Even Fully Loaded, the New Bolt Electric SUV Is a Great Value
- Trim Tested: Bolt EUV Premier
- Price as Tested: $43,495 (including destination charge)
- What We Like: Available Super Cruise autonomous driving; good price
- What We Don’t: Not much different from regular Bolt EV
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is the SUV version of the long-running Bolt EV hatchback, now in its sixth year. From the get-go, we should note that it isn’t really an SUV, nor is it that different from the Bolt EV (even the names are confusingly similar). Both electric vehicles have the same motor and 65-kWh battery pack.
The 2022 Bolt EUV’s $33K MSRP is a great starting price, and Chevrolet has dropped the sticker price to $28K for the 2023 model year. Even with the markups some dealers are charging, those are good prices. We drove the Bolt EUV for a week and these are our impressions.
How It Drives
The Bolt EUV has a 200-horsepower engine and front-wheel drive (FWD). (All-wheel drive (AWD) is not available.) The motor provides lively acceleration and one-pedal driving (driving using only the accelerator pedal). Releasing the accelerator quickly slows the EUV while charging the battery. The regenerative braking system is easy to modulate and effective. The Bolt EUV has 247 miles of range, which is slightly less than the Bolt EV.
The heavy battery pack, soft suspension, and economical tires mean the Bolt EUV is pretty clumsy when pushed around corners, but the placement of the battery in the vehicle gives the Bolt EUV a low center of gravity, helping it avoid the leaning that sometimes affects SUVs.
Interior Comfort & Quality
The Bolt EUV’s cabin has a busy design, with many different shapes, colors, and materials covering every surface. This design decision adds visual interest but it also keeps the Bolt EUV from feeling premium – adding geometric patterns to seat upholstery is something once done in economy cars. Still, the cabin is nicer than the previous-generation Bolt EV (2017-2021), and one of the Bolt’s best features – its good visibility through large windows – is retained.
The Premier trim we test-drove had leather and ventilated front seats. Our test car also came with the Sun and Sound package, which includes a panoramic sunroof and a Bose sound system. Seating and cargo space are both solid compared with other compact electric SUVs.
Technology & Usability
The big news is that the 2022 Bolt EUV is available with GM’s superb Super Cruise advanced driver-assist tech, which uses several sensors and cameras to pilot the Bolt EUV down certain pre-mapped freeways. Super Cruise is a killer feature that deserves more attention than it gets, and we hope GM rolls it out in as many vehicles as possible over the next few years.
The other tech features in the Bolt EUV are more run-of-the-mill. The big 10.2-inch touchscreen, which runs Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 Plus software, is super easy to use. It’s accompanied by volume and tuning knobs and separate automatic climate controls. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard. The Premier trim adds adaptive cruise control and a surround-view parking camera system.
Read our full 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV review for more specs and information about the entire Bolt EUV lineup. Carfax vehicle reviews let shoppers compare a vehicle’s specs against its competitors. However, some aspects of a vehicle – performance, comfort, usability – can only be evaluated through actual driving. That’s why we evaluate as many vehicles as we can, so you’ll know what to expect.
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