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2016 Chevrolet Volt Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was new.


Interior: 8.2

The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt's cabin is quiet, well-built and attractive, according to auto writers, though some reviewers note that the Volt's interior materials could be of higher quality. The Chevy Volt's dashboard controls earn praise for their ease of use. The Volt's front seats are comfortable, critics say, but its rear seats are cramped, and the Volt has less cargo space than most small cars. Seating capacity increases from four to five for the 2016 model year, which automotive journalists appreciate.

  • "[The interior] is more upscale than the previous model's, with two-tone color schemes, easy-to-use audio and climate controls and a pair of 8-inch information screens. On the downside, there is still a fair amount of hard plastic inside, detracting somewhat from the interior's otherwise excellent fit and finish." -- Edmunds
  • "The rest of the cockpit has its share of plain black plastic but is laid out with pleasing hints at pseudo-grandeur." -- Car and Driver
  • "When running on electric power alone, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is uncannily quiet. Almost no wind or tire noise intrudes into the cockpit -- impressive, given the firm, low-rolling resistance rubber at each corner." -- Automobile Magazine


The 2016 Chevrolet Volt seats five people, one more than last year's model, and comes standard with cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Reviewers say the front seats are comfortable, though some critics are frustrated that a power-adjustable driver's seat isn't available. They find it harder to see out of the back than in last year's model, though they say the standard rearview camera helps. Critics write that the Volt's rear seats have limited head- and legroom, but they appreciate that passenger capacity has increased from four to five, even though the new center rear seat is cramped.

  • "Also most welcome is a new rear bench seat that, in a pinch, can accommodate three passengers. Admittedly, the vestigial center spot is a penalty box: It's tight on headroom, and you have to split your legs around the battery box protruding from the floor. But for a quick run to the movies, it'll do." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Front seat comfort is fine, but the lack of a power-adjustable driver seat and a cramped backseat that lacks both headroom and legroom is a drawback, especially for a car in this price range. The new Volt can claim to seat three people, unlike the previous-generation Volt, which had just two spots. The battery pack still takes up space underneath, though, so it's more of an emergency-use perch than a truly useful seat." -- Edmunds
  • "One of the previous Volt's design characteristics was a very flat rear end with a split rear window. That carries over to the new model, but the lower window has been replaced with an opaque black plastic panel. Rear visibility is reduced versus last year, though a standard rear camera somewhat makes up for it." -- CNET

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt include two USB ports, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, automatic climate control, proximity key, remote start, push-button start, a rearview camera, an 8-inch screen in the gauge cluster and Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen on the center stack and Apple CarPlay iPhone integration. Chevy's OnStar telematics system is also standard (subscription required), which features stolen vehicle assistance, automatic crash response and a 4G LTE data connection with a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include an eight-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking assist, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, automatic low-speed pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and wireless charging for portable electronics.

Traditional buttons and knobs have replaced the touch-sensitive controls that frustrated reviewers in the old Volt, and critics say the new controls are much easier to use. They add that the screen in the gauge cluster is easy to read and the updated MyLink infotainment system works well. Apple CarPlay functions nicely, according to auto writers, though it is limited in what it can do.

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  • "In place of the old Volt's nasty touch controls are rotary knobs and simple buttons for the climate-control system -- a massive improvement. … CarPlay allows users of iPhones with Lightning connectors to access Siri: Eyes Free text-message alerts, Maps, iMessage, Apple Music, and, of course, the phone itself. I must admit that I was startled when Siri spoke up unexpectedly, offering to read me an incoming text. But the system works beautifully." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Apple CarPlay was working on our car with an iPhone, though, as we've already reported, the functionality is limited." -- Car and Driver
  • "Gone is the weird center stack and its hard-to-use flush-mounted touch-sensitive controls. The 2016 Volt has simpler and more intuitive buttons and knobs spread logically across the sweep of an attractive cockpit." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin sees the biggest improvements, with the previous model's glossy plastic dashboard and weird capacitive non-buttons being replaced with a more conventional setup and switchgear. The 8-inch digital instrument cluster has a tighter design and organizes its displayed information more cohesively. The 8-inch MyLink infotainment display gets the latest generation of Chevrolet's tech, which is also quite good." -- CNET


The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is better than the cargo capacity of most plug-in hybrid sedans. However, most hatchbacks, including plug-in hybrids like the Ford C-Max Energi, offer more cargo space, as do most non-hybrid small cars. The Volt comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, which can help expand the cargo area. Critics note that because the Volt is a hatchback, it is easy to load and unload cargo.

  • "Farther back, the Volt's hatchback design makes for easy loading and unloading." -- Edmunds

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