In February, GM announced the all-new 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV as a slightly larger, less quirky version of the Bolt EV. Last week, we had a chance to take a quick spin in the third all-electric vehicle from the Bow Tie brand. Here are our impressions after spending roughly two hours with a 2022 Bolt EUV Premier finished in Bright Blue Metallic.
The Bolt EUV is handsome. Compared to the Bolt EV, the EUV has an appearance that’s less quirky and more mainstream. The upright front end and flatter hood do wonders for the way the vehicle looks in relation to its slightly smaller brother. Meanwhile, the additional three inches in wheelbase and six inches in overall length gave designers a bigger canvas on which to design. The end result is a rather attractive vehicle whose look is more mature than that of the EV.
That’s not to say that the vehicle is not without its quirks, which can particularly be found at the rear end. Those sexy new tail lights integrated within the black bar below the window on the liftgate? Turns out they’re not the actual tail lights. They also don’t function as the brake lights or the turn signals. Instead, their function as accessory lights that only run in the dark makes for somewhat of a missed opportunity to really put them to good use. Instead, the tail light, braking and turn signal functions are all carried out by the pair of minuscule lights at the lower end of the rear fascia. We’re also not huge fans of the substantial amount of black plastic in the lower rear fascia.
That said, neither one of these small elements prevents the Bolt EUV’s exterior from having a charm of its own. “It looks pretty cool,” I overheard a passerby say when we stopped for a break at a local coffee shop. We’d have to agree.
The real story of the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is inside. After all, the main reason for the EUV’s existence is its more spacious interior as compared to the Bolt EV. But that additional space is nearly un-recognizable from the driver’s seat. Instead, the Bolt EUV’s larger size enables an additional three inches of rear-seat legroom, while all other interior dimensions stay nearly identical to those of the EV. We’re sure rear-seat passengers will appreciate the increased space.
The other big story about the Bolt EUV involves the improved interior materials. As expected, Chevy has added a soft-touch dash as well as improved soft-touch materials throughout the cabin. The EUV feels like a grown-up vehicle with no compromises. A big part of that are the new seats, which were the cause of complaints on the Bolt EV from those who spend extended periods of time driving the vehicle. Chevy had taken all that into account, and has completely overhauled the seats in the 2022 Bolt EUV (as well as in the Bolt EV, which is getting a refresh for the 2022 model year). Though our drive lasted roughly two hours, we can say that we didn’t feel any issues with the new seats. We also appreciated the ventilated functionality, a feature included in the Bolt EUV Premier and part of the optional Convenience Package on the LT.
Then there’s the matter of the sunroof. Chevy representatives tell us that Bolt EV customers asked for a sunroof, which was not available on that vehicle. The Bolt EUV delivers, offering a dual-pane sunroof as an option on the range-topping Premier trim. Like in most vehicles, the sunroof gives the interior a more spacious feel. A power-retractable shade provides privacy when needed.
The driving dynamics of the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV are very similar, if not identical, to that of the EV. During our time, we didn’t feel the EUV drove much differently, if at all, than the EV. The added length is masked quite well within the still-subcompact form factor.
The overall ride is quiet and composed in the city and on the highway, though body roll in turns and interstate on/off ramps is still very much present, as it has been on the Bolt EV since its inception. The flipside of that is that the EUV absorbs potholes and other imperfections like a champ, a result of a well-tuned suspension and Michelin Energy Saver All-Season tires.
The new push/pull trigger shifting mechanism is another welcome addition: after a small learning curve, the shifting system (pull to Drive and Reverse, push to Park and for Neutral) is quite natural to use. In addition, one-pedal driving mode can now be enabled via a button aft of the drive pull trigger. If enabled, it stays that way even through ignition cycles.
The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is the first GM vehicle that’s not a Cadillac to offer the Super Cruise driving assistance system for compatible highways. We used the system for roughly half an hour, and it worked just as it does on the Cadillac CT6.
For anyone who hasn’t used Super Cruise before, doing so can be somewhat disconcerting: will the vehicle actually brake or stay in its lane, like it should? However, after beginning to trust the system to work, the hands-off-steering-wheel and feet-off-pedal experience can make for quite a relaxing drive. Super Cruise isn’t a completely autonomous system, and requires the driver to pay attention to the road, and take control of the vehicle when necessary. But the overall effect is less fatigue during the drive itself.
Overall, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is a very attractive package, and it just might represent the tipping point of widespread EV adoption.
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