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Chevy Bolt & Bolt EUV: Top Alternatives for 2021/22

Chevy Bolt Alternatives

Chevy Bolt Alternatives

The Chevy Bolt five-door hatchback and Bolt EUV (electric utility vehicle) are two of the best affordable battery-electric vehicles by nearly any measure.

However, they are both currently off the market due to a recall involving a manufacturing defect in their battery packs that can cause fires.

For those shoppers looking for an affordable compact green vehicle, we offer this list of alternatives.

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Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV Weaknesses

The Takeaway: The Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV are two of the best affordable battery-electric vehicles one can own. However, they are presently off the market.

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The Bolt is a small five-door car, and the Bolt EUV is a slightly larger vehicle with expanded space in the rear seating area. Both have similar cargo specifications, but in practical use, the owner will find that the Bolt EUV offers more depth for cargo. Each has a range of about 250 miles. Based on our testing, the Bolt line offers the best infotainment package in the segment. The Bolt EUV also offers the best assisted driving technology. Called Super Cruise, it allows for hands-free highway operation. Finally, the Bolt has earned a long record of high scores for reliability based on Consumer Reports surveys.

It is unclear when the Bolt will return to the new vehicle market and how the Bolts the company has been buying back will be resold. By all estimations, new Bolts will not be back on the market for quite some time. Likely well into 2022. “We will replace current owner modules first,” Kevin Kelly, Chevrolet’s Senior Manager, Product and Brand Communications, told us regarding the Bolt battery replacement plan.

Chevy Bolt & Bolt EUV vs. Competitors

Model Range In MilesEPA-Estimated Annual Energy CostPassenger VolumeMax Cargo VolumeBase Price After Federal Tax Incentive*
Chevy Bolt
259
$550
94 cu ft
57 cu ft
$32,000
Chevy Bolt EUV
247
$550
97 cu ft
57 cu ft
$34,000
Kia Niro EV
239
$600
97 cu ft
53 cu ft
$34,000
Hyundai Kona
258
$550
92 cu ft
46 cu ft
$28,000
Toyota Prius Prime
25 electric 640 hybrid-electric
$700
91 cu ft
20 cu ft
$24,000
Volkswagen ID.4
258
$650
100 cu ft
64 cu ft
$35,000
Mazda MX-30
100
Approx $500
Approx 92 cu ft
Approx 40 cu ft
$32,000

*Bolt and Bolt EUV were not eligible for federal tax incentives at the time of publication.

1. Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai-Kona-Electric-Alternatives-to-the-Chevy-Bolt-and-Bolt-EUVThe Hyundai Kona is a great-looking small crossover with a fun-to-drive demeanor. Like the 2022 Bolt line, the Kona Electric offers wireless Android Auto and Apple Car Play.

The Limited trim offers heated seats and a heated steering wheel, options we look for in EVs since they reduce the need to run the HVAC system.

Hyundai includes three years of maintenance in its purchase price and offers a 10-year warranty, twice that of the GM warranty.

Those looking for the value option on this list will find it in the Hyundai Kona Electric.

The Takeway: Hyundai followed the same basic game plan with its Kona Electric that GM did when it built the Bolt.

Current Hyundai Kona Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2021HyundaiKona Electric

You may qualify for additional deals and incentives, check out this month's Hyundai deals and average prices paid.

2. Kia Niro EV

Kia-Niro-EV-Alternatives-to-the-Chevy-Bolt-and-Bolt-EUVThe Kia Niro EV is one of our favorite vehicles. This five-door hatchback electric vehicle is a bit larger than the Bolt EUV, but just as fun for point-and-shoot urban driving. We drove it back to back with a Tesla Model 3 SR+ and found that we preferred the Kia.

Like all Kia vehicles, the Niro feels well-built and has a sporty personality. The Niro features a clean interior design devoid of clutter. The same can be said of its instrumentation and controls. The Niro will appeal to drivers who put function ahead of form. Note that is a bit larger than the Hyundai Kona, but also a bit pricier.

