Chevrolet offers the Volt with a plug-in hybrid engine. The car is powered by a 1.5L gasoline powered range extender having an output of 149 horsepower and 294 lb.-ft of torque. Having a starting price of $34,095 and being a hybrid, it faces a stiff competition with vehicles like Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Toyota Prius and BMW i3.

Features

7.6/10

The Chevrolet Volt is offered in two trim variants, LT being the entry level while Premier is the top model. Mechanically and physically, both the trim levels are built on a same platform while the only changes or additional features that Premier has over the LT, is the premium interior comfort and convenience system. LT comes at a price of $34,095 while the Premier goes up to $38,445.

Trim

LT

Premier

MSRP

$34,095

$38,445

Key

Features

Volt offers an advanced array of efficiency, technology and safety features for a fully integrated drive.

18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery

Voltec electric drive system with a 1.5L gasoline-powered range extender

8-inch diagonal reconfigurable LCD instrumentation with Driver Information Center

Chevrolet MyLink with 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen

Volt Premier offers all the elements of LT along with premium interior comfort and convenience features:

8-inch diagonal reconfigurable LCD instrumentation with Driver Information Center

Chevrolet MyLink with 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen

We Recommend

With a price difference of almost $4500 between the LT and Premier, and only the interior comfort plus the optional cruise control is in concern, we would pick the LT trim over the Premier as the additional upgradations does not serve appropriate justice to the cost contrast.

Engine

7.5/10
“Considering the Volt's eco-friendly mission and its thriftiness on fuel, it performs admirably. The 2017 Volt feels willing and able in just about every situation, and it's one of the smoothest-driving plug-in hybrid vehicles out there.”-Edmunds

Engine and Performance

It is being offered only in a single engine option which is the hybrid combination of the all-electric motor with the 1.5L 4-cyl petrol engine having a combined output of 149 horsepower and 294 lb.-ft of torque. The engine is further mated to a CVT transmission

Models

Chevrolet volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

BMW i3 60Ah

MSRP

$34,095

$22,200

$23,475

$42,400

Engine

1.5L Direct Injection (DI) DOHC 4-cylinder

1.6L GDI DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder

1.8-Liter, 4-cylinder Aluminum DOHC 16-Valve With VVT-i

Electric Motor

Transmission

CVT Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT Automatic

Single Speed Automatic

Horsepower

149 hp

139 hp

121 hp

170 hp

Torque

294 lb-ft

109 lb-ft

105 lb-ft

184 lb-ft

The BMW i3 is the only car of the lot which is driven completely on an electric motor and quite visibly has the strongest off-the-line response numbers follower by the Volt which is heavier on the torque conventional side. Toyota Prius takes the last spot in terms of performance.

Acceleration

The hybrid engine manages to pull off a decent amount of results, praise to the Chevrolet engineering. The Volt is quick off-the-line and does a 0-60 mph in under 8 seconds and when stretched to a quarter mile, it completes the lap just under 16 seconds.

Thanks to the all-electric motor in the hybrid engine, the emission is down to 1.3 tons/yr.

Models

Chevrolet volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

BMW i3 60Ah

0-60 MPH

7.8 sec

8.1 sec

9.7 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter mile

15.9 sec

16.8 sec

17.1 sec

15.7 sec

Engine

1.5L

1.6L

1.8L

Electric Motor

Emission

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

1.3

3.0

3.4

N/A

BMW is the only one with the sole electric motor engine and is the quickest of all and well with absolute zero emissions. But when we draw a contrast between the hybrids, the Chevy comes out on top with the least emission scale while the Toyota takes the last spot in every aspect.

Ride and Handling

The Volt being an eco-friendly car along with the eagerness to go slightly swift, it is a well-balanced vehicle with just about the right amount of thrill. The suspensions and the dampening are well put through but going hard on the throttle could put the tires off. The drive experience is smooth and the steering is pretty confident and accurate. As far as the braking is concern, it lags at the first stance but then the firm grip succumbs in.

Braking

The Chevrolet Volt comes standard with the 10.8-inch and 10-inch brake pad setup at the front and the rear wheels of the vehicle respectively. After almost weighing around 3.5 tons, it manages to complete the panic stop from 60 mph to a dead stop in a considerable 120 ft.

Model

Chevrolet volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

BMW i3 60Ah

Brake Front (in.)

10.8

11.0

10.0

11.0

Brake Rear (in.)

10.0

10.3

10.2

11.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3543

2996

3075

2886

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

124

121

125

Amongst its competitors. Volt stands the heaviest by weight. And even though the i3 has the biggest braking system the Chevrolet still manages to outperform every other when put to the panic test as it results to be the quickest to stop.

Fuel Economy

9.1/10

Chevrolet’s 1.5L gasoline engine tuned up with the electric motor churns out around 43 mpg in city drive and about 42 mpg in highway, having a cumulative mileage of 42 mpg.

