2010 Chevrolet Optra | new car review
Like the Spark and Aveo, the mid-size Optra is also a model derived from Korean firm GM Daewoo, based as it is on the Lacetti.
Internationally, the new Chevrolet Cruze is the successor to the Optra but in the Middle East the latter is still available during 2010 and is pegged under the pricier Cruze.
The Optra range spawns three body styles: a four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and a wagon out of which the sedan is the most popular in the region. The range has not been given a facelift since a long time and has thus begun to look dated in the face of more modern competition which crowds the mid-size car segment today.
The hatchback version looks the hottest amongst the three body styles thanks to its swooping roofline and Sportback like hatch. The hatchback is also the lightest of the three versions and thus the fastest too.
All Optra variants are powered by a 1.6-litre, 107bhp engine mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. A bigger 1.8-litre engine with 120bhp power is also available on the top end LT model. Available in three trim levels – base, LS and LT – the Optra offers decent amount of comfort for its price.
The top end LT comes loaded with power mirrors, fog lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, CD audio system with steering mounted controls, keyless entry, dual stage front airbags and ABS. The Optra’s interiors are well furnished and offer adequate legroom both in the front and rear for average height adults. The 405-litre boot of the sedan is large enough to carry a weekend trip’s worth of cargo.