Battle of the Chevy EVs: Chevrolet Volt vs. Chevrolet Bolt; Same Same, But Different

Mar 11, 2017 07:30 AM EST | BC Tabotabo

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The Chevrolet Volt and the Chevrolet Bolt are both electric vehicles from Chevy. What makes the two different, apart from one being a hybrid electric and the other being a full EV?

Exterior. The most visible distinction between the Chevy Volt and the Chevy Bolt can is apparent in their appearance. According to a report by Auto Trader, there is no confusion when it comes to the two EV's physical appearance. The hybrid-electric is a sedan while the EV is a compact hatchback.

The Chevy hybrid sedan looks a lot like the Chevrolet Cruze. There are distinct styling elements such as its silver trimmed grilles and rear hatch that make them look similar. On the other hand, the EV is taller and more upright. It looks like a sub-compact hatch with more height. It is comparable to the Chevrolet Trax. However, the differences between the Volt vs. Bolt is more than just skin deep.

Interior. Surprisingly, the Chevrolet EV has a bigger interior than the Chevy hybrid. It has a taller roof and allows seats to be farther from the roof (where the batteries are). Thanks to the added headroom, it has greater legroom and more overall space.

Additionally, the Bolt fits five people better than the hybrid sedan. The Chevrolet Volt's cramped interior makes the rear middle seat moot behind its T-shaped battery pack in the car's center. This is one of the Chevy hybrid's greatest drawbacks.

Between the two, the hybrid sedan has the more conventional cabin design. It feels like a car, and it has standard audio and climate controls. It even has a mechanical shifter. The Bolt's cabin is very futuristic with its upright design. It has a huge touchscreen and the same electric shifter as the Cadillac XT5 and Buick LaCrosse. It also has wireless charging capability and a dedicated smartphone holder.

The Volt has more lateral cargo space behind its sloped hatchback. The EV has more vertical space like an SUV. While you'd think it would be roomier inside, the battery packs take up a lot of trunk space.

Other Important Considerations. According to The Car Connection, the two also differ in price. The Bolt EV has an SRP of over $40,000 while the Chevrolet Volt will go for around $33,000.

The Chevy hybrid electric has a 53-mile electric range while the Chevy EV goes up to 238 miles. The EV has a vast interior and a small footprint while the hybrid sedan is quiet and smooth but offers enough power. The EV also has good display graphics while the hybrid car is better looking.

Volt vs. Bolt? In the end, choosing which car is right depends on your needs. If you want a full EV with a spunky look, the Chevy Bolt is good for you. On the other hand, if you want a hybrid EV sedan, then your best bet is the Chevrolet Volt. The two should not be competitors; they perfectly complement Chevys varied range of vehicles.

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