It’s nice to know that some automakers have come to their senses, that just because a vehicle has some form of electrification, it shouldn’t be flaunted by deliberately poor design decisions. GM gets this, and so does Hyundai.
For GM, it started with the redesign of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid for its second-gen model. After an awkward adolescence with the first-gen model, the Detroit car maker has allowed the vehicle to blossom into a mature look.
And fortunately, GM is skipping the awkward phase for the Volt’s all-electric hatch cousin, the 2017 Chevy Bolt. Save for superficial elements that impart some character unto the vehicle, its basic form is not fussy at all. In fact it’s quite minimal.
From pictures, it’s hard to tell just how large or small the Bolt is; and in person one would have to take several steps back to gather a proper impression of its proportions. But inside the cabin, it doesn’t matter – the Bolt is spacious to a fault.
A lot of the plastic materials used for the interior packaging betrays the ride’s econobox nature, but any other complaint for a purchase that ultimately sets one back less than $30,000 would be churlish. Plus it doesn’t move like an econobox, given that it packs 266lb-ft of torque.
Hyundai Ioniq Knows What’s Up
If you’re not a fan of the noisy exterior touches of the Bolt, then the Hyundai Ioniq might tickle your fancy. And if hybrid’s not your thin, you could always opt for the Ioniq PHEV or Ioniq Electric. They’re essentially alike in design.
Fundamentally, the Ioniq sits upright and brings back the original hybrid fastback look popularized by earlier generations of the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight.
There are unique aspects to this car’s looks, such as the silver gradient that makes up the centerpiece of its front fascia or the subtle Mirai-esque intakes that flank it, but overall the Ioniq appears assured and unflustered.
This is down to the keen eyes of lead designer Peter Schreyer who, for those who aren’t familiar, has been credited as the father of the Audi TT and its chic design.