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2019 Chevrolet Bolt Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt secures a spot in the top half of our hybrid and electric car rankings. In addition to its great all-electric driving range, it boasts spry acceleration, lots of passenger and cargo space, and user-friendly technology.

Pros & Cons

  • Good operating range and efficiency
  • Spry acceleration
  • Loads of cargo room
  • Spacious second-row seats
  • High prices
  • Below-average safety score for class
  • Some unimpressive cabin materials

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2019 Chevrolet Bolt Overview

Is the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Bolt EV is a good used electric car. Its 238-mile range bests most other EVs, and you don’t sacrifice performance for efficiency. The Bolt handles with agility and delivers brisk acceleration. A hatchback design gives you ample cargo room, and most passengers should have enough space to get comfortable.

While the Chevy Bolt is good, there are some things to consider that may steer you away from it. List prices for a used model are on the high end of the hybrid and electric car class, and its safety score is low for the segment. Additionally, its interior quality is disappointing.

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We analyzed 31 Chevrolet Bolt reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Bolt is the right used car for you.

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How Much is the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt?

Based on listings for the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt, the average list price is $19,234. Prices range from $28,820 to $32,073 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt Cost to Own?

The 2019 Bolt’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $21,250, or $4,250 per year. That’s about average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Chevrolet Bolt: What's the Difference?

There are no major differences between the 2019 and 2018 Chevrolet Bolt. Chevrolet made no major changes for 2018 after introducing the Bolt as an all-new EV for the 2017 model year.

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If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Bolt and 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt?

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2019 Chevrolet Bolt Recalls

There have been 3 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Recall Date: 11/13/2020
  • Summary: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling all 2017-2018 and certain 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles. The high voltage battery could catch fire when charged to full or nearly full capacity.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 50,932
  • Consequence: A battery fire increases the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and as an interim repair, beginning on November 17, 2020, dealers will reprogram the hybrid propulsion control module 2 (HPCM2) to limit the full charge to 90%, free of charge. Owners are advised to activate either the Hill Top Reserve (2017 and 2018 models) or Target Charge Level (2019 models) feature in their vehicle to limit the charge level to 90%, or park outside, until the software update is completed. The final remedy is still under development. Owners will be notified of the interim repair beginning November 23, 2020. A second notice will be mailed when the final repair becomes available. Owners may contact the Bolt EV Concierge Team at 1-833-382-4389. GM's number for this recall is N202311730.
  • Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V701000
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES Recall Date: 03/26/2020
  • Summary: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles. The door-handle cable inside the rear doors may be too long, allowing contact with the window when it is opened, possibly damaging the cable. A damaged cable may cause the rear door to open unintentionally when the rear window is opened. Additionally, it may cause the rear inside door handle to not work.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 897
  • Consequence: If the rear door opens while driving, or the door handle fails to open the rear door, there is an increased risk of injury to the rear passengers.
  • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear inside door-handle cables, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 11, 2020. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is A202298320.
  • Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V184000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC Recall Date: 08/30/2018
  • Summary: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Chevrolet Equinox, Impala, Cruze, Volt and Bolt EV vehicles, GMC Terrain vehicles, Buick Lacrosse and Regal vehicles, Cadillac XTS and XTS Professional vehicles and 2018 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons may have an insufficient coating causing gas pockets to form, potentially reducing rear brake performance.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 210,628
  • Consequence: A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the vehicle's brake system, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18279.
  • Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V576000

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Which Used Chevrolet Bolt Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV comes in two trims: LT and Premier. The base model features most of the car's available infotainment features, including a huge touch screen and smartphone integration. You can also find LT models equipped with a wide array of safety technology. Several amenities are unique to the Premier, so buy that model if you want leather upholstery, rear heated seats, a Bose stereo, or wireless device charging.

  • Chevrolet Bolt LT: Standard features in the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT include cloth upholstery, six-way manually adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, an 8-inch driver information display, proximity keyless entry, remote start, a rearview camera, and the Teen Driver safety feature. A 10.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, a six-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. A trio of available packages equips the Bolt with features such as heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, a following distance indicator, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.
  • Chevrolet Bolt Premier: The Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier gains leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, a rear center armrest, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror camera. You may find Premier models with a seven-speaker Bose stereo, wireless device charging, or two rear USB ports.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, but Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Bolt?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash test and five stars in both the side crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Bolt EV the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the passenger side small overlap test. The Bolt's headlights also received a rating of Acceptable for how well they illuminate the road ahead. The IIHS uses a different scale for grading front crash prevention technology. Models equipped with available forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking earned the highest mark of Superior for the effectiveness of those features and were named Top Safety Picks.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume parameters for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Following distance indicator
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Surround-view parking camera system

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2019 Chevrolet Bolt Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Chevrolet Bolt or 2019 Chevrolet Volt?

