Chevrolet Lacetti SW

13 Feb, 2009 4:35pm Conor Mills

Say hello to the cheapest estate in Britain


The Lacetti isn’t the fastest or most agile machine in its class. But we can’t ignore the level of equipment, plus the three-year/60,000-mile warranty you get for the price. As most auto brands raise prices, the discounted Chevrolet makes sense.

Here’s a bargain from Chevrolet. From 1-15 March, the entry-level version of its new Lacetti Station Wagon will be on sale for £9,965 – which is £2,670 less than normal.

For that, you get inoffensive styling, plus lots of kit. Features include power windows all-round, electrically adjustable door mirrors, air-con, a CD stereo, 15-inch alloys, a cooled glovebox, remote central locking and a leather steering wheel and gearknob.

A high driving position means good visibility, but while supple suspension ensures a comfortable ride on long trips, the trade-off comes in terms of handling, with body roll an issue. The steering is light and vague, too.

Under the bonnet, the 1.6-litre petrol engine is mated to a five-speed manual box. The unit revs as high as 6,000rpm, although it feels underpowered and overworked, and at higher speeds its noise can get tiring.

Still, the new load-lugging Lacetti is a lot of car for the money – especially when you consider that its closest rivals, the Renault Clio Sport Tourer and Peugeot 207 SW, come in at £11,097 and £11,940 respectively.

Rival: Clio Sport Tourer
Renault’s mini load carrier starts at just over £11,000, and has a generous 439-litre boot. It’s frugal, too – and is a worthy rival to any estate.

Key specs

* Price: £9,965
* Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl, 107bhp
* Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive
* 0-62mph: 11.4 seconds
* Econ/CO2: 36.2mpg/181g/km
* Standard equipment: Front and side airbags, electric windows, heated, power-adjustable door mirrors, leather steering wheel and gearknob, 15-inch alloys,
air-con, CD stereo with MP3 input
* On sale: Now