Used 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Hatchback


2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2018 Highlights

Very little changes for 2018. The extendable sun visors are the highlight, and the heated steering wheel can now be set to turn on automatically.

Pros

  • Impressive 238 miles of range
  • Cabin is spacious
  • Power and handling make it enjoyable to drive
  • Big touchscreen

Cons

  • 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

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Features & Specs

Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
MPG119119
Seating55
Transmission1-speed direct drive1-speed direct drive
Fuelelectricelectric
Horsepower200 hp @ 0 rpm200 hp @ 0 rpm

Safety

Our experts like the Bolt EV models:

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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    Overall4/5
    Driver5/5
    Passenger4/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    Overall5/5
  • Side Barrier Rating

    Overall5/5
    Driver5/5
    Passenger4/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front Seat5/5
    Back Seat4/5
  • Rollover

    Rollover5/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.7%

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    G
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    G
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    G
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good

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Taking the Plunge
Ok so to give you some context this is the second electric car I have ever owned/ leased and the first American car I have ever purchased. I have mostly been a Toyota/ Lexus user ( mainly hybrids) and very suspicious of GM and/or American cars in general. I leased a leaf in 2012 and while it was a fun car to drive the Range was horrible and by the time I handed the lease in I was gettting 65-70 miles. I almost purchased a Volt a few years ago but consumer reports ratings around quality made me decide not to move forward. I have only owned the Bolt for less than a month but it is probably the most enjoyable car I have ever owned. It's really fun to drive so if you are a frusterated hybrid owner (like me) looking for something a little more fun to drive,this is the ticket. The Range is outstanding. I am getting anywhere from 230-280 per single charge so no range anxiety. I do agree that GM could have spent more on the interior however one of the things I really enjoy about the Bolt is that it really feels roomy ( unlike the Volt) and you sit up like you are driving an SUV or a crossover. The technology is very easy to use and GM provides you with a ton of metrics on how to improve your driving to maximize your range.. If you get the Premier there are a number of great safety features including blind spot and pedestrian detection. The regeneration braking is a great feature and something GM does better than the Tesla. This maximizes your energy so you can really get a ton of mileage on a single charge. You essentially can drive this car using one pedal as the braking starts as soon as you take your foot off the gas which than regenerates the battery. The only down side to the Bolt is GM has not invested in a charging Network like Tesla so long road trips over 300 miles can be a challenge but not impossible. If you want to try and use this car for long road trips and use public charging options, make sure you get the fast charging included in your final purchase. It is NOT specific to what trim you purchase and it is only a factory option. Also for best results get a level 2 charger ( 25 miles per hour) installed in your home because it will take for ever to charge on a 120v plug. Initially I was a bit nervous after I made the purchase but I love this car right now and would purchase it again in heart beat. I have had no issues but I also understand that I am an early adopter so I am not naive that I could run into issues down the road and that's ok. I am having a blast driving this car and don't miss the boring drive and great reliability of my Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Bolt Premier both packages, DCFC
Really enjoy the car, have had no problems with the seats. Lights are fine but many cars “flash” me when dims are on. Interior dash could be a touch nicer for $40k car. Look at Bolt EV forums about range and limitations thereof, particularly in winter climates and decreased range with heat. Also, fast charging - especially in winter - will rarely ever be Chevy’s 90 miles in 30 minutes (more like 60-65 in NJ in winter). And the next 90 miles will take much longer as it tapers the charge rate. This isn’t unique to the Bolt but buyers should know, again, the limitations for 200+ mile road trips. Overall, I knew most of this going in and still absolutely love the car. We did get 250+ miles in early fall with lots of city driving, so a lot depends on your driving conditions/weather. Great little car with surprising amount of space inside and nice features.
The only range anxiety is exceeding my lease limit
The lease deals on this car were too good to miss so i decided to try an EV but keep my 15 year old clunker as backup; my mistake, the clunker hasn't been required in months and ironically its battery keeps draining from lack of use. The Bolt is an awesome vehicle; accelerates and handles more like a sports car, has interior space comparable to a *UV but costs less to run than an econobox. One pedal driving is addictive, the brake pedal becomes just a foot rest for stop lights. The interior is elegant though not really refined, but the front seats can be uncomfortably narrow (I'm skinny, my nickname is "Bones", and the side bolsters pinch my legs so I'm not really sure who they were designed for). Outside visibility is great except for rear quarter views where the C/D pillars cause large blind spots so make sure to get the blind spot monitor option. Around town mileage is normally around 5 miles/KWh giving a calculated range of over 300 miles on a full charge, but it drops considerably at speed (often to less than 3 miles/KWh at 70mph) and long distance freeway trips need to be planned accordingly. The Fast charger option is a MUST if you have any aspirations to travel more than 50 miles from home, I'm not sure why they even sell the car without it ? A/C uses about 5% of the battery and heating 20%, the heated steering wheel and seats can mitigate this slightly but I'm not sure it'd be a viable car for cold climates. iPhone integration (and presumably Android too) for maps, traffic and music is seamless, but the car itself has no GPS awareness and can't tell if it's at home or not. This is a problem if you have the car set to charge only overnight and plug into a public charger ... unless you remember to press the "override" option it will sit dumbly and you'll come back from lunch with no more charge but possibly have been billed if there's a minimum connection fee.

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