2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
- Driver Confidence II package now optional on LT models
- Part of the first Bolt generation introduced for 2017
- Impressive 238 miles of range (or more)
- Cabin is spacious
- Power and handling make it enjoyable to drive
- Big touchscreen
- Interior looks and feels cheaper than most
- Seats feel small and lack cushion depth
- Ride comfort loses its polish on rougher roads
- Touchscreen has no built-in navigation maps, relies on a paired smartphone
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Bolt EV does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating8.0 / 10
As automotive manufacturers slowly develop their EV portfolios, vehicles such as the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt bridge the gap between yesteryear's low-range city cars and the fully electric future. The Bolt is one of two cars — the other being the Tesla Model 3 — that offers more than 200 miles of range at a relatively affordable price. Its long range, combined with an ever-expanding network of fast-charging stations, means the Bolt is one of the few electric vehicles realistically capable of long-distance travel.
If you typically stick closer to home, the Bolt's 238 miles of range mean you won't have to plug in every night, which is a reality for many EV owners. You also don't have to plan too far ahead if you decide to head out of town on a day trip. And while the EPA rates the Bolt at 238 miles, we've easily surpassed that during our long-term test of a Bolt (the record on a single charge at the time of publication stands at 334 miles).
A long range and low price mean that cost savings had to come from somewhere, and the Bolt's interior materials are below average, even for a compact car. Most of the interior panels are hard plastic, and trim pieces on our long-term vehicle started to loosen after just 15,000 miles. The front seats are also fairly uncomfortable, so you might not actually want to take the Bolt on the long-distance road trips it's capable of.
Now, the Tesla Model 3 is more comfortable, sportier and capable of a longer range. But long-term reliability is a question mark, and it's unlikely that Tesla will be building many (or even any) of the promised sub-$40,000 versions for the 2019 model year. So, realistically, the Bolt is the lone member of the long-range, low-price EV category.
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV configurations
The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV is an all-electric four-door hatchback that is offered in just two trim levels: LT and Premier. Both share the same mechanical running gear, including the electric motor (200 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque) and the large 60-kWh battery that is good for an estimated 238 miles on a full charge.
With the LT, you'll get a 7.2-kWh onboard charger, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, remote start, and keyless entry and start. Inside, you'll find automatic climate control, height-adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a cargo cover, ambient interior lighting, a configurable gauge cluster display, a 10.2-inch touchscreen, OnStar communications (with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot), Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker sound system with two USB ports, an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.
Options for the LT include the Comfort and Convenience package, which consists of heated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Driver Confidence package adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. Another noteworthy LT option is a cargo-area floor cover for extra storage capability.
Step up to the Premier, and you'll get everything described above, including the LT options. You'll also get roof rails, leather seats, additional ambient lights, heated rear seats, a center rear armrest, a top-down parking camera system, and a camera-based rearview mirror function.
Premier options include the Infotainment package, which has a seven-speaker Bose audio system, wireless smartphone charging, and two charge-only USB ports for rear passengers.
Optional on both trim levels is the Driver Confidence II package, which consists of a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection and low-speed automatic emergency braking, a lane departure warning and lane keeping system, and automatic high beams.
Another significant option that's common to both trim levels is DC fast-charging capability, which allows the car to use SAE Combo 400-volt Level 3 charge stations that can fill the battery to 80 percent in little more than an hour. We consider this option to be essential for a car with as much range as the Bolt because, as more of these stations get built, DC fast charging will open the door to interstate travel.
Noise & vibration8.5
Ease of use9.0
Getting in/getting out9.0
Child safety seat accommodation8.5
Audio & navigation6.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Bolt EV safety features:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Scans the road ahead and warns of potential rear-end collisions in case the driver hasn't already identified the risks.
- Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
- Applies the brakes in cases where the driver has not responded to avoid or minimize the severity of certain impacts.
- Lane Keep Assist w/Lane Departure Warning
- Warns the driver that the car may be drifting from its lane and can apply corrective action to nudge it back into line.
Chevrolet Bolt vs. the competition
2019 Chevrolet Bolt
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Chevrolet Bolt vs. Chevrolet Volt
Though they sound nearly identical when spoken aloud, the Chevrolet Bolt and Volt are very different cars. While the Bolt is a pure electric vehicle, the Volt is a plug-in hybrid. The Volt offers 53 miles of all-electric range, which is more than any other plug-in hybrid on the market. Once the electricity runs out, it fires up a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine to keep going. If you're worried about owning a fully electric car, the Volt is a nice compromise. For more information, read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Chevrolet Volt.
Chevrolet Bolt vs. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf was the first truly successful electric vehicle, and the redesigned model delivers even more refinement. The interior is nicely appointed, and its predecessor's awkward exterior has been shunned in favor of a typical hatchback design. It can't match the Bolt's range, but as long as you aren't planning on taking long road trips, the Leaf should suit most needs. For more information, read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Nissan Leaf.
Chevrolet Bolt vs. Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is the Bolt's closest rival. The Model 3's 310-mile range eclipses the Bolt's 238 miles by a healthy margin, and Tesla's coast-to-coast Supercharger network is more developed than the DC fast-charging network. The Tesla also has a much nicer interior with better materials, but we've noticed shoddy fit and finish in our long-term Model 3. Without a short-range version available in the foreseeable future, the Tesla is also much more expensive. For more information, read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Tesla Model 3.
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV for Sale
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Overview
The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV is offered in the following submodels: Bolt EV Hatchback. Available styles include Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), and LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD).
What do people think of the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Bolt EV 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Bolt EV.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
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What's a good price for a New 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV?
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,530. The average price paid for a new 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $7,417 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,417 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,113.
The average savings for the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is17.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 78 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,245. The average price paid for a new 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $6,824 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,824 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,421.
The average savings for the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is17.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 29 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.
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