The Chevrolet Orlando was voted ‘Best Value Towcar’ by the judges at Practical Caravan and What Car? magazine for the annual award.
It is unusual for a people carrier to take home a towing award, but Chevrolet’s seven-seat Orlando is designed to look more like an SUV with a longer bonnet and sportier appearance.
However, its real relevance to UK buyers is the starting price of only £16,410 on-the-road for 1.8-litre petrol versions. Diesel models are slightly more expensive, with a choice of 130 and 160bhp 2.0-litre diesel engines to choose from.
"You get a lot of car for your money with the Chevrolet Orlando," said Practical Caravan editor Nigel Donnelly. "It’s very stable, has plenty of space for a family’s luggage and is sturdily built. It’s an impressively roomy and capable towcar."
Available in three separate specification levels, the Orlando is the first MPV built by Chevrolet for the European market. Designed to provide a quality value option to the MPV market, the Orlando is on sale now in the UK.
Accepting the award, Chevrolet’s National Sales Manager, Daniel Gregorious, said: "The Orlando already encapsulates everything the family motorist would want from a car, so to receive recognition for its towing ability, and from such prestigious publications and organisations, is a real bonus. It’s yet another area in which the Orlando excels, not to mention its tremendous value for money."
The Orlando is just one of seven new product launches for the US car maker this year, with new Chevrolet Cruze hatchback being joined in the line up by updates to the Captiva SUV and Aveo supermini as well as the launch of the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car in right hand drive configuration for the first time.