Chevy Volt Owner’s Review Series (Part 1) – Chevy Volt Trunk Space
Chevy Volt Owner’s Review Series
Due to popular request, I’ve decided to put together a series of articles that officially reviews the 2011 Chevrolet Volt from an Owner’s perspective. Is this review series impartial? No not really – since I did buy the 10th Chevy Volt and love it. But what you’ll find in this review series that you won’t find in any other “popular” magazine articles is the perspective of one of the first Chevy Volt owner’s and a breakdown of all the things I like and all the things that annoy (no car is perfect and the Volt is no exception.)
If you have any special requests or questions that you want answered from the perspective of an owner – let me know and I’ll include a section on it.
Part 1 – Chevy Volt Cargo Capacity and Trunk Space
The Chevy Volt comes in a very useful hatchback form, but make no mistake – it is still a compact car. Along with the trunk space, you can fold down one or two of the 40/40 split rear seats, which gives you enough room to move your daily life around. To give you some perspective I live with my significant other – but have no children. So typically there are one or two passengers in the vehicle.
Groceries are no problem in the trunk space as it is perfectly sized for a single layer of stand up paper bags. The trunk is more than copious for this task and you won’t need any of the seat space unless you have something particularly large. Loading and unloading is also straightforward and easy as the hatch easily lifts and lowers and is well sprung such that a light upward force opens the hatch and closing the hatch is done easily and securely with a little downward momentum.
I also Fence Epee 2-3 days a week and as such need to be able to transport a roughly 4 foot long bag on a frequent basis. In this case, I do need to fold down one of the 40/40 rear seats to lay the bag lengthwise (it does not fit widthwise in the trunk). While the bag fits, it’s not terrible convenient to get the bag in and out as the trunk does not open flush to the outside of the car, requires me to lift the roughly 30-40 pound bag into the car. This is made more difficult by the size of the bag as I have to lean quite far over to load the car.
While a flat trunk space would make things much easier, I suspect that would not make for good design or vehicle dynamics as the lack of a load bearing frame in the back would likely reduce the stiffness of the chassis significantly. To that end, I’d prefer to deal with loading and unloading and keeping the ride of the car as it is today.
Thinking about moving a table or furniture? Rent or borrow a truck or van. It’s not really worth trying to cram it in the back of the Volt or messing up the roof strapping it to the top (the roof isn’t really that flat anyways).
Bottom line, The Volt is a great everyday car especially for a young couple (or empty nester), but for the every-other day task make sure you have alternatives for moving and carrying your “stuff”.