Chevrolet Spark review (2009 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark

review (2009 onwards)

What – Chevrolet Spark

Where – Athens, Greece

Price – £6,945 – £9,845

Available – Spring 2010

Key rivals – Toyota Aygo, Ford Ka, Peugeot 107, Citroen C1, Daihatsu Sirion, Hyundai i10

GALLERY: Chevrolet Spark

The Chevrolet Matiz’s replacement is finally here and it promises style and space for a bargain price

Goodbye Daewoo – sorry, Chevrolet – Matiz. The Korean-designed city car that majored on price to the detriment of style is leaving the building to be replaced by this fresh new entrant – the Spark.

Funky, trendy, vibrant and contemporary, the Spark appears to have everything the Matiz did not.

By 2011, the marque’s 100th year, Chevrolet’s model line-up will be all-new, starting with the Spark and working through to a new electric car aiming to knock the Toyota Prius off its mantle.

The Spark is available with two petrol engines, a 1.0-litre with 68hp, and a 1.2-litre with 81hp.

The 1.0-litre is a nippy little machine around town, but it’s breathless at higher speeds. The 1.2 isn’t much better. From rest it nips away from the traffic lights thanks to a low kerbweight of only 864kg and will see 62mph in 12 seconds.

But it’s when you enter the higher zones of the rev range when the lack of torque (it has only 82 lb/ft) and power make themselves known.

The engine is raucous when pushed and progress requires patience, especially when you encounter a hill where you’ll have to drop it down several gears.

Ride and handling

The Spark doesn’t feel as small and compact as you’d expect a city car to be. There’s plenty of head and legroom, the cabin is airy and it will comfortably seat two adults across the rear bench, though a lack of shoulder room means a third person will be a squeeze too far.

Five doors mean passengers don’t have to struggle to climb into the rear seats, and the integrated door handle on the rear pillar is a neat design touch.

Packaging is clever, with plenty of storage holes to hold CDs, sweets and the usual in-car junk, and the dash has a motorbike-style rev counter that sits in a separate pod on the dash.

There are even USB connectors to hook up your MP3 player but these aren’t available on the lower-spec models.

The only downside really with the interior is that the materials still look and feel rather low-rent.

Economy and safety

Both cars share the same economy and carbon emission figures. So that’s 55mpg on the combined cycle and 119g/km. Not bad, but it isn’t as good as a Toyota Aygo’s 62.8mpg and 106g/km.

As for safety, six airbags are standard across all trim levels – basic 1.0, +, LS, LS+ and LT – and the Spark recently scored a respectable four out of five EuroNCAP stars.

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