Chevrolet Sail Hatchback is a hatchback series that is offered in petrol as well as diesel version too. Even in looks this small car scores well with features such as front grille with golden bowtie, shooting star style fog lamps, hawk wing shaped headlights, body toned bumpers and external mirrors. Alloy wheels add to the overall appeal. Insides are also decorated with fabric/leatherette upholstry to seats, chrome accents on door handles, center console, AC vents and others. Many pockets are integrated to provide for storage in the compartment, which adds to the trunk space of 248-litres. In terms of safety, safe cage body structure against collision, engine immobilizer against thefts, airbags and seatbelts against fatal injuries and ABS with EBD against slippery. Comfort is taken care by air-conditioner, advanced integrated music-system, power steering and power windows along with multiple notifications in the instrument cluster. Company offers a warranty of three years or one lakh kilometers, whichever is earlier.
To begin with, the dual port radiator grille delivers a strong statement of fashion and gives trendiness to the overall image. This additionally has chrome surroundings to it adding to the already stylish appearance. There is also an emblem of the company that is embedded onto it, which is in gold color. A hawk wing type headlight cluster is integrated on either sides of the grille. These are accompanied by a pair of halogen headlamps and along with turn indicators. All the variants are blessed with body colored bumpers on the front as well as to its rear. The bumper on the front boasts a wide air dam that helps in cooling down the engine. The top end variants are bestowed with a pair of fog lamps that are decorated with chrome surrounds for extra look. And when it comes to its sides, it too has its share in making the entire appearance quite appealing. The wheel arches are very edgy along with stylish steel/alloy rims, depending on the variant selected. The external wing mirrors on both the sides are painted in body color. The outside door handles too are in sync with the body color as well. The rear view too is quite trendy with a pair of reflectors fixed on its rear bumper. The taillight cluster is integrated with brake lights and turn indicators as a standard feature.
It has good enough dimension figures with an overall length of 3946mm and a width of 1690mm. A height of 1503mm makes it quite tall for a hatchback. About 174mm of ground clearance is offered and the minimum turning radius of almost 5.15 meters makes for an easy handling on slim roads.
Editor's Take : The interior space of the Sail U-VA is good in both the rows and even the boot size is decent. The U-VA’s biggest USP has been its space, and so Chevrolet has retained the U-VA title to convey the same.
Entire scheme of the cabin is designed in dual tones of black and beige giving a contrast effect. Steering wheel looks sporty with three spokes to it. The center stack bezel has a chrome finishing to it. We can see that there are cup holders in the front console and a glove box in the dash board which comprise of the storage space. Additionally, front doors also have map pockets and front seats have back pockets. There is a parking braking button that has chrome over it.
List can be started with it has a power steering offering tilt adjustable facility to the steering wheel that minimizes the driver's effort to a great extent. An air conditioner unit with heater is incorporated with well placed AC vents to distribute the air appropriately. There are power windows for all doors, then it has outside rear view mirrors that are electrically adjustable. A day and night mirror is fitted into the cabin as a standard feature. The rear seat has a 60:40 split facility to it that is a great advantage. It further is provided with a flexible flat folding rear seat. There is a digital tachometer integrated in the instrument cluster as an added benefit. A remote fuel filler and along with it a tailgate opener is offered to all the variants for the sake of better convenience to the driver. A courtesy lamp in the cabin is fitted as a standard feature and another lamp is offered in the boot compartment for more assistance. There is a central door locking system equipped and additionally a keyless entry system is an add on to make things much easier to the driver.
Owing to its large wheelbase, its cabin is very roomy with a good head space and leg room. About 40 litres can be accommodated in its fuel tank. Planning for long journeys is possible as its boot space is about 248 litres, which is very good. This can be further increased to 1134 litres, which is massive.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Editor's Take : The acceleration produced by the Sail U-VA is decent and it is good enough to make those overtaking moves in city.
