Chevrolet Optra Magnum 1.6 Review
Chevy Optra..MAGNUM?

Text by Andy Hum. Photos by Amery Reuben
15 Sep 2007

There’s a new Chevrolet in town, but you probably might not have known. Maybe because it isn’t exactly new – it just looks new

The new Optra Magnum comes with updated frontal features such as a re-styled bumper, almond-shaped headlights, as well as integrated signal lights on the side mirrors. Overall, it fares decently as a facelift. On the downside, it is by no means a robot-transforming Camaro, even though its name might sound like it is.

However, that doesn’t mean it has done itself enough good to stop it from looking rather dated. Despite that, it is still better looking with more well-balanced proportions and angles than most other Japanese saloon cars.


The interior is rather uninspiring, but not dreary. Step in and you will find yourself greeted by an instrument cluster which looks like it was designed by some random man using Microsoft Word with some default font, and a centre console from Excel.

Build quality is at an acceptable level. At least there it did not cause a sense of fear that some bits and pieces would start rattling while driving on the road. And importantly, too, it didn’t. Even though they do look like a collection of snap-together plastics, it will hardly lose out to the standards you would find on most other regular Japanese cars.

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