groingo wrote:I managed to get a Bolt for part of a day and found it to very confined inside compared to my Leaf....from the narrow seats.....in fact the interior was cramped compared to the Leaf and I am only 5'7.
Power and acceleration and hill climbing were much better than the Leaf mainly because the Bolt has a much bigger motor.
Cornering in the Bolt was good but not as good as the Leaf which feels much more planted.
Exterior fit and finish of the Bolt was sloppy with mis aligned doors, hood and non uniform gaps all around.
The Bolt is quite small....only ten inches longer than my 98 Geo Metro 2 door.
Visibility is pretty much the same with A pillars and side pillars taking some getting used too as they block a lot of visibility.
Would I consider a Bolt....in a word no, as I think Nissan is much more serious about electric than GM.
I'm 5'10", medium build, and I don't find the Bolt cramped at all. In fact, to me, it feels more roomy than the Leaf did. It is 11 inches shorter, but it basically feels like the same size car, with more interior space because it's taller.
Regarding the "narrow seats", it's the cushions on the sides that people complain about, I think. I've read people saying that they dig into the sides of their butt. The thing is, the distance between those cushions is set up such that it gets wider towards the front of the seat, and narrower towards the back, so I would guess that the intention was to accommodate different butt sizes based on how far forward (or away from the backrest) you sit, and that makes sense to me. If I sit very upright, and force my lower back right up against the backrest, I can sort of feel the side cushions a bit more, like people say. If I assume a more relaxed posture, with my lower back further from the backrest, the seat feels much wider, and, in fact, those side cushions fit so perfectly that they form almost a custom seat. For people who can't find the right seating position for comfort, I would assume that simply inserting a lower back pillow would solve the "narrow seat" issue by moving them forward a bit.
Regarding fit, finish, and trim, I took some EV owners from work for a ride, and the general comments were that it was pretty nice. They liked the trim.
As for bells and whistles, having Apple Carplay is pretty nice. It interfaces with Music and Maps pretty easily, and even displays some of my notifications, like "hey, you have a 10am meeting". It's nice being able to be completely hands free.