2018 Chevrolet Volt Plug-in Hybrid

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2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 29, 2020

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Designing and developing a Hybrid vehicle can be a monumental task. Most present-day Hybrid vehicles manage to deliver just about 10 to 20 miles of pure electric range. Add that to the lowered gas prices in the United States, and it comes out pretty bad for Plug-in Hybrid vehicles. Thankfully, the 2018 Chevrolet Volt isn’t just another Hybrid in the market. The American Hybrid gives out about 53 miles per charge, which is pretty impressive based on what we had just highlighted. Also, this factor alone makes the 2018 Volt compete with foreign competition, such as the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, the Toyota Prius one, and the Kia Niro FE.

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Pros

Great Electric Range

Lively Engine

Decent Cargo Capacity

Cons

Out-Dated Styling

Bad Gas Mileage 

Tight Rear Seats

What's New?

Minor interior and Exterior updates for 2018

Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Parking Sensor is now Standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33220

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

98 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

91

horsepower

101 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

294 lb.-ft.

transmission

1-speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106 in.

length

180 in.

width

71 in.

height

56 in.

curb weight

3519 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9

braking (70-0 mph)

161 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

43/42/42 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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Videos
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Trims

LT $33,220 onwards

101 hp @ 5600 rpm | 1.5 L | Inline 4 | Electric

Premier $37,570 onwards

101 hp @ 5600 rpm | 1.5 L | Inline 4 | Electric

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Colors and Styles

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Cajun Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.9

Engine And Performance

6.9

Fuel Economy

9.4

Interior

6.6

Exterior

6.9

Safety

8.6

Competition

9.6

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


With a starting price of $34,095, the 2018 Chevrolet Volt is priced significantly higher than all its rivals, but this difference in price does make a lot of difference in terms of performance. If you look at the numbers, the performance figures just about make up for the increased price tag. 

In terms of daily usage, the 2018 Chevrolet Volt comfortably manages to offer long-distance comfort, while offering a slightly compromised experience for the rear passengers. The Volt also comes equipped with a good amount of interior and infotainment facilities, which helps it in giving its rivals a run for their money in every possible aspect.

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2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback rear angle view

7.9/10
Pricing and Features

6.9/10
Engine and Performance

9.4/10
Fuel Economy

6.6/10
Interior

6.9/10
Exterior

8.6/10
Safety

9.6/10
Competition


2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Pricing and Features

7.9/10

Chevrolet offers the 2018 Volt PHEV in two trims. Both these trims are powered by a 1.5-liter Direct Injection DOHC 4-cylinder engine that generates about 149 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque. The Volt is a five-passenger car and gives a combined fuel economy of 42 mpg in both variants. The following table gives you an overview of the two different trims offered in the 2018 Chevrolet Volt. 

Trims

LT

Premier

MSRP

$34,095

$38,445

Key Features

Volt LT offers an advanced array of efficiency, technology, and safety features for a fully integrated drive.

Volt Premier offers all the elements of LT along with premium interior comfort and convenience features

 

18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery

18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery

 

Voltec electric drive system with a 1.5L gasoline-powered range extender

Voltec electric drive system with a 1.5L gasoline-powered range extender

 

8-inch diagonal reconfigurable LCD instrumentation with Driver Information Center

8-inch diagonal reconfigurable LCD instrumentation with Driver Information Center

 

Manual Air Conditioning

Dual-Zone Climate Control

Clearly, Chevrolet charges the additional $4,000 for the added comfort and premiumness offered in the Volt Premier. Both the LT and the Premier trims get the same powertrain and utility features. The Premier is intended to make the most out of the Chevrolet Volt as a vehicle, which offers a good balance of range, practicality, and comfort. 

2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Engine and Performance

6.9/10

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is powered by a 1.5L Inline-4 engine, which is coupled to a lazy CVT gearbox as standard. The engine just so happens to be surprisingly lively and manages to produce about 149 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque.

