The midsize sedan segment has seen cut-throat competition this year especially with the likes of the Honda Amaze, the Maruti Dzire and the Chevrolet Sail Sedan that you see here. This segment is seen as having the most demanding buyers as buyers upgrade from hatchbacks looking for more style, features but are also wanting good fuel efficiency and practicality. Thus these cars have to deliver a lot so let us see how Chevrolet's midsizer offering stacks up and how it compares with its rivals.
Design is the Sail sedan's biggest asset as it simply is the best looking car in its class. Though obviously it looks identical to the Sail hatch till the B-pillar, the addition of the boot is a seamless one and it does not end up looking like an after thought as some of its rivals.
The design is pleasant and some of the details like the dual port front grille with golden Chevrolet bowtie stand out. Move to the rear and the large tail-lamps which are triangular shaped blend in well. At a length of 4249mm the Sail Sedan has more presence than its rivals and in this Velvet Red (our choice of colour among the 7 options) its looks really good though the 14 inch wheels look a tad small.
Step inside and Chevrolet have not changed the interior from the Sail hatch so the design is the same. Thanks to the beige colour used all over the interiors look airy and cheerful. The design is simple and everything is well laid-out though the placement of the power window switches in front of the gearbox take some getting used too. When it comes to features the Sail Sedan has an integrated Audio System with Radio, MP3 & CD Player, USB, Bluetooth plus you can pair upto 5 phones. Though what was sorely missed were features like steering controls and climate control.
When it comes to space you will be impressed as it offers loads of it both at the front and at the back. For those sitting at the back the comfort levels are good with more than enough thigh support and headroom/legroom and shoulder room. Storage is decent inside the car and the boot space of 370 litres is quite good too!
We chose the diesel version for our test an in the Sail Sedan range it is our pick over the petrol. The engine here is the familliar 1.3 Multijet engine with 76 bhp and 205 Nm of torque. Power delivery is smooth and turbo-lag does not rear its ugly head here. Infact it feels it is much more powerful than the 76 bhp figure suggests. The 5-speed manual gearbox is also good with a positive shift action and the clutch is not hard to use. In the city it feels responsive and eager. Out in the highway though the performance sort of tapers off.
When it comes to ride and handling we have to say it is simply superb. The handling is good but the ride is what steals the show, simply put it is the best riding car in its class and it tackles potholes with ease.
The diesel Sail Sedan has a mileage of 22.1 kmpl (ARAI) which is again very good. During our test with some hard driving we did 15-16 kmpl.
Price and Value
Prices for the Sail Sedan start at Rs 5.12 lakh for the base petrol and goes all the way to Rs 7.65 lakh for the top-end diesel. The base diesel is priced at Rs 6.4 lakh. We have already told you that the diesel is our choice and when it comes to variants the variants that make sense are the LS ABS and LT ABS. The LS ABS has most of the features and only missing out on foglamps, alloys and keyless entry, passenger airbag on the LT ABS. All prices ex-showroom.
The Chevrolet Sail Sedan is the best product in the Chevrolet range for the value it provides. It is a spacious, good looking sedan that offers good space and an excellent ride. On the downside it may lack some features but overall the Sail Sedan makes a very good choice.