Time flies when you’re having fun and we’ve certainly been experiencing a lot of that with our brilliant Malibu Turbo long-termer. In fact, we’ll be saying (a very teary) farewell next week to this impressive Chevrolet which hasn’t put a foot wrong ever since it was delivered to wheels HQ five weeks ago. However, there is one thing that’s been bothering us ever so slightly — and that is its fuel efficiency.
Now, even though the blown four-pot makes driving this mid-size ninth gen saloon a real pleasure (you can effortlessly overtake slower moving traffic and merge on a highway without getting palpitations) it’s also an extremely quiet and refined mill (it barely feels like it’s on when you’re sitting at the lights) and with the car being 130kg lighter than the previous model it ought to boast a decent fuel economy. However up until now this hasn’t proven to be the case with the average refusing to drop below around 8.0 litres per 100km. That said, it’s been driven solely in town over the last few weeks (the constant stop and go action has meant a lot more fuel has been consumed) so I decided it was about time to stretch its legs and take it for a nice long drive to the east coast not just to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city but more in a bid to get that average down. And I am pleased to reveal that it did the trick with the new average being a far more agreeable 7.0 litres per 100km following the 300km round trip.
But, another minor issue reared its ugly head when at the petrol station; while being filled, the range displayed in the middle of the TFT screen raises your hopes by scaling terrific height but then douses them down was that number begins to drop significantly. I really wish Dh10 would give me 100km of range — but our Malibu is a bit of a tease.
For years, those looking for stress-free motoring have headed straight to stalwarts such as the Accord, Camry and Altima — the Japanese sure have had a stranglehold on the segment but this flashy American has everything in its locker to change that.