Daewoo is not one of the better known automobile manufacturers in most of the world, since it only briefly attempted to compete outside of Korea using its own brand name and models. Currently, Daewoo manufacturers other brand models for export. The 2001 Daewoo Leganza serves as the midsize sedan in its lineup. With a fairly robust list of features and elegant styling, the Leganza pleases people in the market for a low-priced vehicle.
The Daewoo Leganza underperforms for the most part with more emphasis on style and amenities than performance. Overall, it provides adequate performance for a vehicle in its price range. If nothing else, it gets the job done. Even the lower-priced Daewoo Nubira outperforms it. However, where the Nubira has performance, the Leganza offers style and comfort. For the price, drivers seem hard pressed to find a vehicle with a similar array of amenities and stylish Italian design. With the relative obscurity of the Daewoo brand, the used price of this vehicle often falls lower than expected. The Daewoo Leganza offers an attractive alternative to the normally utilitarian entry-level car market.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Daewoo Leganza SE, Daewoo Leganza CDX
The 2001 Daewoo Leganza now comes in Diamond Metallic Blue. The station wagon’s rear taillights show off a redesign. The sedan receives wheel covers as standard equipment.
The Daewoo Leganza classifies as a sedan. Measuring in at 183.9 inches long, the Leganza remains slightly shorter than many sedans. One thing in the Leganza’s favor is its exterior styling. For a bargain vehicle, it features a very stylish Italian design. The graceful and elegant Leganza looks like a superior vehicle. Unfortunately, the 2001 Daewoo Leganza does not run as well as it looks.
The Leganza offers robust amenities for a vehicle in its price range. Even the Leganza SE has power heated mirrors, power locks, a front console, air-conditioning, wood trim, and an AM/FM radio as standard equipment. The more expensive 2001 Daewoo Leganza CDX adds leather seats, cruise control, climate control, and a CD player to the list of standard features. However, despite the somewhat impressive features list, the quality of the features falls short of the competition. The Leganza looks much cheaper than many vehicles with similar offerings.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Daewoo Leganza offers average performance. Its 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine pairs with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. The engine seems a little underpowered for a vehicle of its size, so the acceleration remains subpar. The turning and maneuverability are average. The ride, however, feels quite smooth and probably provides the most exceptional part of the Leganza’s performance.
The 2001 Daewoo Leganza includes dual front airbags and electronic brake force distribution as standard safety equipment.
EPA Fuel Economy
Daewoo Leganza four-speed automatic: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Daewoo Leganza five-speed manual: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Low price tag
- Good list of amenities
- Low demand results in lower used prices
You Won't Like
- Cheap build quality
- Poor resale potential
Entry-level bang for the buck.
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