Looks Do Matter – 2017 Chevrolet Bolt vs Tesla Model 3

It’s fairly common that automakers flop on the designs of their independent EV nameplates. Although some may be an accident, most are intentionally done, as if they are declaring to people on the street that they stink at using gas for fuel.

But, lo and behold, the EV market seems to be blossoming beautifully with the inception of stunning zero-emissions models from Tesla and GM.

The Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt are slated to continue the brand’s reputation as well as inherit the good looks of their previous gens.

These silent and smooth vehicles are not made to convey the disharmony between form and function so there is really no need for any over-the-top styling features. The way they look should clearly depict their behavior, and fortunately, the designers at Tesla and GM resonated this same belief.

The Model 3 and Bolt come with minimal exterior styling as well as sensible proportions but the former takes it up a notch by foregoing a front grille, too.

What About The Insides?

Exterior styling of the Model 3 and Bolt should be a familiar sight by now but it is the interior that many do not know. When you think about it, it is the interior that drivers and passengers experience directly.

The Chevrolet has a clean dual-toned interior that has a balanced instrument cluster and center console displays. The standard knobs and dials are all placed beneath the center display and three-spoke steering wheel which is absolutely great in helping drivers keep their eyes glued to the road.

Chevrolet Bolt Interior (Photo Credit: Car and Driver)

On top of the Bolt’s simplicity, it is offers ample of space. The passenger and cargo space provided by this electric hatch is nothing like any other in its segment, only the BMW i3 comes close to it.

The Model 3, however, takes simplicity to a whole new level. The automaker had went with offering zero enhancements in its cabin aside from a big, horizontal center display.

Tesla Model 3 Interior (Photo Credit: Electrek)

This is based on an image recently obtained by Electrek from an unnamed source who said it was from a Tesla corporate party. It looks like it won’t really matter if the Bolt has more interior space than the Model 3, as the latter’s bare design would give the illusion of greater space, on top of its huge glass roof.

Well, what will your pick be; the Tesla Model 3 or the Chevrolet Bolt?