Chevrolet Epica Review
Chevrolet is definitely upping the ante and the new Epica saloon is a perfect example of the company’s big push to win over Europe.20 November 2008
Chevrolet is definitely upping the ante and the new Epica saloon is a perfect example of the company’s big push to win over Europe.
Well, I for one was impressed by the specification levels, the ride quality and performance. In some respects, the Epica is really quite enigmatic. Take, for instance, the size; parked outside the office on it own, it doesn’t seem that large a vehicle but it is in fact longer than the Mondeo, Laguna and Peugeot 407. When parked amongst other cars, it becomes evident that, at just under five metres, bumper to bumper, it is quite sizeable.
Perhaps it was the slimming effect of the smart, dark Poseidon Blue paintwork - one of six colour options, none of which are likely to cause alarm - that makes it appear smaller. Or maybe it is the sleek, classic lines that give the car a coupe look. Whatever it is, it works and is likely to give the Vectras of this world, a run for their money, but maybe not its replacement, the Insignia. What is certain is that the Epica will steal a good few sales from some of the big players.
But then, as part of GM, Chevrolet is one of the big players, particularly in the United States. However, in the last three years, Chevrolet has made a real effort in Europe and the Epica is part of that, along with the Captiva SUV and the Aveo hatch. Curiously, while the Epica is designed for European tastes, it is built in South Korea.
Chevrolet expects the Epica to appeal to private buyers who are opting out of company car schemes or maybe retiring and want a car with a premium feel but not at premium cost. So with prices starting at £13,995, the Epica fits the bill nicely.
There are two engine choices and two trim levels, from which to choose. That said, the entry-level 2.0-litre petrol engine Epica, is only available in LS trim, with mica or metallic paint a £400 extra. Things are about to change for 2009, but at the time of writing, Galaxy White is the only solid colour so, paying the extra for paint, is likely to be a given.
Chevrolet Epica Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Chevrolet Epica 2.0 VCDi LT|
|Body Type||4-Door Saloon|
|Colour||Poseidon Blue Mica|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||124 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||53.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 20/11/08)||£17,045|