The Chevrolet Orlando has space for seven and its rear seats are easy to fold flat. It’s cheaper than many rivals and Chevrolet’s 5-Year Promise helps keep running costs affordable.
It’s not as versatile as it could be and weak resale values mean it’s not that cheap to run long-term. The petrol engine is weak and noisy, and the ride is jiggly.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The entry-level engine is a 139bhp 1.8-litre petrol, but it’s so gutless that you’ll need to upgrade to one of the 2.0-litre turbodiesels. The 128bhp version feels pleasantly punchy once the turbo starts spinning, but the turbo’s initial reluctance means the power can fade between gearshifts. There’s also a pokier 161bhp version, which is available with either manual or automatic gearboxes.
Ride & Handling
Body roll is well controlled, so you don’t have to worry about the Orlando making your little ones feel queasy. The steering feels pretty informative in bends, too, but the wheel can feel a little on the heavy side during low-speed manoeuvres. The ride is more of a concern because it gets quite jiggly on patched-up surfaces.
The diesel engine sounds a little rattly when you put your foot down, but it’s impressively refined at a steady cruise. By contrast, the petrol is very noisy when you work it (as you have to much of the time), and it could really do with a sixth gear to reduce the revs at motorway speeds. The Orlando’s door mirrors generate quite a bit of wind noise at the national limit, too.