Chevrolet Orlando (2011 – 2015) Review

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Chevrolet Orlando (2011 – 2015) At A Glance

Seven seats as standard. Easy and comfortable to drive. Decent value and well equipped. Five year/100,000 mile warranty. Chain-cam diesel engine.

Entry-level 1.8-litre petrol is a bit underwhelming.

Insurance Groups are between 10–17
On average it achieves 74% of the official MPG figure

Chevrolet is a brand that has big plans for the future and they start with the Orlando. It's the first MPV from the firm since the awkwardly styled Tacuma (which was an old Daewoo model from 2000), a car that found few buyers. But the seven-seat Orlando is a different kettle of fish altogether and marks a new future for Chevrolet. A future which looks very bright if this is a taste of things to come.

It's nothing revolutionary or exciting, but Chevrolet has managed to get the key things right. The Orlando is easy to drive, it's spacious inside, has seven useable seats and is good value. Add in neat looks, good diesel engines and Chevrolet's five-year/100,000 mile warranty and it's not hard to see why this is an attractive package and a very strong alternative to established MPVs from the likes of Ford and Renault, as well those from Chevrolet's more direct competitors like Hyundai and Kia.

It stands out thanks to chunky styling which seems to be a combination between MPV and crossover (if such a thing exists) but the main thing is that it's distinctive and - dare we say it - quite handsome too. It's actually based on the Chevrolet Cruze and uses similar engines. Under the bonnet, there's a choice of three units, one petrol engine -  a 1.8 litre with 141bhp and two diesel units, the latest version of Chevrolet's 2.0 litre engine available with either 131bhp or the top 163bhp version.

But what is most impressive about the Orlando is the practicality it offers. The 'theatre-style' seating as Chevrolet rather grandly refer to it as, means that those in the back still get a good view forward, even from the third row, which is a must for travel sick youngsters. There are numerous seating layouts available with flat fold seats making changing the interior about a doddle. Storage seems endless with a huge number of cubbies and boxes dotted about.

And the name? Well apparently Chevrolet chose Orlando because it's where Disneyland is and because it’s synonymous with family fun. But this is certainly no Mickey Mouse MPV, instead it's a great value people carrier that has plenty to recommend it.

Road Test and Video Chevrolet Orlando Range  2010

Road Test Chevrolet Orlando 2.0 VCDi 163 2011

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Real MPG average for a Chevrolet Orlando (2011 – 2015)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

74%

Real MPG

21–48 mpg

MPGs submitted

48

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ASK HJ

Should I keep my Chevrolet Orlando?
I purchased a 1.8 manual Chevrolet Orlando with 10,000 miles on the clock in April 2013 for £7500. However, I’ve just heard that Chevrolet is planning to pull out of Europe so how will this affect me? Should I try and sell now? My gut feel is that as it all works perfectly then keep it, service it well and it should look after me well. As it's Vauxhall's standard 1.8 engine I can't imagine anything really going wrong with it. What do you think?
It was cheap for what it is, though pre reg unused Zafira B 1.6s have been going for £9,995. I wouldn't worry. Make a good taxi.
Answered by Honest John
I'd like to recommend Wolfrace for supplying 16-inch wheels for my Chevrolet Orlando.
I needed a new set of tyres for my Chevrolet Orlando with 18-inch rims. They would cost me between £550-£600. Wolfrace did me a set of 16-inch alloys with decent quality tyres, balanced and fitted for £648 and I have still got my 18-inch wheels to sell. I now have a much more comfortable and I hope more economical ride. A no brainer really!
That's a decent deal. www.tyremen.co.uk does a set of 16-inch Alutec alloys for £335 inc, plus the tyres. But, of course, the total cost depends on which tyres you go for. You could fit excellent Goodyear Vector 4 Season tyres and leave them on all year round. You need to disclose the ‘modification’ to your insurer but there should be no penalty.
Answered by Honest John
Should I use wax on my Chevrolet Orlando's paintwork?
My 18-month-old Chevrolet Orlando has Velvet red metallic paintwork. After shampooing and drying it looks superb. Should I be waxing it? If so, what would you recommend and how often please
I use Autoglym paint surface cleaner followed by Autoglym High Def Wax. Expensive, but worth it. Lasts about six months and a £40 tub lasts 2 - 3 years.
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How should I fit deeper profile tyres to my Chevrolet Orlando?
I have just purchased a Chevrolet Orlando with 235/45R18's. If I wanted deeper profile tyres do I need to change wheels? Also what would you recommend for winter with existing wheels? Different tyres, or tyres and wheels? I haven’t got room for storage.
To fit deeper profile tyres you have to go down a wheel size or two. I don't recommend 235/45R18 winter tyres on this vehicle. Better to go down to the 16-inch alloy wheels with 215/60 R16 tyres from the LS version. Rent a store for bits you can’t accommodate. I do.
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