Exclusive Images Of 2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Seat

JAN 13 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 71

With seating for 5, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt breaks away from the 4-seat trend set by the first-generation Volt.

Today, at the 2015 NAIAS, we took the time to go back to the 2016 Volt with one objective in mind: capture the Volt’s rear-seating area in detail.

Unfortunately, our time in the Volt was cut short as a General Motors staffer noticed us zooming in on the Volt’s fifth seat and testing it out, and rushed over to politely tell us that our time was up (or to get out now, we can’t quite recall the statement that was made, but it was rather aggressive).

Luckily, we still managed to snap a few quick shots of the back seats of the Volt, but we didn’t quite have time to slide into that 5th seat.

*UPDATE: Turns out the “get out right now” (yes, that’s the actual statement made in a rude manner) guy was a General Motors photographer who needed to set up immediately for a photo shoot of a GM exec in front of the Volt.   InsideEVs was granted permission to enter and photograph the Volt by the product manager.  And after 20 minutes of waiting in line, it was our turn to photograph the Volt.  Within seconds, the “get out right now” guy started barking orders to us.  Life at an auto show.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Seats - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Seats – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Seats - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Seats – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Seats - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Seats – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Seats - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Seats – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt View From Rear Seats - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt View From Rear Seats – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

Earlier Shot We Got Of The Rear Seating From The Launch Event.  Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Earlier Shot We Got Of The Rear Seating From The Launch Event. Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Hatch And Seating From Launch Event - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Hatch And Seating From Launch Event – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

From 2016 Chevrolet Volt Launch Event, Middle Seat Occupied! - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

From 2016 Chevrolet Volt Launch Event, Middle Seat Occupied! – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Cutaway At NAIAS Showing Rear Seating. Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Cutaway At NAIAS Showing Rear Seating. Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Cutaway At NAIAS Showing Rear Seating. Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Cutaway At NAIAS Showing Rear Seating. Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Cutaway At NAIAS Showing Rear Seating. Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt Cutaway At NAIAS Showing Rear Seating. Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

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mustang_sallad
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mustang_sallad

Looks like the comfiest way to sit in the middle is to just sit back and put your feet up between the front seats, fine by me!

Sublime
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Sublime

I thought you were supposed to put your heels in the cup holders.

scottf200
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scottf200

I think she can:

kdawg
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Middle seat is sometimes a coveted spot.

kdawg
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Go to the 1:50 mark

Just_Chris
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Just_Chris

I think you are supposed to put your feet either side of the lump and your ***** in the cup holders

Marc
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Marc

+1
” ***** ” stands for nuggets.

Mo
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Mo

This is not a fifth seat. This is 4 and 1/2. maybe a small car seat for a baby.

x
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x

To say the least , it doesn’t seem to be a comfortable 5th seat. I wouldn’t want to sit there for a mildly longer trip.

As the battery is not backwards compatible (with Volt gen1) they could have made the T shorter, have proper seats in the back and connect another flat battery module say 5 cm tall in the trunk. Nobody would have cared for the barely raised trunk floor but everyone would have appreciated proper backseats.

Speculawyer
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Speculawyer

4+1 is the way I’d put it.

Like those 2+2 cars where it there are two good front seats and 2 rear seats for kids or adults that don’t mind being cramped.

Nix
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Nix

Yup, I agree. The Volt is a 4+1 the same way the Tesla Model S is a 5+2 with the optional rear facing seats.

To be fair to GM, they aren’t the only folks to have a 4+1 that they call a 5-seater. I’ve seen plenty of rear seats where the middle seat is a very tough fit for a 3rd adult in the middle.

There really is nothing wrong with having one of the seats being for a child in a car that is marketed as a family car. Plenty of families have small children that will fit just fine there.

pjwood
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pjwood

+1

JakeY
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JakeY

I would call it 4+0.5. It’s because there is literally zero leg room for the middle person. This is different than most compacts I see, where the shoulder room is a challenge, but at least there is space for legs. So three kids can sit in the back relatively comfortably. And even car with a transmission hump do not take up all the leg room like this one.

