2019 Chevrolet Volt

2019 Chevrolet Volt
Save up to $4,549
MSRP range
$33,520 - $38,120
2019 Chevrolet Volt
Save up to $4,549

What’s new

  • New optional 7.2-kWh onboard charger reduces charging time
  • Revised infotainment system and new high-definition rearview camera
  • Power driver's seat now available
  • Part of the second Volt generation introduced for 2016

Pros

  • More all-electric range than most plug-in hybrids
  • Plenty of advanced tech and safety features are available
  • Nimble and easy to drive in the city

Cons

  • Tricky parking since the car's nose is hard to see
  • Interior material quality is disappointing
  • Rear seat and luggage area aren't as roomy as that of some rivals


Which Volt does Edmunds recommend?

The 2019 Chevy Volt is only available in two trim levels: LT and Premier. The LT has a decent amount of equipment for the money, but we'd go with the Premier. The Premier gets the quicker 7.2-kWh onboard charger as standard (it's an option on the LT) and it allows you to add some optional safety features such as adaptive cruise control and an upgraded forward collision mitigation system.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4 / 5

It's fair to say that no vehicle bridges the gap between hybrids and pure electric vehicles better than the 2019 Chevrolet Volt. When it comes to all-electric range, no other plug-in hybrid can match the EPA-rated 53 miles. What does that mean? Well, you drive the Volt about 53 miles before it needs to switch over to its gasoline engine. For a lot of people, that means not even having to use the engine at all on a daily basis.

After that, it's like any other hybrid on the road. Fill it up with gas, drive until you run out, then fill it up again and keep on moving. The Volt is also surprisingly good to drive. It accelerates quickly, brakes well and even handles well on curvy back roads. One notable upgrade this year is the Volt's newly optional 7.2-kWh onboard charger. Compared to the existing 3.6-kWh unit, this higher capacity charger cuts 240-volt charging times in half, to about 2.3 hours to completely recharge.

The Volt's interior also has a new infotainment interface and an optional power-adjustable driver's seat. All together, these changes help the Volt maintain its high ranking for a plug-in hybrid. There are some appealing competitors to look at, such as the Kia Niro Plug-In, the Honda Clarity Plug-In and the Prius Prime. But in the end, we wouldn't be surprised if you landed on the 2019 Chevrolet Volt.

Trim levels & features

The 2019 Volt is a five-seat, plug-in hybrid hatchback sedan offered in LT and Premier trims. Both come with a plug-in hybrid system consisting of twin electric motors, a 1.5-liter gasoline engine/generator and an 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 149 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque. You need to plug it in to recharge fully, but the battery pack can also be partially recharged on the go from the gas engine/generator and regenerative braking.

Standard feature highlights for the Volt LT include 17-inch wheels, a 3.6-kWh onboard charger,  LED headlights (low-beam) and taillights, keyless entry and ignition, remote start, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Notable technology features for the Volt are a reconfigurable driver information and gauge cluster display screen, Bluetooth, OnStar (with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity), an 8-inch central touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

Optional for the LT is a Comfort package that includes heated mirrors, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel. Leather upholstery can be ordered with the LT Comfort package as well. An eight-speaker Bose audio system is available as a stand-alone option.

Move up to the Volt Premier and you get the LT's equipment, the contents of the Comfort package, the Bose audio system, plus different 17-inch wheels, a 7.2-kWh onboard charger (which speeds up charging time), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated rear outboard seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat with two-way lumbar adjustment, and an automated parking system (parallel and perpendicular).

The faster 7.2-kWh onboard charging system is available as a stand-alone option for the LT. A Driver Confidence package is available for the LT and Premier trims and it includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. The Driver Confidence 2 package for the Premier trim (requires the Driver Confidence package) adds forward collision warning with automatic low-speed emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention, and adaptive headlights.

If you get the Driver Confidence 2 package, you can also spring for adaptive cruise control and an upgraded automatic emergency braking system. A navigation system and a wireless charging pad for cellphones are optional for the Premier.

Trim tested

The ratings in this review are based on our full test of a Chevrolet Volt Premier (1.5L inline-4 plug-in hybrid | CVT automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2017, the current Chevy Volt has received some revisions, including the addition of an optional 7.2-kWh onboard charger and a new infotainment interface. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Chevrolet Volt, however.

Driving

4.5
Considering the Volt's eco-friendly mission and its thriftiness on fuel, it performs admirably. The Volt feels willing and able in just about every situation, and it's one of the smoothest-driving plug-in hybrid vehicles out there.

Acceleration

4.5
The Volt's powertrain delivers smooth and seamless acceleration whether in electric or gasoline mode. Our sprint to 60 mph took just 7.8 seconds on electricity or 7.5 seconds on gasoline, an enthusiastic performance for a green car.

