Chevrolet Enjoy MPV Review
True Value for Money MPVMonday, November 18, 2013
Chevrolet India showcased all-new multi-utility vehicle 'MPV Concept' at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi. It will be sold as ‘Chevrolet Enjoy’ in India and will compete with the likes of other compact multi utility vehicles available in India like Maruti Ertiga and Mahindra Quanto. Chevrolet Enjoy is available in both petrol and diesel with prices starting from as low as INR 5.49 lakhs (ex-showroom) for the no-frills basic 8-seater petrol model. The base model of Chevrolet Enjoy diesel is priced at INR 6.69 lakhs and top model of diesel version is priced at INR 7.99 lakhs. It is expected that Enjoy MPV will sell in decent numbers as the company has managed to price it very competitively in the region of 5-6 lakh rupees for the base model of petrol version. Chevrolet Enjoy is basically an improved version of Chinese multi utility vehicle which is sold as Wuling CN-100 in other markets. Chevrolet Enjoy is available in 8 variants and 6 shades. Does it have the potential to become the best seller in its class? Let’s check out.
- Tagline of Chevrolet Enjoy is "FIND NEW ROADS"
- Launched in India as Chevrolet Enjoy MPV on 9th May, 2013
- Available in both petrol and diesel
- Base model of petrol is priced at INR 5.49 lakhs
- Base model of diesel is priced at INR 6.69 lakhs
- Available in eight variants: 4 of petrol and 4 of diesel
- Option of 7-seater and 8-seater in base (LS) variant
- Available in six shades: Red, White, Beige, Grey, Black and Silver
- Petrol engine is a 1.4 litre unit with power and torque of 103 bhp and 130 nm respectively
- Diesel engine is a Fiat sourced 1.3 litre unit with maximum power of 76 bhp and torque of 188 nm
- The main rivals of Chevrolet Enjoy are Maruti Ertiga and Mahindra Quanto
- Warranty of 3 years/100000 kms; whichever is earlier
- It has been positioned below the Tavera with competitive prices
- Assured low cost maintenance of 3 years/45000 kms
Chevrolet has designed this car to please everyone. The tall and wide stance of Enjoy certainly gives it a typical MPV look but few styling elements bring freshness to this car. The bonnet of Enjoy features V-shaped noticeable lines on it which leads to the wide front windshield of the car. The multi-layered chrome finished front grille of Enjoy also complements its front styling. The angular headlights gel well with the front grille of this car. The bulky front bumper of Enjoy comes with small air-dam and angular fog lights which make it look premium when seen from the front. The actual height of the car is noticeable when seen form either side. It features full size three windows on each side and comes with body colored ORVMs and door handles. The doors lack the style statement and look quite simple with 14 inch wheels. The boxy shape also continues at the back as it features square shaped rear glass and long boot gate. The clear lens tail lights and chrome bar though try to add premium touch to this car at the back. In terms of overall size Enjoy MPV is smaller than Mahindra Xylo, Toyota Innova and Nissan Evalia. At present, Innova is the segment leader and Chevrolet’s Tavera has never managed to surpass it in terms of sales. It is expected that Enjoy will help the company in boosting overall sales and grabbing some more market share in the MUV segment.
Chevrolet Enjoy comes with beige and black colored dual tone interiors. The quality of the plastic material is not up to the mark but it’s quite acceptable. The car certainly looks up-market thanks to the usage of premium quality of fabrics and leather. They are quite soft to touch and enlighten the aura inside this car. Enjoy is available as seven as well as eight seater. The front bucket seats give you optimum under thigh and back support while you will enjoy good amount of knee and head room in its second row featuring captain seats. These seats don’t slide forward so you have to walk to reach its third row and it’s surely not as difficult as it sounds. The last row is quite spacious for three adults. The top model (LTZ) features dual tone beige and black interior. It comes equipped with 1 DIN music system, power windows, power steering, remote central locking, manual air-conditioning, 2 mobile chargers, cup-holders, silver surround triple instrument cluster, captain seats in second row (optional), large glove box, tilt steering and height adjustable driver seat. The second row of AC vents is standard across all variants of Enjoy MPV.
Comfort and Convenience
Chevrolet promises you to give very comfortable journeys as they have stuffed Enjoy with many comfort features. Even the standard variant of Enjoy comes with dual AC and rear AC vents, power steering and power windows. The top variant also features electrically powered ORVMs, keyless entry, rear wiper, defogger, individual arm rests, height adjustable driver seat and tilt steering.
Dashboard and Storage
Enjoy features a very simple but elegantly designed dashboard. This dashboard comes with three center AC vents in its central console. This dashboard also houses the instrument cluster of Enjoy which features three circular silver surround dials. The dashboard comes integrated with a roomy glove box and apart from this there is not much storage space in this car. Its door pockets are quite shallow and the cup holders in its floor console are also quite small. After double folding its third row seats, you get a boot capacity of 630 litres.
The top variants come with a single din music player. It’s a radio/CD/MP3 player with 4 speakers and USB and Aux-in ports. There are two 12V accessory sockets in Enjoy although it lacks Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls.
