2009 Chevrolet Epica | new car review

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 by

The 2009 is fighting it out in a hotly contested market segment, namely the small to midsize sedan side of things – and for this fight it comes quite well equipped.

To match-up to the Japanese competition, the Epica needs clean and understated styling, plenty of space inside a decent specification interior, good fuel efficiency and strong reliability – all attributes that must adorn any modern day family car, if it is to succeed.

The current design of the Epica was new for 2007, so you are looking at quite a fresh car, with the clean and uncluttered lines that we’ve grown used to over the recent years. The family face, single-bar front grille curves around to meet a pair of upswept headlights, and that’s about it, really.

2009 Chevrolet Epica

The face of the Epica is pretty plain and unassuming, as is the rest of the car. There aren’t really any strong design features to pick out, but the overall picture is fairly pleasant and wholesome. But, as is the case with cars of this segment; it’s what’s on the inside that really counts.

Customers will be looking for interior space and practicality, if the Epica is to satisfy the family man, and there’s some decent space inside this midsize Chevy, and a well thought-out and laid-out, interior design. There is room enough for five adults, plus a good size trunk-full of luggage, or an average size family could be carried in comfort, too.

2009 Chevrolet Epica

Safety features include front airbags and ABS (anti-lock brakes), as well as the latest crash-protection cell design, crumple-zones and pre-tension seatbelts. And if you’re a nervous driver, further airbags can be added to the Epica interior, making it as safe as any of its rivals.

’s engine configuration choice does, however, seem a little odd, in that both engine options for the Epica are V6. There’s a two-litre making 142bhp and 210Nm of torque, and 2.5-litre making a tad more grunt at 157bhp and 240Nm or torque. This kind of power output can easily be found in a Japanese four-cylinder engine of the same capacity, or even a 1.8-litre four-potter, so why Chevy went for the V6s is a bit of a mystery.

2009 Chevrolet Epica

It could be that the V6 is perhaps perceived as being smoother to spin-up than the a four-cylinder; this might have been the case way back in the day, but modern engine technology sees four-cylinder engines performing very well all round, easily as well as a same capacity V6. Perhaps it is the cache of having a ‘V6’ badge on the car that Chevy hopes will attract buyers.

Ultimately, customers have got a world of choice in this segment of the market with good offerings from the Japanese, Koreans and Europeans, and the Epica is a welcome additional choice for buyers who would perhaps like to have an American badge on their new car.


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Price Range (AED) 56,000–68,000


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