The Volt is best to run on gasoline and this is where the full capability of the car is at the display.

Models

Chevrolet Volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

Kia Niro FE

MSRP

$34,095

$22,200

$23,475

$23,340

Engine

1.5L Inline-4

1.6L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4i

1.6L Inline-4

Transmission

CVT 

6-Speed Automatic

CVT 

6-Speed Automatic

Power

149 hp

139 hp

121 hp

139 hp

Torque

294 lb-ft

109 lb-ft

105 lb-ft

195 lb-ft

Comparing the competition, all the rivals are on a similar level, with the Hyundai and Kia both offering 1.6L Inline-4 engines. On the other hand, Toyota has a bigger 1.8L engine to offer, which makes less power and torque than the Ioniq and the Niro. Even though the horsepower and torque figures for all the cars in the lot are pretty similar, the benchmark is set by the Chevrolet Volt. The figures are rather surprising, given the fact that it has the smallest engine out of the four Hybrid vehicles. Another point worth mentioning is that the Chevrolet and Toyota offer a CVT gearbox as standard, while the other two offer 6-speed automatic transmissions.

2018 Chevrolet Volt PHEV Acceleration and Braking

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt certainly managed to take us by surprise, delivering a pretty neat 7.8 seconds time to reach from a standstill to 60 miles an hour. Despite having the smallest engine among its competition and a rather tardy CVT, the Chevrolet Volt manages to cross the quarter-mile mark in 15.9 seconds, which is decent. The Volt also manages to get to a complete halt from 60 miles per hour in 120 feet, which is not bad at all, given its weight. 

Models

Chevrolet Volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

Kia Niro FE

0-60 MPH

7.8 sec

8.1 sec

9.7 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter mile

15.9 sec

16.8 sec

17.1 sec

16.7 sec

Curb Weight(lbs)

3543

2996

3075

3106

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

124

121

138

As mentioned earlier, the 2018 Chevrolet Volt shows the most promise in terms of performance with the Hyundai Ioniq chasing behind closely. The Kia doesn’t fall too short either, delivering a sub-9-second 0 to 60 launch time, and the second quickest quarter-mile run. As expected, the Toyota Prius comes off as the least capable vehicle in terms of performance, but then, you can’t blame a Prius for not being quick. The Ioniq weighs the least among its competitors, while the Chevrolet Volt has the highest weight. The Kia takes the longest to stop, again a surprise, considering it offers decent acceleration, while the Hyundai and Toyota tail the other two closely.

2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Fuel Economy

9.4/10

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt delivers a fuel economy of 42 miles to the gallon in the city and an MPG of 43 on the highway. Unfortunately, the Volt also comes with a minuscule 8.9-gallon fuel tank, which enables it to drive around with an effective range of just 382 miles on the highway. 

Model

Chevrolet Volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

Kia Niro FE

MPG (City)

42

57

50

50

MPG (Highway)

43

59

54

52

MPG (Combined)

42.5

58

52

49

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

8.9

11.9

11.3

11.4

Range (City/Hwy)

373 / 382 

678 / 702

610 / 565

570 / 593

Analyzing fuel economy, the Hyundai Ioniq offers the best value with a combined fuel economy figure of a whopping 58 MPG. The Toyota Prius and the Kia Niro offer pretty decent mileage as well, leaving the Volt a little too far behind. Apart from fantastic combined mileage, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq also comes with a larger 11.9-gallon fuel tank, which helps it traverse up to 702 miles on the highway without stopping for refueling. 

2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Interior

6.6/10

While the 2018 Chevrolet doesn’t exactly boast handsome proportions, the inside of the Volt is the place to be. The Premier trim features premium leather on the upper dash and on the door trims, along with the high-quality seat fabrics, which give the Hybrid car an upscale feel. The new addition of the Chevrolet MyLink system is not something you see often in this bracket of cars, which certainly gives the Chevrolet Volt a competitive edge over its competitors. 

