Unlike some in this segment, the rear seats are well padded and nicely contoured for comfort, while those in the front have supportive side bolsters.
Although the Chevrolet Aveo’s cabin is not exactly large, careful planning has made for a surprising feeling of spaciousness. Rear legroom is good for a car of this size and the only compromise to the comfort of adults is the flip-up tray on the back of the front passenger’s seat. On the other hand, it is great for kids, who also benefit from ISOFIX mountings to the outer seats.
The rear seats have the usual 60:40 split (with separate headrests), which increases the luggage capacity fro 220- to a maximum, 980-litres. Unlike some in this segment, the rear seats are well padded and nicely contoured for comfort, while those in the front have supportive side bolsters. Not that you are going to be moving that fast.
The 1.2 engine produces 84PS at 6,000rpm and 114Nm at 3,800rpm. The 1.4, on the other hand, produces 100PS at 6,400rpm and 131Nm of torque at 4,200rpm, which is enough to give the manual Aveo a top speed of 109mph following a 0-62mph time of 11.9 seconds, the automatic version takes a little longer at 12.3 seconds and the top speed is 106mph.
But speed isn’t everything and the Aveo is quite a lot of fun, but you do have to keep it in the torque range, which calls for a bit of cog-swapping. Once wound up, the Aveo has no problem mixing it with motorway traffic but overtaking at higher speeds does require dropping a gear for that extra oomph.
For a petrol engined car, the Aveo has good fuel consumption figures of 35.8mpg (u), 60.1mpg (e-u) and the combined is 47.9mpg, while the exhaust emits 140g/km of CO2
The ride quality is pretty good too and it soaks up the bumps well but does have a tendency to bounce around a little on uneven surfaces. Nonetheless, it copes well with fast corners with predicable agility and a distinct lack of body-roll, thanks to the rear torsion bar and strong body structure, which also helps when is comes to safety. ABS with EBD is standard throughout the range as are the front and side airbags but that is as far as it goes.
I liked the Kalos and so did a good many others judging by the sales figures. It would be easy and a mistake to dismiss the Chevrolet Aveo; at a time when there are so many in this segment, the surprising agility and upgraded, interior quality should put it near the top of your shopping list.17 November 2008
Chevrolet Aveo Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Chevrolet Aveo 1.4 LT|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||109 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||60.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 17/11/08)||£9,595|