Review – Chevrolet Utility 1.4 Sport

chev_ute“South Africa is the land of the work horse – with vast distances to cover and an ever growing economy relying on the trade of resources and products, we need a means to carry it all. Sure, there are trucks and trains, but those are commercial, what about the man on the street? For decades the Nissan Champ was the half-ton champ, if you’ll excuse the pun – and since its demise many a brand have tried to fill its place.

The Chevrolet Utility – formerly known as the Opel Corsa Ute prior to its rebranding – is one of the remaining two competitors in the segment. But does the workhorse live up to the legendary Champ of years gone by?
Although its hard-edged fascia would suggest otherwise, it’s a cheerful vehicle to drive. The Ute offers no false pretences as to its budget origins, nor does it attempt to appear classier than it is. No place is this more apparent than the interior design, dominated by hard, durable plastics that would no doubt stand the test of time in the company of a workman. But it’s cleverly packaged, with plenty of storage nooks for measuring tapes and the likes, and an easy on the eye – and hand – layout that offsets the abrasive materials used in its construction.

It covers all the basic amenities too, featuring electric windows, height adjustable steering (reach wasn’t an issue thanks to a well positioned and easily adjustable seat), speed-sensitive door locking, air-conditioning, as well as featuring rather decent safety features including dual-front airbags and ABS with EBD. Particularly impressive was the audio system, featuring 4 speakers and an easily operable radio setup that includes CD, USB, auxiliary and Bluetooth inputs.”

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