Orlando 2.0 130PS LT MPV
Yanks are coming! The all-new
Orlando seven-seat MPV on sale in
March is the first of seven new
Chevrolet models coming to the UK
in the next 15 months...
AS A REMINDER, Chevrolet is General Motors largest global brand with annual
sales of around 3.5 million vehicles in more than 130 countries with a new car
sold somewhere in the world every 7.4 seconds!
Just for the record, after the arrival of the Orlando MPV the other new Chevrolet
models will be the Captiva SUV, the Cruze five-door hatchback, the Aveo supermini,
426bhp V8 Camaro coupe and convertible American muscle car and the Volt electric
Based on the Cruze platform, the all-new Orlando is available with a 1.8-litre
petrol engine and two 2.0-litre diesel (128 and 160bhp) units. Customers have
the choice of LS, LT, LTZ and LTZ Exec Pack levels of specification depending
on which engine is chosen. Prices range from £16,395 to £23,195.
The single best-selling version is expected to be the LT 2.0-litre 128bhp diesel,
priced at £18,645. All are covered by Chevrolet's customer-friendly Five Year
Promise a package of a five-year 100,000-mile warranty with servicing,
roadside assistance and MOT test cover.
new Orlando with seven seats accommodated in the usual three-row
arrangement is 4.6m long but, unlike many large MPVs, it isn't
van-like; it looks like a bold and elongated hatchback with four hinged side
doors and a top-hinged rear tailgate.
Unlike many large
MPVs, The Orlando
it looks like a bold and
with four hinged side
doors and a top-hinged
Its most obvious competitors are the new Ford Grand C-Max (which has rear side
sliding doors), the excellent Peugeot 5008, the Volkswagen Touran and the forthcoming
Vauxhall Zafira seven-seater which is reputed to use the same floorpan as Chevrolet
Vauxhall and Opel share many components.
addition to well-abled customers, families with children and older couples with
grandchildren, Chevrolet also have a keen following from the Mobility sector
of the less-abled and already there is huge interest from these users with enquiries
before the March on-sale date up by 218%.
Inside, the Orlando looks thoroughly modern with clean lines and well organised
controls and instruments. The hard plastics are not the most pleasing to touch
as they are not the higher quality, soft-feel used by many manufacturers
but they will be durable.
Numerous seating configurations are possible with either second or third rows
folded independently or together to make a completely flat load area. With the
centre and rear seats folded down there's a maximum load carrying area of 1,499
litres. In its most usual configuration with five seats in place
the load area offers 852 litres of space. But with all three rows
in use, the boot has just 89 litres of room not very much.
Specification is generally very good value for the money that,
along with its seven-seater design, will be its main selling point.
The entry level Orlando is badged LS and standard equipment includes electronic
stability control, air conditioning, follow-me-home headlights, electric windows
and mirrors, remote central locking, six airbags, three 12v power sockets, tinted
windows and an adjustable steering wheel.
also includes two clever innovations: a supplementary rear-view mirror allowing
both driver and passenger to see all of the car's occupants; and an extremely
clever hidden cubby compartment behind the stereo facia the perfect
place to conceal MP3s, phones and iPods away from prying eyes.
LS is available with the 139bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine and five-speed manual
gearbox or with a new 128bhp 2.0-litre diesel unit a six-speed manual transmission.
Go for the 16-inch rather
than the 18-inch wheels
the smaller wheels
provide plenty of front
end grip, the cornering
is more predictable and
the steering sharper...
models the main selling trim come loaded with even
more kit. As well as the standard LS equipment, they have rear parking distance
sensors, a USB port, 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, a chrome-effect
tailgate handle, driver's armrest, leather-covered steering wheel, front fog
lights, electric rear windows and an upgraded sound system with steering wheel-mounted
In addition to the engines already listed, the LT can be specified with the
most powerful Orlando unit a 160bhp 2.0-litre diesel with six-speed
manual transmission or, optionally, a six-speed auto.
range-topping LTZ models can be had with any of the three engine options. There
are goodies galore and these include distinctive 17-inch alloys, automatic cruise
control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic headlights and windscreen
wipers, blue ambient panel lighting, a gloss black centre console, power-fold
door mirrors, rear cargo net and chrome-effect body detailing. Buyers of diesel-powered
LTZ models can also specify an optional Executive Pack, priced at £2,000. This
adds full leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite navigation and 18-inch
Orlando also benefits from best-in-class insurance group ratings
no other seven-seat MPV can match the 1.8-litre petrol model's 10E classification,
while the 128bhp 2.0-litre diesel is in class 14E and the 160bhp 2.0-litre diesel
My first brief test drive at the press launch event conveniently
on my local Cotswold roads and ironically the same venue Ford used for their
recent press introduction of the C-Max and Grand C-Max didn't
get off to a confident start. First of all I drove the 1.8-litre petrol model
but with the very top LTZ specification with the optional 18-inch wheels. Not
a good start… The 139bhp petrol unit was capable just
but pretty gutless and it desperately needs a six-speed 'box to reduce the noise
at cruising speeds.
said, the fuel economy of 40.3mpg was slightly better than the official 39mpg
quoted. But the biggest drawback was the oversized 18-inch wheels. They didn't
cope at all with the ruts, ridges and bumps, making the handling erratic and
the ride very uncomfortable.
transferring to the main-selling 2.0-litre 128bhp turbodiesel with LT specification
and standard 16-inch wheels was a revelation. The engine was much stronger and
really very well suited to a vehicle of this size.
128bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel
is really very well suited
to a vehicle of this
size and fuel economy was 44.4mpg...
The fuel economy over the same route was 44.4mpg against the official 47mpg,
not a great difference, but the unit was more responsive and, thanks to the
standard six-speed gearbox, it sounded less stressed at cruising speeds.
to the smaller wheels, the biggest improvement was definitely in the handling
and ride comfort departments. There was plenty of front-end grip, the cornering
was predictable and the steering sharper. This version coped easily with the
poor road surfaces so my advice would be to go for 16-inch wheels
the ride/handling difference is huge.
So, deal or no deal? On the minus side, it's not as practical or desirable as
other new MPVs of the same size and the large 18-inch wheel option destroys
handling and ride comfort capabilities.
On the plus side, the Orlando is relatively cheap to buy considering the high
specification and seating for up to seven people. It also looks smart, seems
well put together and comes with a durable, rather than plush, interior.
Orlando the vehicle could be an exciting place for family transportation and
Orlando the place is an exciting venue to go on holiday with Walt Disney World
being one of its main attractions. And this new Orlando seven-seat MPV is no
Mickey Mouse people carrier but the real McCoy! David Miles
Chevrolet Orlando 2.0 130PS LT MPV | £18,645
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 10.1seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 128bhp | Torque: 232lb ft | CO2 159g/km