2019 Chevy Bolt EV Test Drive Review In Canadian Winter: Video


A winter drive in the Great White North.

Not exactly the ideal location for testing an electric car, since cold weather impacts performance and range. However, driving in winter is a reality for many of us EV owners right now, so let’s get right to it.

For 2019, Chevy left the Bolt largely unchanged. A few new colors entered the palette, including Shock Green, as well as some minor tweaks, which we’ve listed below:

  • Addition of a new smartphone interface for vehicle entry, start and operation exclusively for fleet orders only; late availability
  • Addition of Tire Fill Alert
  • Newfound availability of Driver Confidence II Package on LT model. Previously, the package was only available on the Premier trim level. The package includes:
  • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Front Pedestrian Braking

What’s the slightly updated 2019 Chevrolet Bolt like to drive? How does it fare in Canada in the winter?

You’ll find out in this new video test drive review here.

Video description:

Jason takes the 2019 Chevy Bolt Premier for a spin. In the snow.

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Wow, a harsh review and where’s the winter driving handling? Jason mentions it briefly and shows one quick example. For the headline of this article, it should be changed to “Why did I buy the Bolt when it really is not that good to me?”

Well, he did say the car is “hot hatch like” and “fun to drive”. It is like “Ford ST”.

“Bright screen with high resolution”.

Those are compliments in my opinion.

He even said that he likes it.

He just doesn’t like it because of the price without the rebates…

2019 Bolt EV has 2 additional new features:
– two separate buttons for heat vs. cool
– ability to control battery charging: minimum and maximum

By default, Bolt EV comes with the all season tires. At least one issue with the snow could be resolved by switching to winter tires.

Watch again. He states that the car has Michelin X-ICE tires. Winter tires.

I mean, why would you buy one? Canada stands to get nice and warm in the coming decades, and with all the migrants who will be escaping the broiling US, property values will go through the roof.

Wanting to escape to Canada and being accepted through immigration are different things.

I mean if it comes to that and they don’t let us in we’ll just force it. Let’s be real here.

CA belongs to the US since 1812 anyway

A little shocked that he’s only getting 200km range in the cold. I’m getting around 190 in -20C weather with the heater on in a 40kwh Leaf. The Leaf handles great in the snow (winter tires of course) . I’ve deliberately tried to throw it off in empty parking lots or country roads and it corrects easily. No problem accelerating in snow causing spin as the system cuts power to the motor when it detects
front wheel spin. It actually over compensates in deep snow.

Lowest I saw in my 2018 was around 130 miles range, but that was when it was -14F out and driving mostly on the freeway on a windy day. Haven’t had any issues driving mine in the snow with my blizzaks, the traction control is pretty great. The one time I had the rear end start to slide out after I had to drive into the shit on the shoulder because the guy next to me slid into my lane, the stability control was very quick to respond.

you actually drove 190km at -20ºC with a leaf?

Does he make a lot of short trips? That is worst for efficiency as the heater is always running full blast. On a single long trip he should be getting way more than 200km.

Degrade the car because of expired tax incentives in one single portion of the globe. Speculative fiction.

True, he seems to have created the video exclusively for Ontario residents where the $14K rebate was discontinued last fall. I disagree with his complaints about handling. It’s not a bimmer, but it’s not that bad on the curves. Mind you, I have a 2017 when the suspension may have been stiffer. I wouldn’t say that mine gives what he calls “a cushy ride”. Also, I do a lot of highway driving and haven’t had trouble with crosswinds. Nice footage, but so so content. I’d give this video 6 out of 10.

He’s got Torque Steer.
Do you?

One reason I picked the BMW i3.
Impressive suspension and rear wheel drive with no torque steer.

Also, the 2017 BMW i3 I’m driving loses from 120 to 86 miles of range in 20 F, that’s a 28% loss.
Note, AAA believes EV’s lose 40% at 20 F.
And most of that is probably from running the heat.

