-- The walls of the center console rise much higher than on my Leaf. That means the boney portion of my leg near the knee rests against the wall. Not as comfortable. On the 1st-gen Leaf the fleshy portion of my lower leg rests on the center console.
-- I would rather have the digital MPH readout my my Leaf over the analog dial. Much easier and quicker to see the speed.
-- I'm 6'1" and felt like I had a bit more leg room than in my Leaf. The Chevy Bolt has a crazy amount of leg room for the driver. With the seat all the way back in a Bolt it was almost too far for me.
-- The interior feels a grade above the Bolt. The 18 Leaf seat was comfy like my Leaf, in contrast to the Bolt, seats which I could conceivably call a dealbreaker for the Bolt.
I really worry about the first point. I simply can't stand vehicles that insist on having a large center console! Prius did the same thing and is what kept us from upgrading to a newer one several years back. In our '07 my right knee has plenty of room, when we drove a '12?? Prius it sounds like the newer Leaf, very cramped and my knee was aching just sitting in it, very disappointing
Agree about the analog MPH, I've had digital since our '07 Prius and wouldn't want to go back. I understand you might be able to display it as digital but as someone later pointed out, it sounds like you can't in all circumstances, analog is DEAD! RIP analog.
Agree about the leg room in the Bolt(and Volt for that matter) the only two cars where I've not just moved the seat all the way back and either been happy or wished it went back more. I'm generally fine with leg room, as I am with the seat all the way back on my current Leafs but I simply can't stand my legs being cramped and especially a large center console!
I also wasn't to happy with the Bolt interior but could have lived with it, what I couldn't live with is the hard skinny "sporty"
seats! a deal breaker for me for sure. And no I'm not going to order a new car and mess with replacing or bolstering the foam. I did that decades ago with some $500 used cars but wouldn't do it with a new car, design it right(for me anyway) or else I'll wait for something else that is.
Thanks for your review, sounds like we have similar wants and expectations.