The Takeaway: The Kia Niro EV is one of the hidden gems in the affordable EV marketplace.

Current Kia Niro EV Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2020KiaNiro EV
2021KiaNiro EV0.00%$209/month for 36 months, $3,499 due at signing11/1/2021
2022KiaNiro EV0.00%$219/month for 36 months, $3,499 due at signing11/1/2021

You may qualify for additional deals and incentives, check out this month's Kia deals.

3. Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota-Prius-Prime-Plug-In-Hybrid-Electric-Vehicle-Alternatives-to-the-Chevy-Bolt-and-Bolt-EUVThe Toyota Prus Prime is not a fully electric vehicle. Rather, it is a high-efficiency hybrid that can also act as an all-electric vehicle for a typical commute of about 25 miles.

At no time in its operation is it a “conventional” vehicle. Although the Prius Prime is not fully-electric it has an EPA MPGe rating higher than many BEVs. That translates to a cost per for energy close to an all-electric car. Finally, the Prius Prime has no timing belt and is surprisingly maintenance-free.

Setting aside the mechanical specifics of why a Prius Prime may be an alternative to a Chevy Bolt, is the fact that it has one of the longest streaks of perfect 5/5 reliability ratings of any vehicle, according to Consumer Reports.

The Takeaway: Those who want to reduce their environmental footprint and keep their cost of ownership low should consider the Prius Prime.

Current Toyota Prius Prime Deals & Incentives

You may qualify for deals and incentives, check out this month's Toyota deals and average prices paid.

4. Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen-ID.4-Alternatives-to-the-Chevy-Bolt-and-Bolt-EUVThe ID.4 is a new battery-electric crossover vehicle from VW that comes in at the low-end of the EV compact crossover price range.

VW has been shipping the ID.4 in ever-increasing numbers and is planning to build it in Tennesee when its new plant is ready. Owners are reporting that they are thrilled with the new ID.4.

VW used a fresh sheet approach to design the ID.4. It doesn’t match up perfectly with the Bolt EUV, being a bit larger, but the prices nearly overlap. Three trims are presently offered, and AWD is starting soon.

The Takeaway: The Bolt EUV is not alone in the small crossover market, and the ID.4 offers more room and AWD for a bit more money.

Current Volkswagen ID.4 Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2021VolkswagenID.4$379/month for 36 months, $3,573 due at signing11/1/2021

You may qualify for additional deals and incentives, check out this month's Volkswagen deals.

5. Mazda MX-30

Mazda-MX-30-Alternatives-to-the-Chevy-Bolt-and-Bolt-EUVIf you love the Mazda brand for its zoom-zoom driving satisfaction, be aware that Mazda is about to begin shipping a new battery-electric MX-30.

Built on the same platform as the CX-30, the new MX-30 is reported to be just as fun to drive as its siblings and all the usual Mazda quirks are there, including the odd infotainment system.

One thing to be aware of is that the MX-30 is a warm-weather short-range BEV. It is front-wheel drive only and offers just 100 miles of range in the best of conditions.

The Takeaway: If you live in a sunny climate and want a sporty car for local driving, the MX-30 is an interesting alternative.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Chevy Bolt being discontinued?

No, the Bolt and Bolt EUV are new this year (calendar 2021), and GM has reported to FTBCP that the company is committed to correcting the battery issue and moving forward with Bolt sales. Expect sales to resume in early 2022.

What is the problem with the Chevy Bolt?

The Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV were built with a defect in their batteries that could cause a fire. The problem has been corrected, and GM is now building new battery packs and installing them in owner’s vehicles.

What can I buy instead of a Chevy Bolt?

There are many great alternatives to the Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV. The Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro are similar to the Bolt line, and both come with warranties lasting twice as long. The Toyota Prius Prime is more efficient than the Bolt and has a similarly low cost of energy.

Is the Volkswagen ID.4 larger than the Bolt EUV?

Yes, the VW ID.4 is bigger in every way than the Bolt EUV, and thanks to the current federal tax credit, similarly priced.