An early review of the Chevy Volt finds things very different from the first generation of the hybrid.
A recent test drive by an online reviewer revealed some of the first details of the 2016 Chevy Volt.
The Chevrolet Volt is starting to evolve beyond the first generation, when it served as the car company’s first foray into the hybrid market, according to a SlashGear report.
Today, there are many types of hybrids, including pure-EV, the regular hybrid, the plug-in hybrid, and other combinations — all with their own advantages. But the Volt is definitely one of the most popular options, increasing fuel efficiency without sacrificing range, and generally appealing to a wider market than many hybrids.
New Chevy Volts are headed to the market for sale soon, and for the reviewer, it was a long time coming for the automobile. The review indicated that the first-generation Volt had some severe flaws that made it unappealing to anyone other than hardcore hybrid fans. But the new design appears to do the trick.
For one thing, the car doesn’t try to pretend it’s something it’s not, like a sports car. At the same time, the company has made the effort to sleek it up a bit, making it look more like a modern four-door sedan.
Chevrolet has also worked to smooth out some of the harder lines of the car, and make it more pleasant to the eye. The car looks more “grown up,” the review notes.
The 2016 Volt may go a long way to improving the image of hatchbacks, which are less popular in the United States than they are elsewhere in the world.
The Volt succeeds in that it has more cargo space in the back without drastically altering the interior of the car.
Also, there’s a fifth seating position, albeit a less comfortable one in the rear that would be difficult for fully grown adults to fit into.
The front features eight-inch displays, one for the driver and one in the center that offers touchscreen access to entertainment systems. It does better than the first generation model, the review states.