I have a 2017 bolt, and right now it’s minus 18 and I have 207 km range. But I knew what I was getting into when I bought it. Put some studded winter tires on it and you’ll find it a lot better in the snow.
As for the range I do 120km a day on the highway and they are snow and ice covered so the extra weight keeps it on the road. I have to disagree with the reviewer, I don’t touch the plastics just the steering wheel and door handles as for the light bulbs who cares, just drive it and enjoy it

The probleme is on the driver seat. That not the car.

The driver seat, actually both front seats need a big improvement.

They have done a lot to improve the padding on the 2019. Go sit in an 2017 and 2019 Bolt back-to-back if possible. You’ll see.

He probably means that the problem is [with the person who in this video is sitting] on the driver seat 🙂

By the way, the 2017 driver seat is a big mistake. A normal grown-up sits ON it, not IN it, at least in the 2017 version. I don’t mind, but boy, do I know people who do!

I mean the driver of the car . The owner of the car.!!?? The seat are ok for most of peoples.

His comments about handling are surprisingly weird.

The car is not 4WD but, coming from 22 years of Subaru driving, I must say that I had no issues with the Bolt this winter (yet).
Fortunately, when driven properly, the car tends to oversteer, like most Subaru cars. This is desirable behavior as it is a lot easier to recuperate.

For sure, if you hit the throttle like an idiot while turning, the instant torque will cause the front wheels to immediately loose adherence and induce understeer, which, if not handled properly, will quickly put you in trouble.

For the range, I would add a grain of salt to his claims, especially since there are no additional details (terrain, wind, road conditions, heating, pre-conditioning, etc.). I drove 240 km on the highway (dry) with moderate wind at -14 C and still had 40 km remaining on the GOM.

Have a 2017 and live in Ontario. I give this review a 6 out of 11. He whines on about things that are outside the car’s responsibility. It’s pretty easy to look up weight distribution. I didn’t bother because he didn’t bother and he’s being paid. The problem in the snow with the Bolt is that it has too much torque and the stability control doesn’t cut in soon enough. It’s a wheelspin monster in all weather. The battery weighs 1,000 lbs and adds 500 lbs more to the front wheels. On what planet does that mean there is too much weight on the back?

We like our car and are glad we got the $14,000 off. Not sure we would have purchased it without some support. It makes a great second car for us. Particularly nice for cold days because you can preheat it by phone app while it’s in the garage without having to open the door.

Here is the info: “…The front-to-rear weight distribution of 56/44 percent is better than any small front-drive car in this year’s field, and it’s not far off the 54/46 of the tossable rear-drive Fiat 124 Spider…..”

I am at a total loss regarding this review. My husband is on ski patrol at our local mountain and the Bolt is now the car we all fight over to see who gets to drive it to the mountain (our other two cars are an AWD Subaru wagon and a 4WD Toyota Tacoma). We LOVE our bolt as a snow car. We have studded snow tires on it, which definitely cuts the range (on a full charge at -7 degrees our “minimum” range indicator reads about 190 every morning), but the regen coming back down the mountain gives us a bunch of that back.

It’s a shame that there are so many negative reviews of the Bolt written by people who obviously either didn’t look into the specifics of the car at all (don’t know about L-mode, for example) or just want to bash it because they don’t like GM, or they are Tesla fanatics, or they can’t get past the looks, or they can’t calculate the annual savings (which are especially huge in Canada). I’ve been driving fwd cars with all seasons on them in New Hampshire for 30 years. My Bolt has the best handling, especially in snow, of any of them. Significantly better than the 2 Saab’s I drove for the last 17 years. The car is heavy and has narrow tires- that combination is good in the snow. Now add in the heavy regen braking (which this guy doesn’t mention at all) which slows the car without touching the brake and you have a car that is great in snow. At average temps around 30°f I’ve been getting 170 miles per charge. Last week when it was -2°f here I got 150 miles. I drive aggressively with a range of highway and city on my commute. There are lots of… Read more »