LeftieBiker wrote:I strongly suggest that if you haven't test driven a Bolt yet, that you do so before proceeding any further. It's a different enough driving experience from the Leaf that it may settle the matter for you one way or the other. You should also test drive a Leaf "Too."
Prior to Saturday, I'd test driven the Bolt at least twice but I wasn't in the market back then. I did two more on Saturday, including highway driving in one. Seats were ok to me. Interior quality isn't great, but I knew that. I'd ridden in the back of one (Lyft or Uber) for ~1 hour coming back from a work event.
Acceleration is great. I didn't have time to play around w/the UI too much but I'm not too concerned. The backup camera picture quality is terrible though. I don't think Surround Vision has the neat view of the right side of the car (to see how close you are to the curb). It also may be inconvenient (more steps) to turn on Surround Vision when in drive/going forward.
Some weird deficiencies: it seems the Bolt has is that it doesn't have a % SoC display, just 20 (?) bars on the left and a 3 value GOM. Also, there's apparently no battery temp display at all. At least I saw it at power down (on the big screen) say how many kWh were used and distanced traveled. And, there's screen at http://www.wind-works.org/cms/index.php ... 03b311291f
(see last pic).
I've test driven the '18 Leaf prior to when it went on sale in the US for about 35-40 minutes, when they brought one to you.
There are '17 2 Bolts for rent on Turo in my area, but it's a bit inconvenient and I'd need to bring it back charged to at least 80% (might be a problem if the car has no DC FC inlet). Unfortunately, '18 is when GM supposedly improved the seats. Also, I'd want to do the handovers in the daytime. A co-worker rented a Model 3 (before buying one) but the owner later tried to claim all this damage that my coworker denied. Eventually, after all the hassle, Turo ruled in favor on my co-worker.