What is it?
The Chevy Orlando MPV is an early candidate for most surprising car of the year, for all the right reasons, of course.
Refined and good to drive, roomy and pleasing to look at, the Orlando scores a home run in what is turning out to be a competitive year for seven-seaters. Also new in dealers are the Ford Grand C-Max and revised VW Touran, while a new Vauxhall Zafira, the Orlando’s platform-twin, will launch at Geneva.
What's it like?
The Orlando’s strengths are a balance of dynamic qualities, a responsive chassis yet compliant ride, combined with quiet but punchy diesels and a useful roster of MPV practicality.
From the three engine — one petrol, two diesel —range, on balance we recommend the lower power of the two 2.0-litre diesels, tested here. Although it gives away 32bhp, the performance difference isn’t limiting and the factory figures for fuel economy and emission are identical.
Critically, in mid-spec LT trim the 128bhp diesel is usefully £1750 cheaper.
We’ve already praised the diesels in the key rival, the new C-Max, for refinement and the Orlando, surprisingly is their match. Surprising because this is not a state-of-the-art diesel, but a proven design by Italian manufacturer VM that, for curious corporate reasons, is actually a variant of Hyundai’s 2.2-litre unit.