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2020 Chevrolet Bolt Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 9.2

The fun-to-drive 2020 Chevrolet Bolt features an energetic powertrain and a smooth regenerative braking system. Its 259-mile driving range is among the best in the hybrid and electric car class.

  • "For 2020, Chevy increases the Bolt’s driving range from 238 miles to 259. … Its extended all-electric driving range also puts the Chevy ahead of electrified rivals such as the Hyundai Ioniq, the Kia Soul EV and the Kona Electric, and all but the long-rang (sic) Tesla Model 3." -- Car and Driver
  • "You'll find plenty of oomph when you press the Bolt's accelerator. It merges onto freeways with ease, and there's a good deal of reserve power for passing on two-lane roads." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "If you've never driven an electric car before, make sure your first time is behind the wheel of the 2018 Chevy Bolt. Beyond its spectacular … range, the Bolt is a joy to drive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Acceleration and Power

This Chevy comes with a 200-horsepower electric motor and a single-speed transmission, and the Bolt proves true to its name with an estimated zero-to-60 time of about 6.5 seconds.

It gets an EPA-estimated 127 MPG equivalent in the city and 108 MPGe on the highway, which is above average for the class. It has an outstanding range of 259 miles on a full charge.

The Bolt’s 66-kWh battery pack takes roughly 10 hours to charge with a 240-volt outlet. With DC Fast Charging, you can get around 100 miles of range in 30 minutes.

  • "The Bolt's electric motor provides instantaneous response to accelerator inputs and ample low-end torque that lets you scoot ahead when the light turns green. Responses are less immediate at highway speeds, but the electric Chevy still makes passing and merging on the highway a cinch." -- Car and Driver
  • "It is hard to imagine how it could drive better. The electric motor is utterly smooth, and the single-speed direct-drive transmission never shifts. We especially like the one-pedal lift-throttle braking available in L mode, with extra slowing available by squeezing the left-hand steering paddle." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Although many first-time electric-car drivers are surprised by how quick and quiet the experience can be, those who drive a … Chevrolet Bolt will also be impressed by its fun-to-drive factor." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Handling and Braking

The Bolt is one of the most engaging vehicles in the segment. Body lean is minimal, and this Chevy’s suspension system does a good job of mitigating road bumps to provide a comfortable ride. The Bolt has precise steering and composed handling, but it could use some additional feedback from the road.

All models come with Regen on Demand, which features two distinct modes: Drive and Low. If you want your vehicle to brake like a traditional car, choose Drive mode. For one-pedal driving that recharges the battery and slows the vehicle when you release the accelerator, go with Low mode.

  • "With a composed ride and plenty of power, the Bolt will challenge whatever negative preconceptions you might have of electric vehicles." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Bolt feels nimble, coordinated and sure-footed when the road gets curvy. And it doesn't roll much either. Credit the large underfloor battery pack that gives the Bolt a very low center of mass and makes it less nose-heavy than it would be if it had a traditional gas engine." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The Bolt’s heavy battery pack is tucked neatly beneath the floor, helping lower the car’s center of gravity and improving its ability to manage curves and avoid excessive lean." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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