The Chevrolet Epica is one of the Korean-manufactured models to make its presence felt in Canadian Chevrolet dealerships. This is a car which could be said to have an identity crisis. In Korea, it's known as a Magnus, whilst in Europe, you would buy it as an Evanda. Canadians are driving the Epica version, and in the USA it's marketed as the Suzuki Verona.
What's in a Name?
If you are confused with vehicles being sold under different names, with various trims, then it would be wise to accept the Chevrolet Epica as you see it and test drive it! One aspect of the vehicle is that it has been tried and tested under a variety of conditions by a wide and varied range of drivers.
Regardless of the different names, they all originate from the same two manufacturing plants in South Korea. However, they can have their own particular features, such as an eight-position powered driver's seat and fog lights in the Chevrolet Epica LS model. The advent of a power driver's seat in a value-range sedan is not a usual feature, but that's not all it has. Here's more:
Power windows and locks
Heated mirrors and Variable intermittent wipers
Air conditioning and cruise control
Four-speaker audio with C facility
Four-wheel disc brakes and keyless entry.
Unusual in this vehicle segment is a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob. Add a full-size spare tire and roof-mounted illuminating lights for vanity mirrors, and you could be seeing the Chevrolet Epica as a car that offers significant value for your money!
General Motors quality controls are very apparent in the Chevrolet Epica, which has the appearance and gives the sensation of being firm and sure on the road. It's powered by an unusual configuration of an inline 6-cylinder, 2.5L engine mounted transversely with front-wheel drive. Generating 155 horsepower and produces a torque factor of 177 lb-ft.
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada tested the vehicle and recorded a 0-100 km/h time of 12.3 seconds and from 80 to 120 km/h the Epica achieved 9.7 seconds. However, it must be kept in mind that the Chevrolet Epica offers a 4-speed transmission and also that it's not designed to be a competition car. This is a vehicle that is not pretentious in any way and one that efficiently serves a motoring purpose with market-related value.
Natural Resources Canada gave the Chevrolet Epica a fuel efficiency rating of 11.9 L/100 km driving in the city and 7.9 L/100 km on the highway. The engine does perform well, functioning quietly and smoothly, with an almost noise-free effect in the cabin. Stability is contributed to by a firm chassis and overall, the Epica provides a comfortably efficient driving experience.