Test Drive: 2004 Chevrolet Epica LS – Autos.ca

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February 27, 2004

When Motors paid a bargain-basement million for a 42.1-per-cent stake in automaker Daewoo in April it didn#8217;t take long to get the Korean auto plants up to and exporting cars around the

The Chevrolet Epica is one of three new models to arrive recently in Chevrolet dealerships. In Korea, the is called the Magnus and is a replacement for the the largest car in former Daewoo#8217;s

In Europe, the Magnus/Epica is called the while in Canada and the U.S. the is also sold as the Suzuki (Suzuki holds a 14.9-per-cent in the new GM Daewoo). The U.S. however, get the Chevrolet Epica version Canada does.

Sound Let#8217;s not get into the GM Daewoo known as the Chevrolet Aveo/Pontiac Swift+/Daewoo Kalos, or the compact, Chevrolet Optra/U.S.-only Suzuki We#8217;ll save that game for another time.

2004 Chevrolet Epica LT. image to enlarge

Suffice to say despite different names, and sales territories, all these are built in the same two manufacturing in South Korea. And other an eight-way power driver#8217;s and fog lights, the $24,710 Chevrolet LS is essentially the same vehicle as the Suzuki Verona GL.

A power seat in a value-priced sedan is even if other such features as power windows and heated mirrors, variable wipers, air conditioning, cruise four-speaker audio with CD, disc brakes and keyless have become common equipment.

Not so common in this price are the leather-wrapped steering wheel and knob, a full-size spare and illuminated vanity mirrors by ceiling-mounted lights that shine into your #8211; nice touch).

As in GM products sold in Canada, a heater is standard equipment. most GM products, though, the has a locking gas cap.

Epica LT Click image to enlarge

LS interior. Click image to

The interior is similarly innocuous light beige fabrics by beige plastics. Apart the fake wood trim on the control panel and doors, it me of my 1995 Honda Accord functional, but 10 years out of date.

in terms of interior room the is competitive with products Honda, Toyota, Nissan and not to mention Chevrolet#8217;s own Malibu. is more than adequate seat-back pockets, map pockets in the and centre console storage cupholders and 12-volt auxiliary The rear seat splits and 60/40, adding to 380 litres cubic feet) of trunk

Build quality seems solid and tight. GM has appeared to some influence in quality in its new South Korean plants.

The is powered by an inline six-cylinder mounted transversely and driving the wheels #8211; an unusual It is a small six #8211; just 2.5 #8211; producing 155 horsepower at r.p.m. and 177 pound-feet of torque at r.p.m. Straight-six or not, the is no BMW 330i or Lexus IS 300.

In its engine has difficulty delivering the of power found in many inline four-cylinders. The Automobile Association of Canada, in testing at year#8217;s Car of the Year event, a 0-100 km/h time of seconds. Passing from 80 to 120 took a rather leisurely 9.7

Epica LS interior. Click to enlarge

Part of the problem is the four-speed transmission with its shifts. A five-speed transmission be better suited to the Epica#8217;s narrow power band.

consumption is poor for an engine size. Natural Resources rates the Epica at 11.9 per 100 kilometres (24 miles per gallon) in driving and 7.9 L/100 km (36 m.p.g.) on the This trails the Malibu#8217;s more powerful 3.5 litre V6 and even the optional 3.8 litre V6 in the Chevrolet Impala and Monte

Where the inline six does is in smooth and quiet operation. On the noise from the engine penetrates the cabin. The Epica#8217;s chassis also contributes to pleasant freeway driving.

But the car is softly sprung and the steering Push it too hard in a tight and it responds with excessive and body roll. Braking, is better than average to disc brakes at all four

Granted, the Epica is not intended to be a sedan. GM says it#8217;s at #8220;hard working practical (age 44-55) who like the things in life but are savvy to know you don#8217;t have to pay prices to get it.#8221; If quiet is more important than the Epica could be a good

GM expects the principal competition to from other six-cylinder family sedans, specifically the Sonata ($23,795) and Kia Magentis In reality, the Epica has to also with such automatic-equipped family sedans as the Honda ($24,900), Toyota Camry Nissan Altima ($24,798) and ($25,595). There#8217;s also the Verona, with slightly equipment, at $22,995.

And then there is the $24,900 LS, which has a more powerful horsepower) and fuel-efficient V6 and far superior and performance. OK, the Malibu lacks the five-year powertrain warranty, and at trim level does not heated mirrors, fog lights, disc brakes, eight-way seat or vanity mirror for the Still, at a list price $200 higher, this sibling could be the Epica#8217;s rival.

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