So this is obviously not on par with other compacts. GM should really ditch their T shaped battery design for a more practical design. The space is there, it’s the pack design that holds it back.

ClarksonCote
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Welcome to every compact car ever. The fifth seat is never functional beyond that, unless you want to punish someone greatly.

Murrysville EV
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Murrysville EV

That’s not really true. A Kia Forte sedan is bigger inside than this car.

MTN Ranger
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MTN Ranger

The Kia Forte doesn’t look any better to me.

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David
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David

Not true. There are degrees to how uncomfortable a 5th seat is. This 5th seat looks unusable by an adult. And I think people are forgetting how big car seats and even infant carriers are. If there are adults on either side, you couldn’t even fit an infant carrier there.

ClarksonCote
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Well, people will complain. It’s the same class car it was before, and the example you state is no different for other cars of the same class.

People were moaning and groaning about not having a fifth seat, primarily for when they want to take three kids in the back. Because, you know, 3 adults in the back seat just doesn’t work out well.

So this provides the option for 3 kids without much difficulty.

It boggles my mind why people keep complaining. Volt 2.0 was never going to turn into a mid-size sedan, people.

But they gave a 5th seat like people wanted, which accommodates children, pretty much like any car of its class.

I personally wish they would have been able to eliminate the battery height in that area, but this still “answers the mail” on a fifth seat.

Speculawyer
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Speculawyer

I agree. And I’m sure you can get 3 adults in the back although they will be a bit cramped. But it will be good enough to take 4 office mates to lunch & back.

Spider-Dan
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Spider-Dan

It’s not much different than any RWD sedan. The 5th seat is not comfortable in anything but a FWD land barge.

Erik
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Erik

was that drivers seat all the way back? I assume, based on the visible track the front passenger seat wasn’t…

Phatcat73
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Phatcat73

Looks like a painful way to sit. Can you remove the rear cup holders?

Sublime
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Sublime

It looks like they can slide under the center console. But even slide away, there’s a huge “transmission” tunnel there.

unbiased
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unbiased

Most have said that the 5th seat must just be intended for a child seat, which I agree with and is fine…

However, if that is the case, why are there no LATCH points?

Gene Frenkle
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Gene Frenkle

I see them, I also see it on the back of the seat, I also see a 60/40 split.

unbiased
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unbiased

There does not appear to be any on the middle seat.

Gene Frenkle
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Gene Frenkle

I see what you are saying. I agree, I see 4 lower anchors and 3 points on the back of the seats. In my CUV I have 4 lower anchors and I can use the 2 middle lower anchors for my 1 car seat in the middle.

wavelet
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wavelet

There (presumably) isn’t room for 3 sets of LATCH hooks (or ISOfix, which uses the same spacing); having a set in the middle seat would require not having them for the outer seats (otherwise their would be an overlsp, which is confusing, and, at any rate, you couldn’t use all three sets at once.)

AFAIK, no compact cars actually support 3 LATCH carseats in the back row.

ModernMarvelFan
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ModernMarvelFan

No compact car nor even Midsize family car such as Accord can fit 3 Britax car seat here.

If you want 3 car seats or 1 car seat and comfortable for 2 more adults, then buy a Honda Pilot or Minivan…

Why do you think crossovers are so popular these days?

Puzzlegal
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Puzzlegal

What good would LATCH points do on that seat? If you put a child seat there, there wouldn’t be room for an adult on EITHER side, and you’d have to reach way in to fuss with the straps for the baby. Better to put the child seat next to one of the doors, and either one adult or two small children in the rest of the rear seat.

Speculawyer
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Speculawyer

:-/ I REALLY wish they had lengthened the car by about 5 inches.

You just can’t have a tall person sitting behind another tall person in that car and be comfortable.

Nix
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Nix

Mitsubishi Outlander.

