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Chevrolet Trax 1.4T AWD LT Review

Chevrolet Trax 1.4T AWD LT Performance

By Stephen Turvil
Sep 09, 2013
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Good news. The Chevrolet Trax 1.4T AWD LT is more versatile than a Swiss Army Tool. It is, however, much harder to attach to a keyring. This beauty's strengths include its four-wheel-drive system which is invaluable when the road is wet, icy, etc. It makes towing a caravan or trailer easier too. However, despite this and the muscular off-road styling this sports utility vehicle is not a hard-core mud plunger. The low front bumper alone ensures that. On the plus side, the handling is everything a motorist could reasonably expect for the class. As such the steering is nicely weighted, there is very little body roll, and the ride is comfortable except over particularly nasty bumps that not even a Swiss Army Tool can fix. Power comes from a 140PS turbocharged petrol unit that propels torque through smooth six-speed manual transmission. The result is 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds which is more than respectable. This engine also averages 44.1mpg, manages 50.4mpg on the extra-urban cycle, and returns 36.2mpg in town. These figures are reasonable but hardly trail-blazing. More importantly, the petrol engine is far quieter than the diesel powered alternative that is surprisingly intrusive for a brand new vehicle.

Chevrolet Trax 1.4T AWD LT Cabin, Boot, And Equipment

Good news. The Chevrolet Trax 1.4T AWD LT has a spacious cabin that comfortably seats four people. Rear legroom is particularly impressive considering the vehicle's modest footprint. Furthermore, cargo capacity is 356-litres rising to 1,370-litres when the rear seats are folded flat. That is similar to (say) a Volkswagen Golf Hatchback. There are plenty of cubby holes too – so motorists can easily store Swiss Army Tools throughout the cabin. And there is more. Some modern cars have complicated dashboards that baffle motorists. This can be a particular problem for those most familiar with old/basic vehicles. But not the Chevrolet Trax. Its layout is familiar and intuitive but still looks modern thanks to the large digital display behind the steering wheel that confirms the vehicle's speed, etc. This high-spec trim has plenty of other toys too. Highlights include the automatic headlights and a system that monitors tyre pressure (very important). These features complement the: cruise control that incorporates a speed limiter, the USB/iPod connections, the rear parking sensors, and the hill-start system that prevents the car rolling backwards when it moves-off from inclines. Who needs a Swiss Army Tool?
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By Stephen Turvil
Sep 09, 2013