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2020 Chevrolet Bolt Interior Review

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Interior: 6.8

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV has lots of cabin space, easy-to-use technology, and plenty of standard features. Compared to its rivals, however, it has low-quality materials and seats that aren't very supportive.

  • "Although spacious and practical, the Bolt's interior quality and appearance don't befit its $30,000-plus price point." -- Car and Driver
  • "Chevy's desire to save weight and cost with the interior is obvious. The carpet feels thin, and the easily dirtied left footrest is unprotected. The interior panels don't even attempt to disguise that they're made of hard plastic. For a car in the Bolt's price range, it's disappointing." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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 (2019)

Seating

The Bolt has seating for up to five people, and there's ample space throughout the cabin. However, its flat seat cushions aren't ideal for extended trips. Cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, and 60/40-split-folding rear seats are standard. Optional comfort amenities include heated front and rear seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather upholstery.

For securing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Bolt’s rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors on both sides.

  • "Generous front and rear passenger space make the Bolt very comfortable for four and even decently spacious for five." -- Car and Driver
  • "A range of our drivers found it easy to settle in behind the wheel thanks to the Bolt's height-adjustable driver's seat and the generous adjustment range of its telescoping steering wheel." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Unfortunately, one of our negative impressions was also reinforced after more time behind the wheel: The seats aren't very comfortable. Chevy made them exceptionally thin to maximize interior space, a step Mazda recently took for the MX-5 Miata redesign, by minimizing the cushioning and springs and supplementing with a tensioned mesh." -- Cars.com (2017)

Interior Features

The Bolt comes standard with a user-friendly infotainment system that features a 10.2-inch touch screen with logically arranged controls. Technophiles will appreciate that it comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Plus, this EV's MyLink infotainment system has handy menus that display battery usage and range information. However, the system doesn’t respond quickly to user inputs.

Other standard infotainment technology in the Bolt includes a six-speaker stereo, two USB ports, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Push-button start, remote start, and automatic climate control are also standard. Available infotainment features include two rear USB ports, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, and wireless device charging.

A rearview camera and the Teen Driver safety system are standard in the Bolt. Several active safety features are available, including a surround-view parking camera system, a rearview camera mirror, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, a following distance indicator, and automatic high-beam headlights.

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  • "Its large central touchscreen is well organized and easy to operate, but it isn't as quick to respond to user inputs as we'd like. Built-in navigation isn't available in the Bolt. You'll have to rely on your smartphone for directions; luckily, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability is standard. Several useful EV-specific menus allow you to delve deeply into information such as battery-energy usage and remaining range." -- Car and Driver
  • "The controls are thoughtfully arranged and separated by function, with a handy volume knob and tune buttons below the touchscreen. Climate controls are also prominent and self-explanatory. The instrument panel can be configured three ways; we like the Enhanced setting's range-coaching features." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The Bolt offers a level of engagement that you can enter into, or not, as your personality and tastes dictate. If you're into the gaming aspect of EVs, you can interact with the car to maximize range -- it gives you feedback in the instrument panel to let you know how you're doing. Or you can ignore that and just pay attention to your state of charge and range like you would with a fuel gauge. A wide range of advanced safety features are available on the Bolt, too." -- Autotrader (2019)

Cargo

The Bolt has more cargo space than a majority of vehicles in the hybrid and electric car class. There's 16.9 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats and 56.6 cubic feet with them folded.

Limited models come with a false cargo floor that offers two storage positions. Keep it in its standard position to store taller objects, or place it higher to create a flat load floor with the folded rear seats.

  • "The Bolt is nearly as practical as an average-size small crossover, with enough cargo space to hold five carry-on bags behind the rear seat." -- Car and Driver
  • "Folding the seatbacks increases cargo capacity from 16.9 to a huge 56.6 cubic feet." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "At 16.9 cubic feet with all seats in use, the Bolt's cargo area is usefully sized. The available floor panel cover can either be left in place for hidden basement storage or removed to carry bulkier items. Fold one or both parts of the 60/40-split back seat to open up a bigger space." -- Edmunds (2019)
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