Although Chevrolet is considered an iconic American brand their cars in the UK have little do with their US cousins.
Although Chevrolet is considered an iconic American brand their cars in the UK have little do with their US cousins. One a upon a time there was a Korean car company called Daewoo, which promised to revolutionise the way we bought cars in the UK, but they did not last too long. GM picked up the Daewoo brand and re-marketed their cars under the Chevrolet brand in Europe. Today we have a mixture of faced lifted Daewoo cars and new models.
For those of you who watch the BBC 2 television programme ‘Top Gear’, the Chevrolet Lacetti won’t be too much of a mystery to you, as it is the ‘reasonably priced car’, which is weekly thrashed around the track by various celebrities, albeit in the saloon body style.
The Chevrolet Lacetti Station Wagon is available with two petrol engine options (no diesel), a 1.6 litre - 1598 cc, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and 1.8 - 1796 cc with a 4-speed automatic gearbox and that is that.
We drove the Chevrolet Lacetti Station Wagon SX 1.8 16v with a 4 speed automatic gearbox which produces 121 ps @ 5800 rpm. The engine produces 169 lb/ft of torque @ 3600 rpm and outputs 210 g/km of co2. The 0-62 mph time is quoted as 11.4 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 116 mph. We thought the engine was rather gruff and it took a lot of work to get it going.
Chevrolet publishes an urban fuel consumption figure of 23.2 mpg, 41.5 extra urban and a combined figure of 32.1 mpg.
The 4-speed automatic gearbox is a simple affair - there is no manual change facility although you can hold gears by selecting 1-2 or 3 and the changes were relatively smooth.
The 15” alloy wheels are standard and they don’t have much impact on the ride quality. Overall the ride quality is not too bad and the Lacetti rides fairly well over poor road surfaces. The steering is not that bad and handling is perfectly OK until pushed in corners when it predictably understeer's, if not a bit too early.
All round vision is reasonably good and parking is easy but I guess the target buyer would have liked to have seen rear parking sensors.
The driver’s seat has lumber support and is height adjustable, the steering wheel can be adjusted for reach and rake, so getting comfortable is not too difficult. You step down into the Lacetti which might make it a little difficult if you have a disability that affects your mobility, especially getting out as you have to lift yourself up. The headroom and front legroom is good.
Chevrolet Lacetti Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Chevrolet Lacetti Station Wagon 1.8 SX|
|Colour||Dark Turqouise Mica|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12 Seconds|
|Top Speed||116 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||41.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year/60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 08/07/08)||£12,795|