Great value-for-money, offering the space of a large car with the running costs of a small car
Nothing has gone wrong.
This car is roomy & comfortable to drive. The turbo diesel is gutsy & frugal. The car is excellent as a long-distance tourer or cruising, & I find it very relaxing to drive. The turbo lag at low revs takes a bit of getting used to, as does the light steering, but I soon adjusted, & they don't bother me.
Interior is well-laid out with all the buttons & switches in the right place. The steering wheel controls for cruise, radio etc are very easy to use. The seats are comfortable, & there is room for 5. The driver's seat has lumbar support & adjusts 8 ways. The steering wheel adjusts for both tilt & reach, so any driver should find a comfortable position. The boot is huge & practical.
Overall, I think it's a very under-rated car. The Epica (both diesel & petrol) is popular in fleets, so maybe the fleet managers know a lot more than we do! Sure, the technology in the Epica might be "old" in comparison to the latest whiz-bang techno-zip cars, but it works! I know it was rubbished when first released in 2007, but the 'EP' series, particularly with the diesel engine has been more favourably reviewed. The car seems to be screwed together properly & the doors give a reassuring 'thunk' when closing.
I can recommend this car to anyone looking for a spacious mid-size diesel car for under $26,000 drive-away. Same engine/transmission as the just-superseded Cruze, but offers much more space, & is cheaper to boot.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th May, 2011