The interior is dominated by subdued elegance and a touch of luxury. This is particularly apparent on the CDX trim level. A wide strip of walnut-look veneer surrounds the cockpit on three sides. All the key information for the driver is accommodated in three circular instruments. The audio unit and the controls for the air-conditioning are easy to reach for the driver and passenger in the centre console.
The standard equipment of the Lacetti leaves little to be desired, even in the entry-level SX version. It includes power windows at the front, central locking, an electric remote release for the boot, height-adjustable driver's seat, adjustable steering wheel angle and electrically operated door mirrors.
In the CDX, which has the more powerful 1.8-litre engine, the equipment is nothing short of luxurious. Leather seat trim combines with full climate control air-conditioning for comfort and the audio system includes a five-disc CD changer and steering-wheel remote controls. The 1.8 CDX also has speed-sensitive power-steering. In bad weather, fog lamps and a rain sensor for the windscreen wipers ensure great visibility.
The Lacetti has MacPherson struts with gas pressure shock absorbers on all four wheels. An A-frame arm takes over the lower wheel control while at the back two additional wishbones and a trailing arm link the wheels precisely to the chassis. Four disc brakes guarantee good deceleration. A standard state-of-the-art four-channel ABS by Bosch effectively prevents the wheels from locking. There is also an integrated electronic brake-power distribution system.
The emphasis on the passengers’ well-being also shows in the extensive noise insulation as well as in a number of other details. The rear seats can be folded down in a 40:60 split and the numerous storage places include cupholders in the front central console, pockets on the outsides of the front seats, compartments in all four doors and a ticket clip in the driver’s sun visor.
Chevrolet’s complete care package - cost effective ownership
Like the rest of the Chevrolet range, Lacetti four-door models benefit from Chevrolet’s complete care package, with three years free servicing, comprehensive warranty and AA Total recovery service. The Chevrolet range is available throughout the UK from nearly 90 retailers.Published 11 February 2005