Sparky wrote:What year is that BEV? What were your thoughts on the Bolt, if you looked at it? Oops, just saw the bottom of the post, it’s a 2014.
I've been trying to test drive a Bolt for a while (slowly trickling into Michigan) and was finally able to drive one recently. I only had about 15 minutes to check it out because I had to drive a ways to the dealer during my lunch hour.
First impression, unimpressed. The instrument panel seems too busy, clustered with information at first glance. Seemed a little cramped in front and interior wasn't anything special. I was really disappointed at the fact that whenever I tried to test out the quick acceleration, the front wheels would spin and no traction control would kick in. I found it difficult to truly test the acceleration because of this. Of course the sales girl couldn't offer any advice about turning on traction control (I found myself schooling her more than her helping me), but it seems like it would be turned on by default. Also turning a sharp corner with acceleration made the front end want to slide, a similar experience I had when I test drove a Leaf.
I'm going to check out another Bolt as soon as one is available in my area and when I can spend more time with it, but I seriously doubt I'll be impressed with it after driving an i3 for 2 years.