2019 Chevrolet Volt

Interior


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$33,520 MSRP
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2019 Chevrolet Volt Interior Review

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Interior: 7.8

The Volt touts a quiet cabin with a host of tech features and a good amount of space up front. However, its interior is made with a lot of hard plastics, and rear-seat passengers will mostly likely feel constricted.

  • "Inside, liberal use of crease-free swaths of hard plastic means the cabin looks better than it feels -- a strong indicator that most of the car's window sticker comes from the guts, not the skin." -- CNET
  • "While the hybrid hatchback has some flaws – such as a mediocre interior with a cramped back seat – it continues to be an exceptional hybrid and an excellent car." -- Car and Driver
  • "You would expect that a car as advanced as the Volt would have the latest suite of in-car tech, and Chevy delivers. The touchscreen interface is easy to use, and most driver safety aids are either standard or optional." -- Edmunds

Seating

The Volt seats five people in two rows, but the middle seat is barely useable. Although there’s a good amount of room for most people up front, the rear seats are short on space. Additionally, thick roof pillars obstruct visibility.

Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard. Upgrades include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the Volt’s rear outboard seats, along with an upper tether on the middle seat.

  • "The seats are supportive, and the new-for-2019 power driver's seat is a helpful addition." -- CNET
  • "Various incremental changes have made their way into the 2019 Chevrolet Volt's interior, but none of them counts as a real blockbuster. The main changes: You can now get a power driver's seat; the pattern on the optional leather seating is more interesting; and there's a handsome new jet black/porcelain blue (gray, more or less) two-tone interior. The interior's dimensions are unchanged, which means the back seat is still tight for adults." -- Edmunds
  • "If you've never driven a Volt, you'll be immediately surprised by just how quiet the hatchback is. The electric motor makes no noise, meaning the only sounds you'll hear are rushing wind and tire noise on the pavement." -- Autotrader

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system in the Volt comes with an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, six speakers, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The Volt also comes standard with push-button start, remote start, a rearview camera, and the Teen Driver parental control system.

Chevrolet updated the Volt’s infotainment system for 2019. The intuitive and easy-to-use system now has crisper graphics and quicker response times than before.

Available features include a wireless device charger, an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system, and a 7.2-kWh onboard charger. You can also add safety options, including automatic parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a following distance indicator, forward collision alert, and forward automatic braking.

  • "Despite all of that, your eyes will probably be drawn to the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, which has been switched from Chevrolet MyLink to the new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. This new system not only improves the look of the various screens, but it also results in quicker response to commands. Native navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported as before. For its part, the graphics and color palette of the instrument cluster have been altered to match the central touchscreen." -- Edmunds
  • "The Volt's center stack gets an upgrade to Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 system, which is a fancy way of saying it's the same reskinned software that first appeared in Cadillac's latest CUE. It looks good, it's plenty responsive and it even allows user logins that bring all your stored favorites (music, navigation, etc.) front and center, even if it's the first time logging into that specific vehicle. … Chevy also added a new backup camera for 2019, and I am geeked. Prior to this, General Motors' backup cameras have been some of the worst in the industry thanks to its first-generation-camera-phone resolution. This new camera is much sharper, which means I can actually see what's behind me." -- CNET
  • "Every model receives a new higher definition 8.0-inch touchscreen powered by the company's latest Infotainment 3 system. Other enhancements include improved active-safety features and more interior options." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The Volt has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is below average compared to other compact cars. That's a decent amount of space for a hybrid, however, and the Volt's wide hatch makes it easy to load and unload cargo.

  • "The trunk, at 10.6 cubic feet, is modestly sized; fitting golf bags is problematic. ... Still, the hatchback design gives you a bigger portal to load luggage compared to the typical small sedan, and the 60/40-split seatback folds down." -- Edmunds
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