The 2016 Chevrolet Volt boasts countless improvements over the outgoing model including a more refined, quieter 1.5-liter four-cylinder generator, increased all-electric range, lighter overall weight and improved interior materials and build quality. Additionally, the all-new extended-range EV now has seating for five, which is sure to increase its appeal with consumers.
Well, the 2016 Volt sort of has seating for five. There is room for three passengers to sit across the rear bench, and there is three seatbelts to keep them safe, however the batteries still run through the central tunnel, making the center seat a tight fit. The best way to sit in the rear middle would be to stick your legs up on the center console like you’re in a reclining chair, which we’re sure the car’s owner wouldn’t appreciate.
Ideally, you will only have two people sitting in the back of the new Volt, but it’s good to know that if you absolutely need to carry five, you can safely and legally do so. We wouldn’t want to occupy the fifth seat on a long road trip, but for short trips across town it would work fine. The fifth seat also ups the Volt’s appeal as a family car, as most children will likely fit in the center chair just fine, as will a car seat.