Braking

4
The brake pedal is a bit unresponsive initially, but otherwise the Volt's braking is pleasingly smooth and linear. The blending of regenerative and regular friction braking is nearly imperceptible, too. In our 60 mph-to-zero panic-stop test, the Volt posted a respectable 119-foot distance.

Steering

4
It steers with a confidence and directness that make it easy for the driver to guide the car around turns and through corners. Effort is generally good, but it can feel a bit "thick" and indistinct around center when cruising straight.

Handling

3.5
The Volt exhibits good coordination and even a bit of playfulness on winding roads. Don't push it too hard, though, because the suspension and economy-minded tires aren't optimized for that sort of thing.

Drivability

5
Electric drive is very smooth in the Volt. In gasoline mode, the engine and the CVT work well together, too. It's an easy car to drive. The Volt has an L mode and a steering-wheel-mounted paddle for more brake regeneration. But some drivers might find the paddle's abrupt engagement off-putting.

Comfort

3.5
The Volt is certainly quiet, and the ride is smooth most of the time. The suspension doesn't always maintain its composure on the worst roads, though. The seats are generally well-shaped for most, but they have a few limitations that prevent them from being universally loved.

Seat comfort

3.5
The seats generally receive high marks for comfort and support, but the bottom cushion could be longer to help with thigh support. The rear outboard seats, thanks to the seat contouring and armrest padding, are comfortable for adults.

Ride comfort

3
The Volt is generally smooth and buttoned-down over typical sorts of worn or uneven road surfaces. But driving over potholes results in sharp impacts in the cabin. The Volt can seem overly soft and out of sorts when you encounter midcorner bumps, too.

Noise & vibration

4.5
Electric mode is exceedingly silent, of course, but this second-generation Volt is now tame when running on gasoline, too. Engine noise is no longer the sore point it was before. Detectable but not excessive levels of wind and road noise.

Climate control

3.5
Automatic climate control is standard. It's single-zone only, however. Cabin heating works well and warms up quickly. The Premier's heated seats (front and rear) and the heated steering wheel also work well.

Interior

3
The Volt's interior is far more useful than the previous generation. It's a lot like a regular car interior, and you can seat up to five now, in theory. But some rival plug-in hybrids are roomier and have better visibility.

Ease of use

4
For the most part, using the Volt's controls is simple enough. But because of some of the advanced tech, this isn't a simple car that you can immediately hop in and drive. Setting the climate control manually can be a little confusing.

Getting in/getting out

3.5
Access to the front is easy thanks to wide-opening doors and an agreeable roofline. Backseat access is trickier because of the lower roofline and smaller door openings. Taller folks will have to duck a little.

Driving position

3
There's enough adjustability for most drivers, but the driver seat's height adjuster could stand to have more range.

Roominess

3.5
There's plenty of room up front for adults of all sizes. The back seat is a little tighter, but it's still roomy for two adults of average height. In theory, you can fit three back there, but the space taken up by the wide battery pack underneath means the center spot is for kids or car seats only.

Visibility

2.5
The view out the front is good, but the nose drops away out of sight, making parking tricky. The reasonably sized rear door glass helps minimize over-the-shoulder blind spots. Rear visibility is hampered by the small rear window, but the rearview camera is excellent. A rear window wiper isn't available.

Quality

3
Though the styling of the cabin is nice, it could stand some more refinement in the aesthetics of the plastic and the overuse of plastic-chrome trim. Acceptable but not outstanding. Exterior assembly and paint quality are about average.

Utility

3
The Volt's luggage area doesn't hold a whole lot, but the hatchback design makes the most of it. For everyday driving, the Volt should work out fine. But some rival plug-in vehicles are a bit more utilitarian.

Small-item storage

3
The open storage space ahead of the gear shifter is useful for holding your phone or other small items. There's also a small slot next to the shifter and a decent-size center console bin. The cupholders will hold most drink sizes. In back, the Volt has two cupholders but no other storage options.

Cargo space

3
The trunk, at 10.6 cubic feet, is modestly sized; fitting golf bags is problematic. The provided security cover is chintzy, too. Still, the hatchback design gives you a bigger portal to load luggage compared to the typical small sedan, and the 60/40-split seatback folds down.

Child safety seat accommodation

3
Chevy provides the Volt with a typical arrangement of LATCH anchors. Accessing the lower anchors is OK, but the thick seat cushion contouring can hamper fitting of safety seats. Installation of a rear-facing safety seat might require sliding the front seats up a bit.

Technology

You would expect that a car as advanced as the Volt would have the latest suite of in-car tech, and Chevy delivers. The touchscreen interface is easy to use, and most driver safety aids are either standard or optional.

Audio & navigation

Every Volt comes with an 8-inch touchscreen with Chevy's infotainment interface. The graphics are sharp, and the menus are easy to understand. Factory navigation comes standard on the Premier. You also get the upgraded Bose audio system. Sound quality is better and more enjoyable than with most base systems.

