Chevy Volt 2017 Review: An Electric Car With A Gas Assistant


– [Narrator] When I test
drove the Tesla Model S and Model X electric
cars earlier this year, I said driving them was like
sitting inside the future. Well, the 2017 Chevy Volt
feels more like sitting inside the present, but
it turns out the present is a lot cooler than I thought it was. I’m Michael Fisher, and this
is the Mr. Mobile Review. (exciting music) Chevy’s electric car branding
can be a little confusing. First of all, this is the
Volt, not the similar sounding Chevy Bolt. The difference is that Bolt
is an electric only car while the Volt is what’s
called an extended range electric vehicle, or if you
prefer, a plug in hybrid, but unlike a typical hybrid, the Volt is designed to operate primarily on electricity alone. That’s the mode it wakes
up in when you press the power button, and
whether you’re tooling around the city, cruising the ‘burbs,
or speeding down the highway, all of you motive power is
coming from the electric motors and the onboard battery. Chevy says the Volt will
give you up to 53 miles of range just on electric power, and you can recharge it directly, either at home or at a
public charging station. If you forget to recharge it,
or you can’t get to a charge point, or you just need
to take a longer trip, that’s where the hybrid part comes in. The Volt also packs a
gas powered generator and a nine gallon fuel
tank that extends the range almost tenfold. Unlike previous generations, this Volt takes regular unleaded instead of demanding premium. For all the innovation in the power train, and there’s a lot, the new Volt’s design blends in more than it stands out. That’s not a strike
against it, necessarily. While I tend to prefer
something a little more ostentatious, I came
to love the new Volt’s aerodynamic lines, especially
in the kinetic blue paint job. It’s got a few surprises too. I didn’t know it was a
hatchback when I first took delivery, but I sure was glad for it when it came time to tote around a bunch of camera equipment. Fold down the seats,
you get even more room. That somewhat makes up
for Chevy calling this a five-seater. Try putting anyone but the smallest child in that middle seat and
you’ll see what I mean. Also, big and tall folks may have trouble fitting in even the full sized rear seats. At least they get seat warmers and USB charging ports though. Up front, the interior
strikes a nice balance between modern features
and straightforward design. The physical controls
are pleasantly tactile with big buttons and easy to find knobs while the virtual stuff
is more straightforward than most car software I’ve used, though it’s still a bit laggy at times. The Volt’s onboard navigation
suite works well enough, and so does its OnStar system, and the car can also
produce its own WiFi hotspot using a built in AT&T cellular connection. I didn’t make much use of these though, since you can also just plug your phone in and use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. If your phone has Qi wireless charging, there’s a place for that too. On the whole, the cabin
exudes a sense of quality, even if it doesn’t approach glitz. My review vehicle had a
problem with the entertainment system frequently rebooting, but this isn’t an issues I’ve
seen widely reported yet. So for now, I’m calling it a fluke. How does it feel to drive? Pretty sporty. I had a Volt 2017 for a full week, and I used it for
everything from quick jaunts to the studio to a 500-mile
round trip to New York City. It’s a speedy little thing. While it doesn’t pack the pep of a Tesla, its 2.6 second zero to 30 time is great for quick little launches
into neighborhood traffic. To a kid who grew up
accustomed to mid-tier gas guzzlers, the instant
acceleration when your foot hits the go pedal is still intoxicating. When you come down on the other pedal, the Volt is smart about it. It applies regenerative braking first to convert some of your
kinetic energy into current and to bolster your battery charge. Only if you need to stop
fast does it blend in some friction with the brake pads, which should mean they last longer. You can also choose to
exclusively use regen with a dedicated paddle
on the steering wheel or switch to L on the gear shifter for a bit of one pedal driving. You get direct control over
energy consumption too. The hold option is basically
the opposite of normal mode. It lets you drive primarily
on the gas generator and keeps the battery
