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2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: October 29, 2019


If we want to save the environment, or at least prolong the devastation, a lot of lifestyle changes need to happen. One such required change is the acceptance of Hybrid and Electric cars in our lives. Flashy cars with loud engines need to disappear and make way for more silent technology. Adhering to the same ideology, Chevrolet had taken a step in the right direction with the Volt. Sadly, its days are now numbered as it will soon disappear from dealerships, as it has been discontinued for 2020.

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Pros

Impressive standard features list

Great range in electric mode

Confidence inspiring handling dynamics

Good build quality

Low NVH levels

Cons

Cramped rear seats

High price

Less Cargo capacity

Inferior interior quality

What's New?

Quicker charging times for the 2019 model

8-way power-adjustable seat for the driver

Revised infotainment system with a new HD parking camera


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33520

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

101 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

294 lbs.-ft @ 0 rpm

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

60.6/61.8

dimensions

wheelbase

106.1 in.

length

180.4 in.

width

71.2 in.

height

56.4 in.

curb weight

3519 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

40.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

13.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

43/42/42 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid in Green Mist Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid in Iridescent Pearl Tricoat color  2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid in Pacific Blue  Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid in Satin Steel Metallic color
Cajun Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

7.1

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid LT

LT

power
101 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
42 combined

$33,520


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) Starting at $33,520 MSRP (43/42/42) 101 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5   Satin Steel Metallic
  Cajun Red Tintcoat
  Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
  Green Mist Metallic
  Summit White
  Silver Ice Metallic

 2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Premier

Premier

power
101 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
42 combined

$38,120


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid DD) Starting at $38,120 MSRP (43/42/42) 101 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5   Pacific Blue Metallic
  Summit White
  Silver Ice Metallic
  Satin Steel Metallic
  Green Mist Metallic
  Mosaic Black Metallic

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


The Volt may be a little expensive, but it is also the most advanced plug-in hybrids on the American shores. It offers a proper 50-mile pure electric range, unlike the barely usable 20 mile-range (sometimes less) that its rivals offer. The Chevy also boasts of decent performance, sweet ride and handling, and overall pleasant driving experience.

Even with these hybrids, there is a lot of competition in the market. You could buy a fully loaded Accord hybrid for the same amount of money, which offers more interior space and a bigger feature-list. Other carmakers, like Toyota, and Ford, also want a piece of this pie. Let's move ahead and find out if the 2019 Volt Plug-in Hybrid manages to take on some renowned rivals in the segment such as the Toyota Avalon, Ford Fusion Energi and the popular pick - The Honda Clarity.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Front View
2019 Chevrolet Volt Front View
2019 Chevrolet Volt Rear View
2019 Chevrolet Volt Rear View

6.0/10
Features

 

7.1/10
Engine and Performance

 

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Features

6.0/10

There are two trims in the 2019 Chevrolet Volt - the base LT variant, and the upmarket Premium variant. The list of standard features is quite extensive, but that also drives the cost of this compact sedan beyond the segment. For the top trim, the price almost touches the $40k mark but let that not discourage you because then you'll also be entitled to the $7,500 federal income tax credit and a lot of other benefits from the State.

Trim

LT

Premium

MSRP

$34,395

$38,995

Key Features

18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery

Offers all the features of LT trim along with following additional features

 

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

Leather-appointed seats

 

8-inch diagonal reconfigurable LCD instrumentation with Driver Information Center

Heated front and rear (outboard) seats

 

Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system with 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen

Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel

 

Keyless Access with Push-Button Start

Automatic Parking Assist

 

Remote vehicle starter system

 
 

SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three trial months

 
 

LED daytime running lamps

 

Apart from the two trims, there are 6 optional packages as well, namely Power Convenience Package, Driver Confidence Package, Comfort Package, Winter/Summer Floor Mats Package, Interior Protection Package, and the Blackout Package. For more details on the options, please follow the table below.

