2019 Chevrolet Bolt vs. 2019 Hyundai Nexo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Bolt are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Nexo doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Bolt and the Nexo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Bolt the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Nexo has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Bolt. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Nexo.

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Bolt’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Bolt third among small cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Nexo isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The Bolt’s electric motor produces 39 more horsepower (200 vs. 161) than the Nexo’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Bolt gets better fuel mileage than the Nexo (128 city/110 hwy vs. 65 city/58 hwy MPGe).

Tires and Wheels

The Bolt’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Nexo’s standard 60 series tires.

The Bolt has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Nexo doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires standard on the Bolt can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The Nexo doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Bolt’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Nexo’s (35.4 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Bolt may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 550 pounds less than the Hyundai Nexo.

The Bolt is 1 foot, 7.9 inches shorter than the Nexo, making the Bolt easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Bolt has .3 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more front legroom than the Nexo.

Ergonomics

The Bolt’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Nexo’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Bolt has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Nexo only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Both the Bolt and the Nexo offer available heated front seats. The Bolt Premier also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Nexo.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® chose the Chevrolet Bolt as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Bolt was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2017. The Nexo has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Bolt was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2017. The Nexo has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Bolt as the 2017 North American Car of the Year. The Nexo has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Bolt outsold the Hyundai Nexo by over 2252 to one during 2018.

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