The 2015 Chevrolet Volt is still an electric five-door hatchback that hasn’t changed much since last year. The worst offence it commits is in the areas of design, both on the outside and inside – it tries very hard to appear futuristic, but fails in the process. The best aspect of this car is, of course, its fuel economy, with a combined rating of 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres.
The 2015 Chevrolet Volt is the fifth iteration of the first-ever high-selling electric car produce by General Motors. While it does have a few issues, such as tacky interior and awful tech features, it does offer superb fuel economy and plenty of power to go along with it. And as the look suggests, the Volt is a five-door compact hatchback with four seats inside, which means that the space inside is rather limited – as in, it’s not for everybody.
The 2015 Volt sports chunky lines with a low roof, high hood, abrupt backside and slab-sided profile to be as aerodynamic as possible. After all, the less wind resistance, the more energy it will have. The windows seem larger thanks to the Volt’s shiny black trim panels on the doors below the windows, which works especially well in the light-coloured models. At the front, the Volt a cute grille with textured silver blanking plates, which are supposed to direct air turbulence around the car for more efficiency. Just like the Toyota Prius, the Volt has a vertical second glass panel in its tailgate for better rear visibility. The exhaust pipe is virtually invisible since it hides underneath the car – to highlight its electric nature. Overall, the look is practical – attractive even – but not everyone will dig its very purposeful nature.
Inside, the Volt tries to look as futuristic as possible, but, for some reason, just seems to appear “overstuffed” and tacky. The cabin comes with up-to-date touch-sensitive controls, which look nice, but, in practice, are far too small and similar-looking to be easily identified. They are also badly organized and provide next to no feedback. Like the rest of the cabin, the gauge cluster is futuristic in its appearance, displaying speed as well as battery pack and/or gasoline level digitally. It also shows various trip functions along with a little graphic that hints driving efficiently. This means that the cluster is actually cluttered with too much information, while the screen itself can vanish in direct sunlight, but it is usable.
All the materials in the Volt’s cabin are of high quality, giving the vehicle a sense of refinement. That being said, there is no power-adjustable driver seat, while the second seating row lacks both headroom and legroom, which is disappointing, especially for a car in this price range. Despite these flaws, the front seats are actually quite comfortable. In the back, the Volt makes loading and unloading incredibly easy, thanks to its practical design. The cargo area offers 10.6 cubic feet of space, if you keep the rear seats up. This is less space than what you would find in the competitors like the Ford C-Max and Toyota Prius, but more that what’s on offer in the Ford Fusion Energi or Honda Accord Plug-In, so, at least, the Volt has that.
When it comes to powertrain, however, the 2015 Volt does not disappoint. The hatchback features an electric motor that produces 149 horsepower (111 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet of torque. This motor is powered by a 16 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack until the battery charge is 70 per cent depleted. That’s when the 83-horsepower, 1.4-litre four-cylinder, gasoline-fueled engine comes into play, though its primary purpose to generate electricity in order to power the electric drive motor. When needed, however, it can also work as a booster to the car's performance.
The biggest star as far as performance is concerned is the Volt’s superb fuel economy, with a combine rating of 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres. Given the amount of power the hatchback provides, those are some very impressive numbers. Of course, this fuel economy does at a price since you need to recharge the vehicle’s battery pack regularly. To do so, you will need to plug the car into a 120- or 240-volt outlet and leave it that way for about three hours, until it’s fully recharged.
Overall, the 2015 Chevrolet Volt is a rather impressive piece of tech, even in spite of its flaws. If you’re not bothered by its looks, cramped space or the lack of user-friendly tech features, then you’ll find much to like about this hatchback. However, all of these issues can be real deal-breakers, which means that the Volt will appeal only to a very small group of people.
2015 Chevrolet Volt
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Rating: 7.6 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|FWD Hatchback||$38,395||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
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Those drivers who've never experienced an electric car will be pleasantly surprised by the 2015 Chevy Volt. Banish any thoughts of electric golf carts or the sometimes anemic performance of a Toyota Prius hybrid. Because electric motors produce their maximum torque from a standstill and have no power peak like a gasoline engine, the Volt delivers its power in a smooth and seamless flow, and its best acceleration comes from 0 to 40 mph. While the car isn't a speed demon--its 0-to-60-mph acceleration takes a bit less than 9 seconds--the Volt will startle many other cars from a standing stop. Top speed is electronically limited to 100 mph.
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Inside, the four-passenger Chevy Volt has a modern feel, thanks in large part to touch-sensitive controls inspired by the latest in personal electronics. While this creates a suitably cutting-edge look, in practice, these small and similar-looking buttons are difficult to identify, provide no feedback and are poorly organized. They also don't work very well if you're wearing gloves.
The gauge cluster is another futuristic touch, as it digitally displays speed, battery pack and/or gasoline level, various trip functions and a little graphic that encourages efficient driving. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, and the screen itself can wash out in direct sunlight, but most owners will find it usable and even helpful.
The high-quality materials that line the interior give the Volt's cabin a sense of refinement. Front seat comfort is fine, but the lack of a power-adjustable driver seat and a cramped second row that lacks both headroom and legroom is somewhat disappointing, especially for a car in this price range. Out back, the Volt's hatchback design makes for easy loading and unloading. The trunk has 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, which is more than you'll get in a Ford Fusion Energi or Honda Accord Plug-In, but only about half of what competitors like the Ford C-Max Energi and Toyota Prius provide.
Originally appeared on Edmunds.
Standard safety features on the 2015 Chevrolet Volt include antilock brakes, stability control, front seat side-impact airbags, front knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Also standard is OnStar, which includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.
Front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are optional, as are forward collision and lane-departure warning systems.
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