I drove one of the cheapest electric SUVs on the market. There are 4 reasons why the Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a good buy, but 3 ways that fall short.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.Tim Levine / Inside

  • The Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV is a great electric SUV for commuters and small families.

  • It offers good range, low price and super cruise, allowing hands-free highway driving.

  • But the Bolt EUV can’t charge as fast as the competition and doesn’t have all-wheel drive.

battery fires General Motors was forced to suspend its latest electric car for several months. But now the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV has arrived.

The Bolt EUV, a slightly larger version of the Chevy Bolt EV hatchback, is an excellent choice for those looking for an affordable compact electric SUV. But the Bolt EUV has some drawbacks that can be a deal breaker for some.

Pro: Affordable cost

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.Tim Levine / Inside

The $33,500 Bolt EUV ($34,495 with destination fee) is among the cheapest electric vehicles you can buy today, and it’s especially welcome as Inflation drives up electric car prices through the roof.

It will be even more attractive starting later this year. 2023 Bolt EUV is Get a big price reductionAnd lowered the retail price to $28,195 with fees.

The Bolt EUV Chevrolet lent me a bunch of extra options and it came out to $43,190, including the destination fee.

Available Pro: Super Cruise works like a charm

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.Tim Levine / Inside

The Bolt EUV is the first non-Cadillac car to get a Super Cruise, General Motors A great feature for hands-free driving assistance. The Super Cruise performed great in my experience, following lane lines and maintaining a defined gap to the vehicle in front of you for extended periods without any human intervention.

It’s by no means perfect, but it may reduce driving fatigue if you decide to take the Bolt EUV on a long, monotonous ride.

Pro: Comfortable and fun to drive unexpectedly

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.Tim Levine / Inside

On the road, the EUV doesn’t feel like a typical economy car. It accelerates smoothly, absorbs bumps on the road, and runs smoothly. Although it’s not a fast Tesla, its 200-horsepower engine and ample torque allow you to get away from a stoplight or make a fast lane on the highway.

Pro: Solid group

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.Tim Levine / Inside

The Bolt EUV can travel 247 miles on a full battery, and Environmental Protection Agency estimates. That’s 12 miles less than the Bolt EV hatchback, but it’s still competitive with competitors like Kia Niro EV (239 miles), and Volkswagen ID.4 (260 miles), and the Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles).

All of these models have higher sticker prices.

Con: Not as cool looking as other electric vehicles

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.Tim Levine / Inside

The Bolt EUV looks good. It is smooth. But it blends in pretty well with the new gas-powered SUVs on the road. If you are looking for something brighter, consider Hyundai Ioniq 5And the Kia EV6or Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Con: Don’t charge all this fast

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.Tim Levine / Inside

Chevrolet says the Bolt EUV can fast-charge DC at 55 kilowatts, allowing it to add approximately 95 miles of range in 30 minutes. Most electric cars can Much faster shippingAt a rate of 100 kilowatts or more.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 can use 350 kW chargers, allowing it to recover 200 miles of range in about 18 minutes.

Big boon on the charging front: You will pay Chevrolet For Bolt EUV customers to install a Level 2 charger at home, which delivers more power than a normal household outlet.

Con: lacks “utility”

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt 2022 EUV.Tim Levine / Inside

Despite the added “U” in its name, the Bolt EUV doesn’t offer many additional advantages over its hatchback sibling, the Bolt EV. The EUV is 6.3 inches longer than the EV and provides additional legroom for rear seat passengers, making it more practical.

But it doesn’t have all-wheel drive, and its charging area is, oddly enough, less spacious than a Bolt EV.

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