charged at or close to full so you can save that power for later. The Volt I reviewed is the premier trim, which packs a lot of built in conveniences I quickly came to appreciate. The proximity sensors
around the car’s perimeter give it an awareness of its surroundings. While driving slowly on a city street, it can search for available parking spaces and then, with a little
help from the driver in braking and shifting,
the Volt can park itself. It was impressive, and it worked three out of the four times I tried it. The same sensors give
you proximity warnings when you’re creeping up on obstacles or they’re creeping up on you. My favorite feature they
enable is the warning light on each side mirror that lights up when someone’s in your blind spot. The blind spots on the Volt are huge, so I really appreciated the help, especially driving in a city
where bicyclists abound. There’s also a front facing camera here alongside the rear view mirror. Among other things, it
theoretically makes it possible for the car to keep
itself in its own lane, but it’s better as a lane
departure warning system than any kind of auto pilot. The Volt will also warn
you with lights and sounds if you’re approaching a car ahead at an unsafe speed, and of course, Chevy offers a smart phone app so you can remotely
unlock and start your Volt or just see where it is. How far you can drive on a charge depends on many factors,
traffic, outside temperature, how liberal you are with
the steering wheel heater, you name it. Plus, driving efficiency
has a lot to do with it. I’m not a very efficient
driver so I tended to go through the Volt’s
battery in more like 45 miles. Again, this doesn’t mean my trip ended. Even at highway speeds, the
car seamlessly transitions from the battery to the gas sustainer. Aside from the slight added
noise, I hardly noticed it. Even with a lot of gas driving,
thanks to my road trip, I inked out an average
efficiency of 52 miles per gallon during the week I had with the car. If I had stuck around town,
I’d have gotten much closer to what the EPA says it’s capable of. What fuel I did burn was regular unleaded, not the premium stuff
that older Volts demanded. I still hated falling back on fossil fuels in such a futuristic
car, so I tried my best to find charge points instead. There are more of these across New England than I expected, and the charge point app is super handy for navigating you to them, telling you how much the charge will cost, and it’ll even let you
know whether a particular charger is being used at the moment. Some of the charge
points I found were free and some weren’t, but all
were much less expensive than a gas pump. The downside is because
the Volt lacks an onboard high speed charger, it
doesn’t fill up fast at all. A full charge takes
between four and five hours at a level two station. You also have the option
of charging via level one, which is literally plugging the car into a household outlet,
but as you might expect, that’s even slower. As a guy who lives in
an apartment building without a charger, the Volt
obviously isn’t meant for me. So who is it meant for? For folks who can juice it up every night in their garage and wake
up with a full battery. If you’re one of those
people, and your round trip to work is less than
50 miles, you could be one of the proud Volt owners
who only go to the gas station a few times a year. That, plus the fact that
the car can take gas when it needs it, makes
it easy to understand why the Volt has accrued
such a passionate fan base. Again, keep in mind that
I reviewed the high end $40,000 configuration. The least expensive one
I could build online was $34,000 and it skimps
on some of the tricks. That’s pricey, but it’s
in line with competitors. You’ve gotta keep in mind two things. First, as of today, the
Volt still qualifies for the full $7,500 tax
credit for electric vehicles, and second, the cost
savings over time with a car you almost never take to a gas station is significant. While I’m not canceling
my Tesla Model 3 pre-order because it won’t be
delivered for a few years, if I were shopping for
a new car right now, there’s a good chance I would. Whereas the all electric
Teslas and Chevy’s own Bolt may be the cars of
tomorrow, the infrastructure of tomorrow isn’t here yet. So the Volt is an excellent car for today. If you wanna know more about those Teslas, check out my Model 3 preview featuring test drives of both Model S and Model X. If you’re watching on
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don’t miss more videos dropping twice a week. Until next time, thanks for watching, and stay mobile, my friends. (upbeat music)

