The Lacetti Estate is well equipped and it undercuts most rivals on price. There's a good warranty and servicing package, too
Residual values are poor, which means this is a costly car to own. Many rivals offer more space, and it's certainly not the best car to drive
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There are just two petrol engines on offer, a 1.6 with 107bhp and a 119bhp 1.8-litre. Neither gives particularly strong performance, but the 1.6-litre model is actually quicker than the 1.8, which comes only with an automatic gearbox. However, the 1.6's manual gearbox is not smooth and needs to be worked hard.
Ride & Handling
The Lacetti has been touted as a car for people who just want to get from A to B, so it has been set up with comfortable pottering in mind. It feels stable on the straights, but is all at sea in tight, fast corners. The steering is heavy, but provides little information about what the wheels are up to.
The engines get boomy when they're revved, and don't settle themselves down enough at a motorway cruise. There’s too much wind- and road noise at speed, too. The gearshift feels vague and requires too much concentration to slot it into the right gear.