Speculawyer
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Speculawyer

Meh. That is going too big, IMHO. You lose the aerodynamics.

codyozz
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codyozz

It will satisfy most I think. Unless there is 3 adults trying to squeeze back there. Then it’s just ridiculous! Anyway, I’m happy, and would buy one, even if my family was 4, knowing I could transport an extra kid with Volt 2.0 if need be. It also looks like the outboard seats are pretty comfy still.
But look at that cargo bay. It looks EXACTLY like our 2013. Same hoops for the cheap (and suitable) cargo cover, same bins on both sides, same load floor, same rake of roof.. even looks like the exact same carpet.
I for one with Chevy had gone with a sedan, AND a wagon.. as that would make for some great storage capacity. I would dig a wagon!!

Speculawyer
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Speculawyer

Four tall adults would not be very comfortable in the Volt.

Doug B
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Doug B

No headrest for middle seat, so not the safest place to sit if your over 4′.

Jay Cole
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It will show up in the production version no doubt, (=

no comment
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no comment

there are going to be complaints about the 5th seat, but there are going to be people who are just going to complain…the reality is that the Volt is a small car, so there is pretty much no way that you are going to be able to put 3 adults in the rear seat comfortably for a long ride.

David
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David

For any ride…

IDK
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IDK

I think the Volt (at least with 2.0) appears have out-grown it’s original platform. I hope with Volt 3.0 they consider different battery placement and more room in the back passenger seat area.

Chris O
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Chris O

Just like its predecessor: 2+2+ room for a suitcase. The result of sticking what amounts to 2 powertrains in one compact vehicle.

Stan
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Stan

I don’t see rear seat vents :-/

MTN Ranger
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MTN Ranger

They’re under the front seats.

George Parrott
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George Parrott

Tho I think the 2016 is a step forward….

Isn’t “manspreading” discouraged in mass transit at least?

8 – )

Uromd
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Uromd

Why did they put cupholders there? They should have put cupholders on an armrest that folds into the seat.

J
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J

Because they don’t expect anyone to sit in the seat. Even without the cup holders the battery tunnel is so high you still couldn’t put your feet there. It does look like a good spot for a car seat though assuming it has it’s own Latch points and doesn’t use the inside ones on the outer seats.

no comment
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no comment

exactly, not only is the seating area very narrow but the seating position is higher in a car with 1/4″ less headroom in the rear. it is clearly not a seat position for an adult.

David
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David

Which is obviously why they make a big deal about having a 5th seat…

Oh wait…

Breezy
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Breezy

I have the same question. There’s no need for cup holders ther

A

sven
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sven

Sitting in the 5th seat is like riding on a motorcycle without the fun. 🙁

Andrew
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Andrew

This may go down as the most ill-placed cupholder in all of automotive history.

The rear cupholders for this car should be molded into the flip-down armrest and the plastic ones at the rear of the center console omitted.

This fifth seat seams a bit slapdash, perhaps it was added at the eleventh hour.

ClarksonCote
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On the plus side, those rear cup holders also have two buttons for heated seats in the rear. Personally, I’d take that over a usable fifth seat any day.

If I wanted a fifth seat for someone beyond the age of 8, I would have a larger car.

Andrew
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Andrew

Yes, clearly this feature is meant to tick off a checkbox.

Most people never use that middle seat regardless of how comfortable it is, but wanting it “just in case” is enough to sway a purchase decision.

An office mate had a coworker in the trunk of her Volt once. So, you know, the middle seat will be useful occasionally. It’s better than the trunk, anyway.

Murrysville EV
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Murrysville EV

Thank you for getting those photos.

The low headroom really shows itself when the seat is occupied by a human.

This car quickly went off my Leaf replacement candidate list when I saw the dimensions, and these photos verify that.

P0litik@llyInkorrect.ru
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P0litik@llyInkorrect.ru

The guy in the pic sitting in the middle rear set is bent forward but his head still looks like it’s hitting the ceiling.

That 5th seat is an epic FAIL!

David
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David

Doesn’t look remotely possible to fit 3 across in the back. Absolutely no room for week.
It must be a joke. Good one GM. Great way to solve that problem!

