RELATED APPS TO LOCATE FAST CHARGING STATIONS, LONG TRIPS ARE NO PROBLEM.

Stephen Parks

MANY people look at the Bolt and think it is a small compact car, when it is really not. Since the battery is in the floor like a Tesla, the top part of the car is available for people and storage. We had friends that were used to a full size Infinity SUV say there would be no way they could fit in the back seat, but we twisted their arms to sit back there and they were amazed at the 1 foot of room between their knees and the back of the front seats and all the head room they had. They were 5’10” and 6’2”. So many people are used to all the room taken up by conventional cars with drive shafts, gas tanks, transmissions, exhaust pipes, muffler, catalytic converters, etc., they just don’t realize the real room you get back when all that useless junk is gone!