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Chevrolet Bolt EV vs. Kia Niro

When comparing the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the Kia Niro, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has the advantage in the areas of overall quality score and base engine power. The Kia Niro has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Chevrolet Bolt EV versus the Kia Niro, the Kia Niro is a better car than the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Chevrolet Bolt EV versus Kia Niro Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Chevrolet Bolt EV ranges from $23,996 to $30,999 while a used Kia Niro from the same model year range is priced between $18,147 to $30,000. For a new model, the Chevrolet Bolt EV's price is between $28,591 and $43,641, with the Kia Niro priced between $24,935 and $33,807.

Chevrolet Bolt EV versus Kia Niro Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Chevrolet Bolt EV is 8.0 out of 10 while the Kia Niro's quality rating is 7.1 out of 10. This results in the Chevrolet Bolt EV being ranked 3 out of 15 Best Small Electric Cars and the Kia Niro being ranked 7 out of 21 Best Hybrid SUVs.

Chevrolet Bolt EV versus Kia Niro Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency

For engine performance, the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s base engine makes 200 horsepower, and the Kia Niro base engine makes 139 horsepower. The Bolt EV is rated to deliver an average of 127 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with a highway range of 259 miles. The Niro is rated to deliver an average of 49 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 547 miles. The Bolt EV uses electricity, and the Niro uses regular unleaded.

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2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,591 - $43,641

Used Asking Price:

$23,996 - $30,999

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

60.9%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$24,935 - $33,807

Used Asking Price:

$18,147 - $30,000

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.7%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.1 / 10

Retained Value:

6.8 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.1 / 10

Reliability:

5.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.6 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 25
3 / 15
4 / 25
5 / 15
6 / 25

iSeeCars Rankings

7 / 21
7 / 21
9 / 21
9 / 21

Summary Review

The Chevrolet Bolt is a compact four-door hatchback EV. Now heading into its fifth year of sales, the Bolt has just received a styling refresh, and an EUV version with added rear-seat legroom is joining the model line.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Widely available both new and used
  • Modern interior design

  • Seat comfort is a recurring owner complaint
  • Only available in front-wheel drive
  • Common driver-assist technology not standard (through 2020 model year)

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Available Drivetrain Options

Hybrid

Trim Levels

2LT, 1LT

Trim Levels

Touring Special Edition, LXS Special Edition, LX, LXS, EX Premium

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

200 hp

Torque:

266 foot-lbs

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.056 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not applicable

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

139 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque:

195 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.045 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

Not Applicable

Engine Configuration:

Not Applicable

Number of Cylinders:

Not Applicable

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not applicable

MPGe:

127 / 109 / 120

Range (city/hwy):

259 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity

Battery Size/Capacity :

66 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

7 hours (240V)

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.6 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

51 / 46 / 49

MPGe:

Range (city/hwy):

607 / 547 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Battery Size/Capacity:

Not applicable

Maximum Charging Rate:

Not applicable

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

N/A

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

Available

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

44.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

52.8 inches

Cargo Space:

16.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

Not applicable

Overall Interior Volume:

111.3 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.2 inches

Cargo Space:

19.4 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

54.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

120.3 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3589 lbs

Width:

80.3 inches

Height:

63.4 inches

Length:

163.2 inches

Wheelbase:

102.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.4 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3117 lbs

Width:

71.1 inches

Height:

60.8 inches

Length:

171.5 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.3 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P215/50R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P205/60R16