2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
- Impressive 238 miles of range
- Cabin is spacious
- Power and handling make it enjoyable to drive
- Big touchscreen
- Ride comfort loses its polish on rougher roads
- Seats feel small and lack depth of cushioning
- Touchscreen has no built-in navigation maps, relies on paired smartphone
- Lackluster carpet and interior panel quality
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Bolt EV does Edmunds recommend
Edmunds' Expert Review
overall rating4.5 / 5
Just last year, the Chevrolet Bolt hit the scene and crushed the electric vehicle competition with its huge range, spacious interior and enjoyable driving characteristics. But this year the competition is fighting back. The Tesla Model 3 is finally trickling into customers' driveways, the Nissan Leaf is new with 151 miles of range, and the BMW i3 is sportier. Plus, Kia's promising us a long-range Niro EV. So now the question is: Is the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt still worth checking out? Short answer: Yep.
With more than 200 miles of range, plenty of space for people and cargo, a surprisingly fun driving experience, and a friendly price tag, the Bolt is a mainstream electric car that makes ditching gasoline seem possible. It can certainly fill the needs of most commuters, though its bargain-bin interior quality still disappoints.
The primary alternative you'll want to consider is the new Model 3. It boasts all the Tesla mystique and drivability, along with a futuristic, minimalist interior and access to Tesla's Supercharger network. However, supply is still short as of our review's publication time, and it's worth keeping in mind that Chevrolet has a nationwide dealer network that can quickly and easily provide service should anything go wrong.
The electric car segment is only going to get more competitive, especially with the promise of new battery technologies just around the corner. Chevy got a good head start, and the 2018 Bolt remains a compelling example of what the electric car can be.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV as one of Edmunds' Best Electric Cars for this year.
trim levels & features
The 2018 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 200-horsepower electric motor and the large 60-kWh underfloor battery that is good for about 238 miles on a full charge.
With the LT, you'll get a 7.2-kWh onboard charger, 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, and keyless ignition and entry. Inside, you'll find height-adjustable cloth seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a configurable gauge cluster display, automatic climate control, a 10.2-inch touchscreen, OnStar communications (with a 4G LTE connection and a Wi-Fi hotspot), Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker sound system with two USB ports.
Options for the LT include the Comfort and Convenience package, which consists of heated front seats, an automatic heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Driver Confidence I package brings in 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 cargo roof rails, leather seats, ambient interior lighting, heated rear seats, a center rear armrest, a top-down parking camera system, and an upgraded, camera-based rearview mirror.
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. There's also 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 intervention system, and automatic high-beam headlamp dimming.
The only 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.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier Hatchback.
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Bolt has received some revisions, including only very minor equipment changes. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Bolt.
noise & vibration5
ease of use5
getting in/getting out5
child safety seat accomodation5
audio & navigation2.5
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Bolt EV safety features:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Scans the road ahead and warns the driver 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.
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV for Sale
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a practical and surprisingly fun electric vehicle that offers an astounding 238 miles of electric range. This much roaming capability puts Chevy's electric car in the same league as the Tesla Model 3. But the Bolt comes with a friendly price tag and access to a pre-existing nationwide network of dealers.
There aren't many tough decisions to make when buying a Bolt EV. There are only two trim levels, and both share the same 200-horsepower electric motor, large 60-kWh battery, 17-inch wheels and tires, and other mechanical bits that make the 2018 Bolt a pleasure to drive.
The LT comes with cloth seats yet is chock-full of useful gear such as xenon headlights, LED daytime-running accent lights, keyless entry with push-button start, automatic climate control, and a large touchscreen audio system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The first of two option packages lets you add a heated leather steering wheel and heated front seats, and a second one offers blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and parking sonar.
Move to the Premier and you'll get all of that — including the LT option packages — plus dressier wheels, roof rails and turn-signal mirrors. Inside, you'll find leather upholstery and heated rear seats. And you should start with the Premier if you want to add options such as a Bose premium audio system with a subwoofer and extra USB power jacks or a higher level of active safety gear such as forward collision alert, automated emergency braking or lane keeping assistance.
Neither version is terribly expensive when considering the size of the battery and the amount of available driving range. The 238-mile range vaulted the Bolt EV ahead of the pack when it launched last year. While it has a few more competitors for 2018, we still think it's one of the most appealing mass-market electric cars.
And don't forget that, like all EVs, a new Bolt will wind up being more affordable than its sticker price suggests because it qualifies for a significant $7,500 federal credit, with the additional possibility of state credits or rebates. On the flip side, even though the Bolt comes with a 120-volt charge cord, an EV with this much battery makes it advisable for any potential owner to consider installing 240-volt charge equipment at home. Chevrolet dealers that sell the Bolt can almost certainly help arrange that, with the cost possibly built into the financing. Or you can buy the charging equipment yourself from one of several online sources and work with an electrician to have it installed.
The Chevy Bolt is a compelling electric vehicle that has enough range to make the fear of running out a relic of the past. Whether you intend to buy or lease — an option to consider because the technology is continually evolving — check out Edmunds' configuration and shopping tools to sort through the details and find a 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV near you.
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Overview
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), and LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD).
What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV?
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Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV?
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
The 2018 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 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $6,363 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,363 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$36,167.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is15% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 8 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
The 2018 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 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $6,286 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,286 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,959.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is16.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 9 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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