Today I stopped by Ourisman Rockmont Chevrolet, Rockville, the dealership where I purchased by 2017 Volt. I was there to check out the brand new sales and service facility and to make a service appointment for my Volt (7500 mile tire rotation.) They had a brand new Bolt Premier out front that was charging. The salesman who sold me my Volt was there, he told me the Bolt had already been sold but he accommodated my request to sit in the driver's seat of the Bolt.
So I sat in the Bolt and yes the Bolt has a much narrower driver's seat bottom than my 2017 Volt. I definitely felt the side bolsters of the seat bottom compressing my legs at the outside of my thighs. Now I admit that I am a pretty wide load but what I would like to know is who exactly did they design the Bolt's front seats for other than crash test dummies and other buttless wonders?
The salesman told me that the dealership had 5 Bolts in stock as of Wednesday, this week, the Bolts were now all sold. I don't imagine that the Bolt's narrow front seats are going to limit sales. This reminds me of 2010 when I test drove a Prius and found that the Prius driver's seat caused my back to go into spasm within 10 minutes while test driving the vehicle. Still, Toyota had no incentive to improve the ergonomics of the Prius's front seats as long as Toyota was selling every one they built, many without so much as a test drive.