Chevrolet Epica 2.5 Review

Text and Photos by Amery Reuben
30 Aug 2007

Before you buy this car, which you will be doing so if you're in the market for one of these mid sized, comfort cars that sit 5 in comfort and space, you must know of it's history. Just because the Epica is a new model in Singapore doesn't mean it has not existed elsewhere in the world prior to its launch here.

Elsewhere in the world, the Chevrolet Epica is rebadged as a Daewoo Tosca under the mid-sized GM-Daewoo platform in South Korea. It is marketed everywhere else in the world by General Motors (GM) as the Chevrolet and the Holden Epica.

Its predecessor is none other than the Daewoo Leganza that was sold here, the Magnus, and it’s many other improvisations. The V250 (the model code) has something special - a transversely-mounted, 2.5 litre straight six (review of the 2 litre coming soon enough!).

Unlike previous models that were sent to the finishing school of Mr. Giugiaro, this latest variant has been designed entirely in-house – a risk that has paid off, and not to mention a very big surprise because I love the way it looks, and I don’t say that often about a mid-sized, comfort biased sedan!

The exterior looks miles ahead of the dreary Leganza, which had too many bumps, humps and not to mention mumps in the driveline. This time, the entire exterior manages to come off as clean and handsome.

So it has grown-up then, and with that, there are side mirrors with built-in signal lamps, a neater bumper and grille layout, and that proven “high boot-low nose” formula we’ve all seen in your typical European family car. While many spoilt European journalists do not agree with this car, I’ll have to say that it’ll do magnificently, for the Singaporean market that is.

Some passerbys even gave the elusive comment as to how the Epica “looks a little like a BMW without the grille” at the front end.


The interior brings me back to the eighties. No doubt it looks good on the outside, but the inside of this car leaves much to be desired. Take for example, the switches. They’re all finished in a way that makes touching them less than desirable.

Sell Fast With Ease - Oneshift

With Oneshift, you get:
  Best value for your car    A peace of mind when selling    Fast sale from start to end


Best offer with no obligations.
Start Now!

I agree to the collection, use and disclosure of my personal data by Carousell and/or such other third party (as may be necessary) and to be contacted (via email, phone call and/or text message) for any purposes in connection with the application of and transaction of the vehicle, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and Carousell's Privacy Policy.

Prompt and Fast. Service officer Muhd Yazid was very helpful in guiding the sales, and when urgent assistance is required! Kudos to officer for being able to address all queries.

Arof Bin Yaacob - 5 months ago

It was very smooth and fast deal. Definitely will use one shift again to buy or sell car.

Lorrin - 6 months ago

Great and prompt service as always!

Nair - 6 months ago

Very satisfied by the service and convenience. Ii sold my car in 2 days.

Tan Wee Ann - 6 months ago

Very happy with the ease and smooth experience!

Minarni - 6 months ago

Excellent service. No hassle. Fast and reliable. Absolutely recommended.

Radzaly Bin Mohd Noor - 6 months ago

Excellent. It gives me better money for my scrap vehicle. Thank you guys

Jefri Sidik Soerdi - 6 months ago

The entire experience from registering my car on OneShift to the handing over to the dealer was very pleasant. The process at OneShift was efficient and transparent. Special thanks to RenAi from OneShift who was very detailed and helpful.

Charmaine Ang - 6 months ago

Great experience. Mr Pan the car dealer from Car Enthusiast is very helpful and friendly. Attitude towards client is awesome..

YEO CHOON WEI - 6 months ago

Good response and support from Angie at One Shift when I wanted to sell off my old Camry which was due to be scrapped in early February. Would recommend this platform for those wanting to buy or sell their cars.

Bahl Alok - 6 months ago