I see others are pointing out how they bought their volt in response to the VW TDI buyback, well, count me among them. There really isn't anything out there with the qualities I wanted, plus the cool factor of course (does thinking diesel and electric cars are cool make me a complete geek?).
I like the look of the black a lot, I just don't look forward to trying to keep it clean. I've owned is several days and haven't really seen it clear of snow and dirt so I don't have much of an opinion. We are a front license plate state here in NY, and the plates are yellow and block a lot of the chrome grill. The idea of painting the grill did appeal to me though. I would never be able to get it to go with the black though, as it isn't straight black, it has some flaking in it that almost seem dark red in color. So far, love the car. Bought a Siemens charger off amazon for $450 or so, ran some 8-3 wire into my garage panel, 40 amp breaker, and we are ready to rock and roll.
The cold (16 degrees this morning) does take a toll on the efficiency, but not too bad. Mostly just have to deal with the engine coming on every so often to warm up the coolant. I keep the coolant gauge up all the time because that seems to be the most useful bit of information and with it I can predict when the engine will start. Can't wait until spring.