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2017 Chevrolet Volt Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet Volt was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

With a handsome interior design, the 2017 Chevy Volt's cabin is very quiet, especially when driving in electric mode. Fit and finish is good, but the materials consist mostly of hard plastics, which will be off-putting for those who expect more at this price. Instruments and controls are easy to use, much improved over the previous generation of the Volt. Seating is comfortable and spacious in the front seats, but rear-seat passengers will feel the squeeze. There's less cargo space than in rivals.

  • [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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

The 2017 Chevy Volt can seat up to five. That's one more than the Toyota Prius Prime can handle, but it's on par with the Chevrolet Bolt. The 2017 Volt comes standard with cloth upholstery, and options include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, heated sideview mirrors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Up front, forward visibility is not as good as what you'll find in some other compact cars, like the Prius Prime and the Bolt. Sizeable roof pillars hamper rearward vision as well. In terms of space, the front seats offer plenty of room. However, back seats are cramped, especially when compared to the Bolt. Even though the Volt seats five, its middle seat should only be used in a pinch, as the car’s center console extends all the way back to the seat cushion, so anyone riding in the middle rear seat must straddle the console.

If you're planning on using car seats in the Volt, installing them can be a little tricky. The lower anchors are recessed deep into the seat. You'll need to apply a good amount of force to attach the anchor. Also, it can be difficult to identify some of the top tethers. There are two full sets of anchors on the outboard rear seats, and there's a single top tether anchor for the middle seat.

  • "Owing to the car's aerodynamic styling, visibility isn't especially good, especially out the rear, which has thick pillars. Even in front, however, you can lose pedestrians and even other vehicles in the Volt's large A-pillars." -- Autotrader
  • Front-seat room is fine, but the rear seat is still on the tight side for taller passengers, while the new fifth seating position is for short trips only." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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 [in the back], 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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a Pandora streaming app, two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, an 8-inch touch screen, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, a push-button ignition, remote start, a proximity key, OnStar, and the Teen Driver management system.

Available features include a wireless device charger, a Bose eight-speaker audio system, navigation, and automatic parking assist. There is also a slew of available advanced safety features: blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic low-speed emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with a following distance indicator, and high-beam assist.

The 2017 Volt showcases an easy-to-use touch screen. Other buttons, like the ones on the steering wheel, allow you to scroll through different metrics screens to learn more about your Volt’s performance and efficiency. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto bring your familiar smartphone interface to the Volt's well-organized 8-inch display. Both can handle tasks like finding a nearby restaurant or reading your text messages aloud.

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  • "Chevrolet wisely ditched the too-high-tech capacitive buttons and Star Trek-inspired shiny white plastic for a more conventional interior. It was a smart move, and one that works beautifully, with a sensible layout that includes a great new touch-screen infotainment display. A multi-info display between the main gauges lets you use buttons on the steering wheel to monitor speed, battery use and myriad other functions." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Cargo

Cargo is not a strong suit of plug-in hybrid sedans, but with 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space, the Volt can hold more than most of them. However, the Chevy Bolt offers 16.9 cubic feet of space, and the Toyota Prius Prime takes the cake with 19.8 cubes. The Volt comes with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, which come in handy if you plan to haul long objects like a rolled up area rug. Getting cargo in and out of the Volt's hatch is relatively easy.

  • "Farther back, the Volt's hatchback design makes for easy loading and unloading." -- Edmunds (2016)

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