2016 Chevrolet Volt
Automobilemag.com published an extensive review from its test drive of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt before General Motors' flagship hit the showrooms.
2016 Chevrolet Volt Hits The Streets
After a total of 120 miles (almost half in all-electric mode), feedback is very positive compared to the first-generation Volt.
New Volt is slightly cheaper, with noticeably higher all-electric range (53 miles EPA), and many improvements.
Automobile praised GM for changes inside and for changing "old Volt’s nasty touch controls" to "rotary knobs and simple buttons for the climate-control system". New Volt is the first Chevrolet to get Apple CarPlay.
Fifth rear seat isn't full size, but for short trips it could be useful:
"Also most welcome is a new rear bench seat that, in a pinch, can accommodate three passengers. Admittedly, the vestigial center spot is a penalty box: It’s tight on headroom, and you have to split your legs around the battery box protruding from the floor. But for a quick run to the movies, it’ll do. Better than leaving the fifth rider out altogether."
Second generation Volt has enhanced brakes:
"The new Volt’s binders feel almost conventional. It’s easy to modulate them for smooth stops, and they’re strong and reassuring underfoot. Big thumbs-up."
The whole driving experience is pleasing with decent steering response. In all-electric mode, Volt is quiet and smooth, with "Almost no wind or tire noise intrudes into the cockpit." Acceleration is strong enough to effortlessly use freeway entrance ramps.
2016 Chevrolet Volt Dash Cluster (Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)
The steering wheel paddle to engage regenerative braking was praised too:
"The ride has improved from gen one, too. As before, four driving modes are available: Normal, Sport, Mountain (in which the motors and engine combine output for climbing steep grades), and Hold, which switches the car to extended-range mode to save battery juice. There’s also a nifty paddle behind the left of the steering wheel (just like a shift paddle) that activates Regen on Demand. If you’re really looking to maximize every mile of electric range, simply pull the paddle (say, when heading downhill, approaching a stop sign, crawling through stop-and-go traffic) to activate the Regen system without having to step on the brake pedal. The system is surprisingly entertaining to use. Driving through a section of twisties, I found myself “left-hand braking” for many turns where I just wanted to erase a little speed. Besides, who wants to be bothered moving your right foot from throttle to brake all the time?"
Mountain and Hold modes are less impressive due the internal combustion engine running. Engine noise and vibrations fill in the background and there is a bad impression of engine revs detached from the speed and acceleration of the car, although this is normal in this kind of drivetrain.
Anyways, the review ends with rating of "a gargantuan leap forward" compared to the first generation Volt.
Source: Check out the full review at automobilemag.com