2019 Chevy Volt

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Overview

Chevy is returning to the market of plug-in hybrids after a long time. The new 2019 Chevy Volt has been on sale ever since and has received some major updates and improvements. While the exteriors have remained the same, the interiors are where most of these changes are noticeable. While the Volt still suffers from low electric-only range, the Volt’s new upgraded charging system has made it easier to juice-up the batteries using fast chargers, in a significantly lesser amount of time.

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid and equips a 1.5L gasoline engine that acts as a generator for the electric motors. The electric motors are powered by an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is stored underneath the floor. This setup generates an overall power output of 149 hp and 294 lb-ft of torque. The Volt starts at $33,520 and offers 2 trim levels to choose from.

2019 Chevy Volt
2019 Chevy Volt

What’s new in 2019 Chevy Volt?

The 2019 Chevy Volt gets a mild refresh which brings refreshed interiors, responsive and vibrant touchscreen, a faster 7.2kWh charger (Premier trim only) and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Pros

  • Highest pure-electric range when compared to other hybrids in the market
  • Friendly daily-driver
  • Faster charging equipment
  • The high fidelity infotainment system
  • Tech-laden interiors
  • Affordable pricing

Cons

  • Poor interior quality
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Small cargo area
  • Difficult to maneuver in tight spots
  • Reliability
2019 Chevy Volt
2019 Chevy Volt

Trims available in 2019 Chevy Volt

Trim Name2019 Chevy Volt LT2019 Chevy Volt Premier
MSRP$33,520$38,120
FeaturesAuto-dimming rearview mirror
Eight-speaker Bose audio system
Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat leather-wrapped
Heated steering wheel
Heated front seats
Heated mirrors
Leather upholstery
Different 17-inch alloys
7.2-kWh fast charger
Heated rear seats 
automated parking system
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Eight-speaker Bose audio system
Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat leather-wrapped
Heated steering wheel
Heated front seats
Heated mirrors
Leather upholstery
Different 17-inch alloys
7.2-kWh fast charger
Heated rear seats 
automated parking system

Which 2019 Chevy Volt We Recommend?

The base 2019 Chevrolet Volt LT gets a substantial amount of features and offers nearly everything one could need daily. Most features available on the Premier trim are also available as options on this.

2019 Chevy Volt Performance

Engine & Transmission

The Volt’s power train comprises a 1.5 L gasoline engine and an electric motor. The electric motor is powered by an 18.4 kWh battery pack that produces a combined power output of 149 hp. This engine-motor combination returns the highest electric-only range in the segment of about 53 miles, which can enable someone to drive on electric power alone in the city daily.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Engine
2019 Chevy Volt Engine

Acceleration

While the electric motor provides instant acceleration from a standstill, it still doesn’t feel as agile as the other electric-only vehicles, since it weighs quite a lot more than its rivals. 0-60 mph takes about 7.5 seconds, which is a decent number in its class.

Ride & Handling

The 2019 Chevy Volt’s suspension is tuned on the softer side since there’s quite a lot of lateral movement over rough roads. It does provide a comfortable ride over smooth roads though. The Volt’s handling is average for a car of its size, since it doesn’t roll over too much, but it does lose composure if you push it too hard. The brakes, however, provide a very smooth and linear experience during all braking situations. The pedal might take some getting used to but feels just like a normal gasoline-powered vehicle’s brakes.

2019 Chevy Volt Fuel Economy & Range

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt returns a combined fuel efficiency figure of 42 mpg, when in hybrid mode. While it does get a rated 53 miles of range on electric power alone, in the real world, this figure drops down to 39 miles, which is decent. While being driven on electric power alone, the Chevrolet Volt returns an efficiency figure of 106 mpg, which is decent for a hybrid vehicle.

2019 Chevy Volt Interior

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt gets refreshed interiors for this year’s iteration. The dashboard materials are soft to touch but still, lack an upscale feel and quality that one would expect from a car of this segment. However, the dashboard layout is very ergonomic and everything comes to hand quite easily.

The Volt’s standard digital driver’s display looks basic but provides a wide range of information, which includes, range, distance covered, temperature and amount of energy being used at a certain moment. But, the Volt’s system has been updated, but still feels dated and not as refined as what its rivals offer. The standard 8-inch touchscreen does look premium and helps uplift the cabin’s ambiance.