100 comments on “Chevy Volt 2017 Review: An Electric Car With A Gas Assistant”

  1. hktmc300 says:

    how much kwh does it take to charge the volt battery from empty to fully charge?

  2. yoshi1015 yoshidiman says:

    it costs 4.40 a day to charge a volt here in southern California to go 53 miles and that is more than gas is currently and I have this confirmed with sce. all these videos make it look like u miss the gas pump and u save all this money but none of these videos calculate the electric bill. when u look at the cost cost of the car plus the electric bill and gas you are upside down and it doesn't take a math degree to figure that out. glad you can afford to not leave a foot print. I love the idea of the car but cost needs to come down and 0 to 60 times need to be in the 5s if u want to increase sales and compete at all with tesla.

  3. Andrew Stump says:

    As a 2017 Volt owner myself, this is one of the most honest and factual reviews of this car anywhere on YouTube. Thank you for being a great automotive journalist.

  4. Sebastian Tello says:

    Best review I have ever seen!

  5. woweixiaomiandui says:

    Saw you in a Prius video from 2012. Still with the hybrids 😀

  6. V8 monster says:

    Does it charge the batteries when the engine is running??

  7. Bigjoe ? says:

    One of the best reviews I have ever seen on a 2017 volt. I have watched over 20 of them on here. Well done bro!

  8. Henry Ford says:

    Thought the new volt had a 2.0 4 cylinder?

  9. The Real c too says:

    The Volt doesn't have fast charging for the same reason the Bolt doesn't have it: GM is hoping Tesla will falter so they can go back to making obsolete ICE cars. This is a standard industry tactic: build crappy EVs that take forever to charge and then have poor range on that charge. Then sell them at higher prices than similar ICE cars, and claim that the technology isn't there yet. The problem is that Tesla has proven the tech is there, ready and waiting. All that's needed is the willingness of car makers to use it.

  10. Dan Soethe says:

    my 2017 volt software never crashes…

  11. Milton - Canada says:

    Yes a great production of how the Volt works and a better understanding of it. I makes the Chevy Volt not so 'invisible' once you have seen this well explained video. I also have just heard that the maintenance on the Volt is incredibly low, some owners just have to change the oil in the car every 2 years, that is it, no other repairs or costs for them! Thanks for the information, got me thinking more towards the Volt now. Just need to know how it handles in the winter driving conditions here in Canada!?

  12. SNSD Sunny says:

    I liked how they did not design this car like the prius. Good job on that.

  13. Dustin Dawind says:

    I have had mine since August. I have not experienced the infotainment system rebooting while driving. But every once in a while it will take a few extra seconds to load when starting the car. This has happened maybe 3 times.

  14. Victor Hugo Lopes says:

    Nice Review!!!

  15. Adil Husain says:

    Tony stark u Rock

  16. Unholy Tingz says:

    Wait…….. this car has KERS yup yup you see what I'm trying to tell you…. I'm getting this car xD

  17. Unholy Tingz says:

    I love the design

  18. JamManBo says:

    best review….thanks

  19. Astro Gremlin says:

    i was looking at a LEAF, now looking at the Volt. So grateful for this video, filled with information. Good job!

  20. Esteban gaitan says:

    que lo traigan a MADRID

  21. Robert Hooper says:

    Exactly, you have hit this right on the head. So, I drove a Tesla Model S , a Ford Fusion, and a Toyta Prius Prime. Volt’s back seat will be a bit tight. I don’t ride in the back seat. I can count the number of times there have been passengers in the back seat of my diesel Passat… Not often. Tesla is way to much,the Fusion was just OK, The Toyota is way to weird. The Volt just seems just right. The Bolt will be great when there are more public chargers in more small towns and rest stops. Thanks for a well done video.

  22. Robert Hooper says:

    OK, I bought a 2017 Volt. I have three friends that have one who “never stop for gas" Answer: Go drive one.

  23. Sidney Mantissa says:

    why do you refer to it as a range extended electric vehicle? the gas engine is not a gas generator. the gas engine is mechanically connected to the wheels, just like the original design. this is a hybrid vehicle, just like the prius, just with a larger battery.

    a serial hybrid, is a range extended electric vehicle. the only car on the market like that is the BMW i3 REX. in the BMW i3 REX, the range extending gas engine never drives the wheels, only a generator, to maintain the battery level.

    the Chevy volt's gas engine is mechanically connected to the wheels, so is NOT just a gas generator.

  24. Richard O'Brian says:

    Great video. Thank you! I took possession of my 2017 Chevy Volt in late August 2016, and to date have put in less than $20 of gas. I live in a cold climate area (Connecticut), so the engine runs any time the outside temperature is 30 degrees Fahrenheit or less or until the car is warmed up. My commute is less than 10 miles, so most days I don't use gasoline at all. Having come from driving a Prius for well over 15 years, I can say that the Chevy Volt is a great car. I look forward to hearing about others' experiences with this car.

