2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Electric

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$37,495 - $41,895
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2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 10, 2020
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The electric vehicle market is baking up with each passing day and carmakers are attempting their hands in the EV division. One such vehicle is the Chevrolet Bolt that was first displayed in 2016 at the Consumer Electronics Show. Since its launch, Bolt has been a pit of acclaims from around the world and was granted as the 2017 North American Car of the Year. Bolt EV is the foremost reasonable all-electric vehicle to offer an EPA-assessed 259 miles of range on a solitary charge. It has an extensive rundown of great attributes, including some of the most mechanically propelled highlights, stand-apart looks and a lot of room.

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Pros

Astounding 259 miles of range

Spacious cabin

Quick acceleration

Agile Handling

Cons

Cheap-looking interior 

Substandard front seats

What's New?

Enhancement of 21 miles to the battery-only range


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37495

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

200 hp

torque

266 lbs.-ft.

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11-Nov

dimensions

wheelbase

102.4 in.

length

164 in.

width

69.5 in.

height

62.8 in.

curb weight

3563 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

94.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

56.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

128/110/119 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

ev battery warranty

8 yr./ 100000 mi.


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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine And Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

9.9

Interior

8.5

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric LT

LT

power
200 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
119 combined

$37,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $37,495 MSRP (128/119/110) 200 hp, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Premier

Premier

power
200 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
119 combined

$41,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $41,895 MSRP (128/119/110) 200 hp, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


The Chevrolet Bolt EV houses an electric motor that is paired with a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a single-speed transmission. The Bolt EV generates a considerable amount of power figures and is rated at 200 p and 266 lb.-ft. Of torque. 

The Bolt EV was one of the first vehicles that took ahead of the idea of affordable electric vehicles, but now, with the passage of time, this market fragment has become more and heavier. For the year 2020, the Bolt EV faces competition from some big auto-marquee names that are trying to make it big in the EV segment. The Bolt locks horn with rides such as the Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf, and the Hyundai Kona Electric.

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback Front View
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback Rear View

7.5/10
Features

 

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

 

9.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

6.0/10
Exterior

 

6.0/10
Safety

 

8.5/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Features

7.5/10

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is procurable in two trims - Chevrolet Bolt EV LT and Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier. The LT is the base trims and comes at a price of $37,495, whereas the prices for the Premier trim starts from $41,895. Both the variants share similar hybrid powertrain and same size lithium-ion battery package. The difference lies in safety and interior upgrades.

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT

Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

MSRP (FWD)

$37,495

$41,895

Key Features

Electronic transmission selector for Regen On Demand

Adds to LT features:

 

17" painted aluminum wheels

17" Ultra-Bright machined aluminum with painted pockets

 

Body-color door handles

Body-color door handles with chrome strip

 

LED daytime running lamps

IntelliBeam

 

Rear intermittent wiper

Roof-mounted side rails

 

Deluxe steering wheel

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Deluxe cloth seat trim 

Perforated leather-appointed seat trim

 

4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable

Wireless device charging

We recommend

If budget is not a constraint for you, we recommend you to go for the Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier as this trim is only $4000 expensive than the base LT trim, but enhances the ride’s appeal with the leather interior trim and other convenience features. 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Engine and Performance

7.9/10

The Chevrolet Bolt runs on a single electric motor that is rated to generate 200 ponies. The electric motor is paired with a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a single-speed transmission. This powerhouse arrangement loans the Bolt EV 266 lb.-ft. Of instant spinning force and accounts for instant response to accelerator inputs and ample low-end torque.

The Bolt houses a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery which weighs somewhere around 960-pounds and is located on the floor beneath the seats. 

