"A game changing car that is a pleasure to drive."4.5 starson by focher
Pros: The car is very quiet, fast off the line, and has smooth acceleration. It feels as good as my Audi A4 did. The exterior styling is pleasant and much better than comparable EVs or hybrids. Seven months in, and I haven't been to a gas station.
Cons: Price is high, but competitive and expected for the technology at this stage. You don't get this car because of a financial decision. Interior styling is a bit better than most American cars, but not up to European or Japanese standards.
Summary: I enjoy this car very much. It's my first American car, after having had three Audis, a Mercedes, a Lexus, an Infiniti, a Volvo, and two Acuras. This car drives comparably to my first generation A4 (but without the gas). The Volt has made me never want to go back to a non-EV. It's a great car during this transition from gasoline/diesel to electric because you get the benefits of an EV with a security of mind that you won't be stranded somewhere when the battery runs out.
The drive train technology is terrific, and the integration of the internal combustion engine as primarily a generator for the battery is great. This allows the benefit of using the superior electric motors to propel the car, while using the engine only to charge the battery (and very rarely to help propel the car). It's completely seamless to the driver.
I live well within range of my daily commute (using less than half the battery) but on weekends we only use this car due to the pleasant driving experience and cost efficiency. With two kids, it still fits what we need in the cargo space.
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