First Drive: The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a Simple, Accessible EV

This new SUV-inspired version adds appeal and available Super Cruise active driving assistance system

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV driving
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The market for electric vehicles has blossomed since the original Chevrolet Bolt was released in 2017. Most automotive brands are now selling EVs, so to challenge its competition, Chevrolet has updated the Bolt and created a new version that’s branded as an EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle).

This new member of the Bolt family is built on a modified version of the existing Bolt’s platform, and while it’s not quite a breakthrough product of the original, and its SUV attributes are truly skin deep, it expands Chevrolet’s EV offering.

The Bolt EUV uses the same 200-hp motor powering the front wheels that helped make the original Bolt feel quick and enjoyable to drive. However, the battery carries over as well. The extra size and mass of the EUV sacrifices 12 miles of EPA estimated electric driving range, for a total of 247 miles, compared with 259 miles for the regular redesigned Bolt.

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That said, the EUV offers unique styling, expanded rear passenger room, a sprightly powertrain, and everyday usability with notable comfort and interior control improvements for $2,000 more than the regular 2022 Bolt.

Available options include parent company General Motors’ Super Cruise active driving assistance system, which can automatically brake and steer on divided highways while the driver’s hands are off the wheel. This system uses a combination of detailed map data, GPS, cameras, and radar sensors to help ensure that it is only used on roads where it is safe to do so. Additionally, the system includes an in-vehicle camera that monitors drivers to ensure they’re paying attention when Super Cruise is engaged.

Our first drive findings are based on the 2022 Bolt EUV Premier we purchased for our test program.

If you’re a Consumer Reports member, our initial expert assessment of the Bolt EUV is available to you below. Once we complete 2,000 break-in miles, we’ll put the Bolt EUV we purchased through more than 50 tests at the CR Auto Test Center, including those that evaluate acceleration, braking, handling, car-seat fit, and controls. CR members will have access to the full road-test results as soon as they’re available.

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What we bought: 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier Launch Edition
Powertrain: 200-hp electric motor; 1-speed direct drive; front-wheel drive
MSRP: $37,500
Options: Launch Edition package, $5,000; tire inflator kit, $95
Total options: $5,095
Destination fee: $995
Total cost: $43,590

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV rear and Bolt front
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV rear and Bolt front.
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