Chevy Volt vs Chevy Bolt: Which One is Right For You?
Since the Chevy Bolt was introduced in late 2016, there has been a bit of confusion surrounding Chevrolet’s brand new all-electric car and the hybrid-electric Volt. Despite the similar names, these two vehicles could not be more different from one another. Aside from the fact that the Volt is an electric-gasoline hybrid, and the Bolt is an all-electric hatchback, there are plenty more reasons why these two Chevy cars stand apart.
Which One is Right For You?
Sifting through the differences between the Chevy Volt and Bolt can cause confusion, especially if you are new to cars with alternative propulsion technology. Even though the Volt does technically come with a gasoline engine block, the hybrid battery technology makes it an entirely different animal from traditional gasoline cars, trucks, and SUVs. So when it comes right down to it, how in the world do you decide which Chevy hybrid-electric car is the right one for you and your personal needs? The good news is that there are enough differences between these two bowtie brand cars, that the decision might be much easier than you think.
- Exterior Appearance: When set side-by-side, there is absolutely no mistaking one of these cars for the other. The Volt features a more stylish sleek sedan look, while the Bolt is a much smaller, sportier hatchback. The 2017 Volt can easily be compared to the gasoline-powered Cruze model in terms of exterior aesthetics, but obviously differs in nearly every other way. While the Volt hangs low to the ground and features four doors, the 2017 Bolt extends a bit taller and features four passenger doors as well as the rear hatchback cargo latch. The design of the Bolt is meant to speak to those who are more interested in crossover utility vehicles than they are in traditional sedans.
- Interior Space: The interior of both the 2017 Bolt and 2017 Chevy Volt were designed for a distinct purpose, to meet specific needs of individual buyers. Due largely to the fact that the Bolt does not feature a bulky large gasoline engine, the all-electric hatchback includes a much larger interior cabin that can be used by passengers more effectively than the interior of the Volt. Both cars are meant to offer seating for up to five passengers, but industry experts and critics applaud the Bolt for its ability to more comfortably seat five grown adults, than the Volt sedan. The backseat of the Volt is made relatively uncomfortable for the middle rear passenger, who will end up straddling the T-shaped battery pack that runs underneath the center of the hybrid sedan. The Bolt does not run into this same issue, which makes it a better choice for families or individuals who regularly transport multiple passengers at one time. The rear cargo area on the Volt offers more horizontal usable space than the Bolt’s vertical cargo hold. Both of these alternative propulsion cars stand out from competitors by the fact that their battery packs do not interfere with coveted trunk space. Much like the exterior of the Bolt looks more like a crossover SUV, it also feels like one in terms of interior space and comfort.
- Interior Design: The redesigned 2017 Chevy Volt is more conventional than outgoing model years of the nameplate, so it should come as no surprise that the interior design of this hybrid sedan also has a more conventional feel. The Volt rides lower to the ground like a traditional sedan, and feels more like a car than a crossover. The Bolt, on the other hand, offers a modern, futuristic interior design that young buyers are looking for. Between the front driver and front passenger seats sits a large 10.2-inch touchscreen, which is the main hub for the all-electric hatchback. An electric shifter is also front and center, along with a uniquely designed smartphone holder, made even better with wireless charging technology.
- Power and Performance: If you are looking for a full-fledged fuel saver, there is nothing better than the Chevy Bolt. With an all-electric range of 238 miles on a single charge, the Bolt can get you where you need to go and back, without fear of losing necessary power. The Volt, on the other hand, offers an EPA-estimated 42 miles per gallon, and can travel up to 420 miles on a single charge and full tank of gas. The bottom line, however, is that the Volt still needs gasoline to truly get up and go. On a single charge, without dipping into gasoline reserves, the 2017 Volt is limited to the ability to travel just 53 miles. As long as you are okay with utilizing the same fossil fuels most other Americans rely on, then you might be comfortable with the sedan-like Chevy Volt. If you are opting toward a greener future, then the all-electric Bolt is more likely your best option. Currently, due to the lack of a nationwide charging network, drivers who enjoy long cross country road trips might have trouble finding enough places to recharge their all-electric Bolts while on the go. This type of driver would have more luck with the Volt, which always has a gasoline reserve on hand – just in case.
- Safety: Not surprisingly, both the Chevy Volt and Chevy Bolt feature state-of-the-art safety technology that brand loyalists have come to expect. With advanced features, such as forward collision alert technology, lane keep assist, Teen Driver, and automatic braking, these two cars aren’t just good at saving gas, they are great at saving lives.
Deciding between the Chevy Bolt and the Chevy Volt may simply come down to individual taste or specific driving habits and needs. Regardless of why you want either of these vehicles, we encourage you to come down to DePaula Chevrolet here in Albany, New York, and take both of these capable money-saving cars for a test drive. With government tax incentives that will shave down the MSRP right off the bat, you can’t go wrong with either of these capable Chevrolet cars. Let the team at DePaula Chevrolet help you discover your perfect new fuel saving Chevy car, today.