Smartphone integration

The two main smartphone app integration systems out right now, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, come standard on the Volt. Bluetooth pairing is simple.

Driver aids

Most of the latest driver safety aids, such as blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning and lane departure intervention, are available. An automated parking system is also optional.

Voice control

In our testing, the voice recognition system works reasonably well and gives sufficient prompts if you don't know which commands are available. Also, Siri and Google Voice on your paired smartphone can be called up by pressing and holding the voice button longer.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$33,520
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
1-speed direct drive
Hybrid
N/A
MSRP
$38,120
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
1-speed direct drive
Hybrid
N/A
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Volt safety features:

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Provides audible and visual warnings of moving objects behind you as you're backing out of a parking space. It's standard equipment.
Forward Collision Alert
Warns of an impending collision with the vehicle ahead of you. Low-speed automatic braking is also included. Optional on the Volt Premier.
OnStar
Includes various safety-related features, including emergency assistance and remote door locking and unlocking.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.3%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Chevrolet Volt vs. the competition

2019 Chevrolet Volt

2019 Chevrolet Volt

2018 Honda Clarity

2018 Honda Clarity

Chevrolet Volt vs. Honda Clarity

The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is the closest competitor to the Volt when it comes to electric vehicle (EV) range. On a single charge, the Clarity Plug-In is rated by the EPA to go 47 miles. That means that the Honda can make all sorts of city trips and long sections of road trips on electric energy alone. The Clarity is also a bit larger than the Volt, with more passenger and cargo capacity for families.

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Chevrolet Volt vs. Toyota Prius Prime

The Prius Prime is essentially a plug-in version of the standard Toyota Prius. The Prius Prime only offers about 25 miles of EV range (about half of what the Volt gives you), but it has significantly higher fuel economy when the electricity runs out: an EPA-estimated 54 mpg combined compared to the Volt's 42 mpg combined. The Prius Prime is less expensive, too.

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Chevrolet Volt vs. Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

If you're looking for a nimble, relatively inexpensive plug-in hybrid, the Kia Niro is a viable option. It has less EV range than the Volt (26 miles to the Volt's 53 miles) but EPA-combined estimates put it at 46 mpg, which is very respectable. What's more, the Niro's starting price is significantly lower than the Volt's — an appealing advantage for price-conscious shoppers.

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2019 Chevrolet Volt for Sale

Chevrolet Volt 2019 LT 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)
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LT
Edmunds Suggested Price$35,578
Est.Loan: $681/mo
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Dealer Notes
Price includes: $1,000 - Volt Select Market Incremental Consumer Cash. Exp. 10/31/2018

MSRP: $38,709

Chevrolet Volt 2019 Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)
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Premier
Edmunds Suggested Price$38,610
Est.Loan: $741/mo
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MSRP: $42,145

Chevrolet Volt 2019 Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)
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Premier
Waldorf Chevrolet
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Edmunds Suggested Price$37,232
Est.Loan: $715/mo
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Dealer Notes
$3,893 off MSRP! Factory MSRP: $40,580 2019 Chevrolet Volt Premier Black Metallic 1.5L VVT DI DOHC 4-Cylinder Range Extender 1-Speed Automatic FWD 5D HatchbackAll vehicles are subject to prior sale. Price may include all applicable rebates, incentives, and special offers. See dealer for details. Price does not include applicable tax, title, license, processing, documentation and/or electronic filing fees, and freight. At Waldorf Chevy Cadillac we're committed to serving customers for life.Call us at 1-301-645-7000 or visit us on the web at www.waldorfchevycadillac.com.

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2019 Chevrolet Volt Overview

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt is offered in the following submodels: Volt Hatchback. Available styles include LT 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD), and Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD).

What do people think of the 2019 Chevrolet Volt?

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.0 / 5.0

Driving

4.5 / 5.0

Acceleration4.5 / 5.0
Braking4.0 / 5.0
Steering4.0 / 5.0
Handling3.5 / 5.0
Drivability5.0 / 5.0

Comfort

3.5 / 5.0

Seat comfort3.5 / 5.0
Ride comfort3.0 / 5.0
Noise & vibration4.5 / 5.0
Climate control3.5 / 5.0

Interior

3.0 / 5.0

Ease of use4.0 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out3.5 / 5.0
Driving position3.0 / 5.0
Roominess3.5 / 5.0
Visibility2.5 / 5.0
Quality3.0 / 5.0

Utility

3.0 / 5.0

Small-item storage3.0 / 5.0
Cargo space3.0 / 5.0
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2019 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,620. The average price paid for a new 2019 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) is trending $4,549 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Chevrolet Volt Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) is11.2% below the MSRP.

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2019 Chevrolet Volt LT 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD)

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt LT 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,395. The average price paid for a new 2019 Chevrolet Volt LT 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) is trending $4,437 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,437 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,958.

The average savings for the 2019 Chevrolet Volt LT 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) is12.2% below the MSRP.

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