How are those seats like?

The Volt is a five-seat midsize commuter sedan that provides a comfortable seating experience for five persons. The front seats offer excellent legroom and shoulder room along with a wide range of adjustments to get to your desired seating position easily. The height adjustment might feel a little insufficient for shorter passengers since it doesn’t go all the way up.
The rear seats offer comfortable cushioning but aren’t as roomy as its proportions would suggest otherwise. The battery pack underneath the floor eats into the rear legroom and leaves little room for the legs. Shoulder room is also pretty tight, and seating three full-sized humans, side-by-side would be a difficult proposition. The headroom is quite generous though, especially for 6 footers.
Heated front seats are available as an option on the base variant, but it comes as standard on the top variant. While both trims get similar seats, the Premier variant gets leather trimming instead of fabric, which helps in enhancing passenger comfort.

2019 Chevy Volt Seating
2019 Chevy Volt Seating

2019 Chevy Volt’s Infotainment

The new 8-inch touchscreen is offered as standard, which is crisp, vibrant and feels intuitive to use.
The Volt’s infotainment system includes the following features:

  1. Bluetooth
  2. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  3. A 6-speaker music system on the LT variant and a premium 8-speaker Bose music system available as an option on the LT and as standard on the Premier
  4. OnStar connected car features
  5. Voice commands

The touchscreen unit on the Volt is decent enough for daily use and doesn’t disappoint on any count, especially in a car at this price point.

2019 Chevy Volt Infotainment
2019 Volt Infotainment

2019 Chevy Volt Pictures

How much will the 2019 Chevy Volt cost?

Below is a table showing the cost of ownership of this car for 5 years.

CRITERIAYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Total
Insurance$901$933$965$999$1,034$4,832
Financing$1,715$1,380$1,021$639$231$4,986
State Fees$1,803$93$93$93$93$2,175
Maintenance$374$592$610$938$1,585$4,099
Repair Cost$0$0$81$194$282$557
Depreciation$8,931$2,654$2,512$2,946$2,791$19,834
     Grand Total$36,483

Thus, taking insurance, financing, state fees, maintenance, repair cost, and depreciation into consideration, the 2019 Chevrolet Volt LT will cost $36,483 to own for five years. While the cost is decent, it is still high when compared to other hybrids in the market. The Premier variant costs more to insure, finance and maintain, thus driving up prices even more. However, there is an additional tax rebate to be had worth $1,875 if you purchase the Volt before April 1st, 2020.

Top 5 US States pricing

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt has been selling well after its launch. This makes it difficult to get discounts on it. The following are the prices of the 2019 Volt in five most popular states in the US, for the 2019 model year:

  • Orlando: $34,206
  • California: $34,395
  • North Carolina: $34,395
  • Massachusetts: $34,470
  • New Jersey: $ 34,545

2019 Chevy Volt Competition

2019 Chevy Volt Vs 2019 Honda Clarity

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt competes against Honda Clarity in the compact plug-in hybrid segment. The 2019 Honda Clarity offers an excellent balance between practicality and efficiency. Both cars are similarly priced.

The Clarity offers a slightly lesser amount of electric-only range of 48 miles, which is very close to what the Volt claims. In terms of interior space, the Clarity offers a spacious cabin, especially the rear seats which are quite spacious. While the Volt does offer comfortable seats, it loses out in terms of legroom and shoulder room. The clarity has spread its battery pack more evenly across the floor and doesn’t create much of a hump in the floor, which helps in liberating more space for three adults sitting at the back.

Finally, when the infotainment system is considered, the Clarity’s unit does have crisp graphics but its interface feels slow and not as intuitive as that of the Volt’s. The Volt’s unit offers better usability daily and feels much more refined and sophisticated.

Chevy Volt VS Honda Clarity
Chevy Volt VS Honda Clarity

What Do We Think about the 2019 Chevy Volt?

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt is probably the most practical plug-in hybrid on offer right now. Its class-leading electric-only range of 53 miles is more than sufficient for most people to use it daily. While it does lose out on the interior space, it’s quality and reliability levels, its seat comfort, ride quality, and technology overshadow its shortcomings.

Since this car will be running on its electric motors most of the time, it stands as an eco-friendly car and thus, earns a solid recommendation from us if you’re looking for an eco-friendly family car with decent interiors and an affordable price tag.

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