2016 Chevrolet Volt In Chicago (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt was recently well received by Mashable after a test drive in California.
The new generation was praised for its enjoyment, smooth, comfortable driving experience and an extremely quiet cabin in all-electric mode (extended to 53 miles EPA).
"Carving through the corners, the Volt remained extremely hushed and planted on the road. Although the car was designed for efficiency rather than fahrvergnügen (German for "driving enjoyment"), it excels at both. With virtually all of the electric torque available at any point, the Volt is zippy, capable of doing 0 to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 98 mph."
Interesting note is that Volt offers "delightful all-electric driving experience," at a much lower price than Tesla, which is important for consumers who can't afford the long-range BEV.
The other note is that no creature comforts are sacrificed:
"In the Volt, just like its other non-EV modes, Chevy offers a Bose sound system and leather heated front and rear seats as well as a heated steering wheel."
According to Mashable, the new touchscreen in the center with a lot of features to present driving/propulsion stats will appeal to tech-savvy drivers. Apple CarPlay connectivity does the job and is "incredibly easy to operate".
Driving in hybrid mode, with gasoline engine on, isn't as pleasant as the all-electric mode:
"Funnily enough, for as well-known as Chevy is for its gasoline engines, it's the Volt's 1.5-liter that tarnishes the car's sterling driving experience."
"The shudder is a sensation akin to driving over an undulating road or an engine not running on all of its cylinders. Arguably, most drivers might not notice the engine-caused shimmy — especially on rougher roads. But it was prominent enough to disappoint me a bit, as the rest of the Volt's driving properties were pristine.
That said, the engine does deserve some kudos. Unlike virtually every other plug-in hybrid or range-extended EV on the market, starting up and throttling the engine doesn't fill the cabin with a sonorous droning sound. Instead, passengers will hear the engine but won't feel like they're being punished for exceeding the electric range."
Overall, versatility of the 2016 Volt, with all the features, was called a brilliant value proposition:
"The 2016 Volt might not be perfect but it's a wholly enjoyable car. More than that, the Volt can be many things to many people. If you enjoy geeking out on efficiency, you'll love the Volt for its plethora of info graphics and the ability to recapture energy through regenerative braking. If you like a smooth, quiet ride, you'll appreciate the serenity of the Volt's cabin. And if you simply like skipping the gas station, the Volt will be your new best friend, as Chevy estimates owners will go on average 1,000 miles between fill-ups. For a starting price of $33,170, I'd call that downright brilliant."
Check out the whole review at mashable.com