Used Chevrolet Trax Review
- Good value for money
- Lots of storage space
- Efficient diesel engine
- Interior quality not the best
- Unsettled at high speeds
- Underpowered petrol engines
Spacious SUV is practical, and good value
The Chevrolet Trax is a practical, family SUV that offers great practicality, for a low purchase cost. Introduced in 2013, and based on the same platform as the more expensive Vauxhall Mokka, the Trax was pulled from the UK market at the end of 2015. This surprised many people, as the Trax offered a genuine contender in the small SUV market. It offered big car looks and an impressive load space, all at a bargain price. It’s not quite as refined as some of its closest rivals, and engine options aren’t the best, but if you’re looking for value, it’s definitely worth considering a Chevrolet Trax.
Family orientated design let down by quality
The Chevrolet Trax is a car that focuses its attention primarily towards family motoring. The design of the interior coincides with this philosophy. There’s lots of space and storage, but whilst everything is well built, some buyers might be disappointed with the quality of materials used.
The cabin of the Trax is ideal for family buyers. The dashboard is designed to offer plenty of practical storage solutions, and it is without doubt successful. There’s few cars in this price range that offer so many storage compartments. Controls are also well laid out, with everything easily within the driver’s reach. The quality of materials is the only thing that lets the Trax down, as the plastics used throughout feel hard, and a little bit on the cheap side. Nevertheless, it’s well-built, and should withhold day-to-day family rigours.
Boot space in the Trax is one area in which the Trax excels. It has one of the biggest boots in its class. With 365 litres with the seats up, and 1370 litres with the rear seats folded, it’s bigger than the Nissan Juke (354/1189), Peugeot 2008 (360/1194), and the Ford EcoSport (333/1238). And with so much interior storage space, the Trax excels in its role as a practical family car.
Spec levels in the Trax are also pretty impressive. There are only two trims in the Trax range, with the entry-level LS getting alloy wheels, air-con, Bluetooth, and MP3 connectivity. The more expensive LT spec adds leather seats, bigger alloy wheels, and all-round electric windows. The Trax offers great value, and few buyers are going to be disappointed with the amount of kit that they’re going to get.
Overall the Trax is a great practical space for family buyers. There’s lots of storage, a big boot, and plenty of kit as standard. The quality of materials might not be the best on offer in this class, but it’s without doubt good value for money.
On The Road
Easy to drive around town
Suspension and Chassis
The Chevrolet Trax is a car that’s going to be used by most buyers primarily around town. In this environment the Trax performs well. Steering is light, which makes weaving through traffic and parking a doddle. It’s not particularly fun, but it’s easy to drive. Get it out on the open roads however and the steering doesn’t feel quite as assured. There’s enough grip for it to feel safe at all times though, and the 4WD version performs well off-road.
Ride refinement is one area in which the Trax doesn’t particularly excel. Due to its tall body, and soft suspension, the Trax suffers from body roll, particularly at higher speeds. It also doesn’t cope too well with rough surfaces and potholes, so you might find yourself bumping around a bit in the cabin, especially if you live in more rural areas.
Gearbox options in the Trax come in two guises. There’s a six speed manual that is standard on the 1.6 litre petrol, and the 1.7 litre diesel models. This transmission is easy to use, and has a short throw, which make it great around town. The automatic gearbox in the 1.4 litre turbo petrol however isn’t the best, so it’s probably one to avoid.
Two underpowered petrols, and an efficient diesel
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Trax, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. The two petrol engines in the range are widely acknowledged as being under-powered, so it’s worth looking out for the more impressive diesel.
If it’s power that you want from your Trax, you’re probably going to be disappointed with the engines on offer in the Trax. The engine that offers the greatest performance is the 1.7 litre diesel engine. It might not have as much power as the 1.4 litre turbo, which has 140bhp (the diesel has 130bhp), but it has a faster 0-62mph time of 9.6 seconds. It’s also much more useable day-to-day, with more low end torque on offer.
The greenest engine in the range is also the 1.7 litre diesel engine. With 129g/km of C02 emissions, it’s not the greenest car currently on sale, but in its class, it’s up there with the best. Only the Skoda Yeti and the Mazda CX-5 offer lower emissions. This diesel engine is even more impressive when you consider it also offers the best fuel efficiency. With up to 57.6mpg on offer, money-savers can save plenty of money at the fuel pumps.
Overall, it’s clear that the engine to go for in the Trax range is the high-powered diesel. It’s the best value, the greenest, and the quickest. The petrol engines may be a little cheaper, but they’ll cost you more in the long run.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, good standard equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the Chevrolet Trax easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 94% in adult safety, 85% in child safety, and 64% in pedestrian protection, the Trax is up there with the best in the class. There’s also good safety equipment as standard. You’ll get electronic stability control, ABS, hill-start assistance, and six airbags even on the most basic models. The Trax really is a safe family car.
Value for money
Good value for money, as long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Chevrolet Trax offers family buyers excellent value for money. This does however depend upon which model you choose to go for. The petrol engines in the range are not just underpowered, they’re also thirstier, and dirtier. The high-powered diesel however is excellent, offering good fuel efficiency, and low C02 emissions. If you want to save money, go for the diesel.
Insurance costs in the Trax again depend upon which model you go for. The cheapest in the Trax range is the basic 1.6 LS, which is in group 8, whilst the most expensive is the top of the range 1.7 VCDi LT AWD, which is in group 15. For a car of this size, the Trax offers great value insurance. You’ll struggle to find many cheaper in this class.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Chevrolet Trax, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Chevrolet Trax is a great value SUV for family buyers. It offers a practical interior, plenty of storage space, an efficient diesel engine, and is good to drive around town. It might not be the most refined car in its class, but you’ll struggle to find a better value family SUV.
Buying a used Chevrolet Trax online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Chevrolet Trax for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Trax. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Chevrolet Trax online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Chevrolet? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Chevrolet Trax, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Trax, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Chevrolet to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.
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