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2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Review: The Year To Shine

Easy to love, hard to fault.

  • The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV starts at $28,795 in the United States and at $42,348 in Canada, freight and delivery charges included.

  • Good range, decent versatility, affordable price.

  • Rear seatbacks don’t recline, DC fast charging speed could be higher, not really more spacious than the Bolt EV.

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV’s career didn’t get off to a good start. Not only was its launch scheduled during the pandemic, but a major recall for the vehicle’s battery pack resulted in a lengthy production halt. The introductory 2022 model year was not a good one.

However, the car itself isn’t to blame, COVID-19 is arguably under control, and Bolt EUV owners are slowly, but surely, getting the battery packs replaced in their vehicles. The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV can now flaunt its good driving range, its list of standard and available features, and its advantages over its Chevrolet Bolt EV stablemate.

2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

For the 2023 model year, the Bolt EUV gets a new Redline Edition Package, a new paint colour, and that’s it. The trim level lineup still consists of LT and Premier in both the United States and Canada.

Both Bolt variants are equipped with a single electric motor driving the front wheels. It produces 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, enough for swift launches and effortless highway cruising. No, they’re not as speedy as a Tesla Model 3, but their performance is in line with other affordable electrics such as the Kia Niro EV, the Kia Soul EV, the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Subaru Solterra, the Toyota bZ4X, the longer-range Nissan LEAF and the MINI Cooper SE. As is the case with most EVs, we can also activate one-pedal driving in the Bolt EUV.

The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV offers a driving range of 247 miles or 397 kilometres on a single charge, while combined energy consumption is set at 29 kWh/100 miles or 18.3 kWh/100 km. That’s the equivalent of 115 eMPG or 2.1 Le/100 km. Its energy use is on par with that of the competition, give or take a few kilowatt/hours. Driving range is also up there with the Kona and the Niro, and is better than those of the Mazda MX-30, the Solterra, the bZ4X, the LEAF and the Cooper SE. Our winter test, during a particularly frigid week where we had the heat cranked up to the max, resulted in an energy consumption of 55 kWh/100 miles or 34.1 kWh/100 km. Overall, from a powertrain and range standpoint, the Bolt EUV proves its worthiness.

The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV’s cabin is spacious given the vehicle’s size, the high roofline helping occupants sit comfortably straight. Compared to the Bolt EV, the EUV rides on a slightly longer wheelbase and is a tad longer overall, but interior dimensions are about the same in every aspect except rear-seat legroom, which is more generous. Ironically, the Bolt EUV’s cargo area is marginally smaller than the Bolt EV’s, yet still bigger than the Kona Electric’s.

2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

Behind the wheel, the Bolt EUV presents up an ergonomic interface, including a fairly big 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, easy-to-use climate controls as well as a digital instrument cluster that’s very informative about what’s going on with the electric powertrain and how the driver is doing from an energy consumption standpoint. While the first Bolt EV model years were equipped with unsupportive seats, the ones in the Bolt EUV and refreshed Bolt EV are more comfortable for longer drives.

Our test vehicle was also equipped with Super Cruise, which is optional on the Premier trim level. While no one should use it in slippery winter conditions, there was one clear day during our test with dry roads, and the system performed flawlessly—on the roadways on which it’s compatible, of course. It took the highway bends like a champ, staying in the center of the lane without feeling like a pinball, even on a banked overpass curve with protruding dilatation joints, notorious for disrupting a vehicle’s balance. Obviously, the driver must be attentive at all times, and a rearward-facing camera on the dash monitors our behaviour to make sure of that. Super Cruise’s road coverage will expand over time, but only in more recently developed GM models built on a more modern electronic architecture. Not the Bolt. We still get 220,000 miles of compatible roadways in Canada and in the U.S. with Chevy’s little EV, so that’s good.

Pricing starts at $28,795 in the United States and at $42,348 in Canada, freight and delivery charges included. That’s for the base LT that serves up a full suite of active safety features, along with 17-inch alloy wheels and a dual-level charge cord. A power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and rear park assist are optional in the U.S.-market LT, standard in the Canadian one. The Premier ($33,295 in the U.S., $45,848 in Canada) adds ambient interior lighting, a rear camera mirror, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats, while a power panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, a Bose seven-speaker sound system, navigation as well as the aforementioned Super Cruise are also available. The Redline Edition package is optional on both trim levels.

The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is one of the most affordable electric vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, and is eligible for half of the U.S. EV tax credit as these lines are being written, or up to $3,750. There’s a $5,000 rebate offered by the Canadian federal government, which can be combined with rebates in various provinces. One such example is the $7,000 incentive in Quebec, which means a hefty $12,000 discount after sales taxes are calculated.

There isn’t much to fault in the Bolt EUV, even though it isn’t an exhilarating vehicle to drive. It’s quick, offers good range, its cabin is decently roomy and it’s affordable—for an EV. GM is planning to build 70,000 Bolt EV and Bolt EUV units during the 2023 calendar year, so supply should be there as well. This is the EUV’s year to shine.

One thing that could use improvement, but likely won’t happen, is the Bolts’ DC fast charging speed, which is capped at 50 kW. We plugged our test vehicle in a fast charger and the maximum speed we observed was 41 kW—briefly. The new generation of GM EVs based on its Ultium battery and Ultium Drive motor technology offers quicker charge speeds. Of course, if we always charge at home, which is the most cost-effective solution anyway, the Bolts’ DC fast charge speed won’t be an issue.

2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

The Bolt EV may retire after the 2023 model year, which will leave the EUV on its own to fill the entry-level EV market while GM starts and ramps up production of the Chevrolet Equinox EV. The latter is supposed to go on sale in early 2024 and will undercut the Bolt EUV’s base price, in addition to offering optional AWD.

In the meantime, the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is an honestly good electric vehicle that should be reliable and affordable to run, now that the battery pack issues have been sorted out.


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