I drove one of the cheapest electric SUVs on the market. There are 4 reasons why the Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a good buy, but 3 reasons why it falls short.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a great electric SUV for commuters and small families.
It offers good range, a low starting price, and Super Cruise, which allows for hands-free highway driving.
But the Bolt EUV can’t charge as quickly as its rivals and doesn’t have all-wheel drive.
Battery fires forced General Motors to suspend its brand new electric car for several months. But now the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV has arrived.
A slightly larger version of Chevy’s Bolt EV sedan, the Bolt EUV is an excellent choice for those looking for a compact and reasonably affordable electric SUV. But the Bolt EUV has a few downsides that might be deal breakers for some.
Advantage: affordable cost
The $33,500 Bolt EUV ($34,495 with destination charge) is among the cheapest electric cars you can buy today, which is especially welcome because inflation drives up electric vehicle prices.
It will be even more attractive from the end of the year. The Bolt EUV 2023 is get a big price dropdropping its retail price to $28,195 with fees.
The Bolt EUV Chevrolet lent me had a bunch of extra options and was $43,190 including destination charges.
Pros: the available Super Cruise works like a charm
The Bolt EUV is the first non-Cadillac to get Super Cruise, GM fabulous hands-free driving assistance function. Super Cruise worked admirably in my experience, following the lane lines and maintaining a defined gap to the car ahead for long periods without any human intervention.
It’s by no means perfect, but it can reduce driving fatigue if you decide to take your Bolt EUV for a long, monotonous trip.
Pros: unexpected comfort and driving pleasure
On the road, the EUV doesn’t look like your typical economy car. It accelerates smoothly, absorbs bumps in the road and rides quietly. Although Tesla isn’t fast, its 200-horsepower engine and ample torque allow you to swerve away from a stop light or make quick passes on the highway.
Pros: solid range
The Bolt EUV can travel 247 miles on a full battery, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates. That’s 12 miles less than the Bolt EV hatchback, but still competitive with rivals like the Kia Niro EV (239 miles), the Volkswagen ID.4 (260 miles) and the Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles).
All of these models have higher sticker prices.
Disadvantage: Not as cool as other EVs
The Bolt EUV looks good. It’s elegant. But it largely blends in with new gas-powered SUVs on the road. If you’re looking for something flashier, consider the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6Where Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Disadvantage: does not charge so fast
The Bolt EUV can charge quickly with direct current at a rate of 55 kilowatts, which allows it to add about 95 miles of range in 30 minutes, according to Chevrolet. Most electric cars can load much fasterat a rate of 100 kilowatts or more.
A Hyundai Ioniq 5 can use 350 kilowatt chargers, allowing it to recover 200 miles of range in about 18 minutes.
A big advantage on the load front: Chevrolet will pay for Bolt EUV customers to install a Level 2 charger at home, which offers more power than a regular household outlet.
Disadvantage: Lack of “usefulness”
Despite the “U” appended to its name, the Bolt EUV doesn’t offer much extra utility over its hatchback sibling, the Bolt EV. The EUV is 6.3 inches longer than the EV and has more legroom for rear passengers, making it more practical.
But it doesn’t have all-wheel drive, and its cargo area is, oddly, less spacious than the Bolt EV’s.
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