  25. Eletronic Music & PC Games says:

    shit car

  26. Say NO to GAS says:

    This guy did the one thing no EV "Reviews" do. He compared the Volt with our current infrastructure!!! LIKE 3 POINTS Mr. Mobile.

  27. Say NO to GAS says:

    This guy did the one thing no EV "Reviews" do. He compared the Volt with our current infrastructure!!! LIKE 3 POINTS Mr. Mobile.

  28. ferkemall says:

    it a leaf with a gas engine !

  29. Mike Stoddart says:

    I love this car but I wish they'd made it 6 inches longer! It's just too small inside for me and my family.

  30. johnny mars says:

    Good, professionally shot and edited, video, my friend. One of the few points about the Volt you missed was the quiet and serene driving experience that is intoxicating. You can actually hear subtle nuances in your music whilst cruising down the highway. The other point is the much lower maintenance required. I am one of those fanatical Volt owners (2013), currently averaging over 140 MPG, with two oil changes and 4 tire rotations for maintenance over 50k of trouble free miles. Did I mention 5-star safety, 10 airbags, and much higher than average reliability? It is the car of the future, available now. BTW, good luck getting your M3 by 2020.

  31. MrMobile [Michael Fisher] says:

    Hey y'all – finally got my butt in a Chevy Bolt EV! Here's the test drive if you're interested in the Volt's all-electric sibling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcIbAdR5stg

  32. R A says:

    Volt is better choice .

  33. Brian Trempe says:

    thing is you can grab a volt or bolt today if you want. keep that pre order on the tesla, might take delivery in the next 1-4 yrs.

  34. Five-seveN says:

    50 miles that's pretty sad.

  35. Pop Tarts says:

    this car is so much better than the prius

  36. Matt Johnson says:

    "hold" doesn't keep the charge "at or close to full" – when engaged, it holds the battery charge at whatever level it is currently at. This allows you to choose to use the engine where it will be a bit better than battery power, like on freeway driving, then you can switch back to battery when it will be more efficient – when you're off the freeway on surface roads, in the city or in a neighborhood.

  37. Bataan says:

    #Love #Reliable #Great

    Great car for a daily driver with it's own house, so for me, to go to school, do errands and cruise around for fun it seems like an awesome car. Will consider for my first car since I'm still in the way of getting my license

  38. Dave Riley says:

    Great presence and speaking style, Michael. You may well be the most accomplished and effective professional speaker on youtube. The writing is top tier, as well. A clarification may be in order for "Chevy says the Volt will give you up to 53 miles…." The EPA is the one saying 53 miles electric range is estimated on the combined city/highway cycle. An "up to" electric miles number could be 80 miles or 40 miles depending on the driver and a host of environmental factors. And as I may have written previously, the Hold Mode does not keep the battery "at or close to full." It keeps the battery near the level existing when Hold is selected. These 2 points are minor tweaks to a great review which captures the Volt's real-world usefulness. And it is a scrupulously fair review, an example being the rebooting entertainment system on the tester, which other reviewers might have used to advance a personal view of Volt's or GM's shortcomings.

  39. HoJoMo says:

    No KEYone here, obviously, but I did spot the Star Trek sweatshirt! 😋

  40. portzblitz says:

    What are those shoes, Michael? Thanks ahead.

  41. courtney Vegan says:

    the last generation volt is the best driving car I ever drove. I did not feel any bumps on the road. and I have driven Audi A4,mini Cooper Clubman among others. I have not driven this car yet,but it looks better.

  42. jm watches says:

    Very close to ideal. Only blind spots, price & Chevy Cruze looks make you want to 'tap the brakes.' Great review!

  43. Raoul Berret says:

    Why not use the ICE exclusively as a Gen Set to recharge the battery strategically.?! This would save on the weight and headache of the power train part of the 'conventional' car. I have not run numbers on this, others must have thought of this before, as it is not ground breaking stuff. Ferdinand Porsche by the end of WWII (under very difficult vonditions to say the least) had a similar idea (use the ICE exclusively to generate electricity and replenish the battery packs) for a German Panzer Desing [a prototype was even tested], but battery technology (control systems mostly) at the time was far more rudimentary than today's and his Design was quietly put aside.

