1. Model - LT with comfort package
2. When bought - March 2017
3. Last 5 of your VIN (if you want actual tracking done by GM) - not looked but will if it's important
4. A picture or two if you want/need to - None
5. Your size/height - 6'2", 225lbs, 36-38" waist. I'm a healthy active guy who plays rugby and does a lot of walking and driving in my job.
6. Very brief summary of where you see the issue, a few details, etc - Seat feels very snug on first sitting in it. My left hip aches after 10 mins. 20 mins in and my left leg begins to go dead. The seat base side is cutting off circulation to my left leg with pressure on my left hip/butt/upper thigh. Also 20 mins in I begin to shift around for a comfort due to the narrow seat back, especially in the lower back/kidney area. My back aches, my left hip hurts and my left leg feels numb when I get out of the car after 20 mins.
7. Verdict: Good/Bad? Etc - Terrible. I drive our Kia Soul EV almost exclusively because the seats in the Bolt are so bad. Shame because the Bolt is such a great car otherwise.
Other issue with the seat is the left side plastic frame that digs into your leg every time you get out of the car. My wife especially hates this as she drives the car more than I do.
Below is a post I did on another forum that goes into more detail. I was going to post it on the "Seats are a deal killer" thread but that is locked for some reason.
I'm new to the forum and just wanted to add my experience with the seats after 6 weeks of ownership. I live just outside of Vancouver, Canada and have a white Bolt LT with the comfort package. I also purchased a Kia Soul EV in Feb 2017 (last new 2016 available in the area so an unbelievable deal) to go all electric with my daily drive cars. This gives me a solid comparison vehicle for the Bolt. I have never owned an electric or hybrid car before and could be described as a petrol head without too much of a stretch. (I also have a 1975 Triumph TR6)
I am 6'2", 225lbs, and have driven many, many different cars in my 36 years of driving. I am a fit active guy, not prone to general aches and pains. My wife is 5'7", average build and weight and drives the Bolt more than I do (the reason for which will become apparent below)
Let me first say that I love the Bolt for so many reason, and only have one major issue with it. Yes, the front seats, they area terrible !! My 1975 TR6 has wider seats and its an old, very small, 2 seater sports car.
When I test drove the car I thought they felt snug but not a deal killer. Well now I am finding anything more than 20 mins a big problem. The seat base/plastic side shell puts so much pressure on both sides of my upper thigh/butt/hip area that my legs start to go to sleep. My left leg especially. My left hip is also very uncomfortable after a few minutes in the car. My wife does not experience that but she is of course considerably smaller than me. However another problem we do both experience, and my wife is really not happy about it, is when you get in and out of the car (but mainly getting out). The outer hard plastic left side seat shell is impossible to avoid as you swing around to get out, there is no way to avoid it digging into your outer thigh. I have noticed it and find it uncomfortable but I don't drive the car too much. My wife drives the car a lot more and is very unhappy about it. She says her leg feels bruised constantly, and she is not a delicate flower, she is a tough gal. Unfortunately our driveway slopes upwards and it compounds the problem. My wife however is very quick to point out that it is a pain on the flat also. The snug seat problem will not be a big issue I expect if you are smaller than myself, but the seat edge digging into your thigh on exit is unavoidable and will be a matter of how much you are willing to put up with it. The third problem with the seats is the narrow backs, especially around the lower torso, kidney area. I again find the 20 minute mark has me shifting for comfort but not really finding it. Bottom line more than 20 mins in either front seat is a very uncomfortable experience, that causes lasting discomfort even when out of the car.
I can honestly say, without hesitation, that I am now driving the Kia Soul EV almost exclusively, and always to and from work (30 min journey each way) because of the seats in the Bolt.
That's a real shame because the Bolt is so much better than the Soul in most areas. They are a very similar sized car, but the seats in the Kia are so much more comfortable. Even though they have higher edge bolsters on the seat base than the bolt, making them snug, they are very comfortable. The backs of the seats are also not a problem.
I will be speaking with the dealership this week to see what response I get. I have already ordered a seat cushion from Ebay as recommended on another forum (not due to arrive for 7 days). If I get time in the next week or so I will also be trying the do it yourself padding addition as per the earlier video. Having also seen earlier in this thread that the left side of the seat base trim can be removed that will also be done to give my wife a better experience.
My only other real gripes (all minor) -
The sun visors are very small and don't extend.
The stereo/speakers are average at best.
The charge area does not have a light for easier use at night.
The white plastic on dash is cheaper looking (but the dash design is very clean and clear).
I don't like the two tone seats.
Everything else about the car, but highlights are-
Range is fantastic and for us very close to what I expected, even though the weather here has been unseasonably cool so far for Vancouver.
It is very well balanced when maneuvering. Steering is precise, suspension is euro firm (which I love as a Brit).
Very calm drive on the highway. Car is generally well sound-proofed.
Speed off the line is very quick (feels quicker than quoted 0-60 mph of 6.5 secs). I know EV drivers are supposed to be range conscious but I can't help dipping the accelerator every so often when its safe to do so.
Loads of inside room for the size of vehicle. My son is 6'2" and can easily sit behind me when I drive and has enough headroom also (the Soul is the only other EV that my son can fit in in the back)
General fit and finish/build quality is good so far.
I would like to say that I post these comments as my experiences (and those of my wife also). In no way do I wish to put off anyone from buying a Bolt, but PLEASE for anyone considering buying one, take it on a long test drive. The car is fantastic in so many ways but for me, the seats spoil the car. If you are not my size I'm sure you will find the seats OK, but give it a good test drive for sure just in case."