It's a full-size supermini, for the price of a city car! Chevrolet has introduced a new entry-level five-door version of its popular Kalos hatchback, offering great interior space and even better value for money.
The new 1.2S costs only £7,695, making it cheaper than some rivals' smaller, three-door city cars, yet it comes comprehensively equipped, with central locking, electric front windows, a Blaupunkt CD system, tinted glass and body-coloured bumpers as standard.
Other kit included in the price includes twin front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mountings, power steering, cup holders and a remote fuel filler release.
Styled by famed Italian design house Italdesign, the Kalos has a sleek, modern appearance, complemented by its smart horizontal indicator lamps and a range of vibrant colour schemes.
Inside, the well-made interior benefits from great space, its raised rear bench and tall body giving enough room for five fully-grown adults when needed, while the driver's seat and steering wheel are fully adjustable to ensure a comfortable driving position.
The cabin also features lots of clever storage ideas, including extra map pockets on the sides of the seats, a large console tray and clever shopping hooks beneath the headrests.
The 1.2S is powered by a surprisingly lively 72PS, 1,150cc engine, which delivers 104Nm of torque at 4,400rpm and features a sophisticated multi-point fuel injection system.
Although small, the powerplant gives the Kalos 1.2S the ability to accelerate from 0-62mph in a fairly nippy 13.7 seconds, while its 98mph top speed means it will happily cruise all day at motorway speeds. What's more, the frugal engine means fuel economy of up to 54.3mpg on the extra-urban cycle.
A three door Kalos 1.2S is also available, priced at just £7,195.Published 18 November 2006