CarGurus Mostly Impressed With 2018 Chevy Bolt EV

AUG 22 2018 BY WADE MALONE 40

Michael Perkins climbs Mount Diablo in the Bolt EV.

After spending some time with the Chevy Bolt EV, CarGurus reviewer Michael Perkins has come away “pretty impressed.” The 6.5 second 0-60 time and electric vehicle instant torque means the car is a blast to drive. Responsive steering, strong regenerative braking and a low center of gravity further improve the driving experience.

Despite the sportier aspects, the Bolt EV’s efficiency and energy usage screens caught his attention. After a full week of driving followed by an ascent to the top of Mount Diablo, Perkins has not needed to charge the long range electric vehicle even once.

Bolt EV Driving

Android Auto and Apple Carplay standard is also a plus although some might prefer built in navigation.

Of course, the Bolt EV is not perfect. The review knocks the size and comfort of the seats. The ride can get bouncy over rough terrain and the Michelin all season tires also are easily “pushed to their limits.”

Perkins also suggests skipping the ‘premier’ trim due to the distinctly Chevrolet hard plastics and less than stellar leather seat quality. Visibility is also good enough that he believes many of the optional safety features aren’t worth upgrading for.

For the rest of the details, check out the embedded video or read the complete review at the link below.

Video Description via CarGurus on YouTube:

A starting price less than $37,500 makes the Bolt an attractive option for electric-vehicle shoppers, especially while the U.S. government’s $7,500 EV tax credit exists. But consider its 238-mile range, spritely performance, and 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA, and the Bolt EV isn’t just a compelling offer, it’s the best deal in the EV segment.

An electric motor pairs with 60 kWh worth of batteries stored under the Bolt’s floor. In total drivers enjoy the equivalent of 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, but the delivery of all that power is completely different from what they’d find in a gas- or diesel-powered car. Managed by a 1-speed transmission, the torque arrives instantly, meaning the Bolt EV can sprint to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds. Additionally, aggressive regenerative braking means Bolt EV drivers can enjoy 1-pedal driving.

Chevrolet’s 10.2-inch touchscreen runs a unique version of MyLink that, along with supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allows the driver to view their energy consumption—and what’s using all that energy.

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“it’s the best deal in the EV segment” = Mostly impressed (for article title). I don’t understand the bias that InsideEVs pushes. Given the actual quote from the review, the title would be expected to read “CarGurus calls 2018 Chevy Bolt the best deal in the EV segment”, what’s up InsideEVs why the censoring of the articles text?

Huh?

I own a Bolt EV and love the car and wrote the article. I don’t think that “mostly impressed” is negative at all.

The ‘best deal’ quote isn’t from the article but from the youtube video description. And it is embedded right on the page so it certainly isn’t ‘censored.’

The video review itsslf was primarily positive but he did have some negative points to make as well so I noted them. Ignoring the negatives and only reporting the positives isn’t something we do at InsideEVs. We don’t do it for Tesla either! 🙂

Very much agreed.

Think the issue here for me, is that in a Model 3 review, you just say check out this review of the Model 3, but here for the Bolt you make a determination of the reviewers opinion and stick it in the title. That opinion is not a stated conclusion of the review, which as you state in the reviewers YouTube description is “best deal”.
We could also compare to the Business Insider review of model 3 which was very positive, but the title goes from “completely brilliant” (reviewer) to “In Love”, but again “Best Deal” (reviewer) drops to “Mostly Impressed”.
I generally enjoy the reporting at InsideEVs and support the work you do. I appreciate the reporting of issues with all EVs including Teslas, but feel that there is a tone bias to Tesla.

Each writer has a different way that they handle titles based on the information that is given to them. There is not one single person behind the scenes making sure that Tesla titles sound positive and GM titles sound bad. We just published two very negative Tesla stories and are feeling the burn from the commenters. Anything that is not Tesla-positive gets blasted in the comments for being fake news. Nonetheless, we will continue to publish stories from both sides. With that being said, I will pass on the word that we should be even more meticulous with titles. But, I do promise you that it is never intentional.

Totally agree Wade, Bolt is a very good car, if it just had slightly better looks, and comfort, GM would have a full on hit on their hands.

They already have a hit, they just need to slash the MSRP a bit (going to be dictated by tax credit soon anyway) and produce more of them.

It would have done very well in Europe if they had enough production and GM hadn’t sold off Opel.

The seat hurt my butt! Other than that, a great car.

The tires are prone to losing traction. That’s my one beef with the Bolt.

