The Volt is expensive, even after the £5000 Government grant you get towards it, but it’s cheaper to buy than the almost-identical Vauxhall Ampera. There’s huge uncertainty over resale values, too. Still, it’ll be cheap to run, even if you regularly rely on the petrol engine to generate power. You’ll pay no road tax or congestion charge in London, and you’ll incur company car tax on only 5% of its value.
Chevrolet VOLT Hatchback quality & reliability
The cabin is covered with hard plastics, so they don’t feel particularly tactile. That said, they look smart enough, and the build quality feels impressively solid. There shouldn’t be too many worries about reliability, either – the battery and drivetrain are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, while the rest of the car is protected for five years/100,000 miles.
Chevrolet VOLT Hatchback safety & security
The Volt comes with no less than eight airbags to help keep you safe in a crash, and the standard stability control should help prevent you having one in the first place. All this helped the car achieve a five-star crash rating from Euro NCAP. Because the Volt runs silently on battery power, the driver can activate a chirping sound to warn pedestrians of its approach.