Cavaron
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Cavaron

Yes… the new Volt has five seats… and the emperor has nice new clothes… 0_o

CAB
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CAB

The one really odd choice here is the rear cupholders. Why not just put them in the fold down center armrest? That’s the way a ton of cars do it including our Volvo XC60. The fact that they are “right there” just opens to door for this kind of criticism, and makes it more than just a tall “tunnel hump” in the way like a RWD car. Goofy.

CAB
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CAB

As an aside, there are several more days left for NAIAS. Any chance someone could actually stick three people back there and take a pic? Amazing no one did given the endless whining about a 5th seat for the last few years.

abc123
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abc123

Why are you guys complaining about the size of the 5th seat when there’s an even bigger problem?

THE 5TH SEAT IS NOT HEATED! WTF?

FAIL GM FAIL!

/sarcasm

ModernMarvelFan
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ModernMarvelFan

Gosh, people will always complain regardless of how the Volt is designed. That is why we have comment section so everyone can vent about their own opinion here…

ModernMarvelFan
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ModernMarvelFan
The fact of the matter is that you can fit a 5th person legally with seatbelt. That is what it matters. It is NOT designed to be comfortable or nice. It is designed to do so in a pinch. It is a freaking compact car. Have you ever sit in a Mazda 3, Civic, Corolla, Cruze, Saturn SL2 or Versa before? I have, it sucks big time. It is NOT designed to be that way. Get cozy with your other passengers and straddle the “horse” here and get over it. If you are buying a car for your 5th seat passenger comfort, then I am sorry, you are looking at the wrong car. Wonder why Crossovers are so popluar? Because those buyers want their 5th person to be comfortable. The compact class buyer want their car to be small, easy to park and cheap to run. That is the purpose… If it fits a car seat in the middle, then it has done its job. People want to carry kids in the middle. This is perfect for a family of 3 or 4 (younger and smaller family). You have more kids, get a minivan or crossover…
JakeY
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JakeY

The problem is that it’s not comfortable even for a kid to sit there, while for 99% of compacts I have seen there’s at least space for a kid’s legs in that space (even for RWD cars with a drive shaft tunnel; this is not a concern at all for other FWD cars).

If they placed the cupholder in a fold down section it would have at least helped a bit.

John Hollenberg
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John Hollenberg

I have had 3 adults in the back seat of my Leaf a number of times. A bit tight, but otherwise no problem. Even though it is unusual for me to need seating for 5, I wouldn’t buy Volt 2.0 for that reason alone.

ModernMarvelFan
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ModernMarvelFan

I am sure those adults in the back of your LEAF really love you for it… I guess it beats walking.

If you bought a LEAF, you wouldn’t have bought a Volt anyway since you didn’t get the key part of owning the Volt is so you don’t have to worry about the range. If you are buying the car just for the 5th seat comfort, then the car is NOT for you.

Apparently, as illogical as it sounds, people makes $30K purchase decision on the rarely used and frequently complained 5th…

Loaddown
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Loaddown

Amen! But surely they can hide the seldom used cupholders.
Bring on a Volt wagon i.e. Audi Sportback.

QCO
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QCO

Anyone know or observe how well the rear seat folds down? Is the load floor flat?

Also curious about the GM announcement stating 5th seat was optional, which implied there was still a four seat configuration available.

Lou
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Lou

As far as I can see, looks like GM added this “seat” just so that they can say “look, 5 seats”. However, as others have noted, this is a _small_ car. I recall my old car, a Hyundai Elantra, had room for 3 adults in the back and I’d never want to sit in the back seat middle. Kids(mainly small kids)will fit with no incident in the Volt Gen II. Honestly, you cannot please everyone.

Captain Bob
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Captain Bob

*sigh* GM finally gets it right with the Volt and all some of you you can do is P & M over the absence of a mini-van-grade back seat??? Pearls before swine, people. It’s neither a minivan nor an SUV and was never intended to be. By the same logic you would choose a ten dollar box wine over a bottle of Moet BECAUSE IT’S BIGGER. If an aircraft-carrier-class back seat is your measure of vehicle quality then buy a Dodge Caravan and then just STFU so the rest of us don’t have to listen to your inane whining.