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.
Andrew Brooks, South Gloucestershire, March 29th 2007