I am ok with spinning the tires around corners… haha! Nikki on Transport Evolved had a good video about that a while back, she complained about the traction too…

He complained about the seats but I think he was just parroting what other reiviews have said and what some “larger” people have complained about since early on. Also, he called the paddle brake a “paddle shifter” … it’s a brake not a shifter.

The test he did seemed pretty good and quite telling. As an early BoltEV owner (December 2016)I was surprised to see yet another reivew … but I think the design of his test up Mt. Diablo on a day trip after driving the BoltEV around for a week as a daily driver is a very real-world type of test for a review. It’s something anyone of us would do; he had some objective quality to his review as opposed to the Edmunds Review / Comparison: Leaf v BoltEV v Tesla M3 (this seemed completely contrived and artificial for example).

The seats don’t bother me at all either, although they are a far cry from our Volt or the Model 3 seats.

I have also talked to plenty of people who the front seats just don’t work for. They don’t seem to accompdate all body types. People should certainly try the car for themselves before they write the car off though!

On the other hand, for passengers riding in the back seat I’ve only heard compliments on the roominess and seating position.

Right – and the ergonomics of the Model 3 rear seat leaves a lot to be desired, apparently.

Exactly, the Bolt rear seat is much better then Model 3’s in design and comfort… I like in the back of the Bolt you can easily see out the front… Sorry, I am a bit of a backseat driver, and like to see out to give the driver advice. Haha!

I have no doubt you are a backseat driver type in addition to being an admitted Tesla shorter and LICE industry insider.

BS on the seats, I have a Bolt and I find that the several Model 3s that I have tried sitting in have back seats just as comfortable as my Bolt’s rear seats.

Of course the Model 3 front seats simply blow away the Bolts uncomfortable front seats and I find the Model 3’s front seats to be amongst the best offered.

I also felt the seats were OK, but in the market OK falls just a bit short for many buyers.

I’ve had no problems with the seats.

Fair review. He came to the same conclusion I did with regard for trim levels. While I would have liked some of the extras in the Premier, I couldn’t justify the added expense, so bought the LT. He’s missing the added advantage of the regen paddle on the steering wheel. While it does increase braking in D mode, it also increases braking in L mode. The most aggressive braking occurs in L with the paddle engaged. I use it all the time. The impressive regenerative braking and the way Chevy set up the one pedal driving is one of the Bolt’s greatest strengths IMO.

It really is a great car and really doesn’t have any real competition in it’s market space.

The Bolt seats cost me $14,000 because they’re the reason I ended up buying a Tesla instead. I’m 5’11” 175 lbs and the seats were absolutely excruciating.

Oddly my Volt seats were extremely comfortable and supportive. How the same automaker produces both seats is beyond me.

Also 5’11” and around 170lbs, and although the seats are firmer than most, I don’t have a problem with comfort. Its very interesting how divisive the seats are.

Mary Barra should answer for those seats.
How long has GM been making cars?
There clearly should be some expert at building seats in GM somewhere and that person should be given the job of giving a $40,000+ car Excellent seats.

This looks like a clear marketing attempt to keep sales low.
Along what that torsion beam suspension and plastic interior.

Thousands of people seem not care about the seats. They seemed totally fine to me when I tried them out.

Lack of ACC or even the availability of it as an option is a deal killer these days, especially at $40,000+. The seats are not ideal but definitely were part of the total engineering package as they were made for lightness, not comfort. The plastic was also in the design to curb the weight. Remember the goal GM had was to beat the Model 3 in EV range and get Bolt out on showroom floors far ahead of the Tesla. These were goals they met, so your butt comfort wasn’t high on the priority list. GM knows early adopters well after the Volt program which is winding down now. The plan was and is not to sell a ton of Bolts. I did get a call from my local Chevy salesman a few days ago. They had me on a list since I drove a Bolt there some time ago. It seems they have several Bolts and they aren’t flying off the lot. Its a subcompact in tbe form of a Nissan Versa and it costs $44,500 in Premier trim, what do you expect? People weary of waiting for their elusive $35,000 Model 3 will spring for a Bolt sometimes.… Read more »

With regards to the seats, height and weight seem to have no bearing on the problem. I’m 5’11” and 200 lbs. I have had my Bolt since 3/17 and have sat in the seat for hours at a time. I have no issues with the seat comfort. I have had all sizes and shapes of people in my car and nobody has complained, even when I asked their opinion of the seats.

So it’s an individual case by case situation. I bring this up incase there are people reading these comments who were thinking of going to check out a Bolt and getting dissuaded by reading of someone who has a problem with the seats and then thinking- gee, their the same size as I am, so I guess the Bolt isn’t for me. Go drive the car for yourself. Make up your mind for yourself. It really is a person by person problem.

