In comparing the Chevrolet Volt's and the Tesla Model S's specifications and ratings, the Chevrolet Volt has the advantage in the area of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars The Tesla Model S has the advantage in the areas of resale value, interior volume and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Chevrolet Volt's and the Tesla Model S's specifications and ratings, the Tesla Model S is a better car than the Chevrolet Volt.
Chevrolet Volt vs. Tesla Model S Pricing
A used 2019 Chevrolet Volt ranges from $17,992 to $28,471 while a used 2019 Tesla Model S is priced between $44,395 to $66,919.
Chevrolet Volt vs. Tesla Model S Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Chevrolet Volt loses 56.8 percent of its value and the Tesla Model S loses 52.3 percent of its value. This means the Tesla Model S retains 4.6 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Chevrolet Volt.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Chevrolet Volt’s base engine makes 149 horsepower, and the Tesla Model S base engine makes 518 horsepower. The Volt is rated to deliver an average of 42 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 424 miles. The Model S is rated to deliver an average of 102 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with a highway range of 259 miles.This gives the Tesla Model S the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Chevrolet Volt the advantage in maximum range. The Volt uses electricity, regular unleaded, and the Model S uses electricity.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Tesla Model S, a electric large car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Chevrolet Volt, a hybrid compact car, has the advantage in the area of rear head room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
The Chevrolet Volt has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.