The Chevrolet Tacuma is a practical and reliable MPV that provides space and comfort. It may not have all the limitless add ons that some vehicles in its class can offer but if you want an MPV that is free of gimmicks and just does the job that these cars are intended for, then this is an ideal choice.
Like a number of Chevrolet models, the Tacuma first saw life as part of the Daewoo stable back in 2000. From its South Korean base it made its way across to the UK in September of that year and sales were healthy within the growing MPV market.
The vehicle was restyled in 2004 to make it cosmetically more attractive and a year later, the demise of Daewoo saw the rebadging and launch of the Chevrolet Tacuma.
A choice of 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre engines was provided and further, minor upgrades were introduced to aid comfort. These included a DVD player on certain models.
Sales continued on an upward curve and although the Tacuma was withdrawn from general production in 2008, it is still manufactured in parts of Asia.
What you get for your money
The used Chevrolet Tacuma offers the space and comfort that you need from an MPV. One thing to bear in mind is that five seats are provided as opposed to six or seven that you can find in this class but that is still enough to transport most families and their luggage, in great comfort.
Air conditioning is also provided as standard and the quality of the upholstery is better than many expect. What you won't find are the endless frills such as a portable shopping cart or countless cup holders but do you really need them?
What you can expect to pay
The cheapest Tacumas on the road are the 54 models with the 1.6 litre engine and you can expect to pay prices that start from around £6,000.
A 2.0 litre model of the same vintage may start at £6,500 and the purchase price will start to climb above the £10,000 mark depending on age, mileage and condition.
What to look out for
Mechanically, the used Chevrolet Tacuma is very sound but it always pays to check service history and to arrange an independent inspection.
Otherwise, remember to look for cosmetic issues that can be common on an MPV. These may include rips and tears in the fabric and minor parking dents.
Replacement components are easy to find and are relatively cheap. The power of GM means a ready supply of cheap parts such as a clutch assembly at £70.00 or an air filter at £10.00. Many, smaller parts can be sourced for under £10.00.
How it drives
This isn't one of the best cars in its class when it comes to handling but then again, the used Chevrolet Tacuma is hardly purchased with a thrilling ride in mind.
It is a responsive and capable drive while it copes perfectly well around corners. It's one of the more compact MPV's so it doesn't take up much more in the way of width and length than a large estate while the height gives good all-round vision.