Farewell Chevrolet Bolt EUV
This week we are reviewing the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. Our vehicle was manufactured at the Lake Orion Plant in the USA and has a starting MSRP of CAD $43,137.00.
We rarely get to test a vehicle before it gets discontinued, to the dismay of potential new clients and even current owners. History repeats itself for Chevrolet as they discontinued the Volt after three years. In the case of the Volt, slow sales and restructuring were the cause of the death of this vehicle. In the case of the Bolt EV & EUV, sales have been strong and growing despite the Bolt experiencing a large recall; owners still have a strong attachment to their vehicles. The recall process went smoothly, largely thanks to the fact that the batteries were made in the US. Ultimately, the Bolt EV and EUV models will make room for the upcoming Chevrolet Equinox EV. This new model is expected to have a comparable starting price and may be attractive to a broad audience.
We got to test the Chevrolet Bolt EV twice, once in 2019, when we took it on a road trip, and then in 2022, a couple of days before the recall. In both instances, we enjoyed everything about the vehicle. The electric consumption was fantastic, and the range was spectacular compared to the competition. Even when compared to more expensive cars, the range of 417 km is impressive by today's standards.
After testing the Chevrolet Bolt EV, we were supposed to take place inside the Bolt EUV within a couple of weeks. We could not drive it for reasons that are now in the past, so we had to wait two years before enjoying it. The Bolt EUV is a larger vehicle and offers more passenger space, but it also comes with GM Super Cruise, which offers hands-free semi-autonomous driving assistance. The Bolt EV does not have a sunroof but it is available on the Bolt EUV. This is one of the main differences between the two models. The Bolt EV is positioned as a simple and hassle-free electric vehicle for entry-level buyers, while the EUV provides greater customization options.
This time, we tested the Bolt EUV; we averaged 15.9 kWh/100 km during a 500 km drive. Chevrolet announces the Bolt EUV with an average electric consumption of 16.8 kWh/100km in the city, 20.1 kWh/100km on the Hwy and 18.3 as a combined result.
Installing car seats has always been effortless with the Bolt EV, and the same remains true for the EUV. Rear-facing car seats will not reduce the space available for the passenger in front. The interior design of this compact car has been well-planned, with the car seat latches cleverly hidden behind the seats for easy movement. We were able to fit 2 car seats without any problem. It is possible to fit up to 3 boosters; however, it will be a squeeze. Booster installation may require that you remove the head restrain to find a comfortable fit. Finally, the door opens quite easily; kids will have no trouble entering/exiting the vehicle alone. One thing you need to consider with taller car seats is that you will need to remove the headrest to find a perfect fit.
Finally, humour has it that GM might actually consider making a Bolt using the Ultium Batteries; however, only time will tell.
Chevrolet has lent us this vehicle for one week as a press vehicle. We have no affiliation with Chevrolet Canada. The above reflects our personal opinion of the car referred to above.