2016 Chevrolet Volt - Instrumented Test
The gas-electric Volt, now quicker and less eccentric, is the embodiment of New Age versatility.
Aaron Robinson/Car & Driver
The Volt II proves that GM’s novel idea for an enviro-hybrid has cleared the tower of experimentation and is on full-powered ascent into a regular product line with a history and a sustaining business case. Could we finally see the Volt give birth to a family of vehicles—at least, besides a Cadillac coupe? Given the public’s current *fascination with small crossovers, surely GM must have a little SUVolt in the works.Read the whole article at the above link.Highs: Fresh shape, longer EV range, a regen paddle, quiet efficiency, big trunk.
Lows: Less, uh, distinctive styling, rear middle seat is a joke, you can have a BMW.
Verdict: GM uses smarts to vault the Volt to the next level.
The you can have a BMW is a bit of a throwaway line, as Volt buyers are looking for something different from the typical BMW (there is the i3, but that's an EV, smaller and much uglier) and doesn't take into account the tax credits (and I'm sure we'll eventually see some attractive lease deals).
Biggest gripes from I can tell (based on the early reviews) - the 3rd middle seat in the rear is better than nothing, but the 2G Volt isn't exactly conducive to being a soccer-mom mobile, and find the silver/grey plastic shutters up front to be ugly and cheap-looking (black would be a better color).
The 2G Volt sits atop C&D's hybrid vehicles rankings - the true test will be whether it stays on top after C&D tests the new Prius (my $$ is on the Volt).