Chevrolet Optra – A Real Great Looker on the Road

I drove the car for 3 hours today. I drove it on mud roads, on highway and through the traffic jam at Airport Road. Great car to drive. The sales guy from Sundaram Motors was very helpful and ready t answer all my querries.

Looks wise, this is the best among all the 4 cars I have shortlisted. The interiors is not a good as the outside. The two tone finish was a little flashy. However it had a lot of storage space and cabinets inside.

I drove the the 1.6 LT version, that has 104 bhp with a 1.6 l engine.

The problem is that it also did not have ABS on the 1.6 LT. The 1.8 version had a ABS, but was priced wel above a corolla. The dealer was willing to give only a small discount. The price they quoyed was only a little less then a Hyunday Elantra GT. On paper Elantra had much more features then the Optra.

Also, I have lived in US long enough to know what Chevrolet means for quality.

At the moment the scales are going much against the Optra.

– Manas Kamal Bhattacharya


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