This particular section of the UK car market for so-called ‘crossover’ vehicles has proven highly popular in the past few years. Compact SUVs like this offer the appeal of a small but chunky family car which can be used in urban environments, and many have some limited off-road capabilities to.
With the Trax, Chevrolet is looking to attract motorists viewing this compact SUV sector. Significantly though, besides the availability of four-wheel drive the Trax is not really an off-roader in any sense.
The Chevrolet Trax is aimed very much for driving in urban environments, and it utilises a compact but spacious design plus lots of gadgets.
Only two trim levels are sold for the Trax. The basic ‘LS’ model is priced from £15,495, and the more advanced ‘LT’ trim starts from £17,495.
The Trax is on sale now and faces many rivals. They include the Nissan Juke which starts from £12,995, the Peugeot 2008 (starting at £12,995) and the Renault Captur (starts from £12,495).
As indicated above, the Chevrolet Trax has a fairly tall and strong-looking appearance fitted into a compact package.
The Trax shares many of the components (including engines) with its counterpart the Vauxhall Mokka, another car built by Chevrolet’s owners General Motors.
It’s no coincidence therefore that the Trax is similar in length, size and shape to the Vauxhall Mokka. At the same time though there are some clear differences between these two compact SUVs. Most noticeably, the Trax sports the large and appealing trademark front grille which adorns all current Chevrolet cars on the market.
From within the Chevrolet Trax has a feel of solid build quality and there’s plenty of equipment, even on the basic LS trim model.
Standard kit with the Trax includes front electric windows, cruise control, air conditioning and the Chevrolet MyLink entertainment system. MyLink supports radio/CD, USB inputs and smartphone connectivity, and all of this is operated via the system’s easy-to-use seven-inch touchscreen.
If you’re going for the LT trim Trax, you’ll get more luxury equipment. Standard features for this specification includes a useful rear parking camera, rear electric windows and partial leather trim on the seats.
The seating itself is fairly comfortable and there’s a decent level of leg and head space for front and rear passengers. You can fit at least two adults in the rear with little trouble. The boot meanwhile can store 358 litres at minimum.
The 60/40 split rear seats can be folded flat and the total loading capacity can be increased to up to 1,370 litres at max.
On the road
With engine options your options are limited to just one unit if you go for the basic LS trim Trax. This model uses an 114bhp 1.6-litre petrol unit, linked to a five-speed manual gearbox.
This engine is also available for the LT trim Trax along with two other units. There’s also a 1.4-litre turbo petrol with 138bhp and a 129bhp 1.7-litre VCDi diesel. The Trax’s diesel engine is quicker and more efficient but the 1.4-litre turbo is considerably quieter in comparison. Whichever engine you go for the Trax can hold its own going through city roads, or more sweeping countryside roads.
All Trax models use front-wheel drive as standard but if you have the 1.4 petrol or diesel engine, you can specify all-wheel drive on your Trax for around an extra £1,540.
With the diesel engine, manual transmission and in all-wheel drive guise, the Trax can go from zero to 62mph in just 9.4 seconds (9.6 with front-wheel drive).
The top speed of the diesel-powered Trax is recorded at 116mph in front-wheel drive guise. This figure is increased to 121mph with the petrol turbo version.
The Chevrolet Trax squares up to a lot of competitors in the compact SUV market. While there are many worthy rivals, the Trax itself has several qualities which can really appeal particularly to family motorists.
The Trax has a reliable, solid engine range, it’s also well equipped, nicely presented and has a practical amount of space. Motorists attracted by the Chevrolet badge and design style can get plenty out of the Trax.
UK motorists can order a new Chevrolet Trax now from Perrys Chevrolet Dealerships in Dover and Rotherham.