2018 Chevrolet Bolt

Interior


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2018 Chevrolet Bolt Interior Review

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Interior: 8.3

The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a spacious hatchback with seating for five people. It's packed full of standard features, and a full array of advanced safety features is available. The cargo and passenger areas are roomy, but the seat cushions come up short on comfort, according to some.

  • 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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt's strong suits are its attractive five-door package, with interior space made more generous by the flat floor. The batteries are in the floor of the car, freeing up functional cargo space." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • While the Bolt's technology palette is attractive, we were a bit disappointed with its interior quality, which is more befitting a $20,000 car than a $30,000 one. Chief engineer Josh Tavel admitted that priorities for the Bolt dictated more of a focus on innovative tech than it did on soft-touch dashboard materials and the like. This is an understandable compromise, even with an abundance of hard plastic trim, some of which is poorly grained." -- Car and Driver (2017)

Seating

The Bolt EV is a five-person hatchback with cloth upholstery, six-way manually adjustable front seats, and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat among its standard features. Seating upgrades include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The cabin feels airy and spacious, and there's enough legroom that even adults can sit in the back seat for a short trip. The seat cushions aren't very cushy, though.

Caregivers will want to roll up their sleeves before installing a child safety seat with either of the Bolt EV's two sets of LATCH anchors. The lower anchors are mounted deep in the seat cushions and require extra effort to use. The back seat also has three tether anchors, all of which are clearly marked and easy to find.

  • "Clear forward visibility, a spacious back seat with plenty of leg- and headroom for two adults, and a deep rear-cargo well help offset the interior's subjective shortcomings." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "The Bolt is also surprisingly roomy. It's not quite a Tardis, but the interior does feel bigger than it should. Part of this is the smart packaging of the dashboard, and the way design options open up when you don't have a big engine up in front. The front seats are further forward than in a gas car, for example. And they've been specially designed to be extra thin, giving the rear seat passengers an extra inch of leg room. The rear bench sits on top of the batteries and perched slightly higher than the front, theater-style. All the seats are comfortable, and there's plenty of head room." -- Autoblog (2017)
  • "The seats aren't very comfortable. Chevy made them exceptionally thin to maximize interior space. … Who knows what the construction has to do with it; all I can tell you is that the backrest and bottom cushion are firm, and the bolsters flanking these cushions are borderline hard. I felt like the seat was crowding my butt, and my butt isn't all that large (I swear)." -- Cars.com (2017)

Interior Features

The Bolt EV comes standard with single-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a rearview camera, and the Teen Driver safety system. Elements of its infotainment system include the Chevrolet MyLink interface, a 10.2-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition, OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two front USB inputs, and six speakers.

Among the available interior options is a seven-speaker Bose sound system, dual USB ports for rear passengers, wireless charging for enabled smartphones, the 360-degree Surround Vision camera system, a rear camera mirror, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, low speed forward automatic braking, forward collision warning, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, following distance indicator, and automatic high beams.

The Bolt EV's infotainment system comes with an appealing amount of features. The standard screen size is larger than most, at 10.2 inches. It presents a straightforward series of menus. The system also makes it easy for users to stay connected via the advanced smartphone integration and high-speed internet access.

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  • "The Bolt's 10.2 inch touchscreen is a delight, and indicates, along with all the connectivity built in to the car, that the Bolt will get a lot of fresh consideration from Millennial 'connecterati'-people for whom ease of connectivity while they drive actually trumps horsepower and torque." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "There is no embedded navigation system. Chevrolet correctly figures that most electric-car buyers will be savvy enough to link to Google Maps or another navigation app on their cellphone, displayed on the big, 10.2-inch center touchscreen. Speaking of savvy, available with the Bolt's top Premier trim is a rearview mirror that's actually an 80-degree wide-angle camera feed from the back of the car." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • The central 10.2-inch infotainment screen offers additional metrics useful for EV driving and charging. One screen shows how much energy is being used by certain vehicle functions, including Driving and Accessories, Climate Settings, and Battery Conditioning (which only becomes an issue only in extreme temperatures, when the car has to use energy to regulate the temperature of the battery pack). Another screen is a sort of driving scorecard that rates things like driving technique, climate-control usage, and terrain. All information on the two screens … is clearly and cleanly presented." -- Car and Driver (2017)

Cargo

The Bolt EV has 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 56.6 cubic feet with the seats folded flat. The false cargo floor – available in the LT and standard in the Premier – can be raised to create a flat cargo area when the rear seats are down, concealing a small separate storage space underneath. 

  • "In back, the cargo floor can be set at two positions: a raised one that leaves it level with the folded rear seat backs and the cargo opening with about a 4-inch-high space beneath it, or lowered to the bottom of that 4-inch space to allow for more cargo height. Chevy says there's a maximum of 56.6 cu. ft. of storage area with the rear seat back folded, which is on par with the capacity of some small SUVs." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • "The Bolt's trunk is about the size of a midsize sedan's. Fold the rear seats, and the Bolt can match small crossover SUVs for utility." -- New York Daily News (2017)
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