Models

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Tesla Model 3 

Nissan Leaf

Hyundai Kona

MSRP

$37,495

$39,490

$29,990

$36,990

Engine

Electric

Electric

Electric

Electric

Drivetrain FWD RWD FWD FWD

Transmission

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

200@0

258@N/A

170@3,282

201@N/A

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

266@0

317@0

187@0

290@0

The Chevrolet Bolt EV presents us with a respectable set of power figures. The battery pack inside the car generates 200 hp along with 266 lb.-ft. Of torque. The Tesla Model 3 comes out as the most powerful vehicle of the segment with a rated power of 258 hp and 317 lb.-ft. Of spinning force. The Hyundai Kona comes out as the second most powerful ride with a power of 201 horses and 290 lb.-ft. Of torque. The Nissan leaf ranks last with meek power figures of 170 horses and 187 lb.-ft. Of torque.

How fast is the Chevrolet Bolt EV?

The electric motor powerhouse arrangement of the Bolt EV offers an instantaneous response and ample low-end torque that lets you scoot ahead when the light turns green. Switching on the Sport mode further smoothens the ride’s accelerator pedal, and accounts for sharper throttle response. 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback 0-60 MPH in just 6.5 sec

There’s a decent amount of oomph factor from the accelerator pedal and there is a good deal of reserve power for passing on city roads. The ride does the 0-60 sprint in 6.5 seconds and takes 14.9 seconds to cover the quarter of a mile distance.

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Tesla Model 3 

Nissan Leaf

Hyundai Kona

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.5

4.6

6.3

7.6

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.9

13.3

17.3

15.2

Top Speed (MPH) N/A 145 N/A 132

Engine

Electric

Electric

Electric

Electric 

The Chevrolet Bolt EV presents us with decent off the mark figures, however, they are not the very best in the segment. The Tesla Model 3 is the fastest EV of the segment, doing the 0-60 dash in just 4.6 seconds and covering the quarter-mile distance in 13.3 seconds. The Nissan Leaf is the second-fastest car to go from 0-60, taking 6.3 seconds, but one look at the ride’s quarter-mile lap figure and it’s the highest amount of time taken by any EV here. The Hyundai Kona is the slowest car to get off the mark, taking 7.6 seconds. 

What about the braking performance of the?

The Uniqueness of the Bolt EV’s braking panel is that it can be operated in two modes - D and L. In the D mode the ride depends upon standard friction brakes to fulfill its deceleration duties. The brakes feel consistent and easy to modulate in this mode.

Switch to the L mode and there’s strong regenerative braking taking place that enhances the ride’s range but somewhat depreciates the braking capabilities. 

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Tesla Model 3 

Nissan Leaf

Hyundai Kona

Brake Rotors Front

(in)

11.0

12.6

11.1

12

Brake Rotors Rear

(in)

10.0

13.2

11.5

11.8

Curb Weight

(lbs)

3563

3549

3323

3770

60-0 MPH (ft)

116

119

129

129

The Chevrolet Bolt EV gets an 11-inch brake rotor on its front wheels and a 10-inch rotor at the back. The ride can come to a standstill from a speed of 60 mph in just 116 ft. which is a great number for any EV and also the very best in this comparison. 

What about its driving dynamics?

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is a boxy car but handles much like a hatchback. The ride feels nimble, harmonized, and well-planted when going in and out of the corners. There is a minimal amount of body roll and the ride can go around curves pretty comfortably. The steering feels on-point with just the right weight. There is also the ideal response from the steering that neither feels too active nor too numb. 

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is a boxy car but handles much like a hatchbact.

The Bolt has one of a kind regenerative braking among EVs with the standard friction brakes in Default settings, which makes it simpler to slow or stop the vehicle. The regenerative braking energizes the battery by storing energy at slow paces. On the off chance that you change the gear to the Low mode, it goes into one-pedal driving in which you can press the pedal to accelerate and discharge the pedal to slow or even stop the vehicle without utilizing the brake. There is likewise another cool component called Regen on request in which you can pull a paddle at the rear of the steering wheel, which is like the low mode for solid regenerative braking. 

Driving the Bolt EV feels more like driving a basic fuel vehicle however with greater torque at the slightest tap of the paddle. It can deal with bends effortlessly at the lower speeds and becoming accustomed to it is simpler. 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Fuel Economy

9.9/10

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is pure class when it comes to delivering efficient performance. The ride can go on for 128 miles in the city on a single charge. Bring those wheels out to the expressways and you can cover a distance of 110 miles. 

