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2014 Chevrolet Volt 2014 BMW 4-Series
   
5dr HB
  • 5dr HB
Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Convertible
  • Convertible

Prices

MSRP $34,185 $40,500  
Invoice $32,818 $37,260
Avg. Paid $32,523 N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.9  
Critics' Rating 8.4 9.5
Performance 8.3 9.3
Interior 6.4 7.7
Safety 9.3 N/A
Reliability 3.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Refined handling and performance
  • Better electric-only driving range than other plug-in hybrids
  • Functional, high-quality interior
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Good fuel economy
  • Razor-sharp handling
 
Cons
  • Limited cargo space
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Limited back-seat space

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas/Electric I4 1.4L/85 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122
MPG 35 City / 40 Hwy 23 City / 35 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Hatchback Coupe  

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 105.70 110.6  
Length, Overall (in) 177.10 182.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.40 71.9
Height, Overall (in) 56.64 54.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard  
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3786 3470  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard  
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Remote Engine Start Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 4 4  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 90.0
Front Head Room (in) 37.80 39.8
Front Leg Room (in) 42.05 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.52 55.3
Front Hip Room (in) 53.73
Second Head Room (in) 36.02 36.1
Second Leg Room (in) 34.10 33.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.90 51.7
Second Hip Room (in) 51.21
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 10.6 15.7

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Standard
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard  
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional  
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard  
Leather Seats Optional Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Seat Memory Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard
Lane Departure Warning Optional Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard  
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas/Electric I4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement 1.4L/85 2.0 L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 149 240 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 273 255 @ 1250
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 36.00 37.1

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard  
Plug-In Electric/Gas Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 35 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 40 35
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 9.3 15.8

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional  
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Compound Crank Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
1-Speed Automatic Standard
8-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Optional
6-Speed Manual Optional