Chevrolet has sourced a very respectable 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engine for the Orlando.
We tested a more powerful diesel engine with a manual gearbox and barely 1000 miles on the clock, and high internal friction might have contributed to the slight turbo lag that we felt in the lower intermediate gears during our acceleration tests. The 10.2sec 0-60mph we recorded could probably be bettered in something with a few more miles on the clock.
The engine’s generous mid-range shows itself more clearly in acceleration from 50 to 70mph in fifth gear. A Grand C-Max 2.0 TDCi takes 8.8sec to crack that task and a 1.6-litre diesel Peugeot 5008 needs 9.8sec, but the Chevrolet does it in 8.3sec. Building speed in this car is easily achieved and seldom requires a lower gear, thanks to that 266lb ft of torque.
The 47.1mpg we recorded during our touring economy test matches Chevrolet’s overall claim exactly, suggesting that, if you’re prepared to keep to a 70mph motorway cruise, you’ll get commendable fuel efficiency from the Orlando. Up your motorway cruising pace to less aerodynamically efficient levels, though, and you’ll be lucky to better 37mpg.