A 5-speed manual transmission gear box is integrated to a 1248cc petrol mill. It breaches the 100 Kmph mark from naught within 16 seconds. A top speed of 150 to 155 Kmph can be reached. Its 1199cc motor can gear upto a maximum speed of 145 Kmph and accelerates from 0 to 100 Kmph in 14 seconds. This too is mated to a five-speed manual transmission gear box.
Engine and Performance
Editor's Take : The petrol and diesel engines on the U-VA have decent performance, however the petrol one needs some revving for better extraction of power.
The petrol trims are fitted with a 1.2-litre mill that can displace around 1199cc. It has 4-cylinders and 16-valves and is based on a DOHC (double overhead camshaft). It has a potential to deliver a maximum power of about 84.8bhp at 6000rpm and can generate a peak torque output of about 113Nm at 5000rpm. This too is incorporated with a 5-speed manual transmission gear box. It is equipped with a multi point fuel injection fuel supply system that delivers a mileage of approximately 18 Kmpl on highways, whereas can give a mileage of around 15 kmpl within the city. The diesel trims are integrated with a 1.3-litre, turbocharged engine and it has a displacement capacity of about 1248cc. This can produce a maximum power of 76.9bhp at 4000rpm and can generate a peak torque output of about 205Nm at 1750rpm. It has four cylinders and sixteen valves that are based on a double overhead camshaft valve system. It is further mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box. It is incorporated with a common rail direct injection fuel supply system that enables a fuel efficiency of around 22 Kmpl on freeways and 18 Kmpl within the city traffic.
Editor's Take : The mileage of the diesel Sail U-VA is good and has been known as a frugal oil burner. The petrol one too has good mileage as well.
Diesel version has Smartech engine which runs on a common rail direct injection fuel supply system. This will enable to deliver a fuel efficiency of 22.1 Kmpl on highways and this figure will come down to 18 Kmpl in the cities. On the other hand, petrol motor is based on a multi-point fuel injection based fuel supply system that makes for a mileage of 15 Kmpl under standard driving conditions. On runways, this goes a notch higher upto 18.2 Kmpl.
Power of Chevrolet Sail Hatchback
Editor's Take : The Sail U-VA is available with a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel mill options. The diesel has better power than the petrol, however on paper the petrol is more powerful.
The 1.2-litre petrol engine has four cylinders and sixteen valves. These are based on a dual overhead camshaft valve system. A maximum power of 82.5bhp at 6000rpm and a torque output of 108.5Nm at 5000rpm is delivered by this motor. Whereas, the 1.3-litre oil-burner has 4-cylinders and sixteen valves which are also based on DOHC. It can produce 74bhp at 4000rpm and also generate 190Nm of torque output at 1750rpm range.
Stereo & Accessories
Apart from the already available music system (except for base variants) in this car, the buyer can further improvise this vehicle as per their need and requirement. This can be done by adding extra accessories of preference at an additional cost. These can be availed from all authorized dealers across all major cities. There are features such as floor mats and leatherette seats offer comfort in the cabin, while fancy decals and spoilers add style to the exteriors. Exteriors can be improvised by having the external elements like outside rear view mirrors and door handles painted in body color for the entry level trim. Coming to the stereo system fitted in this hatchback series, it has quite a lot of functions and is one of the most attractive selling points of this car. The only issue is that the base trim in both petrol and diesel line up does not have a music system. A 2-DIN audio system is fitted, which has the ability to support multiple players. These include a CD as well as an MP3 player as well. It has a radio tuner along with an antenna to support it, which has an AM/FM tuner in it. There are four well placed speakers offered for equal sound distribution inside the cabin. Of them, two are fitted on the front and two others are fixed at its rear part of the cabin. Furthermore, there is an Auxiliary input as well as USB socket available in this unit. The highlight feature is to have a Bluetooth connectivity to all the trims. It has mobile audio streaming and also handsfree calling functions. These include, making and receiving calls, end or reject a call plus has a caller id visibility in the display. Moreover, an automatic reconnection facility too is made available. There is an impressive flexibility of pairing this connectivity to about five phones.
