Just last month, the Chevrolet Menlo EV made its big debut at the 2019 Chevrolet Gala Night in China, slotting in as the Bow Tie brand’s first all-electric model for the Chinese market. Although the Menlo EV will remain an exclusive offering for Chinese buyers, we can’t help but compare it to our own Chevy EV here in the States – the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Indeed, with both of these models out now, it begs the question: which is better?
To find out, let’s first look at the most critical spec for any EV – driving range. The Chevrolet Menlo EV is rated at 410 km (or 255 miles) on a single charge, as measured in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Meanwhile, 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV has an EPA-certified range of 259 miles, a 21-mile increase over the 2019 Bolt EV.
Obviously, there’s a discrepancy here with regard to testing standards. That said, EPA test ranges are typically 30 percent lower than those of the NEDC, so with that in mind, the Menlo EV’s equivalent range under the EPA standard would be closer to 170 miles, giving the Bolt EV the clear win in this area.
The Menlo’s range is also practically identical to that of the Buick Velite 6 Plus MAV, which confirms our speculation that the Menlo and Velite 6 MAV use identical platforms and propulsion systems. As such, we believe the Menlo has a 52.5-kWh battery capacity and 110-kW motor.
By comparison, the Bolt EV bests the Menlo EV with a 66-kWh battery and 150-kW motor.
In terms of exterior dimensions, the Menlo EV is 183.6 inches long with a 104.7-inch wheelbase, as well as 71.6 inches in width and 60.6 inches tall. The Chevrolet Bolt EV is smaller in nearly every dimension, measuring in at 164 inches in overall length, 102.4 inches for the wheelbase and 69.5 inches in overall width. However, the Bolt EV is taller, measured at 62.8 inches overall height.
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These differing exterior dimensions translate into radically different styling as well. While the Chevrolet Menlo EV looks low, wide and sporty, taking its direction from the Chevrolet FNR-X Concept, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is more upright and bubblier.
So then, dear reader – which would you prefer? Let us know by voting in the poll below, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Bolt EV news, Chevrolet Menlo EV news, Chevrolet news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.