2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Review

Christian Wardlaw, Independent Expert | Mar 01, 2021

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When Chevrolet introduced the first Bolt EV for the 2017 model year, it represented an inflection point in the automotive industry's ongoing transformation to electrification. It wasn't the first small electric car, but by offering well over 200 miles of driving range, it was the first one to address a phenomenon called range anxiety. By providing five times more range than a typical person requires in a given day, the original Bolt made electric vehicle ownership viable to a broader group of people.

Now, for the 2022 model year, there are two versions of the Chevrolet Bolt. The 2022 Bolt EV is an updated evolution of the original, a small 5-door hatchback providing 259 miles of range. The 2022 Bolt EUV is the new small 5-door crossover SUV with 250 miles of range and a stretched wheelbase to add more rear-seat passenger room.

This review is about the new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. It comes in LT, Premier, and Launch Edition trim levels and shares its interior with the smaller Bolt EV. This year, Chevrolet improves the materials, redesigns the dashboard and center console, installs a new infotainment system, and upgrades the seats.

Both Bolts have new styling, and while the two vehicles look similar, the Bolt EUV shares none of its exterior sheet metal with the Bolt EV. It sits on a stretched version of the original Bolt's platform, and because Chevrolet is positioning this as an electric crossover SUV, the Bolt EUV has a taller hood and more rugged-looking visual details. But it does not offer all-wheel drive.

What Owners Say About the Chevrolet Bolt - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier Bright Blue Front Quarter View

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J.D. Power collected the following data from verified owners of the 2020 Bolt EV for the J.D Power 2020 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. Because the Bolt EUV is so similar and also includes the updates to both models, it may prove instructive.

According to the data, 78% of Chevrolet Bolt EV owners are male (vs. 53% for the small car segment), and the median age of a Bolt EV owner is 55 years (vs. 51).

Owners say their favorite things about the Chevrolet Bolt EV are (in descending order) the:

  • Powertrain
  • Efficiency
  • Feeling of safety
  • Getting in and out
  • Driving feel

Owners indicate their least favorite things about the Chevrolet Bolt EV are (in descending order) the: 

  • Setting up and starting
  • Exterior styling
  • Infotainment system
  • Interior design
  • Driving comfort

In the J.D. Power 2020 APEAL Study, the Bolt ranked number six out of nine small cars. J.D. Power does not break electric vehicles out from their size segments.

What Our Independent Expert Says About the Chevrolet Bolt EUV - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

In the sections that follow, our independent expert provides an analysis of a pre-production 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier equipped with the following options:

  • Bright Blue Metallic paint ($395)
  • Sun and Sound Package
  • Super Cruise Package 

The price of the test vehicle came to $43,585, including the destination charge.

Getting In and Getting Comfortable

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier Back Seat Leg Room

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Sitting high off of the ground, the Bolt EUV is easy to enter and exit. The longer wheelbase and three extra inches of back-seat legroom are especially helpful when loading passengers, and the Bolt EUV easily accommodates adults and children riding in rear-facing child-safety seats. However, the rear headroom remains tight, and there still isn't any space for feet under the front seats.

Up front, the improved seating is acceptably comfortable. The Bolt EUV Premier test vehicle had perforated leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. There are no air conditioning vents for rear-seat passengers.

From the driver's seat, the Bolt EUV feels wider than the original Bolt EV, no doubt thanks to the new dashboard and center console designs. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is pleasing to hold, and the cabin is soft in the places where you're most likely to rest your elbows. The test car had the panoramic sunroof option, about double the size of a standard sunroof. It does not extend over the rear passengers.

New transmission controls replace the fussy shifter previously used in the Bolt EV. Every Bolt EUV includes a high-definition reversing camera. Premier trim adds surround-view camera angles and a rear camera mirror that projects a video feed of what's behind the vehicle onto the rearview mirror.

Storage space is improved compared to the previous Bolt EV. A large floor tray resides under the center console, and Chevy locates a deep bin under the center armrest. A small tray next to the transmission controls holds the key fob, and forward of this area, a standard smartphone charging tray is tucked under the dashboard.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Infotainment System Review

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier Interior Dashboard

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Though the Bolt EUV is a high-tech vehicle, it offers an intuitive user experience. Using the 8-inch digital driver information display and the 10.2-inch infotainment screen, you can easily navigate between different menus and program selections for a range of features.

