Build quality is not up to the best European cars, even in this price range and it can't compete with the vastly improved offerings from Korean manufacturers such Hyundai and Kia.
The Chevrolet Lacetti Station Wagon is equipped with powered door mirrors and all round electric windows, but only one touch down on the driver’s window.
There are seat back pockets on both the driver’s and front passengers seat, so you can keep your maps and magazines neatly out of the way.
The Lacetti does have air conditioning with a pollen filter as standard, but not climate control, so you have to make the adjustments to keep the car at your preferred temperature choice. The glove compartment has a feed from the air conditioner, so you can chill it down to keep your drinks or stash of chocolate cold.
The windscreen wipers are rain sensitive and you can fine tune the intermittent cycle to suit the rain.
The Lacetti does have the versatility of being an estate car and with the rear seats in position there is room for 400 litres of luggage space. You can fold the 60/40 split rear seats down to increase this to 1410 litres. There is a small boot lip to haul your luggage over but the rear hips are fairly accommodating and there is a tonneau cover. On the roof there alloy-effect roof rails so that you can fit a roof rack or roof top box.
There are isoFix child seat mountings on the two outermost rear seats but unfortunately they do not have top tether points.
The six speaker audio system is not a built in solution as we have come to expect these days, it is a Blaupunkt single slot CD player and RDS radio which is OK but even with a removable security panel it is not the most convenient solution. The audio controls can be remotely operated via the steering wheel.
There are driver's and front passenger's airbags and front seat side-impact airbags but you don’t get the protection of curtain airbags. You do get anti-lock brakes but sadly traction control or electronic stability control are not available. There is an engine immobiliser and remote central locking of the doors and tailgate. Euro NCAP have not crash tested the Chevrolet Lacetti, which is a shame with more and more consumers worried about car safety.
Build quality is not up to the best European cars, even in this price range and it can't compete with the vastly improved offerings from Korean manufacturers such Hyundai and Kia. The trim is functional and rather plasticky; screw heads are visible, however, the seat upholstery was of a good quality.
The best aspect of the Chevrolet Lacetti Station Wagon SX 1.8 automatic is the price and at £12,795 it is keenly priced. Therefore it should appeal to families and retired people who are looking for a new estate car on a budget.
The Chevrolet Lacetti Station Wagon is not going to set the world on fire; there are better estate cars in this price range but it is worth looking at, especially if your dealership is local.8 July 2008
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|