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I wanted to like it... but I didn't.

There were things I really liked. The camera view mirror was way cool. Backing up and seeing the top down view all the way around the car was awesome. It is great to be able to see how close things are to the side of the car. And the range... the range is really what I want. But I want that range in my Volt.

Things I didn't like:

The seats seem too narrow. I wasn't too uncomfortable, but I was aware of the pressure points where it was pushing into my back. I am not that big but I am apparently wider than these seats. My wife said they felt snug too, and she is petite. She did not say uncomfortable, but just that they felt weird. Maybe we would get used to it.

I also didn't love the screen placement. I found that my right arm in driving position was in the way a little. I never had this issue in my Volt. Maybe there is a combination of raising or lowering the seat or adjusting the wheel to fix this. I tried a little, but didn't get there while driving.

Finally, I didn't like the look. At least, I like the look of the Volt better. The light colors inside made it look more plastic. I didn't like the two tone leather colors at all. Inside, it reminded me of the Pacer my grandma drove me around in as a kid. I know it doesn't look like that, but I felt like that.

Anyway, I know these are superficial things, but I just didn't like it. I really wanted too. Wish they made a 238 mile all electric Volt, or the
Tesla 3 was available.
 

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There are days when I drive 150 miles, but most of the time I am all electric. Since May, I have driven 11,844 miles with 9,906 on electric. Since I get about 38 mpg on gas when I the highways (and driving fast), that's roughly 50 gallons worst case.
 

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I think he may have been wondering whether a BEV would give you a lot more electric miles. Seems like the answer to that is "no".

Not everyone will like the Bolt EV. It is, however, very practical. The Model 3 definitely looks better but it won't be very practical. Will be a pick your poison situation but at least there is a choice. The new Leaf will be an alternative though I wouldn't ever suggest anyone get a Nissan.

One thing I've been surprised at is how few issues we've seen with the Bolt EV. I'd expect more.
 

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I think the simplicity of a BEV speaks in the Bolt's favor. But it really is an ugly duckling next to a Volt. It's range, though exceptional, still doesn't work for me. My Volt will give me gas-free commuting most of the time, and when I need to make a 330 mile trip to Seattle I jump in and go. Further, if you are paying for public DCFS, it will be as expensive as buying gas, and you'll be sitting on your hands for a few hours. The Volt is a complicated puppy, but an amazing car when everything's working, which for me has been flawlessly for 62k miles. I watched a YouTube video of a guy who ran his Volt out of battery, then continued till it was out of gas. The car went into reduced propulsion mode, switched BACK to battery, and gave him an additional two miles! I can't think of any other car that could do that. Love my Volt!
 

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I want one as my Volt companion. I too did not like the look of the Bolt EV two tone gray leather option. I would get black. I'm not looking for a sedan so I don't expect sedan styling. I like the car's styling as much as any other CUV/SUV.

I specifically went looking for issues when I sat in the seats. I found none, neither did my wife. I had a hard time finding what others had complained about. But I still need to drive the car. Maybe that makes a difference in seat comfort, but with the car stationary I found no discomfort.

Yes, the car is narrower than the Volt and the Volt has a more luxury feel, but the Bolt is fine. YMMV.
 

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How did you like the driving experience and performance compared to the Volt?

If those aren't high priorities for you, the 200+ mile Ioniq EV could be another contender, and it should be available sooner than a Model 3 for non-reservation holders.
 

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when I looked at them in California I have mixed feeling about them
I liked the technology but I could not help but have the feeling that the car was targeted for the hip crowd of 20 year olds
and also wondered if the heater was good enough for Canada
 

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There are days when I drive 150 miles, but most of the time I am all electric. Since May, I have driven 11,844 miles with 9,906 on electric. Since I get about 38 mpg on gas when I the highways (and driving fast), that's roughly 50 gallons worst case.
Sorry, I failed to notice in your OP that you already have a Gen2 Volt. Perhaps you were hoping like the Bolt so you could have both . . . ?? If not, it wouldn't make a lot of sense to trade the Volt for a Bolt so that you could save 4-5 gallons of gas per month (and give up the long range capability of the Volt).
 

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Yes, I was looking for a second car

When we test drove, it was really for my wife. She drives more around town miles, and would have liked the electric range. We are keeping my Volt. Now we are considering a second Volt.

For the record, the Bolt drives great. I am just already used to electric driving so I was not blown away by that. It was really the look. My wife really disliked it more than I did, but I did not love it.
 
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