Chevrolet SAIL 1.2
After 5 years with TATA vista petrol edition we decided to change the car because of the maintenance cost had accumulated and desire of another car. We made options of which ones to go for and came up with
Swift : Not interested as it was already in the family.
Wagon R: Not interested due to tall box design and wanted B segment car.
i20: expensive for the our budget.
i10: distance between steering wheel & driver seat was a issue.
Grand i10: just launched.
Beat: distance between steering wheel & driver seat was a issue.
Celerio: Waiting period 6 months.
Finally we decided with CHEVY SAIL PS after taking test drive (KLN automobiles ltd)with it. Decision time:
Factors that led to it:
First and foremost when you sit inside the driver side the space it offers and the seat is comfortable for 100+ kms drive without break. The back space is also ample comparable to TATA vista for 5 people and the seats are comfortable for a B segment car.
The engine is 1.2 litre petrol engine is happy to be driven in sedate style can't expect outright performance but feel good performance.
The gear was smooth comparable to Maruti swift with short throws and the it has optimum long gear ratios except for the first one where the engine makes more noise due to pickup and try to accelerate past cars. The pickup is sedate as it is launched as family car.
Steering wheel is light and it picks up weight is high speed, is ok to drive in city and highway.The braking (leg & hand), clutch are easy to use and good grip offered by the default tyres Apollo which are easy city drive and the highway drive is smooth if it is not throttled hard.
The dashboard plastic is adequate and the speedometer gives information of the kilometers, odometer, fuel level & rpm. It is clear and bright during day and night. There is a locker for storing in the left side of dashboard to front passenger. Bottle holders are there in the both front doors. Holders are present are present in all four doors. Hazard lights and braking lights are bright day and night. Headlamps are powerful and adequate.
The door close with authority not comparable to Skoda Fabia, i20 but other B segment cars.
By default car did not have audio system it was base model, aftermarket fittings, we installed Xenox door locks, JBL speakers with JVS mp3 player.
the car had power windows for front doors only, manual for the back doors.
it had spare tyre tucked in the boot and boot is spacious for two trolleys.
We bought with 5 years of service warranty for extra money yet to get the letter from the head office in Mumbai. The servicing cost have been appropriate as such and with detailed usage and pricing has been adequate, no shocks till now and they usually give it within 24 hours.
They gave a chevy bear doll looks cheap but a nice leather file organizer with manual and invoice.
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