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I currently own a 2014 Volt. Does anyone have a close up picture of the Bolt next to another identified car so that I can see the difference in size? Hopefully a side angle shot but any are fine. I'm in the dark about how it compares to other cars.
 

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I'm in the dark about how it compares to other cars.
Comparing exteriors is only one metric. The Bolt EV's interior volume is a tad more than a Tesla Model S, a car almost three feet longer.

...putting the battery beneath the floor and pushing out the wheels to all four corners have allowed Chevy engineers to build a small hatchback with an impressive 95 cubic feet of passenger volume, 1 cubic foot more than the two-row Tesla, which is 32 inches longer. That number translates to a spacious back seat with plenty of room for a 6-foot passenger to sit behind a 6-foot driver. Although the middle seat is hard and flat, the seats do at least fold, offering up a flat load floor, with additional storage available via the trunk’s tiered setup.
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I currently own a 2014 Volt. Does anyone have a close up picture of the Bolt next to another identified car so that I can see the difference in size? Hopefully a side angle shot but any are fine. I'm in the dark about how it compares to other cars.
Here is a YouTube Video that compares both side by side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHmXTboZ80Q
 

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The Bolt EV's interior volume is a tad more than a Tesla Model S, a car almost three feet longer.
This is true of interior passenger volume, not interior volume in total. The Model S has a lot more cargo space than Bolt does, but if you fold both vehicles' back seats down, the Bolt comes surprisingly close to the Model S in cargo space too.

Still, as you imply, Bolt's interior volume is very good for a car three feet shorter than the Tesla.
 

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The Bolt's interior passenger volume is very impressive for the size of the car. Before the Bolt came out and we got initial owner impressions, I ruled it out based on my perception of its size (along with other factors such as really wanting ACC, getting a fair price on a Volt that has been out for years so deals are better, etc.). One concern I had was safety in the event of an accident. We just saw IIHS results for the Volt and we as Volt owners were happy to hear about the high marks. I wonder how the Bolt would fare in those same tests. I also understand the total weight of all cars involved in an accident and even a Volt will be vulnerable but again, just the lack of mass in both the front and rear of the Bolt is a bit of a concern to me (especially driving on our freeways at 70/80 here in Southern Cal). I have seen a few rear end accidents over the years at high speed where cars are stopped in traffic but one driver isn't paying attention and slammed into a vehicle at approx. 40MPH.

I would not necessarily rule out a Bolt in our future however, especially as the model evolves with more options, features, etc. I think it's a really cool car and glad GM is producing it. It looks like a real home run and I think they will sell many units.
 

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Posted a reply an hour ago but it hasn't shown up so here it is again.

I appreciate the response and they do help- some. What I am really looking for is a rea life side by side with front bumpers(or rear) lined up and then showing how the other end bumpers are different, thereby showing me the size difference. Thanks again.
 

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I also understand the total weight of all cars involved in an accident and even a Volt will be vulnerable but again, just the lack of mass in both the front and rear of the Bolt is a bit of a concern to me (especially driving on our freeways at 70/80 here in Southern Cal).
No car is going to fare well in an accident at 80MPH. The standard collision tests don't even try to evaluate crashes at anywhere near that speed.

We'll have to wait for the crash test results, but it's pretty obvious that with the high concentration of weight in the battery the engineers will have had to make the fore and after crush areas more substantial in order to still score well those tests. It's not how much mass is in those areas, it's how substantial the body structure is and how well it's designed to absorb crash energy with the mass of the battery (and everything else) behind it.

I've heard people express anxiety that they don't have a nice big ICE engine up there to absorb an impact, but the engine doesn't really "absorb" anything. It's just a big steel block that will be driven backwards into the cabin if the rest of the car's structure doesn't hold up. It's true that the engine adds mass and that helps the car to plough it's way through whatever it hits, but the Bolt also has a very large mass in it's battery that will help in exactly the same way if the chassis is designed correctly. It just means that the body structure ahead of the battery has to be made strong enough to transfer the momentum of the battery to the forward part of the car, while also allowing it to crush and dissipate the forces of impact.

It may fare well or it may fare poorly, but that depends on the engineering and not simply on how much mass is in those zones.
 

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What I am really looking for is a real life side by side with front bumpers(or rear) lined up and then showing how the other end bumpers are different, thereby showing me the size difference. Thanks again.
I'm not sure how this helps, but happy OCD day to you :)

Bolt EV, Volt size comparison.jpg
 

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This is true of interior passenger volume, not interior volume in total. The Model S has a lot more cargo space than Bolt does, but if you fold both vehicles' back seats down, the Bolt comes surprisingly close to the Model S in cargo space too.

Still, as you imply, Bolt's interior volume is very good for a car three feet shorter than the Tesla.
So what happens when you compare total cargo space with 4 passengers (rear seats in use). I would think the tesla demolishes the bolt when you count the frunk and the hatchback of the model S.

Then comes the whole style thing. I like the sleek lines of the model S much more than the stubby bolt's look (The Bolt looks an aweful lot like the i3, just not as fugly).
 

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Bolt parked next to a Subaru Crosstrek in Michigan last fall...



Remember, the Crosstrek is really an Impreza wagon lifted 3 inches, wider stance added, and some black plastic cladding added around the wheel wells. Look at a 2014 Impreza wagon, and see how low it is. The bolt's lines are deceptive as the batteries are in the area that is blackened - it is lower to the ground than the Crosstrek so the total height from the bottom to the top of the car is thicker.

I think GM is missing the boat on building something with bolt innards that looks more like a CUV. The Bolt is really more like a fit, less like an equinox. Stick AWd into it like the Crosstrek and then we're talking.

Edit: speaking of the Impreza, I can't wait to see the Crosstrek updated to use new Impreza 5 door body.

http://www.subaru.com/vehicles/impreza/gallery.html

Edit 2: Found it!!!

https://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/subaru-xv-concept-previews-next-crosstrek/2100000369/
 

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I'm not sure how this helps, but happy OCD day to you :)

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saw your post a while ago but just responding now. I am not ocd but just trying to find out how much the Bolt is shorter or longer than other similar size cars are. Trying to see, in real life, a similar sized car that is on the street in Fl.
 

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I have both a volt and a bolt now. The volt is maybe 18" to 2 ft longer and 4-6" shorter than the bolt. I have to say they are different cars. The volt has a nicer interior and the seats are more comfortable. It also feels more solid. The bolt seems a bit loose on rough roads. I am actually disappointed in how solid the bolt feels. It doesn't feel like a 40k or even 30 k car. More like a 15 k car. Might just be that it's a Chevy.

With that said I like the taller position in the bolt. More head room, easier in and out. The extra power and battery are great. My daily drive is no ideally suited for electric, high speeds, head winds, cold, and hills, so my milage is often less than expected. With the volt I have to use gas almost every day. The bolt not an issue. On the regen/one foot driving there is no comparison. It really works on the bolt and now I go back to the volt and it doesn't work all that well. On the bolt it will stop in L, the volt will not. Also the regen on the bolt without the paddle is equal to or stronger than the volt with the paddle. Wish they would do an update to allow the volt to stop in L. There is no need for the car to mimic a automatic transmission when using regen.
 
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