The front row seats feel well-bolstered and quite comfortable to be in. However, the same cannot be said of the rear seats, which definitely need a lot of work. The overall interior, otherwise, is very neat and elegantly laid out. The cabin gives hints of a subtle futuristic theme, which certainly goes well with the personality of the Volt. 

Model

Chevrolet Volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

Kia Niro FE

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

90.3

96.2

93.1

100.2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/56.5/42.1

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.4/55.0/42.3

40.1/56.0/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.8/53.2/34.7

37.4/55.0/35.7

37.4/53.0/33.4

39.1/55.2/37.4

At the front row, the Kia Niro offers the most headroom, while the Chevrolet Volt has the greatest shoulder space to offer. In terms of legroom at the front row, the Toyota Prius takes the crown, offering a good deal of value. The back row gets super tight in the case of the Chevrolet Volt, where the Hybrid hatchback barely manages to fit tall adults, owing to its steeply receding roofline. At the back row, the Kia Niro yet again offers the most headroom, along with the most shoulder space. The Niro also manages to offer the greatest legroom at the back, establishing itself as the roomiest Hybrid vehicle in the lot. Some of the key interior features of the 2018 Chevrolet Volt include:

  • Auto-Off Headlights
  • Interior Cargo Shade
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Power Adjustable Leather Wrapped and Heated Steering Wheel
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Power heated Mirrors
  • Driver and Passenger Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Dual-Zone Climate Control
  • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
  • Heated Front and Rear Leather Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat

2018 Chevrolet Volt PHEV Infotainment

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt gets a MyLink audio system, something seen mostly on high-end Chevrolet products. The whole infotainment panel has been very well integrated with the dashboard and sits ergonomically well with the interior. The infotainment offers a 7-inch touchscreen with loads of apps and settings to play around with. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered, which is great. Sound is channeled through a 6-speaker sound system. 

Apart from all this, standard features such as Bluetooth Audio Streaming, USB support, and Aux Input are also offered with the Volt’s infotainment unit. Some of the key infotainment features of the 2018 Chevrolet Volt include:

  • Chevrolet MyLink Radio with a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen.
  • AM/FM Stereo.
  • Bluetooth audio streaming. 
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability.
  • Premium 6-speaker system.
  • Two USB ports and an auxiliary input jack.

2018 Chevrolet Volt PHEV Cargo Features

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt doesn't have much to offer in terms of cargo space, which is nothing short of disappointing. However, the trunk can easily hold a few duffle bags or perhaps a large suitcase. It has a wide opening with a flat surface, which is good for putting in and removing heavy stuff, making the Volt trunk ergonomically well-suited, if not spacious. 

Model

Chevrolet Volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

Kia Niro FE

Volume (ft cube)

10.6

26.5

24.6

19.0

Comparing the competition, the Hyundai Ioniq leads the pack with a storage space of 26.5 cubic feet, closely followed by the Prius at 24.6 cubic feet. The Kia comes third on the list, being offered with cargo space of 19.0 cubic feet. Offering just over 10 cubic feet of cargo space, the Chevrolet Volt finds itself at the bottom of the list, offering underwhelming practicality at the back of the car.

2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback dashboard
2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback cockpit area
2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback steering wheel
2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback central console
2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback central console

2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Exterior

6.9/10

While the 2018 Chevrolet Volt hasn’t seen a facelift since its inception, the design still stands sharp and elegant. The overall design language does feel a bit dated since the concept sketches of the Volt were developed almost a decade back. The Volt is also offered in interesting shades of paint, which help it stand out from other vehicles in the Chevrolet lineup. What’s interesting is that the Volt is one of the few American vehicles that is designed to look like a sedan, but actually features a large 5th door at the back, technically making it a hatchback.