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid, meaning it can go a short distance on all-electric power before it switches to gas. The Volt's electric range is 53 miles, and its MPG-equivalent rating is slightly lower than the Bolt's. If you can charge the car every day for short periods of electric driving but also like the safety net of being able to fill up with gas, you might consider the Volt over the Chevy Bolt EV. The Chevy Volt has a perfect safety score, and its list prices are thousands of dollars less than the Bolt's, but a poor predicted reliability rating results in a low ranking. The Bolt serves up more cargo space than the Volt, and it comes with a roomier second row. Overall, the Bolt is better, but its all-electric powertrain may not be practical for everybody.

Which Is Better: 2019 Chevrolet Bolt or 2019 Tesla Model 3?

The 2019 Tesla Model 3 is a fully electric car with an EPA-estimated range of between 220 and 310 miles, depending on the model. That puts it in line with the Bolt's 238-mile range, but a slightly higher MPGe rating means that the Tesla’s powertrain is more efficient. These are both great EVs, so choosing between them will likely come down to your budget and the capabilities you prioritize. Prices for a used Model 3 are much higher than for a Bolt EV, with the most expensive models carrying the longest driving range. The Tesla EV boasts sportier performance and a more refined cabin than the Bolt, along with more futuristic features.

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2019 Bolt Performance

How Does the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt Drive?

The Chevrolet Bolt darts away quickly from a standstill, thanks to instantaneous torque from its electric powertrain. This zippy little car can accelerate quickly when you're already moving, helping to overtake cars on the highway. Handling is pretty engaging, and you should enjoy responsive steering and good feedback from the road. The battery pack gives the Bolt a low center of gravity, keeping it glued to the road and imparting a feeling of stability and composure around turns.

This EV offers a few different driving modes for its regenerative braking system, which is a setup unique to hybrid and electric vehicles. In regular Drive mode, you use the accelerator and brake pedal exactly as you would in a gas-powered car. Low mode makes the regenerative brakes more aggressive, and the car will slow down as soon as you let off the throttle. In essence, you can drive with one pedal. There is also a Regen on Demand feature, which activates aggressive regenerative braking by pulling a paddle on the back of the steering wheel. Keep in mind that the brake pedal may still need to be used in some situations.

  • Powertrain: electric motor with 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: single-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2019 Bolt EV gets an EPA-estimated 119 MPG-equivalent in combined city/highway driving. That figure is pretty good compared to all other cars for which it's used as a metric. For more on decoding these ratings, check out What Is MPGe?

2019 Chevrolet Bolt Alternative Fuels and Charging

The Chevy Bolt has an EPA-rated all-electric driving range of 238 miles. The charging time depends on the method used:

  • DC fast charger: up to 90 miles of range in 30 minutes
  • 240-volt charging station: 9 hours and 30 minutes
  • Household-style power outlet: 4 miles of range per hour

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2019 Bolt Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Bolt Seat?

The 2019 Bolt seats five people in two rows. The driver's seat gives you good outward visibility, because it's perched a little high in the cabin. However, the front-seat cushions are a little flat and not very comfortable.

This Chevy EV has a sleek, futuristic interior design, but many materials are disappointing. Surfaces are hard to the touch, and there are a lot of plastics.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Six-way manually adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel
  • Rear center armrest
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt?

The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The lower anchors are set too deeply in the seat cushions, and it requires some force to attach the car-seat straps to the anchors.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt Features

The Chevrolet Infotainment System in the Bolt EV is user-friendly, and the touch screen sits in an ergonomic position on the dash. It's easy for the driver to see and reach, and redundant climate and audio control buttons beneath the touch screen make certain features a snap to use.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10.2-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, a six-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, satellite radio, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: a seven-speaker Bose stereo, wireless device charging, and two rear USB ports
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control, an 8-inch driver information display, proximity keyless entry, and remote start
  • Other available features: an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a rearview mirror camera

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2019 Chevrolet Bolt Dimensions

Chevrolet Bolt Cargo Space

The hatchback Chevy Bolt EV has 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and a maximum of 56.6 cubic feet with the second row folded down. Those values are excellent for the hybrid and electric car class.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt Length and Weight
  • Length: 13 feet, 8 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,563 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt Built?

General Motors built the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt in Michigan.

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