Engine and Gearbox
Chevrolet offers two engines in Enjoy; one each of petrol and diesel. It’s powered by a 1.4L 4-cylinders petrol engine which churns out a maximum power of 103 bhp at 6000 rpm. The torque output of this liquid-cooled engine is of 130 Nm which arrives at 4400 rpm. The diesel unit is the Fiat sourced 1.3L 4cylinders turbo charged diesel engine which is capable of producing a peak power of 76 bhp at 4000rpm. The torque output of this DOHC engine is of 188 Nm which starts arriving at 1750 rpm. Both engines supply power to the rear wheels only and are mated with a five-speed manual gearbox.
Acceleration and Performance
The petrol unit is certainly faster than the 1.3L turbo charged diesel engine. The petrol engine reaches 0-100km/hr in less than 17 seconds while its diesel engine takes more than 20 seconds to do so. Enjoy is surely not faster than its only rival, Ertiga but its predictable power delivery and minimal turbo lag makes it a quite tough competitor. The diesel engine shows high level of refinement and makes less noise at high rpms. If pushed hard both engines can reach the top speed of 150km/hr.
Chevrolet Enjoy is a very frugal MPV with company claimed mileage of 18.2 kmpl for the diesel version. Expect real-world figures to be less by 2-3 kmpl. You can expect 16 kmpl on highways and 11 kmpl in city, which is not bad for a MPV of this size.
Acceleration and Performance
In terms of acceleration and performance, Chevrolet Enjoy is not very strong; it takes 21.36 seconds (diesel version) to reach 100 kmph mark. It has a good amount of torque, which means that the pick-up in 1st and 2nd gear is reasonably good.
Dimension, Ground Clearance and Boot Space
The length of Chevrolet Enjoy MPV is 4305mm, width is 1680mm and it is 1750mm tall. The wheelbase of the vehicle is 2720mm with ground clearance of 161mm for the diesel version and 165mm for the petrol version. The boot space of Enjoy stands at 195 litres.
The top variant (LTZ) of Chevrolet Enjoy features dual front airbags, engine immobilizer, remote central locking with buzzer, front clear fog lamps, high mounted rear stop lamp, reverse parking sensors, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) plus EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution)
Suspension and Brakes
Enjoy features McPherson struts at its front and multi-link coil spring at the back. The car comes equipped with disc brakes at its front and drum brakes at the back. The optional ABS with EBD also gives you precise braking.
Ride and Handling
Despite having small tyres and tall stance, Enjoy stays quite confident around corners thanks to its soft suspension system and long wheelbase of 2720mm. It handles quite easily in city traffic and also gives you confidence on highways. With full load, the car takes major potholes easily and remains grounded at high speeds.
Chevrolet Enjoy is available in eight variants: 4 of petrol and 4 of diesel. The nomenclature is LS for the base model, LT for mid-spec model and LTZ for the top models. The LS variant has option of 7-seater (2+2+3) and 8-seater (2+3+3) in both petrol and diesel versions. The LT and LTZ are only available with configuration of 7 seats (2+2+3).
Chevrolet has priced the Enjoy MPV very competitively at INR 5.49 lakhs for the base model of petrol and INR 6.69 lakhs for the base model of diesel. The fully loaded diesel variant (LTZ) is priced at INR 7.99 lakhs, which seems to be very reasonable considering the fact that it comes equipped with loads of comfort, styling and safety features.
Warranty of Chevrolet Enjoy stands at 3 years/100000 kms; whichever is earlier. You also have option to extend the warranty by choosing the right warranty package for you. Chevrolet is also offering assured low cost maintenance of 3 years/45000 kms. It covers parts like clutch plate, pressure plate, release bearing, brake pads, wiper blades and bulbs.
Chevrolet Enjoy is available in six shades: Velvet Red, Caviar Black, Linen Beige, Switchblade Silver, Sand Drift Grey and Summit White.
Enjoy ranges from INR 5.49-7.99lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Undoubtedly, the pricing of Enjoy proves to be its biggest USP and it will surely give a tough competition to its only rival, Ertiga. Yes, it’s not as stylish and quick as Ertiga but it offers more space than Ertiga and feels equally powerful with its diesel engine. Enjoy is certainly an economical option as it’s cheaper than Ertiga by a big margin and comes with an unmatchable warranty program. We really feel Enjoy is a complete value for money car.
Chevrolet is providing many official accessories for the Enjoy MPV. To improve the style of your MUV you can buy 14” machine-faced alloy wheels, body side moulding, body decal/stickers/graphics, ambient foot well lighting, B-pillar appearance, chrome handle, tail-lamp garnish, head-lamp garnish, tail gate chrome, license lamp garnish, dashboard trim, stainless steel sill plates, illuminated sill plates, hub cap, OSRVM with blinker, chrome mirror cover, roof rails, weather guards and wheel covers. As far as entertainment is concerned you have a 1 DIN CD/MP3/Radio/AUX/USB system with 4 speakers. For your convenience you can buy car refrigerator, mobile charger and roof carrier. For safety of you Enjoy MPV you can install front bumper guard, rear bumper guard, reverse parking system, reverse parking sensors and gear lock. Other official accessories for Enjoy include carpet floor mats, rubber mats, body cover, steering wheel cover and seat covers.