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.
Chevrolet LACETTI Estate 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.
Chevrolet LACETTI Estate refinement
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.