  44. The J Pinder says:

    socks with boat shoes?

  45. Radu Antoniu says:

    So well done!

  46. *Matthew Noneya* says:

    Why don't they put Tesla parking spaces in the near back of the parking lot, as they can drive themselves, and why doesn't Tesla automatically connect and charger when in a charging station?

  47. Emma Peeters says:

    Edition name dog average low cold equipment.

  48. EternalDestiny48 says:

    Simply the clearest and best review of the Chevy Volt and I have seen quite a bit of them! Thank you very much

  49. Brandon Tobias says:

    you should try and review the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid and electric cars

  50. Aoshi.S2 says:

    He need to review an Tesla…

  51. Anteneh Tesfaye says:

    are you a journalist , is this a commercial or a review ?

  52. Mayra De Alba says:

    Have you done a video on the Toyota Prius?? If not, can you do one???

  53. Xalataf says:

    Mr.(auto)Mobile

  54. harsh panchal says:

    He reviews smartphones usually but I can certainly tell you that he is better than most of the car reviewers as well

  55. JustAnotherPerson says:

    Very great review, thank you. I'm very curious and haven't read or seen data on the say 40mph-70mph or 50mph-70mph pull for real-world merging capability.

  56. Sam Saltymann says:

    Whoa I didn’t realize how bad that middle back “seat” is haha. That doesn’t matter much for most people, though. the volt to me still seems like the best value of the electric options, even with the newer bolt and model 3 out now. Maybe the new leaf will change that opinion—I’ll have to see some more reviews for that

  57. farfetch7 says:

    What’s the total mileage on a tank of gas and full battery for this car?

  58. John Trussell says:

    My 2017 Volt just started with the central Infotainment screen rebooting….no idea how to fix it.

  59. Jay Cee says:

    This car isn't bad at all.

  60. Dennis Harold says:

    If you like to make your own energy you should go to Avasva

  61. David Cassel says:

    Arlo is that you? Your voice is so damn familiar

  62. Bryan Murphy says:

    As a proud Volt owner I do have to say that your review is the best I've seen yet. I wish I saw your review before I purchased because I probably would have chose a Premiere instead of the LT but even at that my vehicle is well equipped.

  63. Timothy L says:

    Too bad it's a chevy, and unreliable as sin

  64. Richard Burguillos says:

    Great review, but what happens after the 8 year 100,000 mile battery warranty runs out and the battery needs replacing. How much will that cost? I hear a full replacement cost as much as the base model car… so much for saving all that money on gas… of course they claim they’ll repair it for probably less… if I use it for commuting I’ll run out of miles before 8 years as I’ll drive it for more than my 48 mile a day round trip commute. With luck and care it will probably last longer. If the batteries are worth that much I would hope an accident never damages the batteries or the insurance will total the car. Ahhhh and I still want one… I’ve got to research this battery thing…

  65. Justin says:

    We are considering purchasing a 2017 Volt CPO from my grandpa's dealership as a replacement for our Honda Insight. The Volt is worlds better than our 09 Insight so I hope we do in fact trade it in. Nice video!

  66. MavHunter20XX says:

    I'd get a used Civic. Cheaper and more reliable in its lifetime.

  67. Smooth Rider says:

    Im offended you called it a plug-in hybrid! (EREV- please!)😀

  68. Wissam Paulus says:

    Hey Mr Mobile, how are you going to charge your Tesla car, since you are living in an apartment?😂

  69. Richard Alexander says:

    Still loving my 2017 after a year and 14,000 miles. I've had no problem beating all the advertised range and mileage figures.

  70. RedRider1600 says:

    How long does it take to charge the batteries using the engine?

  71. mustard roshi says:

    who is here bc of linus tech tips

  72. herranton1979 says:

    How are you going to charge the Model 3 if you live in an apartment?

  73. Umer Salman says:

    I dont understand, how are your videos so good, always?
    I mean come on. make one crappy video once in a while. jk. Love this channel <3
    stay mobile!

  74. John Blossom says:

    Very well done review.

  75. Xavier Ramirez says:

    i live in apartments and i charge my volt. i run an extension cord to it. and all is well. i love my volt. love it!! and i dont know why more people have one.

