What is it?
There are several answers to this question. One is that the Epica is the UK’s cheapest six-cylinder saloon. Another is that it’s a cut-price competitor for Ford Mondeos, Renault Lagunas and Vauxhall Vectras. Yet another answer is that the Epica is a direct rival for budget family cars such as the Kia Magentis, Hyundai Sonata and Skoda Octavia.
Whatever your view, the Chevrolet Epica 2.0 LS is a large saloon for a small amount of money. For the price of a mid-spec Ford Focus you get a smooth 141bhp six-cylinder engine, a near-Mondeo-sized interior and as much spec as a top-end Mondy.
What’s it like?
Pretty good. We road-tested the top-spec diesel autoback in April, and came away generally impressed, but disappointed by the combination of turbodiesel and six-speed auto ‘box. We felt that the cheaper versions would be better.
Well, we weren’t wrong. The impressive build quality remains, as does most of the useful standard equipment (air-con, wheel-mounted stereo controls and electric mirrors are all thrown in).
To that, though, you can add a surprisingly refined 2.0-litre straight six and the knowledge that you’ve paid four grand less for the privilege.