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Chevrolet Orlando Estate boot space, practicality and safety

2011 - 2015 (change model)
Practicality rating: 5 out of 55.0

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

The Orlando was awarded five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests. It’s fitted with crash sensor technology, which ensures the doors will unlock automatically on impact, and it also includes anti-lock braking, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist and electronic stability control as standard. There’s six airbags – front, side and curtain – and Isofix child seat fitting points.

Chevrolet has included a few nice touches that could turn the heads of a dyed-in-the-wool Grand C-Max buyer. First of all there’s plenty of room in the front, middle row and rear seats as well as the rear loadbay when the rear seats are down. There’s 89 litres of space available with all the seats up, 458 litres with the rearmost seats down and 856 litres with the two rear rows down, but that’s only up to the glass line.

A total of 1,499 litres is available if you want to fill the car up to the roof, which makes it the biggest in the class. If the priority is carrying passengers you won’t feel sold short either: although it’s a little tight a six-footer sitting in the rear-most seats won’t find his, or her, knees touching the backs of the middle row. The folding mechanism is pretty nifty too.

The Orlando has five doors, rather than the sliding side door on the new Ford Grand C-Max and to get access to the rear-most seats you simply pull a plastic lever on the top of the middle-row seat and the back folds down. Then with a quick push the whole assembly tilts forward to allow enough space to climb aboard. The rear seats are also a cinch to fold down and you don’t have to go though a palava to get the headrests down since they fold in automatically.

The only real faff you have to endure is when you want to move the parcel shelf: first of all you have to reach across the load bay to get at it and then click on two buttons to get it out. Once you have done that there’s no place to put it. This is a shame because so much thought has been put into making the seat arrangement easy to use. Another nice addition is a small cubby that’s located behind the radio CD display.

By clicking a button the display tilts up to reveal a storage space that’ll hold all manner of items. It’s perfectly placed and it is convenient. Overall, there’s little to complain about: there’s plenty of legroom and headroom and it’s perfectly suitable for a family of five.

Euro NCAP rating

Ratings for this model not available

Equipment and options

Each trim level will have different equipment offerings.
Basic equipment (18)
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
Standard Equipment
Optional Equipment
LS Standard Equipment (3)
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
LS Optional Equipment (1)
  • Full size spare wheel
LT Standard Equipment (8)
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
LT Optional Equipment (2)
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
LTZ Standard Equipment (8)
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
LTZ Optional Equipment (5)
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav


Length 4652mm
Width 1836mm
Height 1633mm
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