2018 Buick Velite 5 vs Chevrolet Volt: Differences in photo comparison

The second-gen Chevrolet Volt will be sold in China as the Buick Velite 5, as Buick is more popular there. See the changes in this side-by-side comparison.

Buick Velite 5 - front, blueVelite 5
2017 Chevrolet Volt - front, blueVolt
The most obvious differences lie at the front, where GM has given the Velite 5 a completely different front fascia and bonnet. While the Volt has two-part fake grille, the Velite 5 does without the metal-like plastic and the futuristic design. The Velite 5 also has horizontally laid out driving lights.
2017 Buick Velite 5 - sideVelite 5
2017 Chevrolet Volt - side, blueVolt
From the side, the only way to tell the Velite 5 and Volt apart would be to zoom in on the wheel centre caps.
2017 Buick Velite 5 - rear, silverVelite 5
2017 Chevrolet Volt - rear, blueVolt
The Velite 5 has been given a new rear bumper with a bit less black plastic, and vertically oriented reflector strips.
Buick Velite 5 - interior, dashboardVelite 5
Chevrolet volt (second generation) - interiorVolt
Given the minimal changes on the outside, it's no surprise that the Velite 5 and Volt share the same interior too. While the Volt has a green colour scheme for its instrument display and backlighting, the Velite 5 uses blue instead. The Velite 5 is also available with blue ambient lighting for the dashboard and door, which ties into the brand's Buick Blue branding for its hybrid and electric vehicles.
Buick Velite 5 - drivetrainVelite 5
Chevrolet volt (second generation) - drivetrain cutawayVolt
Buick hasn't provided all the details about the Velite 5's drivetrain, except that it features 1.5-litre petrol engine, and two electric motors. We'd be surprised if it differs greatly from the Volt's drivetrain. The mileage numbers differ somewhat between the two cars, but that's probably down to different testing methodologies being used in China and the USA. The Velite 5 has a 116km (72mi) EV range, and 768km (477mi) overall range. In the US, the Volt has an EPA electric only range of 85km (53mi), and total driving range of 680km (423mi).


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2018 Buick Velite 5 vs Chevrolet Volt: Differences in photo comparison