The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is an all-electric small SUV based on the Bolt EV hatchback. It expands Chevrolet's electric vehicle lineup to two and enhances the Bolt's passenger-carrying abilities. The Bolt EUV is a half-foot longer than the standard Bolt, with the majority of its expanded wheelbase increasing the amount of rear legroom. But the differences aren't just related to size — the Bolt EUV offers technology enhancements and convenience features that aren't available on the standard Bolt at all. Our deep dive has the full details.
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV
- Optional Super Cruise hands-free driving system is excellent
- Spacious interior
- GM will pay for the installation of a Level 2 home charging station for certain customers
- Front seats are firm and don't envelope you
- Slightly smaller cargo area than the standard Bolt
- The Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a new crossover based on the Bolt hatchback
- Bolt EUV has a larger interior and features not available on the Bolt
- Kicks off the first Bolt EUV generation for 2021
The Bolt EUV is powered by an electric motor that produces 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. It gets its energy from a 65-kWh lithium-ion battery that is placed under the floor of the vehicle to maximize cargo and passenger space. This is the same powertrain that underpins the standard Bolt. It's front-wheel-drive, and right now there's no option for all-wheel drive.
The Bolt EUV has not yet been rated by the EPA, but General Motors estimates it'll have about 250 miles of range on a full charge. This figure is marginally less than the estimated range of the lighter and smaller Bolt. Still, the Bolt EUV's 250-mile range puts it squarely in the middle of its closest competitors, the Kia Niro EV (239 miles) and the Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles).
Buyers and the press alike complained about the Bolt's thinly padded and uncomfortable seats, so Chevrolet went back to the drawing board for the 2022 Bolt EUV and EV. The EUV's driver's seat is less flimsy and more generously padded than the one in the pre-2022 Bolt. (We've yet to test out the 2022 Bolt EV's new seat.) That's the good news. Unfortunately, it's still uncomfortable, but for different reasons. The older Bolt seat was squishy and unsupportive. The new one, while more naturally shaped, is quite hard and has overly dense cushioning and too-taut leather surfaces.
Inside, the Bolt EUV addresses many of the issues we had with the Bolt EV's cabin. There are more soft-touch materials, and overall the interior has a more modern appearance. The extra legroom makes the Bolt — which already felt pretty spacious for its footprint — even roomier. There's plenty of legroom all around. Headroom is OK, but passengers more than 6 feet tall might feel the pinch, especially in Bolt EUVs equipped with the optional panoramic sunroof. Unlike the standard Bolt, the Bolt EUV can also be equipped with ventilated front seats and heated rear seats for an extra touch of luxury.
The 2022 Bolt EUV is the first Chevrolet offered with Super Cruise, General Motors' hands-free driver assistance technology. Previously, it's only been available on a few Cadillac vehicles. On designated highways, Super Cruise can maintain your speed, speed up and slow down, and can apply steering inputs for lane centering and curves. The driver still needs to pay attention to the road since Super Cruise will monitor the driver's gaze. If you look away from the road for too long, the system will alert you to take back control of the wheel.
The Bolt EUV has 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up and a maximum cargo volume of 56.9 cubic feet with the seats lowered. The Bolt EV that it's based on offers slightly more room — 16.6 and 57 cubic feet, respectively. The added legroom in the EUV appears to be at the cost of a tad less storage space than in the Bolt EV. By comparison, the Kia Niro EV offers 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up, while the Hyundai Kona Electric is even more spacious at 19.2 cubic feet.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a natural evolution of the Bolt formula. A more spacious interior and extra convenience and luxury features are the payoff for the Bolt EUV's slightly higher price. Overall, we think the Bolt EUV will be worth checking out when it arrives at Chevy dealerships this summer.