2013 Chevrolet Malibu | Long Term review | Part 3
Ups: Perfect package of a comfortable ride and athletic performance
Downs: Front seat ergonomics, Rear Leg Room
The kind folks at GM replaced our old long termer with an even newer 2013 Chevrolet Malibu still on delivery kilometers. This too came in Silver with a two tone, beige and brown interior just like the one we had before. A run to the capital and it quickly reminded us why we liked it so much the first time around.
The beautifully engineered suspension setup along with the quiet cabin makes long hauls an extremely pleasant experience. It is hard to feel fatigued while behind the wheel of this car. To add to practicality there are loads of options for storage with little cubby holes in the centre console and massive door map holders. It even comes with a discreet compartment tucked away behind the touchscreen. Flick a switch and it pops open to reveal a nice little storage space that can be used to stow away your phone, wallet or keys. It comes with cool white lighting too so it isn’t completely dark in there.
The massive boot gives you hardly anything to complain about while a touchscreen with bluetooth connectivity, navigation and auxiliary as well as USB inputs mean your in car entertainment needs are taken care of. Fuel economy is nothing to rave about but isn’t too bad either. Cruising at a steady 120 kph showed a fuel consumption in the range of 8.5 – 9.0 L/100km which isn’t too bad for an engine this size.
Although the ambient cool blue lighting in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is nothing like what Audi offers, there is no other car in this segment that has a similar feature. It was also the one thing that most people commented about the first time they sat in the car.
With this being the last week of our long term review, I must admit the entire team at AutoMiddleEast will miss the car when it is gone. The powertrain, suspension and creature comforts come together making it an excellent package at a price point that can be very tempting for anyone looking at buying a new mid-sized sedan. The only gripes with the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu were the rear legroom/headroom and oddly shaped front seats. If that does not bother you, this makes for an excellent vehicle that is both comfortable and engaging to drive all while being acoustically insulated.
Price: AED 73,000
As Tested: AED 99,464
Mileage this week: 890 kms
Total Mileage: 1850 kms
Average fuel consumption: 13 L/100km (Combined)
Fuel Costs this week: AED 200