Used 2019 Chevrolet Volt
Pros & Cons
- 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
- Rear seat and luggage area aren't as roomy as that of some rivals
- Interior material quality is disappointing
- Tricky parking since the car's nose is hard to see
Which Volt does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating8.0 / 10
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.
What's it like to live with?
Plug-in hybrids have a limited customer base, but the Volt will likely please interested buyers. It has impressive all-electric range and transitions smoothly from battery to engine power. We learned this over the course of a two-year test that logged nearly 29,000 miles of city driving and road-trip range testing. Is it the right car for you? Read our Chevy Volt long-term test to find out. Note that while we tested a 2016 Volt, most of our observations apply to the 2019 model as well.
Chevrolet Volt models
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.
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.
|Overall||8.0 / 10|
Noise & vibration8.5
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out7.5
Child safety seat accommodation7.5
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NOTE: This video is about the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, but since the 2019 Chevrolet Volt is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.
Our experts like the Volt models:
- 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.
- Includes various safety-related features, including emergency assistance and remote door locking and unlocking.
Chevrolet Volt vs. the competition
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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.
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.
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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What's new in the 2019 Chevrolet Volt?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Chevrolet Volt:
- 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
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How much should I pay for a 2019 Chevrolet Volt?
The least-expensive 2019 Chevrolet Volt is the 2019 Chevrolet Volt LT 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,520.
Other versions include:
- LT 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) which starts at $33,520
- Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) which starts at $38,120