2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Electric

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2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Electric vehicle market is on the up rise and automotive manufacturers are trying their hands in the EV sector. One such car is the Chevrolet Bolt that was first showcased in 2016 at the Consumer Electronics Show. Since its launch, Bolt has received praises from around the globe and was awarded as the 2017 North American Car of the Year.

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Pros

Powerful 60kW motor

Long electric range

Affordable Pricing

Cons

Cheap quality of interiors

Poor ride comfort

What's New?

Chevy Bolt carries unchanged for the 2019 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36620

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

6

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

364 cu. in.

horsepower

360 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

266 lb.-ft. @ 0 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

158.1 in.

length

248.9 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

77.9 in.

curb weight

6199 lbs.

ground clearance

9.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

128 /110 /119 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./60000mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

ev battery warranty

8 yr./ 100000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric in Green Mist Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric in Kinetic Blue Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric in Shock color  2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric in Silver Ice Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric in Slate Gray Metallic color
Cajun Red Tintcoat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.2

Engine

7.9

Interior

8.3

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Comfort

6.5

Driving

8.5

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric LT

LT

power
200 hp @ 0 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
119 combined

$36,620


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $36,620 MSRP (128 mpg/119/110 mpg) 200 hp @ 0 rpm, electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5   Shock
  Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Cajun Red Tintcoat
  Summit White

 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Premier

Premier

power
200 hp @ 0 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
119 combined

$41,020


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $41,020 MSRP (128 mpg/119/110 mpg) 200 hp @ 0 rpm, electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5   Silver Ice Metallic
  Slate Gray Metallic
  Green Mist Metallic
  Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Mosaic Black Metallic

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8.5/10

MPG: 119 combined

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial March 1, 2019

7.2

Overall Rating


Starting at $36620, the 2019 Chevy Bolt has a 60kW electric motor that is rated at 200hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque which is quite good considering the motor size. You can charge the Bolt EV using a standard home wall outlet but it may take up to 24 hours to get fully charged. The best option for fast charging is to use a level 3 fast charger or a level 2 charger (9 hours duration).

The Chevy bolt competes against the likes of EV Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Toyota Prius C, and Kia Soul EV. Let’s see how the car fares against its rivals.


7.2/10
Features

 

7.9/10
Engine

 
 

8.3/10
Interior

 

6.0/10
Exterior

 

6.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Features

7.2/10

Chevrolet offers two trims for the 2019 Bolt: the base LT and the top Premier variant. Both the variants share similar hybrid powertrain and same size lithium-ion battery package. The difference lies in safety and interior upgrades

The Bolt LT offers two option packages: the $555 Comfort and Convenience package (includes heated front seats and steering wheel) and the $495 Driver Confidence package (includes rear parking sensors, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert). You can get DC fast-charging option for $750.

The Bolt LT is an affordable pick as it comes with an array of standard features such as:

  • Backup camera
  • 2-inch touchscreen backed by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 4G LTE with Wi-Fi
  • Proximity-key entry and push-button start

Trims

LT

PREMIER

MSRP

$36,620

$41,780

Features

 

Everything that comes with LT plus:

 

17″ painted aluminum wheel.

17″ Ultra Bright Machined/painted aluminum wheel.

 

Body color door handles.

Outside rearview mirror turn indicators.

 

Gloss Black outside rearview mirror caps.

Body-color door handles w/chrome strip.

 

HID headlamps.

Roof rails.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Engine

7.9/10

"Despite the fact that there's a half-ton of battery crammed into a small car, the Bolt is not only a good EV, it's fun to drive as well."- New York Daily News

Engine and Transmission

The all-electric powertrain for the 2019 Chevy Bolt remains unchanged. Instead of a gas engine, the Bolt EV is powered by a single electric with a 200-hp rating. The electric motor is paired with a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a single-speed transmission.

Models

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

MSRP

$37,495

$30,885

$44,450

$22,460

$34,945

Engine

60 kWh Li-ion battery

110kW Electric Motor

42 kWh Li-ion battery

1.5L i4 Gas/Electric

27 kWh Li-ion battery

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Continuously variable automatic

1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

200 hp

147 hp@ 3282rpm

170 hp@ 4800rpm

99 hp @4800rpm

109 hp@ 8000rpm

Torque

266 ft-lbs

236 ft-lbs

184 ft-bs

82 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

210 ft-lbs @2730 rpm

Chevy Bolt offers the best power when compared with the rivals. It is followed by the Nissan Leaf which has 236 hp on offer.

Acceleration

The electric motor attached to the 2019 Chevy Bolt offers instantaneous response and acceleration, with ample low-end torque. By selecting the Sport mode, you can make the accelerator pedal smoother and responsive to driver inputs. However, responses are lower on the highway, but Bolt manages to get through highway speeds somehow.

Models

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

0-60 MPH

6.5 sec

N/A

7.2 sec

10.6 sec

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

60kW

110 kW

42 kW

1.5L i4 Gas/Electric

27 kW

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

3.8

N/A

In our acceleration test, the Chevy Bolt outshines all the rivals taking only 6.5 seconds to do a 0-60 MPH run. BMW i3 stands second taking 0.7 seconds more than the Bolt which is just ridiculous considering its price.

Braking and Handling

2019 Chevy Bolt’s brake pedal is responsive and firm. The regenerative braking system allows the battery to recharge whenever you lift off the accelerator. A paddle provided on the left side of the steering wheel allows on-demand regenerative braking and stops the car instantly. The more you use the regenerative braking, more recaptured energy is transferred to the battery.

