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Review: Chevrolet Sail U-VA
Driven March 2013
Chevrolet has been making some fairly good-looking cars in India. Such as the Optra, which was an attractive car in its time, the sporty Cruze, and the handsomely proportioned Captiva. The exception was the not-quite-so-good-looking U-VA. To address that, Chevy recently did a revision.
Called the Sail U-VA, it gets a new face with a signature twin grille, new clear headlamps and redone lines that make the car look sharper than the outgoing model. At the rear are new tail-lamps and a redesigned bumper. But despite all this , it still looks bland. You have to be a Chevy loyalist to like this styling.
There are two engine options – a 1.2-litre MultiJet diesel (Fiat-sourced) and a 1.2-litre petrol. We have the petrol, which puts out 85bhp and 113Nm. The engine is not what you’d call free-revving, and to go quick, you really need to give it some beans. It’s alright until 110kph, but after that it takes a long time to hit its top whack of 150kph. The five-speed manual tranny that the motor is coupled to feels pretty smooth and the shifts are accurate and precise.
The Sail U-VA returns 14.5kpl on the highway and 12kpl in town – not the best in its class but not unacceptable either. If you work the throttle, it’ll hit 100kph from standstill in 13.85 seconds. The brakes manage to stop the car within a respectable distance, especially compared to the Marutis.
The Sail U-VA excels in giving you an excellent ride. It soaks up the bumps with such ease, and saves your spine from the punishment that the roads are designed to put it through. It certainly doesn’t handle as well as a Swift but that shouldn’t be a problem as long as you’re not from The Mad Max School of Driving.
The styling on the inside too is not something you’d brag about. It’s all grey and the plastics are not in class-leading quality. But apart from that, the Sail U-VA is quite roomy and the rear seat is wide enough for three. In the features department, the top-end model that we had gets a digital tachometer, remote locking, phone connectivity and power windows all-around.
The base variant of the Sail U-VA is priced at Rs 5.78 lakh, the bells-and-whistles version goes up to Rs 6.70 lakh (both on-road, Mumbai), which is almost identical to the Maruti Swift. The Sail U-VA is a good choice if you’re looking for space and ride quality. For anything more, look elsewhere.
4cyl, 1199cc, petrol, 85bhp, 113Nm, 5M, FWD, 0-100kph – 13.85sec, 30-50kph (3rd)- 4.48sec, 30-50kph (4th) – 6.75sec, 50-70kph (5th) – 9.82sec, 80-0kph – 25.06m, 13.2kpl, 150kph, Rs 6.70 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)
The Sail U-VA has ride and space going for it, but the bland styling and average dynamics are party-poopers.