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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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11 reader reviews for Chevrolet Lacetti Estate.
  • 1.6 SX 5dr

    keith mcdowell Date: 06/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my lacetti s/w for 8 months now and I love it to bits I feel it is well specd is comfortabe over long distances handles reasonably well would we all appricate sports car type handling?? I get 37 mpg and i,m no flat cap driver just sensible so far is reliable i,m 6ft 4in and with the seat all the way back the person who sits behind me does not have there knees up there nose the 6 millon dollar question would I buy another YES

  • 1.6 SX 5dr

    Andrew Brooks , South Gloucestershire . Date: 29/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I’ve had a 1.6SX SW for a little under 8 months now, in which time I have covered 10k miles on a mixture of roads. It is the worst car I’ve ever owned, & possibly the worst I've ever driven.

    The fuel economy is the first thing to really annoy you. I struggle to average 32mpg. The very best I’ve had, on a careful motorway drive, is 34.6mpg. Before anyone suggests that I’m a bit leadfooted, my other car is a 1990 2 ton Jaguar with a 3.6 litre engine. I average 28mpg in that, and have achieved 31mpg. That doesn’t make sense.

    Burning all that fuel, you would expect some performance, but it couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding! That's not in comparison to the Jaguar, I compare it to my previous car, a 60hp Cordoba of similar weight. The Lacetti also has a very annoying over-rev & the clutch appears to slip when changing gear. I am assured by the Chevrolet mechanics that these are both normal.

    The build quality leaves a lot to be desired. It is cheap and plasticy, & already creaks and groans. The seating position is uncomfortable, as is the chair. However, headroom is a definite plus in this car.

    Practicality: its a box, and a very practical box. But the rear seats are awkward in that they do not easily fold flat. Visibility is also poor, with large blind spots.

    My father bought a 2.0 litre diesel Mazda 6 at the same time, a more expensive car, but I wish I'd done the same. The money you save is lost very quickly in extra fuel costs, & the 6 is a better car.

  • 1.6 SX 5dr

    Ian Colquhoun Date: 13/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is an OK car. Perhaps this sounds negative, but I have owned my Lacetti Estate 1.6 for over a year now, and, considering what I paid for it and the free three year servicing package, I'm quite happy. It is very practical as a load lugger, very comfortable and well thought out. The all round visibilty is much better than most cars. It's easy to check the oil and other fluid levels.

    It doesn't handle like a Focus. The front wheels slide early when cornering. The steering, brakes and gearchange are all a bit woolly, a bit lacking in feeling, but they're OK. The engine gets noisy when pushed, but, taken more leisurely, it's fine, if a bit lacking in oomph.

    It sems to be well put together. The only trips to the Dealer, other than servicing, have been to correct the idling (an engine management fault) and new pads for the handbrake. I get around 400 miles on a tankful of petrol in mixed rural/urban running, which strikes me as reasonable for the size of engine.

    As you can gather I don't find this a car to get excited about, but it is very competent as a straightforward, no nonsense everyday working family car. It has swallowed my childrens' belongings at the end of university terms and buzzed along quite happily on the motorway without giving me backache. It's OK.

  • 1.6 SX 5dr

    Arthur Winfield , Essex . Date: 04/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am very pleased with the general handling, road holding and ride quality of the car, but am very concerned about the poor fuel consumption.

    If I had known how thirsty the car was I would not have purchased it. The Chevrolet literature quoted 47.8mpg extra urban, but I am lucky if I get 34mpg on a long run in hot weather and without using the air-conditioning.

    The package at purchase is very attractive, but quite frankly the money saving with the package is far outweighed by the cost of the petrol gulping fuel consumption. My advice to anyone buying a new Lacetti is that if fuel consumption is an issue, then do not buy one.

    I am in deep discussion with Chevrolet and the dealer about the matter and would be interested to read if other people have had a similar experience with the Lacetti's fuel consumption.

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