The 2015 Chevrolet Spin LS 1.3 TDCi is a compact MPV with seven seats that’s originally offered with a gasoline engine. Seeing as the market was lacking a diesel compact MPV, Chevy decided to offer a diesel variant of the Spin hoping that it will attract more buyers with the versatility and economy promised by diesel engines. The problem is diesels have a high price premium and in order to keep the price attractive (at least for the base Spin), Chevy had to strip down the Spin to the basics.
There’s Not Much on Offer for the 2015 Chevrolet Spin LS 1.3 TDCi
On the outside, the 2015 Chevrolet Spin LS 1.3 TDCi is no different from the gasoline variant but the review unit being a base model, obvious signs of being a base model is apparent. It’s got the same 15-inch wheel size but this time it’s got the trademark steel rims with hub caps. It lacks the roof rails of the higher trim models, and the chrome trim is replaced with matte black accents along with body color door handles. Under the hood is a Fiat-based 1.3 Literturbodiesel mill that provides a 74hp and 190Nm of torque. Being a base model, it’s offered in a 5 speed manual.
On the inside of the 2015 Spin LS, you’re getting the bare basic interior of a base model. The interior is a simple black and gray trim with hard plastic all over the place. Fabric seats, tough-looking panels, it’s not entirely cheap-looking but more of a tough-looking interior where it could handle a few scuffs from rowdy children at the back as well as some cargo with sharp edges. The dash features a motorcycle-esque instrument cluster similar to that of the Chevy Spark. Again being a base model, electronic options are limited with the mirrors using the classic mirror stalk adjustment stick on the A Pillar, a standard HVAC system, a standard audio system, but you do get keyless entry and power windows.
The 2015 Chevrolet Spin LS 1.3 TDCi isn’t made for enthusiastic drives but rather used for people hauling and providing economy and this is where the diesel shines. Above 1500rpm the turbo spools and pulls the MPV with ease, steering is comfortable and the vehicle feels stable even when weaving through traffic. At 80kph, you can get an average of 25km/L which is absolutely fantastic. The lack of a sixth gear on the manual transmission hurts performance at long drives at it keeps the engine revving higher than ideal economical rpms.
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