The Electric vehicles offer more conquerable miles in the city rather than on the highway, due to regenerative braking, which replenishes the ride’s range. The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV offers a range of 259 miles on a single charge and that too in the D mode, which keeps regenerative braking at bay. Put the ride in L mode and it certainly will go beyond the range will certainly go beyond this number. 

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Tesla Model 3 

Nissan Leaf

Hyundai Kona

MPG (City)

128

120

124

132

MPG (Highway)

110

112

99

108

MPG (Combined)

119

116

112

120

Range (battery only miles)

259

220

226

258

The Chevrolet Bolt EV offers the best in class electric range and can go a distance of 259 miles on a single charge. The Hyundai Kona makes a close chase and can cover 258 miles on every full charge. The Nissan Leaf offers a range of 226 miles, and finally, the Tesla Model 3 (Standard range model) which can go nonstop for 220 miles for every full-charge. 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Interior

8.5/10

You will observer liberal legroom and headroom in both the front and back seats that makes Bolt agreeable for five occupants. The front seats are daintily cushioned, however, the restricted driving reach may not make it a matter of concern. You'll locate the heated steering wheel standard on the top Premier variation and discretionary on the LT trim. The Bolt now also comes with sliding sun visors that go to and fro for better sun blockage.

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s cabin has a sensible layout and all the buttons and knobs are well-placed which makes it easier for the driver to reach them and also lends the cabin with better aesthetics. 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Front Seats

The driving position is also commanding yet comfortable, owing to the low cowl and high roofline. There is a generous number of positions the seats and the steering column can be put into, making it easier for most of the drivers to find their ideal seating position. 

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Tesla Model 3 

Nissan Leaf

Hyundai Kona

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.7/54.6/41.6

39.6/56.3/42.7

41.2/54.3/42.1

38.0/55.5/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.9/52.8/36.5

37.7/54.0/35.2

37.3/52.5/33.3

37.7/54.5/33.4

Everything is good about this E-Chevy’s interior except for the material the auto-marquee has used inside. The Bolt EV was always one of Chevy’s most zealous ventures, however, the irony being that the cabin does not emit that vibe. Most of the surfaces inside the Bolt EV are hard plastics that make the cabin look cheap. Pair that substandard material with a thin carpet, and what you witness is the company’s ultimate cost-saving attempts.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The Chevrolet Bolt EV depends upon the Chevrolet MyLink 1 system to fulfill its infotainment duties. The panel beams all the information on a 10.2-inch diagonal screen that looks well organized and is pretty easy to operate. However, the feedback from the screen is not on point and has some noticeable lag. 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV 10.2-inch diagonal Screen

Some of the prominent infotainment features of the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV are: 

  • 6 speakers
  • Internet access
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto 
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • AM/FM
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite with seek-scan

What about utility?

Considering its small size, the Bolt EV’s cargo volume comes as a surprise. The ride offers a cargo volume of 16.9 cubic feet which is pretty accommodating. The ride also houses an optional floor panel cover that can either be left set up for concealed basement storage or expelled to convey bulkier things.

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Cargo Volume With Rear Seats Up 16.9 cu ft.

The Bolt also offers some great slots inside the cabin that can be used to store small items. The front entryway pockets, center console, and glovebox are satisfactory, the primary cupholders are well-situated, and there's also an open bin for satchels.

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Tesla Model 3 

Nissan Leaf

Hyundai Kona

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

16.9

15.0

23.6

19.2

The Nissan Leaf offers the best in class storage space with more than 23 cubic feet of space under its trunk hood. The Hyundai Kona ranks second with 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The Chevrolet Bolt rakes in the third spot with almost 17 cubic feet of cargo space, followed up by the Tesla Model 3 which offers just 15 cubic feet of space. 