Model

Chevrolet Volt (LT)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (Blue)

Toyota Prius (One)

Kia Niro FE

Curb weight(lbs)

3543

2996

3075

3106

Length(in)

180.4

176.0

178.7

171.5

Width(in)

71.2

71.7

69.3

71.1

Height(in)

56.4

56.9

58.1

60.4

Ground clearance(in)

5.5

5.3

5.1

6.3

Wheelbase(in)

106.1

106.3

106.3

106.3

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt has got decent sized dimensions, offering up to five passengers to fit in, although not very comfortably. The Volt also happens to be the longest vehicle in the lot with the Hyundai Ioniq being the widest. The Kia Niro measures the tallest, while also offering the most ground clearance. The Toyota Prius, the Hyundai Ioniq, and the Kia Niro all boast the exact wheelbase of 106.3 inches, while the Chevrolet Volt comes with a slightly shorter 106.1-inch wheelbase. Some of the major exterior features of the 2018 Chevrolet Volt include:

  • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
  • front intermittent wipers
  • rear intermittent wipers with washer
  • Moldings, rocker, sporty
  • Door handles, body-color
2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback front view
2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback side view
2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback side view
2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback
2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback rear view
2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in-hybrid Hatchback

2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Safety

8.6/10

A well-established automotive giant like Chevrolet doesn’t take vital aspects of their vehicles lightly, safety being one of those facets. Luckily for us, the 2018 Chevrolet Volt is offered with a wide range of active and passive safety aids that help in making the Hybrid hatchback a safe haven for regular use. Some of the key safety features offered with the 2018 Chevrolet Volt include:

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Airbag, Passenger Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector
  • Airbags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger includes Passenger Sensing System
  • Airbags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-front outboard seating positions
  • Pedestrian Safety Signal
  • Child security rear door and window locks
  • LATCH System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Competition

9.6/10

2018 Chevrolet Volt PHEV vs Hyundai Ioniq

The fight between the Chevrolet Volt and the Hyundai Ioniq goes right down to the wire. Both generate decent values of torque and power. The acceleration and braking performances of both the Hybrids are similar as well. In terms of practicality and fuel economy, it is the Hyundai Ioniq that takes the win over the Chevrolet Volt.

2018 Chevrolet Volt PHEV vs Toyota Prius

The Chevrolet costs a lot more than the Toyota Prius. While the Prius comes with a slightly larger engine, the power output is far less than that of the Chevrolet Volt. The comfort and ride quality is much better in the Volt, which really makes you question the value proposition of the Toyota Prius. The latter, however, delivers a significantly better fuel economy figure, which definitely puts the Chevrolet Volt’s mileage to shame. 

2018 Chevrolet Volt PHEV vs Kia Niro FE

As in the case of the other two vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt definitely costs more than the Kia, which certainly is a big factor while selecting a car. The engine of the two Hybrids is quite similar, which makes them tight competitors. The Kia offers better fuel economy and more boot space than the Chevrolet. However, with a better ride quality and performance figures, the Chevy Volt does manage to make its stand here.

2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Final Verdict

The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is sturdy, elegant, and solid. The acceleration and braking performance too is pretty impressive. The Volt boasts a well-laid-out interior and also gets a Chevrolet MyLink system, something unseen in cheaper Chevrolet vehicles. The Volt also manages a pretty decent fuel economy as a Hybrid, but not quite as much as what its competitors offer. However, the main problem with the Volt is its practicality and interior space, where this car does lag severely. If you’re looking for an all-round package, the Kia Niro would do the job with great specifications on the go, while an outside pick would be the Hyundai Ioniq. Buy the Chevrolet Volt if you’re looking for solid build quality, power figures, and American appeal.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid 8 $8,550 75 Listings
2015 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid 32 $6,299 157 Listings
2014 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid 46 $5,599 221 Listings
2013 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid 65 $5,000 297 Listings
2012 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid 45 $3,499 190 Listings
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