ILETRIC wrote:Here is the worst part: you cant's sit and drive in the driver's seat. There is NO PLACE to put your right knee. It is squeezed by the very intruding, and might I say unnecessary center console wall you cannot negotiate. My 5 min drive was a true torture, rubbing against it and some sort of protrusion running along the top of it like a sick cherry on a bad pie.
I had an extensive test drive of a 2018 Leaf S Friday. The center console was not an issue for me. It did not even know this could be a problem for some until I just read your post. For reference, I'm 6'1".
I've also read many people complaining about the driving wheel not being telescoping. I could adapt to the driving position without issue.
ILETRIC wrote:The display with the analog speed dial looks like they're not finished with it, it's just temporary, and we'll get it done maybe next year. I could hardly tell -- or see -- what speed I was traveling. It was unbelievable. Granted, I did not play with possible other configs, it there are any, or illumination. It looks real bad, period. Very bad. The Leaf 1 was much refined as compared to this bungled, perhaps thought as "retro" display,
Agreed, it's a step backward.
ILETRIC wrote:Rear seats fit 5"4' person. At 5"11' you're hitting the ceiling, like Model S. Rear, in fact the entire car feels cramped, definitely more cramped than Leaf 1. I cannot envision the 5th person in the rear, other than a small child.
I could sit in the rear with my head slightly inclined. It would work for small trips but not for long ones. What surprised me is that there's almost no space to put your feet under the front seat. It's better on the passenger side but on the driver side, yikes!
Agreed that this is a four person car. There's no headrest in the middle. Having been rear ended twice in the last two years, I can say that headrests are essential. The Bolt also does not have a middle headrest.
The rear passenger area of the Bolt has more space but the trunk is smaller. So what do you value more? Trunk or rear passenger?
ILETRIC wrote:The steering is mushy, mushier than Leaf 1. Certainly no comparison the just about anything on the market today. It felt like a 50's Detroit car. Adding to the list the 150 mile range, I realized that Bolt in comparison is MUCH MORE REFINED vehicle, with 80 extra more miles, super-responsive steering, cool display, but overtightened suspension (for my taste).
I borrowed a 2017 Bolt from work to drive to the Nissan dealership, so I was able to compare them fairly closely. I'm not an aggressive driver. I found both cars to be fine to drive.
The Leaf is quieter. The Bolt has a middle to high pitch whine when it accelerates at low speed. The Leaf does not have that.
ILETRIC wrote:I must report that GM's Mary Barra listened and fixed the Bolt front seats, as I expected she would. No more Bolt seat issues, folks!
I'm really surprised by this. I tried three Bolts in the last month and all we very uncomfortable to sit in. The seats are too narrow and have tall bolsters. If you have a wide pelvis, it's not good.
I was hoping that the 2018 models would be better but two Chevy dealers told me the seats were the same, so I did not try an '18.
Can you provide more details? Trim, year, etc?