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2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV review

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Chevrolet Bolt EV highlights

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Pros

  • All-electric performance
  • Lots of cabin space
  • Large touchscreen

Cons

  • Some interior materials look and feel cheap
  • Smallish, hard seating
  • No built-in navigation maps

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Style and features in an electric package

The Chevrolet Bolt EV help to pave the way for electric cars and can suit your needs if you're a green-conscious driver. The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV also has a layout and features that are appealing if you're looking for the right compact car. The 2019 Bolt comes with many standard tech features and offers upscale options like leather seats. Its back seat is large enough for adults, making the Bolt a great small car that also happens to be electric.

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2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV trims

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LT

  • Includes cloth seats, a rearview camera, six-way adjustable front seats (with heated seats as an option), and a six-speaker audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

  • View all Chrevrolet Bolt LTs in stock

Premier

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

1. Long range

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV can drive for an EPA-estimated 238 miles on a single charge.

This will take you far if you're running errands or going on a day trip. If range-anxiety has kept you from making the leap to electric, the Bolt is a good option for making the switch from a traditional vehicle.

2. Available features

The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV offers plenty of features to help you get where you're going. It comes standard with a rearview camera and teen driver technology, which is designed to set speed and volume limits. The Premier trim level comes standard with blind-spot monitoring, lane-change alert, cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors, all of which are also optional on the base LT trim. Lane-keep assist and automatic emergency braking are available options on both trims.

3. Connectivity

2019 Chevrolet Bolt Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV keeps drivers and passengers connected while they're on the road. The Bolt has a 10.2-inch display screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The Bolt is also available with SiriusXM® Radio and WiFi hotspot.

A six-speaker audio system with an optional Bose® premium audio system is available on the Bolt's Premier trim.

4. Instant torque

When you're driving the Bolt you won't hear the engine roar but you'll definitely feel its power. Like most electric vehicles the Bolt has zippy handling. The one-speed transmission means that you can accelerate quickly since the electric motor doesn't need to switch through various gears. Instead, it gives you instant torque that will make accelerating a thrill. When you want the power, it's available as soon as you put the pedal down.

5. Cargo space

2019 Chevrolet Bolt Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

The Bolt is a small car; however, it has a surprising amount of space, especially if you choose the hatchback design. With the rear seats in place, the 2019 Bolt EV has 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space. However, if you need more room you can fold down all or some of the back seat, which has a 40/60 split. With the rear seat folded entirely flat, the Bolt has 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space. That's enough to carry suitcases, boxes, and similar items that you might need to transport.

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If you're interested in the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

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Since the complete redesign in 2016, Chevrolet's plug-in hybrid sedan has cemented itself as a compelling choice for those looking for a stylish and practical sedan that minimizes trips to the pumps. 2016–2018 models all feature a 1.5L four-cylinder engine combined with an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack to produce 149 horsepower. And while an EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined when running on gasoline is not to be sniffed at, 2016–2018 Chevrolet Volt models can also boast an astonishing EPA-estimated 106 MPGe combined with electric power.

Standard features you can also expect on 2016–2018 Chevrolet Volt models include:

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats

  • Automatic climate control

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV features and specs

Premier 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Satellite Radio Ready
Battery details

Size

60.0 kWh

Range when new (EPA estimate)

238 miles

Estimated range today

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177 - 259 miles

Est. range in 3 years

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173 - 255 miles

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Other specifications

Drive Wheels

2WD

Engine size

0.0L

Engine type

Electric

Wheelbase

102.4"

Overall length

164"

Width

69.5"

Height

62.8"

Leg room

F 41.6"/R 36.5"

Head room

F 39.7"/R 37.9"

Front tires

P215/50R17

Rear tires

P215/50R17

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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Color options

Exterior colors

  • Cajun Red Tincoat

  • Green Mist Metallic (Premier trim only)

  • Kinetic Blue Metallic

  • Mosaic Black Metallic

  • Nightfall Grey Metallic

  • Shock

  • Silver Ice Metallic (Premier trim only)

  • Slate Grey Metallic

  • Summer White

Interior details

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a hatchback car with seating for five people. The front seats have 41.6 inches of legroom and are six-way power-adjustable. The rear seats have 36.5-inches of legroom—enough for adult passengers. Behind the rear seats, there are 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which increases to 56.6 cubic feet when the seats are folded flat. The LT trim comes with cloth and optionally heated seats, while the Premier trim comes with leather seats which, except for the middle rear seat, are heated. The Bolt has a 10.2-inch touchscreen.

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