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Braking & Handling
This is one of the most significant aspect of any vehicle. When it comes to the suspension section, its front axle is equipped with McPherson struts, whereas the rear end gets a robust torsion beam. Furthermore, both these axles are integrated with gas filled shock absorbers for added comfort. This series has an proficient braking mechanism, which helps in controlling the vehicle at all times and hence results in better handling. Its front wheels are fitted with efficient disc brakes and the rear wheels are fixed with standard robust drum brakes. The top spec versions are also given an advanced braking system. This includes an anti lock braking system along with it an electronic brake force distribution is also added.
Safety & Security
All the variants in this model series are offered with 3 point ELR (energy load reduction) based seat belts. The top most two trims are incorporated with an advanced braking mechanism, which includes the advanced anti lock braking system. It also allows to have greater control over all kinds of roads and therefore reduce the risks of skidding or losing control. To further bolster this aspect, the company has also equipped these variants with electronic brake force distribution, which aids in better handling. This car is built with a strong safe cage body structure for enhanced protection. It helps in having greater immunity against all the possible accidents that might destruct the body and injure the occupants in it. An auto door locking system is available and further it has speed sensing functionality too to it. There are other protective aspects like airbags provided for the driver as well as to the co-driver for added safety, side and front impact beams. All trims are fitted with an engine immobilizer to ward off any unauthorized entry. There is a centrally located high stop lamp integrated onto the rear windscreen. Then there is dual horn, seat belt reminder for driver's seat and so on.
The entry level as well as the mid range trims are fitted with a set of sturdy set of steel wheels that are 14 inches in size. These rims are further covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 175/70 R14. The high end variants of this series are fitted with a stylish set of alloy wheels. These are also 14 inches in size and add to the style quotient of its side profile. They are further covered with radial tubeless tyres of size 175/70 R14. A full size spare wheel is also offered in the boot compartment, which is accompanied by a kit that has all the tools required to change a flat tyre. This is a standard feature across both petrol and diesel engine variants.
1. Spacious interiors with ample head and shoulder space.
2. Initial cost of ownership is quite reasonable.
3. After sales service and maintenance is reasonable.
4. Diesel engine performance is quite good.
5. Safety features of top end trims are impressive.
1. Petrol engine mileage can be better.
2. Fuel economy is not compelling.
3. Less ground clearance is a disadvantage.
4. At least a driver airbag should be given to all variants.
5. Base version lacks quite a lot of features.
Chevrolet Sail Hatchback price
|1.3 TCDi |
|5,91,038 ||6,01,546 ||6,26,261 ||6,01,546 ||6,09,350 ||6,01,545 ||6,07,869
|1.3 TCDi LS |
|6,44,907 ||6,56,372 ||6,83,191 ||6,56,372 ||6,64,823 ||6,56,372 ||6,63,196
|1.3 TCDi LS ABS |
|6,61,235 ||6,72,883 ||7,00,376 ||6,72,883 ||6,81,546 ||6,72,883 ||6,79,865
|1.3 TCDi LT ABS |
|7,46,208 ||7,59,474 ||7,90,418 ||7,59,474 ||7,69,215 ||7,59,474 ||7,67,271
|4,79,240 ||4,87,760 ||5,07,789 ||4,87,760 ||5,09,083 ||4,87,760 ||4,92,983
|1.2 LS |
|5,29,851 ||5,39,271 ||5,61,291 ||5,39,271 ||5,61,208 ||5,39,271 ||5,44,967
|1.2 LS ABS |
|5,53,306 ||5,63,143 ||5,86,138 ||5,63,143 ||5,85,387 ||5,63,143 ||5,69,069
|1.2 LT ABS |
|5,99,000 ||6,35,864 ||6,54,516 ||6,35,864 ||6,51,964 ||6,35,864 ||6,42,478