Chevy is still rolling out the Bolt in various states and some may not be able to get their hands on one until later this year. That’s where this forum and reviews like the one from Autoguide comes in, they help make the wait more bearable.
Their test Bolt starts its day in Menlo Park, California, with a fully charged battery and an indicated range of indicated 234 miles 377 kilometers. That’s four miles less than the estimated 238 miles of range, but still enough for a 100 mile roundabout tour of the San Francisco Bay Area.
There’s plenty of instant torque to be had and the Bolt’s silky smooth acceleration is impressive. What owners will need to get used to is the Bolt’s weight imbalance that can lead to a seesawing effect when driven over uneven roads. Also, the Bolt’s regenerative brakes may feel a bit jerky when in Low mode or when the steering wheel-mounted paddle is used to slow the vehicle. Once again, it’s probably something that’ll require time to familiarize yourself with in order to smooth out the braking process.
As for the cabin, it’s bright and open with a huge 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment screen as the dash’s focal point. One interesting nugget of information that some may not know about is the reason behind the Bolt’s lack of a native navigation system. Software is advancing so fast that their navigation system would have been quickly rendered obsolete, better to just use what Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has to offer.
Overall, they found the Bolt to be an impressive vehicle that may “keep EVs trending in an upward direction.”