Chevrolet Spark review (2009 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Chevrolet Spark

review onwards)

What – Spark

Where – Greece

Price – – £9,845

Available Spring 2010

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

GALLERY: Chevrolet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ride and handling

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

doors mean passengers have to struggle to climb the rear seats, and the integrated handle on the rear pillar is a design touch.

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

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

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

Economy and safety

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

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

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