Road test: Chevrolet Orlando 1,8 LS

CAR Mag road test of our Chevrolet Orlando LS“LOCALLY, Chevrolet offers vehicles of virtually all shapes and sizes. From its entry-level hatchback, the Spark Lite, to its Cruze family saloon, Captiva SUV, Corsa Utility pick-up and performance-oriented Lumina SS, there seems to be a Chevy to suit all tastes. However, buyers who were in the market for an MPV had to go elsewhere … Until now.

The Orlando doesn’t look like a typical frumpy MPV, thanks to a chunky overall design, slim glasshouse, rearward-sloping roofline and pronounced bonnet. There is an obvious family resemblance at the front (especially to the Cruze saloon), with the most distinguishing feature a large dual-port grille that houses an enormous bowtie. The general opinion among members of the CAR team is that, because the Orlando’s bold lines aren’t as soft as those of the current crop of MPVs, it should have some appeal for male drivers, too.

With any MPV, space and its utilisation are major selling points. The Orlando has a roomy cabin that can seat seven occupants. Head- and legroom are ample for the two people seated at the front, with a wide variety of adjustment available. The second row, however, has no fore or aft adjustment, which has an adverse effect on legroom. Generally in MPVs of this size, the third row is useable only for transporting little ones, but one of our taller staffers commented that he found this row to be more accommodating than the one in front of it.” Read the full review on CAR Mag.