Chevy Bolt vs Chevy Bolt EUV: Choose Performance or Comfort, According to Consumer Reports

The Chevy Bolt is one of the cheapest EVs on the market right now, and Chevy is giving customers options. Recently, Chevy introduced the Bolt EUV, and it’s a bigger and more expensive version of the Bolt. Those aren’t the only differences between the 2022 Chevy Bolt and the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV.

Here’s how the 2022 Chevy Bolt rates

A silver 2022 Chevrolet Bolt in front of a large house.
2022 Chevrolet Bolt | Creative Commons

As Consumer Reports wrote, the regular Chevy Bolt is a good EV that comes at a competitive price. The Bolt starts at $31,500, but there’s a small catch. Everything Chevy makes is currently not eligible for the $7,500 federal EV tax credit, unlike most EVs. As such, customers will have to pay the sticker price for the Bolt.

In terms of ratings, the Bolt has an overall score of 62 out of 100. The Chevy EV did well on its road test, as Consumer Reports gave it a 78 out of 100. Owners will probably be delighted with their choice, as the Bolt has a 4 out of 5 for its predicted owner satisfaction rating. 

One of the Bolt’s weak spots is its predicted reliability rating with a 2 out of 5. Regardless, one thing Consumer Reports liked about the Bolt is how it performs. Its 200-hp electric motor allows the Chevy to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, and it also handles quite well. It has a good range of 259 miles, and it’s also relatively quiet and comfortable inside the cabin.

The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is an excellent competitor to its smaller sibling

The Bolt EUV isn’t exactly a total overhaul of the Bolt, as the two share many similarities. That being said, the Bolt EUV is physically larger than the regular Bolt, and as such, there are some pros and cons to this change. The most apparent difference is in its price tag, as the Bolt EUV starts at about $33,500, which means that the larger Bolt is $2,000 more expensive than, the smaller Bolt. 

That extra size didn’t come with a new powertrain or a larger battery. As a result, the Bolt EUV is slower than the regular Bolt, and it’ll have a slightly shorter range, too. The Bolt EUV gets about 247 miles of range, 12 miles less than what the regular Bolt gets. The bigger Chevy’s 0 to 60 mph time is 7.2 seconds, 0.4 seconds slower than the smaller Chevy’s.

However, the Bolt EUV’s extra size means it’s more comfortable and has more space than the smaller Bolt. The Bolt EUV’s overall score is 65 out of 100, which is slightly better than the regular Bolt’s. It has an 80 out of 100 on its road test, a 4 out of 5 on its predicted owner satisfaction rating, and a 2 out of 5 on its predicted reliability rating.

Both of these Chevy EVs have some issues though

Both Chevy’s have a 2 out of 5 for their predicted reliability ratings isn’t shocking news. The Bolt is a reliable enough vehicle, but it is the subject of a massive recall. 

This recall affected every single Bolt ever made. This recall had to do with the car’s battery, and while Chevy is replacing every battery, it still leaves a scar in terms of the Bolt’s reliability score.

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