2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV Consumer Reviews

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It is a Bolt in the Arm!

1st a Colt, 2s Volts & Bolt, 02/06/2021
Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
16 of 16 people found this review helpful

Having leased and liked a Gen 1 and Gen 2 Volts, I traded one in because of the incredible incentives and value on the 2020s but got a sweet deal on a fresh from the factory 2021s. The Bolt Premier has exceeded my epectations and make the 2019 Volt seem like 1980s! The Bolt handles better, feels more planted, it's Michelin tires have so much better grip than the Michelin OEMs on the Volt. The Volt is quick but the Bolt is a rocket ship. It is wolf in sheep's clothing! Apparently they improved the seats and dash for '21 and the seats are an improvement over the Volt but still are not like my Buick's! The car is exceptionally well made no visual flaws. The AC works well. The safety systems and infotainment systems are so extensive I've watched tutorials. Visibility is great because of the rare greenhouse styling. You sit up higher like in a SUV which is also better than the Volt. I wish the seats had lumbar support and that there was an adaptive cruise control option. My guess is that they will rectify that with the "22s. Why a $43K car doesn't have HomeLink either is a question. The salesperson and finance director were unusally knowledgble. It was my best experience out of 35 cars I've owned! The salesperson told me to drive it in L gear (actually there are not any gears) and the engine acts as a brake when you let your foot off the pedal. Apparently this is what Telsa owners do. Anyway it works great in stop and go traffic and urban driving. I am getting a charger installed in my garage as this Bolt charges about the same as the Volt, 50 miles at night. I need more than that. The interior feels spacious and if you stand next to a Volt it is actually bigger than it looks. There's more interior space than a Telsa S! It's well planted because of its width.

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Who knew it would be so good?

Zaaustin, 03/23/2021
Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Went, somewhat reluctantly, for a test drive to help get this particular EV “out of my system”. The pictures had made it look small and so, at 6’3” I had not expected much. Boy was I wrong. This feels spacious inside and it drives like a rocket! All electric sweet! With the current sales prior to the 2022 release year models, this was way more affordable too.

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5 out of 5 stars

Great first EV

Michael, 05/01/2021
Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Recently, bought the Bolt and have not been disappointed. The acceleration is great and it handles much better than I expected. Traded in my BMW because it takes premium gas and with the gas prices going up and more taxes added to them. Figured it was time go electric. Could not have made a better choice.

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You'll like it more than you thought you would

Daddy Fix IT, 05/06/2021
Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

The Chevy Bolt is my second EV in 7 years. In car one, I went 126,000 miles all electric miles and I swore I would never go back to a gas car. Having nothing to do with my so called "Carbon Footprint," an all Electric car is simply just to drive and maintenace costs are counted in pennies. So last month it came time to trade in old "Sparky" for my next EV. I was beyond surprised by Bolt. I had actually gone to the dealer to look at a used EV by another manufacturer. While waiting for the paperwork, I came across the Bolt in the showroom. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. Fit and finish are well above what I would expected, 250+ miles on a single charge, and most critically, the interior space fit all of the work related stuff I have to carry to do my job. (Small car with gobs of room... Who knew?) Then came the test drive. I was hooked. Plenty of power, great handling, and the creacher comforts of the Premier package, make the Bolt irresistible. That coming from a seasoned EV driver (7years & 100+K EV miles) I knew what to expect and Bolt exceeded all of those expectations. Quite simply, you will like the Bolt more than you think. :)

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4 out of 5 stars

Little EV with a big heart

Jeff, 07/06/2021
LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
4 of 7 people found this review helpful

The big battery and low price makes this a promising value. The small size appeals to me. I can carry four adults in reasonable comfort though or a bike with the front wheel removed. The seats are now comfortable and with additional safety features it's a very capable car. I'm still not a fan of the suspension. Even with recent improvements it's not terribly forgiving on rough roads. Maybe the short wheelbase has something to do with that but the basic rear suspension doesn't help. On smooth roads it's fine and stable though. The torque steer has been almost eliminated thank goodness as the older version was downright frightening at times. The car is more basic than some newer EVs but I'm OK with that. One problem I had was I found out my phone isn't compatible with the android auto app on the car. I can make calls and receive messages but the nav system will not work. My old phone will work on the new Bolt and my new phone worked on the old Bolt so something definitely got fouled up. Check with the service department for comparability before buying.

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