2019 Chevrolet Bolt vs. 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 e-Golf doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Bolt Premier has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The e-Golf only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Bolt and the e-Golf 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 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 e-Golf has not been tested, yet.


The Bolt comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Chevrolet will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the e-Golf.

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. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the e-Golf.

There are almost 5 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Bolt’s warranty.


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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 19th.


The Bolt’s electric motor produces 66 more horsepower (200 vs. 134) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 214) than the e-Golf’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Bolt gets better fuel mileage than the e-Golf (128 city/110 hwy vs. 126 city/111 hwy MPGe).

The Bolt’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 238 miles on a full charge, almost twice as far as the e-Golf’s 125-mile range.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Bolt has larger tires than the e-Golf (215/50R17 vs. 205/55R16).

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 e-Golf’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Bolt has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the e-Golf.

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 e-Golf 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 e-Golf doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.


The Bolt is 4.1 inches shorter than the e-Golf, making the Bolt easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Bolt has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and .9 inches more rear legroom than the e-Golf.

Cargo Capacity

The Bolt has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the e-Golf with its rear seat folded (56.6 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).


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 e-Golf only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Bolt has standard extendable sun visors. The e-Golf doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Bolt and the e-Golf 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 e-Golf.

On extremely cold winter days, the Bolt’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Bolt’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The e-Golf’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.


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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Bolt first among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The e-Golf isn’t in the top three.

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

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