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      Chevrolet Sail U VA First Impressions

      Shiva Shankar

      Shiva Shankar


      Chevrolet Sail U VA First Impressions

       With the launch of the Beat, Chevrolet widely improved the options available for customers to choose from. It was offered in both petrol as well as diesel. The Beat however was not as successful as expected in taking on its rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ford Figo and Tata Indica Vista.

      The Aveo U VA had great interiors but then it was not offered in diesel which is the current consumer favorite in India. Lack of a diesel option was a big drawback for the Aveo U VA.

      To rectify these points, Chevrolet recently launched the Sail U VA with a Fiat sourced engine. With a new model fitted with a better performing engine, the company wants to bring pack its lost sheen. Here is our first impression report on the Sail U VA.

      Appearance Exterior

      The headlamp assembly features clear lens lights which gives a stylish touch to the front as well as the lower half of the front facia. Front bumpers have a curvy finish on both the lines near the headlights as well as near the lower portion. Circular clear lens fog lamps have been fitted on the bumper.

      Radiator grille design is a lot improved from the earlier U VA and now sports a modern design with chrome inserts at the edges. A bold Chevrolet logo at the centre marks the new fact of Chevrolet models. The front design distinctly reminds of the premium segment Cruze.

      First look of the car and it makes you believe that Chevrolet has improved a lot on this version. The lines from the fender travel smoothly across till the rear quarter panel and also at the lower side of the door panel. There is an aerodynamic flow in the design of body and the new tail lamp extends to the quarter panel which adds to the good look.

      There is smooth sail in the design towards rear panel and dickey door. The new clear lens tail lamp, well designed rear wind shield and the smoothly designed bumper give the best of impression.

      Appearance Interior

      Along with stylish exteriors, the interiors too have been improved in the Sail U VA. Inside, the instrument cluster which Chevrolet describes as a Raising sun styled displays all the needed information in a compact and stylish matter. Front dashboard like neat and stylish.

      There is ample space in the glove box and the wide AC outlets help cool the cabin faster. The central panel is a bit straight and simple. Chrome finished knobs and the color of center panel match up with the dash board and give it a decent look. Inside the cabin one also finds important and essential comfort features like bottle holder, arm rest, ash tray and a lighter.

      Luggage compartment Lamp and Rear parcel shelf etc are some of the additional convenience aspects of the car. Best part of the interior is the 60:40 split folding rear seats. With this one can vary the ample space for the luggage as required. Overall, the Sail U VA offers great headroom, legroom and also very good cushioned seats with lumbar support.

      Performance Drive

      With wide opening doors, getting inside the cabin is very easy. Generous legspace makes the ingress and egress very easy. The seats are very comfortable as they have goof cushioning.

      The petrol variant which we drove is indeed very smooth. In fact we had to make sure the vehicle is idling for real as we didn’t realize it. There is no chunky hand brake lever and instead there is a small button which does the work. In our brief encounter inside the city, the drive was impressive and was very convenient to be driven around in small corners. Once seated inside the visibility factor is superb from all angles

      A turning radius of 5.2m is very impressive especially in occasions where one is forced to take tight U turns or while steering out from narrow lanes. This is also handy while parking the car. Transmission is very smooth. The ride experience is very positive. AC does its bit very efficiently and at a fast pace. The Sail U VA took on the uneven roads with ease as it has a ground clearance of 174mm. The small engine also returns a good pickup response as reaching speeds up to 80 kmph didn’t take any efforts. It is claimed that the Sail U VA can reach a top speed of 140 kmph.

      Tech Specs

      Technical Specifications
       Make Chevrolet
       Model Sail U-VA
      Variant Petrol Diesel
      Engine cc 1199 1248
      Power in PS / Rpm 86/6000 78/4000
      Torque in Nm / Rpm 113/5000 205/1750
      Transmission 5/M 5/M
      Tyre size 175/70 R14 175/70 R14
      Brakes Front Disc Disc
      Brakes Rear Drum Drum
      Fuel Tank capacity 42 42
      Dimensions in mm
      Length 3946 3946
      Width 1690 1690
      Height 1503 1503
      Wheel Base 2465 2465
      Ground clearance mm 174 168
      Minimum turning radius M 5.2 5.2
      Kerb Weight Kgs 1065 1124
      Boot Space in Litres 248 248
      Claimed Mileage Kmpl. 18.2 22.1


      Features Base(Petrol) LS LS ABS LT ABS
      Ex showroom Price  Bangalore
      Petrol 451894 492521 527634 567836
      Diesel NA 597730 630298 673768
      On road Price Bangalore
      Petrol 542148 590061 637329 685187
      Diesel NA 720774 759545 811293
      Power steering Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Air conditioning Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Front Power windows Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Tilt adjust steering Yes Yes Yes Yes
      60:40 Split Folding rear seat Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Rear power windows No Yes Yes Yes
      Central door lock No Yes Yes Yes
      Rear wiper washer No No No Yes
      Rear Defogger No No Yes Yes
      Integrated audio system No No Yes Yes
      Driver airbag No Yes Yes Yes
      Passenger airbag No No No Yes
      ABS No No Yes Yes
      Speed sensitive autolock No No No Yes
      Alloy wheels No No No Yes
      Leather wrapped steering wheel No Yes Yes Yes
      Leather  Gear Knob No No No Yes

      Competition All Specs

      Sail U-VA
      Maruti Suzuki
      Sail U-VA
      Maruti Suzuki
        Petrol Diesel
      Variant LT ABS Titanium Zxi LT ABS Titanium Zxi
      Engine Displacement 1199 1196 1197 1248 1399 1248
      Power in PS / Rpm 86/6000 71/6250 87/6000 78/4000 69/4000 75/4000
      Torque in Nm / Rpm 113/5000 102/4000 114/4000 205/1750 160/2000 190/2000
      Transmission 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M
      Tyre size 175/70 R14 175/65 R14 185/65 R15 175/70 R14 175/65 R14 185/65 R15
      Brakes Front Disc Disc Disc Disc Disc Disc
      Brakes Rear Drum Drum Drum Drum Drum Drum
      Fuel Tank capacity (L) 42 45 42 42 45 42
      Dimensions in mm
      Length 3946 3795 3850 3946 3795 3850
      Width 1690 1680 1695 1690 1680 1695
      Height 1503 1427 1530 1503 1427 1530
      Wheel Base 2465 2489 2430 2465 2489 2430
      Ground clearance 174 168 170 168 168 170
      Minimum turning radius 5.2M 4.9M 4.8M 5.2 4.9M 4.8M
      Boot space in Liters 248 284 300 248 284 300
      Claimed Mileage kmpl 18 16 18 18 16 18
      Power steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Air conditioning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Front Power windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Driver seat height adjust Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Tilt adjust steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Music system Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Steering mounted audio control No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
      Bluetooth phone interface Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Intelligent Central locking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Rear wash and wiper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Rear Defogger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      ABS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Dual front airbag Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Fog lamps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Ex showroom Price  Bangalore 567836 501999 587902 567836 599999 701085


      The Chevrolet Sail U VA will get its competition from Ford Figo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20 and the Tata Indica Vista. The extra warranty back up on the Sail U VA encourages the consumers to atleast consider this one.

      Chevrolet has made a superb attempt with the Sail U VA by offering it in both petrol and diesel forms. Chevrolet claims that the Sail U VA delivers a mileage of 18.2 kmpl for petrol and 22.1 kmpl for diesel which is impressive and will help consumers gather confidence in considering it.

      This time around Chevrolet has prices it at a fair point and pitching it to the correct set of consumers. Hope the Sail U VA helps the company finally make an important position in the small car market scene.