2016 Chevrolet Volt Seems Better in Every Way after First Independent Preview Drive

Not a lot of people can brag about having driven the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt hybrid car, but a lucky Canadian well connected within the local GM branch can.
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He's a member of the forum where he goes by the name Kickincanada. He also owns a first generation Chevrolet Volt, so he's more than capable of drawing some conclusions after the short 30 minute test-drive.

According to his own words, he got behind the wheel of a Premier trim 2016 Chevy Volt which he drove around the GM Headquarters in Oshawa, Canada. It was one of only six or so cars delivered in Canada during the previous few days.

Kickincanada says his first impression is that of increased quality. He goes as far as to mention the Cadillac ELR, but only to emphasize his point. Apparently, visibility has been improved as well over the first-gen model.

Android smartphone users will be left guessing as Kickincanada can only talk about the car's infotainment system iPhone integration. According to him, it's stellar, apart from the fact it still requires a USB connection (wireless is on its way). There is also a wireless charging port integrated into the center console, so the 2016 Chevy Volt will soon become wire-free as far as telephones are concerned.

Comfort is on a high with better seats all-around, plus heated backseats for those (like Kickincanada) who live in the upper part of the Northern hemisphere.


He might get a little carried away with his driving impressions - "incredible!" - but we'll put that on the heat of the moment. He says the car is "quieter" and overall offers "a much more luxurious drive". It's quicker off the line in full-electric mode but Kickincanada says there's no real difference in terms of overall speed compared to the first gen Volt.

The exterior design is a sensitive matter and we'll skip his impressions as even he admits they're profoundly subjective. Still, he concludes by saying "when someone sees it, it’s distinct enough they’ll know it’s a Volt."

Regeneration power feels similar to that of the previous model, but when using the regen paddle on the left side of the steering wheel, the car slows down significantly and even the brake lights are switched on.

Kickincanada's final conclusion is that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is an overall better car than the first generation and is worth the money. We'll just have to wait for some full reviews or even do one of our own.
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