2016 Chevrolet Volt: Interior Quality Disappoints
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 27, 2016
I like driving our 2016 Chevrolet Volt. It has plenty of all-electric range, it's quick to accelerate at low speeds and its hatchback design provides a fair amount of utility. Logically, this car makes a lot of sense. But given the not-insubstantial sticker price, I'm dissatisfied with the Volt's interior.
While the interior design is attractive in theory, it's swallowed up by the mass of black plastic. Maybe our Volt's interior would look better with the Premier trim's optional two-tone color scheme (you can see what it looks like with Chevy's consumer site configurator), but you'd still have the sprinkling of chrome trim bits, which do little other than reflect sunlight and cause driver distraction.
Regardless of which version you get, the Volt's interior has hard plastic panels for the dashboard and doors. The center-stack grab handles (for lack of a better term) are particularly egregious. They are in plain sight, right next to the USB ports, and their edges are rough and unfinished. Wrapping my hand around one gives me flashbacks of the dark days of General Motors interior design. The insubstantial feel of the door-release handles and some of the buttons is another disappointment.
Granted, you're not likely to just sit around and caress your Volt's interior trim pieces. And to Chevy's credit, the armrests are covered with decent padding and the steering wheel is nicely shaped. Perhaps the interior designers knew they had a tight budget and chose to focus their money on the most important bits. I appreciate that. But this is a car that, government rebates aside, stickered at $40,620. If interior quality is a priority for you, the Volt is likely going to disappoint.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,802 miles