Dec 5, 2012

Driving with the Chevrolet Orlando

I drove the Chevrolet Orlando, too for testing. The petrol 1.8l engine version had a pretty basic equippment. But there are better versions with more luxury inside. But no keyless entry/start system? Really? Okay, besides that, the feels like a good car for transporting stuff or up to 7 persons.

Chevrolet Orlando LTZ 2.0 D
Chevrolet Orlando LTZ 2.0 D - By M 93 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
Unfortunately if you want a bit more comfy driving, this might not be the car you're looking for. Despite the good look outside and the decent feel in higher versions inside, the driving doesn't match up the expectations after looking at the car. The brakes are strange. First you need to press the pedal quite deep to even get a reaction. Then the reaction is almost too strong. At least the presentation car I drove had this problem. Steering feels a little wonky. It's not bad, but you really feel the size a little too much in my opinion.

The acceleration is okay, but not as good as you expected with the 1.8l engine. The 1.4l with MT has much more torque and the diesel engines give it more power at low speeds anyway. 180km/h was the given high speed for this version. Which took some time to reach.

All in all, it's not exactly what I've been looking for. Especially with the fuel consumption. Again, the 1.4l engine will be much stronger and uses less fuel. Yes, it's a decent car and many people will have a lot of fun with it. Especially with the price. These are really low for such a versatile car.

I'm waiting for the Chevrolet Trax, which is a totally different car, but with the nice interior, a bit like the Orlando, and a 4x4 with 9.4secs/60mph, I'll give it a shot.