Package Name

Power Convenience Package

Driver Confidence Package

Comfort Package

Winter/Summer Floor Mats Package

Interior Protection Package

Blackout Package

Price

$1,660

$790

$460

$260

$200

$1,995

 

6-way power driver seat

Rear Park Assist

Automatic heated driver and front passenger seats

All-weather floor mats

All-weather floor mats

Sport pedal kit

 

Power driver seat lumbar control

Rear cross-traffic alert

Automatic heated leather-wrapped steering wheel

Premium carpeted floor mats

All-weather cargo mats

Front and rear black bow-tie emblems

 

Body-colored power exterior rearview mirrors

Lane change alert with side blind zone alert

Leather-wrapped shift knob

   

17-inch 5-split spoke machined-face Gloss Black wheels

 

Heated driver and front passenger seats

 

Heated, power, body-color exterior rearview mirrors

     

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel          

We Recommend

Regardless of the trim, the Volt is a very expensive car. However, the "LT" trim makes the best out of your investment. We'd also add the driver confidence package as it adds an extra layer of safety for the occupants and the driver.

2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Engine and Performance

7.1/10

"Not only does the Chevrolet Volt have an impressive 53 miles of pure-electric range, its hybrid setup makes it incredibly quick and exceptionally quiet."    -Car and Driver

Hybrid cars have never sported powerful drivetrains, and the 2019 Chevy Volt isn't different either. With a puny 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline motor, you only get 149 horses. Thankfully, there are electric motors aiding the engine, two of them actually. In the electric-only mode, the sedan can run for 53 miles, not groundbreaking, but enough to make two round trips to your local supermarket. Though the power might seem less, let's also not forget that the Chevrolet Volt is among the torquiest vehicles in the segment. With a torque output of 294 ft-lbs, the Volt sets itself a class apart from the rivals in this aspect.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Engine
2019 Chevrolet Volt 1.5L, Inline-4 motor

The transmission duties have been undertaken by the conventional Uni-Drive system which is a pretty common sight in the hybrid segment. This gearbox drives the front wheels of the car only. Despite the puny engine, the motor packs a lot of punch and performing overtaking maneuvers won't pose any trouble, thanks to the two electric motors that delete the lag. However, it is all applicable within the city limits only. Get onto the highway and the motor feels disinterested in climbing up the speedometer. 

Models

Chevrolet Volt LT

Honda Clarity Touring

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

MSRP

$37,420

$36,600

$28,945

$37,490

$34,395

Engine

1.5L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

Continuously Variable Automatic

1-speed direct drive

Continuously Variable Automatic

Continuously Variable Automatic

Horsepower

149 hp

212 hp

182 hp

188 hp

215 hp

Torque

294 ft-lbs.

221 ft-lbs.

277 ft-lbs.

129 ft-lbs.

163 ft-lbs.

The hybrid space in the automotive market is filled with plenty of options. Chevy’s other offering, the Malibu hybrid sedan, is cheaper, more spacious and better looking, although the engine on that is smaller and less powerful. Toyota Avalon is a mid-size car, which means it is bigger both on the inside and outside (bigger engine too) - an advantage in its favor.

Acceleration

Expecting performance from a hybrid car used to be like searching for snow in a desert - futile at best. Though it isn’t that bad anymore, you still wouldn’t feel excited in the slightest. The Volt runs from 0 to 60 MPH in a slow but steady 7.5 seconds. Highway driving isn’t the most effortless endeavor, and you’d need a heavy foot to merge into high-speed traffic.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Acceleration
2019 Chevrolet Volt Acceleration

The hybrid segment is composed almost entirely of lazy cars that take their own sweet time to gain momentum. While there are slower cars in the market, that does not excuse these sedans. If you like to be buried in your seat on the press of the throttle more than you like polar bears, we suggest you skip the hybrid car segment entirely. 