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

Brake Front (in.)

11

11.1

11

10

11.1

Brake Rear (in.)

10

11.5

11

9

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3563

3433

2965

2530

3289

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The ride quality offered by Bolt EV is firm as well. There’s little sign of impacts while driving on uneven terrain. Since the battery pack is mounted beneath the floor, the Bolt wears low center of gravity that makes safe handling. The EV is absolutely fun to drive.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Fuel Economy

The 60-kWh battery pack offered with the Bolt EV is capable of returning an EPA-rated range of 238 miles on a single charge. The Bolt EV is efficient with EPA ratings of up to 128 MPGe in the city.

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

MPG (city)

128

124

127

48

124

MPG (highway)

110

99

106

43

93

MPG (combined)

119

112

118

46

108

Tank Capacity (gal)

N/A

N/A

N/A

9.5

N/A

Bolt is by far the best and most efficient car in the comparison. However, the BMW i3 stands close in the combined efficiency figures to that of Bolt.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Interior

8.3/10

"Quiet, comfortable and spacious, the Bolt EV's cabin has a contemporary design flair that helps offset its abundance of hard plastic and dearth of soft-touch surfaces."- KelleyBlueBook

Seating and Comfort

You will witness generous legroom and headroom in both the front and rear seats that makes Bolt comfortable for five occupants. The front seats are thinly padded, but the limited driving range may not make it a matter of concern. You’ll find the heated steering wheel standard on the top Premier variant and optional on the LT trim. You can now slide the sun visors back and forth for better sun blockage.

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

Passenger capacity

5

5

4

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.7/54.6/41.6

41.2/54.3/42.1

39.6/53.6/40.5

41.7/52.3/37.0

39.6/55.5/40.9

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.9/52.8/36.5

37.3/52.5/33.3

37.2/49.2/31.9

37.0/51.7/35.0

39.5/54.7/36.0

Infotainment System

With the Bolt’s infotainment, you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. You can use them for navigation functions otherwise there’s no built-in navigation offered. You’ll also get several useful EV-specific menus that allow you to extract information like remaining range and battery-energy usage. Bolt’s touchscreen is responsive to most of the smartphones.

Cargo Space

The bolt is practical in its own way. It offers generous cargo space and allows you to store smaller items throughout the cabin. You’ll find spacious compartment behind the electronic shifter for keeping your smartphone. The “floating” dashboard is designed to bring in more space between the front seats beneath the center console.

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

16.9

23.6

36.9

17.1

18.8

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Exterior

6.0/10

“The 2019 Bolt EV looks like a funky hatchback instead of a weirdo electric car. That’s probably the point.” The Car Connection

Design and Styling

The base bolt LT trim looks basic and economic, more for economy-minded commutes, while the Premier trim looks dressed up with cool-looking wheels and chrome trim. Its tall stance and chunky appearance make it look like a compact crossover. Chevrolet have done a good job making it look appealing with the available chrome accents on the windows and on the doors.

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Toyota Prius C L hatchback

Kia Soul EV wagon

Curb weight (lbs.)

3563

3433

2965

2530

3289

Length(in)

164.0

176.4

158.3

162.4

163.0

Width(in)

69.5

70.5

69.9

68.6

70.9

Height(in)

62.8

61.4

62.9

59.6

63.0

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.9

N/A

5.5

5.9

Wheelbase (in)

102.4

106.3

101.2

100.4

101.2

Track width (in) F/R

59.1/59.1

60.6/61.2

61.9/62

58.5/58.1

62/62.4

Exterior Features

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Front intermittent wipers
  • Daytime running LEDs
  • Solar absorbing glass

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Safety

6.0/10

You will notice some noteworthy safety technologies with the 2019 Chevy Bolt. With the Driver Confidence Package, you’ll get automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure warning. With the base Bolt LT model, you only get optional rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot warning.

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt Safety Features
  • Theft-deterrent system, unauthorized entry The theft-deterrent alarm system sounds the horn and flashes the exterior lights to help deter an attempted break-in.
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Passenger Sensing System
  • 10 standard airbags Dual-stage frontal, roof rail-mounted head-curtain side-impact and seat-mounted side-impact thorax protection for front and rear outboard seating positions, and knee protection for driver and front passenger (includes Passenger Sensing System).
  • Safety belts, 3-point driver, and front passenger includes pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • Safety belts, 3-point, rear outboard, and center position
  • Safety belt indicator, driver
  • Rear child security door locks
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Rear Vision Camera

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Competition

Chevrolet Bolt EV vs Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf is the longest running and one of the most successful EV from the Japanese manufacturer. The car has powerful motor that is able to make 147hp and can travel a total distance of 151 miles on a single charge. Leaf also gets better equipment list than the Bolt and will cost you 7 grands cheaper than the Chevy Bolt

Chevrolet Bolt EV vs BMW i3

Selecting between the Chevy Bolt EV and the BMW i3 comes down to which fits your budget and priorities. The Beemer starts at $7,000 more than what you pay for the Bolt but offers high-end equipment, plush interior and also, the trust of BMW. BMW i3 has almost same efficiency number to that of Bolt but offers much less power than the latter.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Final Verdict

You can easily bet that the Chevy Bolt is important to General Motors. With a price tag of $37,495, you get an all-electric vehicle with a driving range of 248 miles on a single battery charge. GM brought the car into shape in less than two years, preparing it to compete against the anticipate Tesla Model 3.

The Bolt is believed to be more like an idea and GM believes the buyers would go for it as it represents an idea of mobility. The new Bolt is affordable, accessible, high-tech, and versatile.