I have owned lots of different cars, but this one takes some beating. The price is right, the equipment that comes as standard is very good, and the service package for three years is very good. Overall, I am very, very impressed.
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.
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. 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 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.
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.
i would just like to add to comments i made previously about my car. i have not seen many 1.8 sports on the road and i have just found out that chevrolet only made them for 2006 and are no longer making the sport. that means my car is a limited addition! i'm never gonna sell this car!
I had a bit of a struggle getting one in black, which was the colour I particularly wanted, as I thought it best suited both the car's shape and the interior, but having finally managed to track a black one down, I'm extremely pleased with it. I'm still taking things reasonably steady to run it in, but it drives very well and has plenty of power. I really like the 2-tone full leather interior, which is very well-equipped with a Blaunkput CD, air-con, electric windows all round, etc. It also comes with a very nice set of alloy wheels too. All in all a fantastic buy for £9.9K!
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