Models

Chevrolet Volt LT

Honda Clarity Touring

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

0-60 MPH

7.5

8.1 sec

8.5 sec

8.5

N/A

Quarter mile

15.6

15.9 sec

15.8

16.3

N/A

Engine

1.5L inline-4

1.5L inline-4

1.8L inline-4

2.0L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

Emission

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

N/A

3.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Chevy Volt's light curb weight aids it in securing the first position in terms of acceleration. It is also quicker than the competitors to the quarter-mile mark as well. Having said that, the rest of the rivals are quite evenly matched in this aspect. The Ford Fusion Energi is the slowest vehicle of the lot with a 16.8-second quarter-mile run, courtesy of extra weight and less power. 

Ride and Handling

Slamming the accelerator pedal won't really excite you or plunge you into the seats, but the 2019 Chevrolet Volt Hybrid isn't meant to do that either. Its rather small and underpowered 1.5L, inline-4 motor is a slouch to be precise and it takes its own sweet time to get the car moving. However, the Volt, otherwise, is a fun and peppy car to drive. Throw it into a corner and you'll be coming out of it with a smile, thanks to the low-set battery floor that brings the C.G (Center of Gravity) closer to the ground. This delivers a planted feel and inspires a lot of confidence in the driver.

While that was all about spirited driving, the Volt Hybrid actually performs even better within the city limits. The suspension setup is aptly sprung, neither too stiff nor too soft. Small undulations on the road are passed unnoticed and the cabin is mum at all times. There is a slight rumble from the gasoline motor that creeps inside the cabin, but it isn't prominent enough to hinder your conversations. 

Braking

With the regenerative braking system onboard, you can be assured that every wasted movement is converted into useful energy. If your braking needs are urgent though, you could simply press the pedal harder, and the car shifts the braking duties to its traditional braking system. The transition between these two systems isn’t as smooth as one would hope from a car costing close to 40 Grand, but what’s a little discomfort against the fate of the planet, right?

2019 Chevrolet Volt Wheel
2019 Chevrolet Volt Front Right Wheel

Being one of the lightest vehicles in the segment, the Volt is expected to stop in the shortest distance here. However, its small rotors coupled with a squishy brake pedal do not inspire confidence for spirited braking. Nevertheless, the Volt wasn't created to be treated like that either. Treat it like a family car and it will surely impress you.

Model

Chevrolet Volt LT

Honda Clarity Touring

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Brake Front (in.)

11

12.3

11.8

11.8

N/A

Brake Rear (in.)

10

12.2

11.3

11.9

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3550

4059

3366

3986

3638

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

131

N/A

129

N/A

Honda’s Clarity has the heaviest body here, which further escalates the effort you have to put on the pedals. Other than that, there isn’t a significant difference between the cars here in terms of braking distance. Braking distances will be updated once the figures are officially available.

2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The entire reason you buy a hybrid is to extract great mileage from every last drop of gas. Chevy claims a figure of 42 miles per gallon when driven around gently. Before you make a judgment out of it, let us also bring to your notice that this figure is solely based on the performance of the gasoline engine. With the electric motors in play, the overall combined mileage climbs up to a staggering figure of 106 MPG.

2019 Chevrolet Volt charge
2019 Chevrolet Volt Charging Port

These are pretty impressive numbers, and you are bound to save money alongside the planet Earth. Furthermore, with just the electric motors driving the car, you get 53 miles of range, which is quite a mighty feat considering none of its rivals even come close to it in this regard.

Model

Chevrolet Volt LT

Honda Clarity Touring

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

MPG (city)

43

40

49

43

43

MPG (highway)

42

44

43

41

44

MPG (combined)

42

42

46

42

44

The entire hybrid sedan market offers upwards of 40 miles of equivalent efficiency, which is somewhere between twice or thrice the mileage of an average gas-powered compact sedan. There is not much to differentiate here, however, under keen observation, it's the Malibu Hybrid that trumps the competition.

