There are two 2.0-litre units to choose from: a 138bhp petrol and a 148bhp diesel. The diesel is available with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. Performance from both engines is adequate without being startling. However, the auto gearbox does struggle at anything beyond moderate pace, and is slow to react, especially from a standstill.
Chevrolet EPICA Saloon ride & handling
The Epica is competent on every type of road, dealing well with everything from motorway cruising to twisty B-roads. It rides well over everything except the worst bumps without too much fuss. Push on, though, and the size and weight of the car tells - meaning corners are best taken gently.
Chevrolet EPICA Saloon refinement
Although the petrol engine is hushed, the diesel unit rattles. It never gets so noisy as to be annoying, but the hum is always there. Wind noise, too, becomes intrusive as you hit motorway cruising speeds. The suspension also has a tendency to clunk.