2015 Chevrolet Malibu | new car review

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2015 Chevrolet Malibu
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AEDAED 85,000 - 115,000
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  • 2015 Malibu
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  • Last modified: December 11, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 85%
  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 75%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 75%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

The Malibu has come a long way since the 1960’s. Having bid farewell to its lengthy hood and almost muscle car appearance, the eighth generation follows conventional styling a lot more seriously. Pitched against cars such as the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, the falls into the D-Segment and is a good option for those looking for a striking, comfortable and adequately powered sedan.

Pros

* Aggressive front end.
* Camaro inspired rear lights.

Cons

* Plastic inserts that look like A/C vents in the dashboard and door panels ruin the charm.

Looks

From 1997 until 2012, the Malibu was dull. So dull, that I’m certain nobody used the adjective ‘striking’ to describe it. Thankfully, that’s not the case with the 2015 model. The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu wears large wrap around headlamps, an even larger chrome outlined grille, sizable five spoke wheels, and boy, is it striking!

2014 Chevrolet Malibu front

Feels

The Malibu follows simplistic designs with wood trim along the centre console and door panels, while the central A/C vents, multimedia screen, and controls are neatly placed into what some would call a large capsule. With soft leather accompanied by white stitching on the armrest, seats, and door panels, along with sufficient head and leg room, there isn’t anything to really crib about. Oh, apart from the odd plastic strips running along the dashboard and door panels that look like A/C vents, that is.

2014 Chevrolet Malibu interior

Engineering

The centrepiece of the car’s cabin is the 7-inch multimedia screen that is used to play music, view the navigation system, and show the driver a view of what’s at the back with the rear-view camera. But none of that will send your jaw to the floor; up until you realize, the multimedia screen slides up, to reveal a secret compartment. Quite handy before dropping the car off at valet, really. Features such as headlamp washers, dual exhaust pipes, 9 speakers, a roof mounted antenna and an auto dimming rear view mirror aren’t available on the base or LT version, and are reserved for the top of the line LTZ.

2014 Chevrolet Malibu interior - 2

What’s on offer?

The 2.4 litre engine fitted in the base 2014 Chevrolet Malibu sends 167 horsepower and 225 Nm of torque through a 6 speed transmission to the front wheels. The larger 3.0 litre unit coughs up 263 horsepower and 290 Nm of torque, but is still mated to the same 6 speed autobox.

2015 Chevrolet Malibu front

Summing it…

A stunning mug, coupled with styling inspired by a Camaro for the rear, and a well put together interior. As far as aesthetics go, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is flawless. But with the Koreans offering similarly equipped vehicles, such as Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima with a significantly lower starting price, the Chevrolet Malibu does feel a tad overpriced.

2015 Chevrolet Malibu top

Specifications

Specifications2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4L2015 Chevrolet Malibu 3.0L
Engine/ Cylinders2.4 litre 4 cylinder3.0 litre V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
167 hp @ 5,800 RPM263 hp @ 5,800 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
225 Nm @ 4,600 RPM290 Nm @ 4,600 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h10.1 secs8.1 secs
Top speed206 km/h220 km/h
PriceAED 85,000AED 115,000

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