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Chevrolet Malibu in the driving report: Without remarkable talents

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W as Shauni McClain, Lani McKenzi, CJ Parker and the other “Baywatch” lifeguards from Malibu Beach are doing this, we still ask ourselves, rather than associating the term Malibu with a car. In the USA, with 9.6 million units sold between 1964 and 2012, it may be one of General Motors' great successes, but here the general's mid-range sedans never had to fear for their outsider role.

That should be easy in the The case of the new Chevrolet Malibu will not change, if only because it is only available as a notchback. The sedan, which was built in America, South Korea and China, has a European foundation, as it is based on the Opel Insignia, which Chevrolet provides little offensive information about.

Chevrolet Malibu is big, but not spacious

Both models use a few switches and buttons from GM's large stock of parts, but Chevy has designed the controls independently. The large touch-sensitive monitor organizes the infotainment including the image gallery function in a comprehensible manner, with the exception of a few confusions in the submenus. Less comprehensible, however, what the Chevrolet Malibu does with the 4.87 meters in length. Although pilots and co. Can be comfortably accommodated in cozy seats, despite the deep rear seat, there is a lack of headroom in the rear, the knee room is enough without spoiling. Reminds everything of the also tightly cut Insignia.

But not what became of the chassis. With the suspension too hard, the Chevrolet Malibu rumbles over short bumps without the hardness being offset by dynamics. Weakly dampened, it curves around bends, while the power steering offers little precision, hardly any feedback.

It works better on the motorway. Then the previously nailed Opel two-liter turbo-diesel murmurs leisurely to itself, always ready for energetic intermediate sprints and friendly supported by the appropriately graduated, sufficiently precise six-speed gearbox. With the 160 PS diesel in the rich LT + base line, the Chevrolet Malibu costs 29,990 euros as much as the 2.4 liter gasoline engine, which is only available in the top version LTZ.

Gasoline engine without remarkable talents

For an additional charge of 1,500 euros, Chevrolet couples the 167 hp engine with a six-speed automatic. Without any notable talent, the gasoline engine drives the Chevrolet Malibu. As long as things are cruising, that's okaybeautiful. But with everything beyond that, the gearbox rushes through the stages, shifts down two or three gears even when accelerating gently, which increases noise and consumption rather than temperament.

You urgently need an alternative to Insignia /Mondeo want to warm to the not-so-cheap Chevrolet Malibu. It was easier for us with Erica Eleniak, Carmen Electra and Pamela Anderson.

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