Creature comforts on offer in the

The Chevrolet Bolt EV offers an agreeable ride from the aspect of an EV. Some of the most prominent convenience features that the Chevrolet Bolt EV packs are: 

  • Proximity key
  • Bin instrument-panel storage
  • Keyfob trunk/hatch/door release
  • Full floor console with covered box
  • Preconditioning HVAC
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Trunk/hatch/door FOB controls
  • Remote engine start
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback Front Seats
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback Rear Seats
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback Gear Shifter
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cockpit
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cockpit
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cargo
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cargo

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Exterior

6.0/10

The base Bolt LT trim looks elementary and economical, more for economy-minded ferries and drives, while the Premier trim looks a bit more dressed up with cool-looking wheels and chrome touches all over the body. Its tall position and thick appearance make it resemble a small crossover. Chevrolet has worked superbly making it look engaging with all the chrome highlights on the windows and on the entryways.

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV 3 Quarter View

The Bolt EV conceals its boxy shape with a number of visual tricks that the engineers have incorporated into it. First up are the wheels that have been nudged all the way to the vertexes, making the car look smaller and enhancing the interior space. Moreover, a rising window line and deep creases do the ruse for the Bolt, making it look racier than it actually is. 

Model

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Tesla Model 3 

Nissan Leaf

Hyundai Kona

Curb Weight (lbs)

3563

3549

3323

3770

Length (in)

164.0

184.8

175.0

164.6

Width (in)

69.5

72.8

69.7

70.9

Height (in)

62.8

56.8

61.0

61.2

Ground Clearance (in)

7.9

5.5

6.3

6.2

Wheelbase (in)

102.4

113.2

106.3

102.4

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is one of the heaviest vehicles of the segment and has the least length and width, which strengthens the fact that the car is boxier than it appears to be. The Bolt EV is also the tallest ride of the segment offering the most ground clearance. 

What are those eye-catching features?

The Chevrolet Bolt EV makes up for a funky looking peppy ride that takes you around the town in full zest. Some of the most prominent features of the Bolt EV’s exterior are: 

  • Liftgate rear cargo door
  • Black grille
  • Power remote heated manual folding side-view door mirrors
  • Metal-look rear bumper insert
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers
  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • Wheel well moldings
  • Rear bumper with black rub strip
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric exterior
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric exterior
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2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV taillight
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV taillight

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Safety

6.0/10

The five-entryway hatchback has gotten for the most part great scores for its crash-worthiness, yet poor headlights and pricey automated emergency braking option frustrate the ride's safety perspective. Government analyzers give the Bolt EV a main five-star in general rating, yet just a four-star rating in front crash tests. Some of the standard safety features in the Bolt EV are: 

  • 10 Airbags 
  • Panic alarm
  • Front passenger airbag occupancy sensor
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Tracker system
  • ABS
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electronic stability
  • Side-impact bars

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Competition

8.5/10

Chevrolet Bolt EV vs. Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is the only sedan offering of this EV segment and also the priciest. The prices for the Model 3 starts at $39,490. The battery arrangement of the Model 3 is rated to fabricate 258 hp along with 317 lb.-ft. Of torque. The Tesla Model 3 is the fastest car of the segment that can pull off the 0-60 dash in just 4.6 seconds. Model 3 offers a better interior, athletic performance and 220 miles of range. 

Tesla model 3

Chevrolet Bolt EV vs. Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona is another capable offering of this segment that has a full-fledged SUV design and character. The prices for the Hyundai Kona Electric starts at $36,990. The battery arrangement of the Kona Electric is rated to fabricate 201 hp along with 290 lb.-ft. Of torque. However, what the Kona lags are off the mark capabilities and is one of the slowest cars of the segment. 

2020 Hyundai Kona

 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Final Verdict

Bolt EV is the ride the American Bow-tie has placed their future bets on and has a lot riding upon it. The ride is a capable EV that handles well, looks well, and is high on the utilitarian aspect. In case you are looking to procure a budget EV, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is worth every buck.