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2018 Chevrolet Volt Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Chevrolet Volt was new.


Interior: 8.0

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt has a quiet cabin, and it’s well-designed. However, there are lots of hard plastics, giving the Volt’s interior a less upscale feel than some rival cabins. The front seats are fairly roomy, but the rear seats are cramped. Trunk space is OK for a hybrid but subpar for a compact car. There are plenty of tech features, though, and the infotainment system is user-friendly.

  • "[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)


The Chevy Volt seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The Volt’s front seats have ample space, but thick roof pillars limit forward and rearward visibility. The rear seats don’t have much room, especially compared with some class rivals. The rear middle seat has virtually no legroom because of how far back the center console extends, so the middle rear-seat passenger must straddle the console.

The Volt has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats, but installing them can be a little tricky. The lower anchors are recessed deep into the seat, and 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 in the Volt include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, Teen Driver, and the MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. MyLink has an intuitive interface and a responsive touch screen.

Available features include a wireless device charger, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, automatic parking assist, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, forward automatic braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control with a following distance indicator.

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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 (2017)
  • "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)


The Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s below average for a compact car, though hybrids typically have less cargo space than nonhybrid cars. Compared to other hybrids, the Volt fares pretty well. The rear seats fold down to provide extra room if you need it, and the Volt’s hatch makes it easy to load and unload cargo.

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

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