Hi friends yesterday I got a chance to try hand at Chevrolet Sail sedan, which has been recently introduced in the market. I took the test drive of the car for at least one hour and believe me I was surprised by the performance, thanks to the fiat sourced 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine, which is one of the most refined small diesel engines we have in India. And I would appreciate General Motors India to bring the car at the right time and most importantly at a right price; they wanted a good entry level sedan badly.
General Motors has placed Sail with an impressive price tag of Rs. 5 lakh against the closest competitor, Maruti Swift Dzire. Chevrolet Sail sedan is available in both the diesel and petrol fuel options, and it's a smart move by the company.
By the looks, interiors and engines, Chevrolet Sail sedan is a potential product, Sail has to square up the challenge with the present three top car manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Toyota,Mahindra and others. When I entered into the car I felt a luxury feel and the lavish interiors with additional features and the amount of space, which makes the Sail just fantastic, however I felt the steering grip is very tight and the turning radius of the car is not upto the mark. The dash board is not so much appealing but it's better then Dzire and Verito.
Talking about the features and the drivability of the car, it was a nice experience for me to drive on highways as the car has the 1.3L SMARTECH Turbo-charged diesel engine which produces the 76.9bhp at 4000rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm at 1750rpm. The car is enhanced with all the necessary features like Front Height Adjustable Headrests, Luggage Compartment Lamp, Interior Courtesy Lamp, Remote Keyless Entry, Rear Defogger, Power Steering, Front & Rear Power Windows, Tilt Steering and Phone pairing upto five phones. However, an hour of drive would not tell you the right mileage figures, but the company claims the car to return an impressive mileage of 22kmpl, so even if it returns around 20kmpl, it's good.
Pros: Price, features and mileage.
Cons: lack of service network, turning radius