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Chevrolet - Enjoy(able)Drive – 2000 kms review on LS 8

By Avi Thakur on 06 November 2013

Car's Age: 0-3 months

Summary

Overall Rating 4
Exterior 0
Interior 0
Ride Quality 0
Maintenance 500/ month
Mileage (city) 14 KMPL
Mileage (highway) 19 KMPL

Detailed Chevrolet Enjoy Review

What's Good?

PROS * Value for money * Spacious interiors * Ride quality * Frugal Diesel engine * City drivability * Family car

What can improve?

CONS * Basic interior design * Limited list of features

Exteriors

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Interiors

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Ride Quality

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Overall Comments

Exteriors - Enjoy is a full sized MPV featuring predictable MPV styling elements, but on a second look it is more compact, thanks to its rigid dimensions. The front face appears sleek, the vertical chrome highlighted grille engraved with the Chevrolet gold bowtie gels well with the wrap-around headlamps. The side profile, the 14-inch wheels look a wee bit small, but are quite impressive to ride on. The prominent side crease running from the headlamps to the tail lamps lends some character. At the rear, the boxy feeling of an MPV is obvious. The tail lamp cluster is big in size. It may not be as good looking as an Ertiga, but considering that it is utilitarian urban MPV, we can’t expect anything more in terms of the exterior styling.

Interiors - Chevrolet has played it safe with the styling of the interiors with a simple layout of the dashboard and average build quality compared to the rivals. LS 8 seater does not have an audio system. The instrument panel with silver outlining provides easy readability with blue night-time illumination. The Enjoy lacks automatic climate control but the front and mid mounted AC vents (fitted on all variants) take good care of the temperature inside the car with an impressive throw of air and effective cooling. In terms of space, the Ertiga is definitely a letdown, as there is incredible amount of space inside the Enjoy. I expect all the Eight occupants with average Indian height to have no complaints in terms of the space even in the third row. Ingress and egress is quite easy, thanks to the large doors and the monocoque chassis. The front seats offer good comfort levels. The foot-well is narrow and there is no dead pedal on offer. The third row has class leading knee room but lacks under thigh support. The door pockets have limited storage ability and you need some effort to shut the doors. The cabin feels airy with a good view outside. The large windows all around and the beige interior treatment highlight this effect. The boot can swallow a good 940 litres.

Driving Dynamics – The driving dynamics are quite remarkable for an MPV of this height and weight. The suspension of Enjoy consists of McPherson struts at the front and a 5-link coil spring layout at the rear. The soft suspension settings are well suited for Indian road conditions. Enjoy takes on Indian roads pretty well at low speeds and as the speed picks up, the ride feels composed while the rear bobs a bit on bouncy, again thanks to Indian roads. Handling is prophetic and the Enjoy turns quickly into the corners with a bit of body roll which is acceptable considering the tall stance and the soft suspension setup. The 14-inch wheels are small for a car of this size. The Enjoy has ventilated discs up front and rear drum brakes and provides braking with a light brake pedal bite. The steering is good and with increasing speeds; it takes good care of stability at high speeds. At parking speeds, the steering feels light and the Enjoy is easy to maneuver with an impressive turning radius of 5.5 meters, which is good for City drive. Performance - The Enjoy is power-driven by two engines that are fitted longitudinally. This LONGI setup aids refinement and is used in cars which have a mono- coque chassis and rear wheel drive. The tried and tested 1.3-litre turbo diesel engine from FIAT with a maximum power of 77.5 PS at 4000 RPM with a peak torque rating of 188 Nm at 1750 RPM is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Engage the first gear and the Enjoy takes off quickly with minimal turbo lag, minimal turbo lag is a boon for jam-packed city conditions. The engine is peppy and torquey at low and mid level rev bands with linear power delivery and needs no frequent shift down frequently to get going. It’s only at high RPM levels where the power seems to be a wee bit wanting. The diesel-powered Enjoy is extremely frugal and GM has chosen the non-VGT version to offer better drive-ability and mileage. The entire Mayavaram – Chennai pilgrimage trip 849 kms with only 46 litres of Diesel oil.

Quick facts • Tagline of Enjoy "FIND NEW ROADS" • Launched in India as Chevrolet Enjoy MPV on 9th May, 2013 • The main rivals of Chevrolet Enjoy are Maruti Ertiga and Mahindra Quanto • Warranty of 3 years/100000 kms; whichever is earlier • It has been positioned below the Tavera with competitive prices • Assured low cost maintenance of 3 years/45000 kms • Available in both petrol and diesel • Available in eight variants: 4 of petrol and 4 of diesel • Option of 7-seater and 8-seater in base (LS) variant • Available in six shades: Red, White, Beige, Grey, Black and Silver • Petrol engine is a 1.4 litre unit with power and torque of 103 bhp and 130 nm respectively • Diesel engine is a Fiat sourced 1.3 litre unit with maximum power of 77 bhp and torque of 188 nm Specifications * Engine: 1248cc, 4-cylinder (Diesel); 1399cc, 4-cylinder, DOHC (Petrol) Longitudinal, Rear-wheel drive * Power: 77.5 PS @ 4000 RPM (Diesel); 104 PS @ 6000 RPM (Petrol) * Overall length x width x height: 4305 mm X 1680 mm X 1750 mm * Wheelbase: 2720 mm * Front/Rear track: 1420/1440 mm * Ground clearance: 161 mm (Diesel), 165 mm (Petrol) * Turning Radius: 5.5-metres * Fuel Tank Capacity: 50-litres * Kerb Weight: 1345 kgs (Diesel), 1260 kgs (Petrol) * Torque: 188 Nm @ 1750 RPM (Diesel); 131 Nm @ 4400 RPM (Petrol) * Transmission: 5-speed manual (Diesel and Petrol) * Fuel Type: Diesel, Petrol * Suspension: McPherson Struts (Front), 5-link Coil Spring (Rear) * Tyres: 175/70/14 Tubeless Radials * Brakes: Ventilated Disc (Front), Drum (Rear) * Safety: ABS, EBD, Dual Airbags Verdict - All in all, the Chevrolet Enjoy is a good value for money. Chevrolet has planned this new offering at a price point lower than the Maruti Ertiga, which is good. It serves the purpose of a MPV having good amount of space for passengers as well as luggage, comfortable ride, easy drivability on highways and also in the city. This vehicle will definitely please the fleet taxi owners and may appeal to people with large families. The interior styling has a limited list of features. The Chevrolet Enjoy has a lot to offer, with high amount of space, good ride quality and decent performance being its forte, in short “value for money”.

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