2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Interior

7.0/10

Though the four-door hatchback configuration adds a practical side, the 2019 Chevrolet Volt sacrifices a bit of interior space to make room for the battery, providing only 90.3 cubic feet of space.  -Motor Trend

Seating and Comfort

The Chevy Volt is a pretty sober car on the inside, with an extremely practical but dull interior. The front seats are quite spacious, with loads of room all around the passengers. However, there is a lack of creature comforts, although the driver gets an eight-way adjustable seat. Continuing with the theme of sobriety, the seats are wrapped in soft cloth, and follow a dark color scheme.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Front seat
2019 Chevrolet Volt Front Seat

Model

Chevrolet Volt LT

Honda Clarity Touring

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

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

37.8/56.5/42.1

39.1/59.7/42.2

39.1/58.5/41.5

39.2/57.8/44.3

38.5/42.1/58.3

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

35.8/53.2/34.7

37.1/57.3/36.2

37.5/57.1/38.1

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.9/40.4/57.1

Toyota Avalon, and more importantly, Chevy Malibu offers an incredible amount of space, both for the front and the rear passenger. If you were ever considering being driven around by a chauffeur, then these two are fine choices for the role.

Cargo Volume

While it isn’t the most gifted car in terms of space, the Volt hybrid has a decent enough boot for household chores. You could easily rest your groceries inside, and if you need some real space for luggage, you can simply fold the seats down. You wouldn’t be using the rear seats much anyway.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Cargo Space
2019 Chevrolet Volt Trunk Volume

Model

Chevrolet Volt LT

Honda Clarity Touring

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

10.6

15.5

13.0

8.2

16.1

The Honda Insight seems the most practical choice here, offering a decent trunk without costing you a fortune. In terms of sheer space though, Toyota’s Avalon Hybrid leaves the others in the dust.

Infotainment System

Interior Features

2019 Chevrolet Volt front seat
2019 Chevrolet Volt front seat
2019 Chevrolet Volt Dashboard
2019 Chevrolet Volt Dashboard
2019 Chevrolet Volt air vent
2019 Chevrolet Volt air vent
2019 Chevrolet Volt steering
2019 Chevrolet Volt steering
2019 Chevrolet Volt center console
2019 Chevrolet Volt center console
2019 Chevrolet Volt infotainment
2019 Chevrolet Volt infotainment display
2019 Chevrolet Volt rear seat
2019 Chevrolet Volt rear seat

2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Exterior

7.0/10

The 2019 Chevy Volt doesn’t scream “I’m an electrified car” like GM’s first plug-in hybrid did. Its styling is subdued, attractive even.     -The Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

The 2019 model has had insignificant changes to the exterior as compared to the 2018 Chevy Volt. It has the same dimensions, but a little extra weight due to the new battery and charging system. It isn’t easy to maneuver this car around town, but once you get used to it, the bulk vanishes, aided by the compact 106-inch wheelbase.

2019 Chevrolet Volt side view
2019 Chevrolet Volt Side View

Model

Chevrolet Volt LT

Honda Clarity Touring

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Curb weight (lbs.)

3550

4059

3366

3986

3638

Length(in)

180.4

192.7

194.2

191.8

195.9

Width(in)

71.2

73.9

73.0

72.9

72.8

Height(in)

56.4

58.2

57.9

58.0

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

N/A

5.9

N/A

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

106.1

108.3

111.4

112.2

113.0

Track width (in) F/R

60.6/61.8

62.2/62.5

62.6/62.5

62/62.3

62.3/63.6

Honda Insight is the new car on the block, and also the most advanced. You could easily swap the hybrid label for anything else, and the driving dynamics won’t give it away. Its bulk is masterfully hidden, and the dimensions are great for city driving.

Design and Styling

The Chevy Volt shares its architecture with the Cruze sedan, and the resemblance is uncanny. The face looks identical to the uninitiated, and only after noticing the finer details do you notice the differences. The chief differentiator is the bright silver fake grill on the Big Bowtie grille, and the taillight, which looks like a liquid flowing towards the front of the car.

