2005 Chevrolet Lacetti SX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

An excellent introduction for Chevrolet into the UK car market

Faults:

Absolutely faultless in the first 6 months.

The only exception would be some swine touched the wheel arch of my car with their car in a city car park. I can't blame this on the car, actually I always avoid parking next to old cars, they don't care if they scrape their car.

General Comments:

100% better than my previous car, the Lacetti fulfils the vast majority of my requirements in a modern car.

Regrettably it does lack satellite navigation and car alarm. I had a car alarm installed by Chevrolet at not an inconsiderable cost. I have considered satellite navigation, but since it would be an "add on kit" I don't know if I could face having to remove and re-install it every time I enter and exit the car.

The car itself drives very nicely, the engine has real punch and is quick off the line, this car can hold its own against many other cars. Gear changes could be more slick, but you soon get used to it. I like the styling of the car inside and out, fuel economy is good at 40mpg combined.

Build quality is seemingly flawless, fit and finish is excellent - I can say this with some authority having previously driven a company Honda Jazz and Audi A4. The doors close with a good thunk and the sound quality from the six speaker system is excellent.

Safety is good - 4 airbags (front and side) are standard, in addition to ABS with EBD. ESP/stabilitrak is not available; Chevrolet should reconsider this. I understand the car has been given 4 stars by Australian NCAP where it sold as a Holden Viva. Euro NCAP result is still pending.

My only other criticism is that I think the CD player system should be incorporated into the dash, rather than having a face-off system. In addition I think the back windscreen wiper could look a little more modern, but these are only minor concerns.

My Chevrolet dealer is combined with the local Saab dealership - smart and modern premises. They are always polite and courteous.

If they keep this up I think Chevrolet will soon establish themselves as a serious mainstream player within the UK car market.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2006

2nd Jul 2007, 17:50

I have been looking at these cars for a while as my wife has a 1998 Daewoo Lanos 1.6SX and is a great car apart for the fuel consumption. It does use rather a lot and I can't help thinking that the Chev will be the same or almost have the same 1.6 16v Twin cam engine. Just to give an idea about £10 of petrol will only do about 70 miles at a push without aircon running. What would the 1.6 Chevrolet do to a tenner? My bosses Mitsubishi Carisma 1.8 Petrol (much bigger car) uses much less fuel on his runs to London on the M1 and even to and from work.