I'm assuming I have one of the early ones with a mfg date of 11/2016. I have a long commute so the range is perfect for me. With the long freeway commute, I have noticed that this car requires a lot more steering input than I would like to stay straight on the freeway. Compared to a Prius C, which practically feels like it doesn't have power steering at speed (a good thing). My wife drives a Leaf and this car outdoes it in every way except for the rear cargo space. The Bolt is 11 inches shorter than the Leaf and it's noticeable only in the trunk space. All other dimensions are very similar. Glad to see a flat rear floor on the Bolt vs the center battery hump in the Leaf, so this car easily seats 5. Being a shorter car with a shorter wheelbase, I'm confused as to why the turn radius is 6 inches wider than with the Leaf. Front visibility is better than with the Leaf, in which the Leaf A pillars consistently block my view of pedestrians waiting to cross the street at stop signs. Strange thing with my specific car: Somewhere between final QC at the factory and when I bought the car (with 10 miles on it, so it could have been the last person who test drove it?), the video feed coax cable to the digital rear view mirror got ripped right off, rendering it inoperable (and un-fixable). It was the one of a handful of features I didn't try before I signed all the papers (of course). Been waiting a week after my first visit to the service department and the new mirror hasn't arrived yet from the factory. Power is adequate. The manual is non-specific in a few things like the fact that a pump and sealant kit does not come with this car because it has the self sealing tires, though the manual has clear instructions on how to use the pump/sealant "when applicable". I guess in my case it wasn't applicable. I've had the electric parking brake engage by itself twice when I shift into Park and the manual simply states that it could do that under certain circumstances to check the operation of the EPB system. Most of the time, engaging the parking brake is a manual affair. CarPlay works. Seriously, I've never had Siri work so well... ever. I even bought an extra short 6" Lightning cable just for this car (because CarPlay only works with the phone plugged into one of the front USB ports on the center console). No sunglasses holder. I think I'll double side tape one of those sunglasses visor clips to the black plastic enclosure that likely houses all the OnStar electronics above the rear view mirror. Almost forgot, the front cupholders don't have rubber inserts, so my coffee tumbler rattles. Lots of reviews out there talking about range, power, etc, so I figure I'd post a review of stuff I didn't read about, but kinda matters to someone like me who spends a couple of hours on the road a day.
I really like the car... it is super-well-engineered, quiet, quick, and has really well-designed instruments. A lot of people on other sites have complained about the seats, and I do find them much narrower than usual, but (for me) comfortable and really hold you well. In every little part of the car, there are some really great features (I really like the birds-eye camera view when parking, I think the one-pedal driving is addictive, and the interior room is amazing). The first scheduled maintenance is 150,000 miles -- just wiper-blades and tires for years to come. My complaints are with GM -- they seem trapped in the past. 1) I have tried for weeks to get an answer to a technical question about the power system (so I can install an inverter at the battery) by sending them requests via social media (on chevrolet.com as well as posting a question on an owners' forum which Chevy monitors/replies). In neither place has GM even acknowledged the question. This is frustratingly poor customer service and shows a lack of understanding what consumers expect on social media. 2) OnStar -- a great service, but ridiculously expensive. That's fine, but in order to try to get you to sign up, they take basic things that other modern cars provide for free (specifically, vehicle location from your smartphone) and only provide it with a paid OnStar subscription (my Ford Focus and Kia Soul both provided this for free). For the near future, they have a lock on decently priced, great electric cars.... the next time I am in the market, they'll have to compete on service too. My 5-star rating above is clearly based on the vehicle, not the way GM is managing the 'intangibles' of post-purchase ownership in the 21st century.
For those who fly to places because you don't want to drive, why have a smog machine? I had a Spark EV and there were a couple of times we needed to use the gas car because we were going beyond 84 miles in one trip. But with 238 miles, we easily drive to and from where ever we want to go. We no longer "need" a gas car. Virtually no maintenance. In the 3 years I had the Spark EV, I did have to rotate the tires once. I expect the Bolt EV will be the same. The only con for the LT Bolt EV is the narrow front seats. Anybody who has more weight than they should, may find the sides of the seats uncomfortable the longer they sit.
Was going to pick up my new Bolt until I sat in it
written on 04-04-2017
Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric 1DD)
I had waited almost a year and was extremely excited about buying the new Bolt. I put down a $500.00 refundable deposit and was going to take delivery in mid March until I sat in one. I went and test drove the car and found the front seats to be a total deal killer for me. Besides being too narrow they were also lacking padding and very uncomfortable. I can't believe that GM would cheap out on the seats of a $43000.00 Bolt Premier. The plastic side support under the seat cushions actually dug in to my hips and I am not a very big guy, I am 6 feet tall and weigh 180 pounds. The interior plastics on the car are also extremely cheap feeling. I will now have to wait for the new Nissan leaf or Tesla model 3.
I wanted to replace my Ford Escape Hybrid with a Volt but did not like the tight feeling of the Volt. But the Bolts were in the Dealership and I found that it was a much better choice for me. The car is very comfortable although it is a subcompact. It seemed roomier than the Ford Escape. The 200 Hp engine seemed almost too powerful. The low gear for hill driving is created by increasing the power flow back to the battery and lets you drive without using the brake. Your smart phone hooks into the large monitor and gives you all those apps including high level navigation for free. The 240 mile range makes it worry free for fuel and it it turns out that there are public chargers all over, mostly free and you do not even need them. Charging at home for 1/4 the price of gas gives you 120 mpg equivalent. I think that the time is here for 98% of the country to switch to this new level of driving experience.