Chevrolet equips every Bolt EUV with a comprehensive infotainment system. In addition to its 10.2-inch touchscreen and standard wireless smartphone charging, highlights of the technology include:

  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Chevrolet Connected Services, including a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • New in-vehicle apps including an Alexa digital assistant, access to Spotify, and reports from The Weather Channel

Choose the optional Sun and Sound Package, and the Bolt EUV Premier comes with a Bose premium sound system and an embedded connected navigation system.

The test vehicle had all of these features, and the technology is excellent. Fast response to input, crisp graphics, and an intuitive user interface complete with volume and tuning knobs and a Home button combine to deliver a satisfying user experience. 

Additionally, it is quick and easy to pair to the system's Bluetooth connection, using the wireless Apple CarPlay connection to stream music is easy, and the voice recognition system is terrific. The Bolt EUV's infotainment system also offers several data panels related to the electric drivetrain, communicating information from energy use and charge status to power flow and efficiency history.

What It's Like to Drive the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Electric Motor

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Chevrolet uses the existing electric drivetrain from the Bolt EV in the new Bolt EUV. This model does not have the new General Motors Ultium Drive electric vehicle platform, batteries, and motors. 

Therefore, you get a 150-kilowatt (kW) permanent magnetic electric motor, a liquid-cooled 65 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery, Normal and Sport driving modes, and front-wheel drive. The Bolt EUV delivers 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of sweet electric-motor torque and offers an estimated driving range of 250 miles on a full battery charge.

A dual-level charging cord is standard, providing Level 1 and Level 2 charging compatibility at no extra cost. If you buy or lease the Bolt EUV, Chevrolet will pay the installation cost for a 7.2 kW Level 2 charging outlet at your house, eliminating the need to buy a home charging station. The Bolt EUV is compatible with 11 kW chargers, but you'll need to pay for the equipment if you want to use it at home.

Chevrolet says the Bolt EUV will recharge at the rate of four miles for every hour of charging if you use a standard Level 1 household outlet. Use a Level 2 outlet or charging station, and the vehicle recharges overnight in about seven hours. While an estimated 90% of electric vehicle owners charge at home, there are times when you're on the road and need some juice. Connect the Bolt EUV to a DC fast charger, and Chevy claims the battery adds 95 miles of range in 30 minutes.

There are several ways to preserve battery charge while you're driving. In addition to the standard regenerative braking system, the Bolt EUV features a Regen on Demand paddle on the steering wheel. Pull it towards you while coasting or braking, and you can recoup some additional energy and feed it back to the battery.

Better yet is the one-pedal driving function. Push the feature's button on the center console, and you can drive the Bolt EUV by merely pushing on and releasing the accelerator pedal. When you release the pedal with one-pedal driving active, friction in the drivetrain automatically and dramatically slows the vehicle down to a complete stop.

Chevrolet put us behind the Bolt EUV's wheel on a busy Friday afternoon in Los Angeles, driving a mix of city, freeway, and winding mountain roads. As expected, the electric motor provides plenty of smooth and seamless thrust, perfect for taking advantage of holes in the thickening traffic. The Bolt EUV is downright quick when you need it to be, though some torque steer is evident when you press hard on the accelerator pedal.

Like the Bolt EV, the Bolt EUV employs a simple MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension. It sits on 17-inch wheels wrapped in modest P215/50 17-inch wheels with 215/50 Michelin Energy Saver all-season tires. 

In town, the Bolt EUV feels firm, and the low center of gravity (due to the substantial battery weight nestled into the platform) gives the vehicle a lively cornering attitude. Light steering effort makes the car maneuverable for parking and navigating tight alleys and environments. As speeds climb, especially on surfaces with whoops and dips, the Bolt EUV can feel a little bouncy and skittish. The steering feels a bit rubbery, too, like it wants to return to center even if you're still rounding a curve.

Once you engage and master the one-pedal driving system, you won't use the brake pedal much. When you do, it will most likely be when unforeseen circumstances require harder braking. And in those situations, the pedal can be difficult to modulate smoothly.

Based on our afternoon of driving, the new Bolt EUV is perfectly suited to the role of an urban commuter. And that's especially true when you option it with the available Super Cruise Level 2+ advanced driving assistance system (ADAS).

