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Quick Volt questions if you don't mind

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I'm sorry I haven't read through to see where the appropriate place to post might be. I feel in "crisis mode" - although I have to laugh at myself (first world problems).

I had my heart set on a Tesla Model 3. So much so that I pretty much ignored or dismissed other possibilities. The big 'reveal' was tonight and I was sorely disappointed. I remember the Volt was probably my #2 choice (although distant). I'm wondering if you wouldn't mind providing some insight that I can't really look up with facts and figures.

#1 - I live in a mountainous region. Long steep grades (8.5% - so not insane, but significant) and high speeds (120kph / 75mph). When the electric range is used up, how is this thing in the hills? I drive a Honda Fit now and it is woefully underpowered and I often can't hold the speed limit. More bothersome, however, is how bloody loud it is from the engine noise. That's a main reason I wanted a BEV.

#2 - It is listed as having a tiny 10.5 cubic foot cargo space... surely it isn't really that little, is it? When the seats are folded, etc... can you make a trip to Costco of any significance? Or is it as useless in that regard as the specs indicate?

#3 - How is it for tall guys? I'm 6'4, mostly in the legs. For anyone that's driven a Honda Fit... that's about as tight as I can go. I wouldn't call it comfortable, but I manage.

#4 - One problem with the Fit is that my kid... er... no longer "fits" (pun avoided as best as I could). He's 5 and still in a child seat and he's getting cramped. Again, can anyone relate to the Fit?

I'm really hoping someone's got experience with both the Volt and the Fit and can advise if I'm looking at a significant upgrade or not.

Thanks so much.
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As mentioned if the climbs are really steep you can use Mountain Mode or just put it in HOLD. That reserves sufficient power, allowing the battery to work with the engine, which provides more peak power for climbs. Usually don't need it for most climbs. Would be unusual to need it on major roads because the grades are usually lower. Again, it's peak not average power. Keep in mind that the 1.5L engine in the current generation Volt can most likely provide most of the power you need. The first generation Volt had a 1.4L engine, so the shortfall was greater.

Noise is interesting. At higher speeds there is more road and wind noise than engine noise, so the difference between an ICE and an electric vehicle is pretty minimal. You'd see a bigger difference at lower speeds. Passengers in the Volt can't tell when you switch from the battery to the engine. You may be able to tell because you get a bit of engine vibration through the steering wheel.

I believe you're mistaken about the size of the cargo area. It's double what you're looking at. Plenty of space for most things. With the seats down, if you can get something through the opening you shouldn't have any issues.

Legroom for the front is luxurious and there is more than ample headroom. I'd be surprised if you have a problem. It's the back which might be challenging. I couldn't sit back there, but I can't sit in the back of a Model S either (different problem same result). The only way to see how this works for you is to go in person and test it out.
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