Overall, the Volt is a handsome looking compact sedan with some striking exterior features. In terms of looks, it is easily prettier and classier than many gasoline cars as well.

2019 Chevrolet Volt three quarter view
2019 Chevrolet Volt three quarter view
2019 Chevrolet Volt side view
2019 Chevrolet Volt side view
2019 Chevrolet Volt rear view
2019 Chevrolet Volt rear view
2019 Chevrolet Volt side view
2019 Chevrolet Volt side view
2019 Chevrolet Volt taillight
2019 Chevrolet Volt taillight

2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Safety

7.0/10

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt offers a plethora of safety features:

  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Front Tow Hooks
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cross-Traffic Alert

2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Competition

Chevrolet Volt vs Honda Insight

Honda Insight is one of the cheapest hybrid sedans in the market, retailing at just 22 grand. At face value, it just seems like a simple choice, the Insight is a much better choice. Dig deeper though and you’ll discover the truth is actually not so simple. The Chevy has much more potential, a better all-electric range, and has a slightly more premium feel to it. What the Honda is, is a step into the future. It’s a hybrid that people can actually afford, and that, to be honest, is a noble cause (even if it is motivated by money!). If you don’t wish to spend a lot on your eco-friendly purchase, then the Insight will suit you fine. If you want a proper hybrid though, opt for the Chevy instead.

2019 Honda Insight
2019 Honda Insight

Chevrolet Volt vs Chevrolet Malibu

If you have your heart set on a Chevy, but your budget doesn’t stretch to the Volt, you can get a Malibu hybrid instead. It has more space, is a much better-looking car, and you still get the benefits of a hybrid like reduced emissions and increased gas mileage. What you don’t get though, is the ability to drive in full EV mode.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu
2019 Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Volt vs Toyota Camry

The Camry is arguably the best mid-size car ever, and there is a good reason why. The car is competitively priced, is well-built, very economical, decently powerful, extremely comfortable, and most of all, utterly reliable. If the world ever came to an end, cockroaches would probably survive alongside Camrys and Corollas; That’s how reliable Toyotas are. That is why, a Camry would actually be a better purchase than a Volt unless your Chevy dealer offers you an enormous discount, at which point the choice between the two could be settled by personal preference.

2019 Toyota Camry
2019 Toyota Camry

 

2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Final Verdict

Chevrolet Volt, even though it won’t be available in the market next year, is one hell of a car. It is a proper hybrid, complete with ‘Electric only’ mode for emission-free runs while dropping kids to school. It does seem a bit expensive for what it is though, which is a slightly restyled Cruze with an electric motor stuck on the inside. Space isn’t the best too, and you can get an Accord or Camry in their hybrid avatars for less money. If you want to put a price on saving the environment, its better you choose one of the latter two instead.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Plug-in Hybrid Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can the Chevrolet Volt Hybrid use a Tesla charger?

No, the Tesla charging stations are designed for the Tesla vehicles only. No other vehicle can be charged there.

Can the Volt Hybrid run on gas only?

By default, the Volt hybrid is programmed to consume the batteries first, however, once depleted, the Volt hybrid behaves just like a normal gasoline-powered vehicle. So, yes, the Volt can also run on gasoline only.

How long can you leave the Chevrolet Volt Hybrid plugged in?

The Chevrolet Volt Hybrid can be left plugged in for 3 to 4 days, according to Chevrolet. However, if prolonged over 8 days, then the secondary batteries will start depleting.

How long does a Chevrolet Volt Hybrid's battery last for?

Chevrolet claims that the Volt's battery powertrain can last for 10 years or 150,000 miles provided you follow the maintenance schedule properly. Furthermore, the battery also supports 6000 charging cycles as well.

Does the Chevrolet Volt Hybrid come with a warranty?

The hybrid vehicles have always flaunted an extensive warranty plan in order to gain the trust of the consumers. Following the same notion, the Volt is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty. For more information on this front, please head over to the features tab on the beginning of this page.