Michael Fisher (aka Mr. Mobile) provided us with a Chevrolet Volt review not too long ago. Now, he gets an opportunity to check out the Chevrolet Bolt.
Mr. Mobile calls the Bolt:
"A crossover with enough range, power and features to make you almost forget that it's 100 percent electric."
What's under the hood of the Chevrolet Bolt?
That is, when he's not calling the Chevrolet Bolt a "type-6 shuttlecraft." He reminds us that Chevy calls it a crossover, while the EPA calls it a small wagon. And, due to it being a "curious little car," he believes that it's not a design that will appeal to everyone.
Nonetheless, he has some notable takeaways:
Inside the Chevrolet Bolt
- Tall ceiling makes for easy entry and exit
- "Real" center seat (unlike the Volt's "infant" seat)
- 56-cubic feet of cargo space (only if the seats are folded down)
- Additional hidden compartment beneath the cargo floor
- Lots of space up front
- Spaceship-like floating center console
- Practical, traditional cabin where it counts
- Physical buttons for routine operations
- Small shifter and "button-studded steering wheel" take some getting used to
- Intuitive and responsive 10.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Nice heated seats and steering wheel (it's cold and wet in Boston)
- Appreciate the blind spot indicator lights in side view mirrors
- Surround vision is a great feature (it's like having a drone watching your car with a 360-degree bird's-eye view)
- Instant torque
- Seamless merging
- Only mere seconds to get up to the speed limit
- Regen braking feels like you left the parking brake on
- Decent price (but still pricey compared to most cars, even after tax rebates)
Video Description via Mr. Mobile (Michael Fisher) on YouTube:
I've wanted to get behind the wheel of a Chevy Bolt EV for a long time. Last year I had the chance to test drive the Volt, Chevrolet’s half-electric Plug-In Hybrid, and before that I spent some time getting to know Tesla's Model X and Model S to see what the hip and expensive side of electric cars was all about. Today, I finally get to experience American-standard Chevrolet's take on the fully-electric automobile. Join me as I test-drive the Chevy Bolt 2017, the vehicle that Chevrolet promises will "reinvent" the electric car – and stay tuned for my full Chevy Bolt 2017 review, later in the year!
ABOUT THE CHEVY BOLT 2017 TEST DRIVE
MrMobile's Chevy Bolt 2017 test drive was produced following five hours with a Chevy Bolt EV loaned by Chevy (Premium trim level). The full Chevy Bolt 2017 review will arrive later in the year; until that time, MrMobile's conclusions concerning the quality of the vehicle should be considered in-development. There is no buy/don't buy recommendation at presstime.