A 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV adds sheetmetal to the regular Bolt EV hatchback to make it look more like an SUV-which is, in fact, the most desirable body type for American buyers. With its 65.0-kWh battery pack, the EUV can drive 247 miles. In terms of performance, the EUV is quite decent, with a 200-hp electric motor that drives only the front wheels, since it provides little serious off-road capability, which puts it on par with most of its competitors. Additionally, EV SUVs like the Hyundai Kona Electric, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Tesla Model Y do not offer rock-crawling capabilities. With the top-level Premier trim level, the Bolt EUV can be equipped with General Motors’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system. Besides recent price reductions, it also offers a price advantage over its rivals in the segment, which price higher to start, although some are still eligible for a $7500 federal tax credit. Considering the other EVs on your list will determine whether the little Chevy is a good deal.
In 2022, what’s new?
There will be a new Redline Edition package for the Bolt EUV available in 2023. This package can be offered in either LT or Premier trims. By choosing the Redline Edition model, you will get glossy black exterior trim instead of chrome, and you will also receive unique wheels with a red stripe. A significant price drop of $6300 has been made for both the Bolt EUV and Bolt EV hatchbacks this year.
With the Bolt EUV’s price significantly lower than last year, we recommend the high-end Premier trim. It offers plenty of standard equipment that justifies the extra cost, including leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist.
Performance and EV Motor, Power
There is only one powertrain on each Bolt EUV: a 200-hp electric motor with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive isn’t an option. Due to electric motors’ instantaneous power delivery, acceleration should be quick. Using just one pedal, the Bolt EUV can extend its range by recapturing energy. In our test track, the Bolt EUV reached 60 mph in a respectable 6.8 seconds thanks to its electric motor. There is nothing particularly thrilling about the handling, but it is comfortable to ride over broken pavement regardless.
Battery and Charging, LifeRange
The Bolt EUV comes with a 65.0-kWh battery pack that provides 247 miles of range, according to the EPA. We were able to get 190 miles of range from the 2022 Bolt EUV when we tested it at 75 mph on the highway. Tesla Model Y offers an estimated 326-mile range with its larger battery pack, which is competitive with most other electric SUVs. For faster charging at home, buyers should consider a 240-volt connection for the Bolt EUV. As well as DC fast charging, the SUV offers a range of up to 95 miles in less than 30 minutes, according to Chevy.
Real-World MPGe and Fuel Economy
Bolt EUVs have a combined EPA rating of 115 MPGe. During our real-world highway fuel economy test, the 2022 Bolt EUV managed just 95 MPGe. Visit the EPA’s website to learn more about the Bolt EUV’s fuel economy.
Comfort, and Cargo, Interior Features
In terms of cabin design, the Bolt EUV appears stylish and well-equipped. All models come with a flat-bottom steering wheel and a push-button gear selector, and the seats feature a cheeky geometric pattern. There is more legroom in the rear seat of the Bolt EUV thanks to its longer, wider, and taller dimensions. We expect most drivers will still find enough room for luggage, groceries, and other cargo despite the EUV’s longer length.
There are many standard features on the new Chevrolet Bolt EUV, including an 8-inch digital gauge cluster, 10.2-inch touch screen, wireless device charging, automatic high-beam headlights, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, an automatic climate control system, keyless entry, push-button start, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking.
There are a variety of features available on this vehicle, including a navigation system, a surround-view parking camera system, a rearview mirror with an integrated camera mode, Bose stereo, blind spot monitoring, a panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, Super Cruise and adaptive cruise control.
There are simple buttons and knobs for controlling the main audio and climate controls on the EUV’s touch-screen infotainment system. When a driver remains attentive, Super Cruise semi-autonomously controls the steering, braking, and acceleration of the vehicle on certain U.S. and Canadian highways.
Charging and Driving Range
On a full charge, the Chevy Bolt EUV can travel 250 miles. Adding 4 miles of range per hour to the Bolt takes about seven hours on a 120-volt household outlet, while 240-volt outlets or Level 2 public charging stations take approximately four hours. Within 30 minutes of plugging into a DC Fast Charging station, 95 miles of driving range can be restored.
Braking and Handling
Driving a Bolt EUV is enjoyable and easy due to its agile handling and nimbleness. There is a light weight to the steering, but it is responsive. This EUV’s suspension provides a firm but comfortable ride as well as a good way to soak up bumps and dips in the road.
One of the most notable features of the Bolt is its regenerative braking system. One Pedal Driving mode increases the effect of the regenerative braking; the braking performance is smooth and reassuring.