Chevrolet Utility review

Chevrolet Utility 1.4 Sport

The new Chevrolet Utility replaces the Corsa Utility, but builds on all its strengths. It looks great, handles well and seems well put together. Around town it feels quite nippy but in 1.4 guise battles a bit on the open road. The 68kW and 120Nm just not being enough especially with a load (of around 700kg). Not made for cruising then. The cabin is very well executed.

Good points  

GM have wisely kept it very much like it’s predecessor. The cabin is very comfortable and well laid out. The seats are comfortable and adjustable. The new design means they can move back further or allow more stowage space (164 litres) behind the seats.

The loadbox has 4 well placed tie hooks inside and 6 on the outside along the plastic lined top of the loadbox wall.

All the models come with automated lights which work well. The aircon fitted to the Sport models is effective.

Bad points

I found the 1.4 engine a little pap. It really labours at 4 000 rpm to get you to 120km/h, working hard, and this unladen at sea level. The wheels look small and lost in the wheelarches. The sound system is a little iffy delivering quite thin sound. I found the fuel consumption a bitter higher than GM claim of 7.2 and got just over 8 litres/100km.

Styling 

The new bakkie looks at first glance very much like the old one. But when you take a second more careful look you realise quite a lot has changed. The nose is more vertical and a lot bolder. The loadbox is shallower which increases rearward visibility and the lights seem to glower at you. I think the whole is quite pleasing. It is a good looking bakkie. The one pictured here is the Sport trim.

Summary

If I was buying a small bakkie I would get the 1.8 Club which costs (starting at) a not inconsiderable R140 00. The range starts at R115 000 for the 1.4 base model. The Sport models start at R161 000.

Warranty & Roadside Assistance – 5 years/120 000km. Service Intervals – 1 Year/15 000km.

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