Chevrolet Lacetti Review
The Daewoo car company had a difficult time in this country.20 April 2006
The Daewoo car company had a difficult time in this country. The South Korean manufacturer entered the UK market in 1996, bringing with it the direct sales process and affordable motoring for the masses. It didn’t quite work out and in 2002, Daewoo Automotive was bought by GM to become GM Daewoo.
The company kept most of the model names and introduced the Lacetti hatch alongside the Nubira. Nothing strange there except that Nubira was the European name for the Lacetti so they were effectively, the same car. The situation was confused even more when in September 2004, GM Daewoo introduced the Nubira Station Wagon.
In 2005, Chevrolet UK took over and decided to stop using the Daewoo brand name but, again, kept the existing model names, except for Nubira and suddenly the Lacetti Station Wagon was born. The constant through all of the changes was the ethos of value for money and remains so today with the 2006 version.
As well as the Station Wagon, as tested, the Lacetti is still available as a 5-door hatch and a very sophisticated-looking saloon. While the body-styles are varied, the test car has only two combined engine/trim options. The latest is the 1.8 Sport, while the 1.6 SX was the launch version and the car tested, bearing a price tag of £11,395. The Sport is £1,900 dearer but does include leather seat trims, front fogs and traction control along with some cosmetic differences. Metallic or mica paint is a £325 extra on the SX and is included in the price of the Sport.
It has to be said that the Lacetti Station Wagon didn’t change its appearance along with the name and as far as I can tell, the 2006 car looks exactly the same as the 2004 Nubira. However, it doesn’t look as dated as you might expect.
Chevrolet Lacetti Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Chevrolet Lacetti 1.6 SX|
|Body Type||Station Wagon|
|Colour||Poly Silver Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.4 Seconds|
|Top Speed||116 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||44.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year/60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 20/04/06)||£11,395|