Model

Chevrolet volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

BMW i3 60Ah

MPG (city)

43

57

50

N/A

MPG (highway)

42

59

54

N/A

MPG (combined)

42

58

52

118 (mpg-e)

Quite understandably the i3 has the bolstered 118 mpg as it runs completely on an electric motor but when the hybrids are put together, the Hyundai Ioniq takes it by charm while it is followed by the Toyota Prius and then the Chevrolet Volt, at last.

Interior

7.0/10
“The front seats are fairly comfortable and nicely contoured, but the rear seats are short on legroom – especially the middle seat, which offers no legroom at all.”- Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

The Chevrolet Volt is a 5-seater hatchback where the front seats of the car are found to be pretty comfortable even for long durations. The rear seats are quite spacious but the middle seat could be quite unusable sometimes for grownups.

Model

Chevrolet volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

BMW i3 60Ah

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

4

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

37.8/56.5/42.1

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.4/55.0/42.3

39.6/53.6/40.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.8/53.2/34.7

37.4/55/35.7

37.4/53.0/33.4

37.2/49.2/31.9

When the spaciousness is concerned, the Chevy certainly comes at the last spot while the Hyundai Ioniq and Toyota Prius tops up at almost identical space features.

Infotainment System

The 2017 Volt has the following features to offer with its 8”-touchscreen entertainment system:

  • AM/FM Radio
  • SiriusXM Satellite
  • USB/Bluetooth connectivity
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • 8-speaker Bose system (optional)
  • Real-time navigation
  • AUX input
  • Steering mounted controls

Cargo Capacity

The cargo capacity is said to be quite compromised with the Volt and thus only 10.6 cubic feet of space is made available which is quite an issue.

Model

Chevrolet volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

BMW i3 60Ah

Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3)

10.6

26.5

24.6

15.1

The Hyundai Ioniq quite easily leads the segment with Toyota Prius following up closely. Whereas the Chevrolet Volt loses on this aspect from a large scale.

Exterior

8.0/10
“Apparently, someone in Chevy design decided it would be a good idea for their flagship EV to NOT look dopey. Good call, we say, as the 2017 Volt is maybe the first alternative-fuel vehicle that people will buy simply because they fell in love with its appearance.”-Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

A hatchback segment, the Volt is about 180-inches long, 71-inches wide and 56-inches tall. It has been assigned a ground clearance of 5.5-inches and a wheelbase of 106-inches. Looking into the track width, the Volt is quite bigger from the rear than the front side of it.

Model

Chevrolet volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

BMW i3 60Ah

Curb weight (lbs.)

3543

2996

3075

2886

Length(in)

180.4

176.0

178.7

158.3

Width(in)

71.2

71.7

69.3

69.9

Height(in)

56.4

56.9

58.1

62.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.5

5.3

5.1

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

106.1

106.3

106.3

101.2

Track width (in) F/R

60.6/61.8

61.5/62.1

60.2/60.6

61.9/61.3

Identical enough, the Volt is the biggest and the bulkiest of all but it loses out on the wideness just to the Hyundai Ioniq while the BMW i3 stands the tallest.

Exterior Features

The 2017 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback comes standard with the following exterior features:

  • LED Headlamps and Taillamps
  • LED DRLs (Daylight Running Light)
  • 17” 5-spoke coloured aluminium wheels
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote ignition
  • Range extender engine (optional)

Safety

7.6/10

With the 2017 edition of the Chevrolet Volt, it has the following safety measures standard with it:

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Air bag, Passenger Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger includes Passenger Sensing System
  • Air bags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-front outboard seating positions
  • Pedestrian Safety Signal
  • Child security rear door and window locks
  • LATCH System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Competition

Hyundai Ioniq

This offers a good in class mileage numbers, gives ample interior space and has just the right amount of plushness but it certainly lacks the necessary power for good amount of acceleration. The sound insulation is also a considerable problem with this vehicle.

Toyota Prius

Having the best in class mileage and good isolation of outside noise, this is a good option to be driven around. Maneuvering and handling is also very confident in this very car but the engine lacks the response one would expect from a vehicle of this segment. The interiors of the car also are a bit tacky and might not live up to some expectations.

BMW i3

The most hand-crafted interiors and exteriors amongst the lot, this is one of the exceptional looking car. The only electric motor driven car, it gives unbelievable fuel economy. The size and the price tag of i3 are the cons for this very car.

Final Verdict

Having a strong built engine and being features loaded, it is certainly a car to be considered as a driver’s car. It performs remarkably well in safety tests as well. Even though the mileage and the back seats are some compromises with the car, but still the money invested is still worth it. The acceleration and performance are this car’s forte along with the strong and confident handling.

This car is set to deliver to a good amount of returns on the money invested in it and the disappointment associated with the same could easily be ignored.