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.
* 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