2008 Chevrolet Optra Hatchback | new car review
This is the second car up in the line-up that has what it takes to go head on with the opposition in a busy segment. Positioned in the lower medium segment, the 2008 Chevrolet Optra is touted by Chevrolet as a no-compromise performer that delivers big-car characteristics in a mid-range package and comes in sedan, hatch and wagon forms.
Seen from the side, its wedge shape and clearly accentuated shoulders dominates its profile. The roofline plunges down to the high rear section similar to a coupe, although there is a boot at the back end. Adding to the visual flow are the striking wheel arches that furnish the Optra a solid stance. The front end is clean and uncluttered, with crease lines on the bonnet converging towards the front of the car, and continuing over the three-section chrome grille all the way down to the front apron. The full-size, jewel-effect headlamps convey a feeling of self-confidence and highlight the three cylindrical lamps in each unit.
The cabin is well finished and cuts out outside noise pretty well. There are lots of roomy storage spaces. Instruments and controls are well laid out; with quality materials used, giving an upmarket feel to the interior environ.
Two engines are offered: 1.6 or 1.8-litre four-cylinder units. These can be combined with a five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmission. None of these engines will set the world alight but are best described as adequate for the task in hand. The bigger unit enthuses more though, thanks to its extra capacity and power generated.
The Optra is an unpretentious yet attractive vehicle. Being virtually unchanged for the last couple of years, it is time for a nip and tuck as the competition comes up with new fresh designs. The Optra though offers a lot to buyers for modest sums of money; this being especially true of the estate variant.
|Engine||1.6-litre 4-Cyl||1.8-litre 4-Cyl|
|Power||107 bhp||119 bhp|
|Torque||147 Nm||161 Nm|
Starts from UAE Dirhams 51000*
* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.