Chevrolet Optra Magnum 1.6 (A) 

Chevrolet Optra Magnum 1.6 (A)
This car is no longer available in the market.
Latest OMV: $12,537
Engine Cap: 1598 cc
Power: 107Bhp @ 5600rpm
Torque: 150Nm @ 4000rpm
Type: Sedan
Euro NCAP: N.A
User Ratings: 4.00 from 2 reviews

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User Reviews (2)

sirhceew
Singapore
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Ahhh, the CNG one!

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2008 12:13AM
Reviewed by: sirhceew
Car reviews written (2)
Duration of car driven: Test Drove Once Only
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The Review

Got the opportunity to test drive a CNG Optra (A) Magnum Sedan, courtesy of GM S'pore. Outlook wise, this Optra looks much better than the pre-face lift ones for sure... especially the front, it looks much handsome now. Interior, I see an updated centre console with factory fitted HU and a small CNG/Petrol indicator on the right hand side of the dashboard. The rest remains the good old ways. Driving it,... I was told that the conditions for the car to switch from Petrol to CNG happens under these conditions: 1) Engine rev be brought up to 1600rpm and above, 2) water temp above 50 degrees. So crank starting the car means that it'll always be fueled by petrol first. Once conditions for CNG reaches, car will run on CNG automatically. Driver may however choose to run on either fuel source when car is up and running. During the short test drive, I actually switched from CNG to petrol and vice versa for 4 times! The switch between the 2 fuel source was almost unnoticeable! These switches took place while the car was cruising at 70-80km/h on 4th gear. All it takes is a press of a button! That simple! Probably it's just me, but I felt that the engine was actually smoother when it's running on CNG! Moving on, this Optra had 3 passangers and a driver for the test drive, an empty boot less the CNG tank. It shows the same grit as its petrol version moving off from stand still. Cruising was a breeze... guess this is the sweetspot for all Optras. Even when I wanted a more brisky run, shifting down to D2, this CNG Optra still behaves much the same like its petrol only sibling! Step and it goes. The ride is comfortable, (thanks to the re-tuned suspension setup to accomodate the CNG.) especially at the rear. My only complain was the spongy brakes feel... The hardware? Being factory fitted, GM offers 3yrs or 100000km warranty for this CNG ride. Being factory fitted, you'll also get a nicely CNG'ed boot with its interior panel sheets neatly moulded to cover the CNG cylinder. But because of the CNG tank, the Optra's boot now is almost the same size as that of an Aveo5 but wider... swallowing a golf bag or a baby pram shouldn't be much of a problem yet. Well, guess this is the give and take part... Over at the engine bay, the additional pipings were also neatly run along. There's an additional guage to show the gas pressure of the CNG tank. Lastly, to help clear the air as to the case of "engine died on me" as per the ST review some time back, GM narrowed it down to sensor problems and had already rectified the problem. My verdict? I think GM is really offering a value for money 1.6 CNG ride to the masses. With one of the largest legroom space to offer in its class, and its reknown ride comfort + stability at cruising speed; at its current price tag, it's a real deal. If you're one who covers KMs real fast, this CNG ride will sure save you the $!!!

Strengths

Factory fitted CNG power! Wonderful ride comfort and handling. Plentiful legroom and space.

Weaknesses

Not enough CNG refilling stations around the island.


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chevy88
Singapore
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Responded on: 3 Sep 2009 1:51PM

Hi sirhceew, Was thinking of getting this model after I test drove it but wonder whether it is a gd buy now as it will be phrased out by the new cruze. Any place I can find reviews on this car? Looking for gd buys. Any takes on this? Thanks. asdzds


kitfisto
Singapore
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fuel saver,stble at high speed,

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2008 11:17PM
Reviewed by: kitfisto
Car reviews written (1)
Similar cars tried: aveo, axio
Fuel consumption: 6.5km/litre
Drive pattern: 6.5
Duration of car driven: Less than 1 month
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The Review

although this car is quite heavy but petrol consumption are low,stable and less vibration neat engine layout

Strengths

at high speed did not vibrate, 650km for full tank,good sound system, dun feel the vibration. value for money.

Weaknesses

air-con not so strong, tyres are too small, should have digital climate control