The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt and the 2017 Chevrolet Volt: What’s the difference?

January 13 2020

The exterior differences of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt and the 2017 Chevrolet Volt

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt stands tall and upright, rather like a tall subcompact hatchback. This is a car that appeals to those drivers whose preference is for a utilitarian car with crossover looks. The exterior appearance of the 2017 Chevrolet Volt, however, is a more conventional looking sleek sedan car complete with silver trim on the rear hatch and grilles.

The interior of the two Chevrolet electric cars

Although it is smaller than the Volt, the Chevrolet Bolt has more space in its interior. Because the roof is raised, the seats are located higher off the floor giving much more legroom and space in which to squash five people in relative comfort. The Chevrolet Bolt batteries are located under the seating, whereas the Chevrolet Volt’s battery pack runs down the centre of the car and tends to interfere with the middle seat belt. The hump from the battery location makes this a major drawback of the Volt, as well as the cramped rear seat room. The Volt cabin design in the front, however, is far better as you sit lower and the 2017 model Volt is equipped with conventional audio and climate controls. It also has a conventional mechanical shifter going through PRND and L to select for additional regenerative braking. The cargo area of the Volt comes with more lateral space behind the heavily sloped hatchback.

There is a futuristic look at the cabin of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. It looks striking with an upright design and gap between the seats, a decent sized 10-inch touchscreen, as well as a dedicated smartphone holder with wireless charging capability. The cargo space of the Bolt is rather like a small SUV. Neither of the Chevrolet’s battery packs takes up trunk space unlike they do in many of the hybrid or electric vehicles.

Different capabilities of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt and Chevrolet Volt

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car can do 380 km before needing to be recharged. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid capable of going for 80 km on its plug-in charge before the little gasoline engine kicks in, turning it into a hybrid capable of about 100 km per 6.7 Litres in combined driving, as well as a 672 km total range. Unlike its predecessor, the latest Chevrolet Volt does not require premium gas.

The 2017 Chevrolet Volt and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt share the same sounding names and both run on electric motors. That’s where the similarity ends, as these two eco-friendly cars are easily distinguished in looks. It all comes down to your vehicle requirements. If you tend to drive long distances the Bolt is perfect for model for you, but if your day to day needs are met with short commutes the 2017 Chevrolet Volt is a great choice.