Yeah, as also an ‘early’ BOLT ev owner ( I purchased mine in February 2017 – the first sale In Western NY), agreed that the BOLT ev is a great car in many ways. The Premier trim was also much too expensive especially since I preferred the Cloth Seating which to me is much more comfortable than the Premier’s Leather.

AS good as it is, competing companies are coming out with vehicles that best it range – the pricey Model 3, and also the Hyundai Kona due this fall.

Seeing as GM has promised plenty of ‘electrified’ (whatever that means) vehicles in the near future, I certainly wouldn’t mind if they reclaimed the Maximum Range title of the ‘value’ segment – especially since decreasing battery prices means its less difficult to put a larger battery in the vehicle.

The Bolt is a good car, well engineered, and built. Too bad GM did not spend some more time on the looks and comfort, they would have had a runaway hit…

And this is why Tesla is beating all challengers.
Tesla has continuous improvement, just like the computer industry.
Tesla doesn’t have 7 year update cycles.
Not to mention that GM should know how to build seats for a company this old.

No question, GM tried too hard to make the car reasonably priced… I think GM misread the market, the rumors I hear on the flagship Caddy EV coming at the end of 2020 GM did not repeat this mistake, I understand that baby is going to be luxury all the way. Have to wait and see if they get the design right?

With a luxury price no doubt.

The Bolt will drop in price until it is in the middle-high-20s.

Did they misread the market? How many on average $59k model 3’s do you think Tesla will sell on average yearly?

GM built a vehicle the knew they could sell for under $30k after the tax incentive is dropped.

GM has had too many own goals with their plug in cars for it to be accidental. Each car had a serious, but easily remedied, flaw. The Volt was over priced by just $1,000 when it first came out and was ridiculed for being “OVER $40,000!” That and the low inventory for the first couple years slowed sales way down.
Then the ELR came out. Small niche market for a slightly sporty 2 door, plus it was pokey slow and way over-priced.
The Spark EV was a sporty little car but it wasn’t available in most states and it was tiny and short legged.
So finally the Bolt shows up, well engineered, good range and tons of space inside. And it is ugly as a dogs breakfast and has front seats only a masochist could enjoy. Plus they chose to have relatively slow max charge rate and start to taper it at just over 50%.
I just don’t see these flaws in all these cars as accidents. GM is throttling demand back.

GM lost money on all the Bolts so far I believe, so it doesn’t surprise me to see some corners cut on less important items like seats. At least they didn’t cut things like a thermal management system ( like some other….)

I think they might be on to something with the trim levels, though I’d wait for the 2019s since the LT can then get the Driver Confidence II Package.

I mostly agree.

I really wonder how this car will be able to compete price wise once the Tax Credit goes away for GM? It’s already not selling that well WITH it. If you have a similarly priced Kona or Niro that has a $7,500 advantage, I don’t know why anyone would purchase a Bolt. Same for Nissan with the Leaf when their credit is gone.

That will depend entirely on whether or not one can actually purchase a Kona, or a Niro. So far Hyundai has been pretty poor at delivering the goods. GM, while not 100% satisfying everyone nation wide with delivery, has done pretty well.

Clearly, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is the best EV for the money. That model 3 costs a lot more. We needed a commuter car and the M3 was too much money.

I vote with my wallet. As consumers we ? all do . I was ordering bicycle accessories last night on Amazon and got a large dose of guilt. I’m buying a suspension seatpost for my electric bike. Sure, it’s made in USA but Amazon is killing the local businessperson. The items are $250 online, but a few bucks more a couple miles away at my local bike store. I knew I needed to buck up and go down there and give my neighbor some business. We buy a Bolt or Volt from GM and it’s a $40,000 attaboy pat on the back to GM for suing the he’ll out of Tesla and fighting the EPA, CARB and worldwide eco agencies. I double dog dare you to Google GM’s financing (they admit to it) of auto dealer association’s lawsuits both N.A,D.A. and state against Tesla direct selling cars. I dare you to admit that GM is trying to undermine Tesla’s survival and success. Not in the traditional, “We’ll build a Camaro to your Mustang, a Malibu to your Fusion”, competitive way. But in a lawsuit smear campaign, green compliance car underhanded way. I’m all for competition. Shoot, build competing models all… Read more »

I’m wondering if those ” low rolling resistance tires” are worth the extra miles. How much of a difference in range might a grippy tire cause. If I buy a used one it might be time for new rubber anyway. Maybe some aftermarket rims to match…..