Chevrolet Bolt EUV Super Cruise Review

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Super Cruise on Freeway

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GM introduced its Super Cruise technology several years ago on the now dearly departed Cadillac CT6 sedan. That original version of Super Cruise is an option for the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier, bundled with an enhanced automatic emergency braking system that works at higher speeds than the vehicle's standard technology.

The Bolt is the first Chevrolet to offer Super Cruise, and this opportunity was my first experience using it. Besides reviewing the instructions about using the technology, which is only available on specific limited-access highways in the U.S. and Canada, I was a newbie.

Naturally, rather than enjoy my first Super Cruising experience on a wide-open Interstate in Texas, the venue was the notorious five-lane 405 freeway running through west L.A. On a Friday. In the afternoon. It proved quite the test of the technology, and it performed almost flawlessly.

Know that Super Cruise is easy to use once you understand what the system's different visual cues and icons mean. And when it activates, you can definitely sense that the car has taken control of the driving. 

During this experience, traffic speeds varied from a standstill to 65 mph, but Super Cruise took it all in stride. It can waver more from the center of the lane at lower speeds, especially if there is a slight bank to a curve. On a couple of occasions when other motorists cut into the gap ahead, Super Cruise was late to recognize the presence of a closer vehicle, which required my intervention. But having now used it to cover the 10 miles of distance between Culver City and Sherman Oaks, I'm a believer.

However, you should know that when you add this option to the Bolt EUV, you only get three free years of Super Cruise use. After that, you'll need to pay a subscription for a connected services plan for the technology to remain operational.

As far as other ADAS are concerned, every 2022 Bolt EUV includes standard Chevy Safety Assist. This technology collection includes: 

  • Forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Following distance indicator 

Blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera are standard with Premier trim.

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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier Cargo Space

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How much cargo space does the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV have?

Chevrolet stretched the Bolt EV's wheelbase to create the Bolt EUV, but the extra space went to the back seat. In fact, cargo space is slightly smaller than in the Bolt EV. It measures 16.3 cubic feet behind the rear seat (vs. 16.6 cu.-ft.) and 56.9 cu.-ft. with the rear seat folded down (vs. 57 cu.-ft.).

What is the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV driving range?

Chevrolet estimates the Bolt EUV will deliver about 250 miles of driving on a fully charged battery. During our test-drive, using one-pedal driving for half of the journey, we traveled 58.8 miles, and the range display dropped by 52 miles. The trip computer said we used one kilowatt-hour of electricity for every four miles driven.

Is the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV safe?

The answer to this question is unavailable. As this review was published, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had performed crash tests on the 2022 Bolt EUV.

How much is the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV?

Chevrolet offers the 2022 Bolt EUV in LT, Premier, and Launch Edition trim levels. Prices range between $33,995 and $43,495, including the destination charge. Note that the Bolt EUV is ineligible for a $7,500 federal income tax credit because General Motors has exceeded the cap on the number of EV sales allowed under the program.

What are the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV competitors?

The list of direct Bolt EUV competitors is a short one. It includes the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Niro EV, and both remain eligible for the $7,500 federal income tax credit. A couple of higher-priced EVs also compete with the Bolt EUV after buyers apply for the income tax credit. They include the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4. And more are on the way, including the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Independent Expert Opinion - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier Silver Rear Quarter View

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Review what Bolt EV owners like least about their vehicles – exterior styling, interior design, comfort, and the infotainment system – and it's clear Chevrolet addresses these concerns with the refreshed 2022 Bolt EV and the new 2022 Bolt EUV. 

The automaker also dropped the Bolt family's price by thousands of dollars. One reason is that this Chevy-badged EV is, by design, an entry-level vehicle. The other reason is that serious competition is arriving, and that competition is still eligible for the maximum federal income tax credit. 

Chevrolet says the new 2022 Bolts will go on sale in the summer of 2021. Whether or not they prove competitive on a rapidly changing electric vehicle landscape remains to be seen.

Christian Wardlaw is a veteran digital automotive journalist with over 25 years of experience in test-driving vehicles. In addition to JDPower.com, his work has appeared in numerous new- and used-car buying guides, newspapers, and automotive industry trade journals.

The opinions expressed in this review are the author’s own, not J.D. Power’s.

No portion of these reviews may be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, or used for a derivative work without J.D. Power’s written permission. © 2022 J.D. Power

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