2016 Chevrolet Volt: Decent Rear Seat Comfort For Adults
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 27, 2016
A large part of the second-generation's Chevrolet Volt's appeal is its normalcy. Yes, it's a plug-in hybrid with more than 50 miles of all-electric range, but you can also just drive it like a regular car and not give a second thought to the electrical wizardry happening underneath.
To me, though, viewing the Volt as a normal car adds some further expectations of functionality. And one of those is the ability to comfortably seat adults in the back.
Thankfully, the Volt is decently comfortable back there. It's not as expansive as a midsize sedan or even the new Honda Civic, but adults up to 6 feet tall should be OK. There's more legroom than I would have thought, and an elevated seating position provides some useful thigh support. There's also suitable padding on both the door and center armrests.
A more questionable aspect, however, is headroom. The angle of the rear seatbacks places the occupants' heads directly below the rear hatchback window. This is both good and bad. It's good because it provides a couple extra inches of headroom that wouldn't be available if your head were right underneath the headliner (which is lower). It's bad because (Captain Obvious here) your head is right below the hatchback glass.
Chevy added a thick sunshade-style tint to the upper part of the glass where your head will be, but even so, I'll guess that you're not going to love sitting back here with a hot sun directly overhead.
Two other things: 1) The sloped roofline means adults will have to duck some to get in and out, and 2) While the new Volt has a center seat in back (the first-gen car did not), it's just not a realistic seating option. The Volt isn't wide enough to support useful three-across seating, and the big center console and hump (underneath is the Volt's battery pack) takes away vital space for the center person's feet.
Still, big picture, the 2016 Volt is roomy and comfortable enough for typical multiple-passenger trips, such as driving your kids to school or going out with a couple friends for lunch or dinner.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 126,03 miles