  76. Hector Amador says:

    Nice shot with the 🦅flying over the🚗

  77. George Shonia says:

    This is not a electric car..

  78. Derick zhou says:

    I come and look at it today, and run away from it, because it can't site 5 people.

  79. pligomenos picramenos says:

    Excellent video….

  80. Jackson Bangs says:

    Does the new Volt turn on the gas engine to circulate the gas if you always plug in?

  81. Ariel Khavasov says:

    Well… R.I.P Volt

  82. Pilot Diaries says:

    excellent review

  83. Ariel Khavasov says:

    Try out the BMW i3

  84. cheeriomartinez says:

    My daily commute is around 70 miles. (There and back) so by the time I'd be close to home id be in gas mode.

  85. Abel Martinez says:

    Thanks for the video, cool it helps 👍🏼✌🏼

  86. Johny40Se7en says:

    Quite a nice looking car, especially in that blue. Interesting setup, it's very similar to the BMW i3 range extender.
    Good review

    "The Past is Always Present" – Meteor

  87. romanl1977 says:

    Everyting about this guy, I love. Go Volt!

  88. The Darkness, It Consumes Me says:

    Nice vehicle, unfortunately it's not available where I am

  89. Mike Dunn says:

    Sadly,GM has axed the Volt.

  90. muadhnate says:

    People need to review base models only. I’m tired of these premium reviews.

  91. Joe Mauer says:

    Peeps obviously love your reviews. I love this one. I just bought the car that you're driving here. Giants Blue, but LT instead of Premier. I am old school, and know how to park, stay in my lane, and not cut anyone off, on my own. But others do not. So it's all good. I am trading in my 2014 Volt for a 2017. I have not had a car that was more fun than this to own in 40+ years of driving. The car looks great, and is a lot of fun to drive. It's American made. Great for the environment, and oh yes, it saves me a ton of money. I'm sad that this is the last year Chevy's making them, but I plan to upgrade to other used Volts before they are all gone. Hoping they come out with something more like this than the Bolt. Think Corvette styling rather than stubby, boxy, go for volume, half car looking things. But thanks for the technology, and the smooth and quiet ride.

  92. Patrick Flohe says:

    The whole point of the extra (5th) seat, IS FOR KIDS.
    I love the regen paddle switch and like it better than selecting low.
    The blindspot warning system in the side mirrors, is awesome, and love most everything about this car.

  93. Patrick Flohe says:

    Wrong answer, about charging slow. My Volt charges in 2.2 hours.
    240 volts, 32 amps.

  94. johnny mars says:

    Well done and thoughtful video, Mr. Fisher. Much lower maintenance on a PHEV, and the battery and electric powertrain are covered for 8 years and 100,000 miles. Perfect commuter/around town car with no range anxiety!

  95. Kent Johnson says:

    This makes no economic sense. I ran the figures compared to a new Ford Fiesta. After 8 years you will have spent over $21000 to save $4000 on gas, figuring gas at $2.59, electricity at .116, 10000 miles per year, amortized $17000 over 8 years at 5.5% interest. plus the battery is very expensive to replace. I doubt it will go 8 years and even if it did, it would be hard to sell if it had never been replaced. In California or any state with high electric rates it makes even less sense.

  96. Mistro Tech says:

    Did anyone realise that he passed a volt at 8:36?

  97. Triparadox Clifford says:

    The only thing I'm skeptical about this car is about its reliability. It's widely known for Chevy vehicles to break down so often, let alone a high tech PHEV. I honestly can't believe that it's going to be as reliable as Prius PHEV, although the 50+ miles rated EV only mode is sure a selling point.

  98. Phillip Nunya says:

    I wish Honda or Toyata made this car. I don't trust a GM car with an engine and transmission. (Discovers Prius Prime four minutes after making this comment.)

  99. Donna Glover says:

    these cars are so new no one has had problems with it. But how about when they get up to 100K miles. I like to take my cars up to 250K miles and this car is discontinued now so cant get any new one. So what reveiws are there for these cars around 100K – 150K miles?

  100. Adam Hamel says:

    Thanks for explaining this accurately!

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