Regardless of newer choices from Toyota and Honda, CNET says the Chevy Volt remains to be the PHEV champ
Earlier this yr, Chevrolet introduced a number of main enhancements to the Chevy Volt for its 2019 mid-cycle replace. Homeowners had been clamoring for a lot of of those modifications for the reason that Gen 1 Volt launched in 2010. Now that the brand new mannequin yr has began arriving at dealerships, critiques are trickling in. To date the response is sort of constructive.
CNET’s Jon Wong not too long ago put the up to date Volt to the take a look at for Roadshow. Usually, the most important draw for a purchaser seeking to get right into a plug-in hybrid is the all electrical vary. The Volt’s 53 miles of vary continues to reign supreme because the gold commonplace in comparison with the Prius Prime, Kia Niro PHEV and Honda Readability PHEV. For many drivers, that is greater than sufficient for every day commutes. Sturdy regenerative braking and the handy regen paddle remains to be a a lot cherished function on each the Chevy Volt and the Bolt EV.
One of many greatest notable modifications to the automotive is the sooner 7.2 kW cost velocity that's commonplace within the Premier and a $750 choice on the LT. The rear-view cameras are drastically improved over earlier fashions. And that readability actually exhibits on the up to date Eight-inch touchscreen and new infotainment system. Different modifications equivalent to higher placement of the wi-fi telephone charger and non-compulsory energy driver seat are very welcome. The 2019 Volt may now function in EV mode at temperatures as little as -25 levels Celsius (-13 levels Fahrenheit) with out activating engine assisted heating.
Wong does have a number of points that he wished Chevy would have addressed this mannequin yr. Whereas the Volt is not at all an unattractive automotive, he feels the styling is on the boring aspect and would have favored to see an up to date exterior. Whereas the suspension adequately smooths out the journey for these up entrance, the rear seat is just not almost as comfy. Rear headroom additionally stays a problem.
Regardless of these minor points, Roadshow says the Volt is “The plug-in hybrid champ.” Take a look at Roadshow’s full assessment and remaining rating under.