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Originally, in the early 2000s, it was known as the Daewoo Kalos in its native South Korean market and some others. As marketing outlets were added (they appeared in 120 countries eventually), it was sold under numerous brands: Holden, Suzuki, ZAZ, Pontiac, Chevrolet, and Daewoo.
The Chevrolet Aveo is a dream (it’s what ‘Aveo’ denotes in Latin), a dream for those who cannot spend money hand over fist. Although this subcompact is inexpensive, it offers a bunch of valuable features such as a spacious cabin, sleek design, diverse drivetrain, reliable safety, and excellent fuel efficiency. All told, the car is low-cost to maintain.
The Chevrolet Aveo is more than 4 metres long with the 2,525 mm wheelbase. However, you wouldn’t guess it – it looks smaller for some reasons. Also, you must be surprised to find out how tall it really is (about one and a half metres).
The model is available in 2 body types: saloon and hatchback. At the front, the headlamps swept back and Chevrolet’s grille catch the eye while the car features a spoiler painted in the same colour as the rest of the body at the rear. Altogether, the car’s exterior design makes it look up-to-date, saucy, and even aggressive. It’s one of the subcompact’s distinguishing features.
Interior and Comfort
The Chevrolet Aveo’s height and length are perfect for creating a spacious and light cabin that’s capable of accommodating 4 passengers in ultimate comfort. However, 3 people at the back are too much. The car isn’t wide enough to seat all of them here sparing feeling cramped.
A driver behind the Chevrolet Aveo’s wheel enjoys a commanding view of the road sitting in a raised seat. There’s plenty of head, leg, and elbow room in the front compartment. The front seats are comfortable for travelling far away in them and supportive for people of different body types.
There are several storage compartments scattered around the cabin including the ones under the front seats and a double glovebox. The Chevrolet Aveo offers decent cargo space that’s one of the car’s advantages. There are 290 litres behind the rear seats when they are in place. Fold them down and you’ll get 653 litres. These figures exceed the average ones for the segment.
The Chevrolet Aveo’s interior is pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately, the materials chosen are far from high-quality that mars the impression. In particular, most surfaces use hard plastic that hurts when hit and patters loudly.
The Chevrolet Aveo can be powered by 2 petrol engines and a diesel one that come paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. 5- and 6-speed automatic ones are also available but only with 2 motors of the highest displacement.
A 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 83 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 84 lb/ft of torque at 3,800 rpm. Experts consider it inappropriate for travelling at high speeds. Besides, it can be rather loud and is sluggish in addition.
A 1.4-litre petrol motor generates 99 bhp at 6,400 rpm and 96 lb/ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. With a top speed of 100 mph, it reaches the 60 mph mark in 12.2 seconds.
The only diesel unit in the range is a 1.3-litre engine that can be the VCDi and VCDi Eco generating 95 and 75 bhp respectively.
Fuel Efficiency and Driving Quality
The Chevrolet Aveo is more about fuel efficiency than driving performance that’s why it’s so appealing to some customers. Both petrol engines return about 48 mpg , so it isn’t the parameter you should take into account when choosing the drivetrain. The most fuel-efficient is a diesel unit: the 1.3 VCDi covers nearly 69 mpg while the VCDi Eco – 74.3 mpg.
Most subcompacts are ranked below the Ford Fiesta, the segment’s leading model. So does the Chevrolet Aveo. However, it doesn’t mean that a person at its wheel cannot be delighted with it. Why not? After all, it’s a modern vehicle that demonstrates rather good driving capabilities.
Its 195/65 R15 Goodyear Excellence tires together with fine suspension mitigate insignificant road imperfections as well as larger cars do. Light steering allows changing the car’s position with little effort. However, it’d be better if it could be done more precisely. As for sound insulation, it cannot rival vehicles from higher classes but it’s a strong competitor within the segment it belongs to.
It can surprise you but the Chevrolet Aveo is considered to be a safe supermini. I’ll eat my hat if you know that among its standard features are ABS with traction and stability controls, energy-absorbing bumper system, collapsible pedal assembly, braking system, 6 airbags and 3-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners for all the passengers; also, the car’s hood is designed in such a way to save hit pedestrians from serious/fatal injuries.
It’s obvious that the manufacturer constantly improves the car’s safety equipment: the Chevrolet Aveo of the second generation introduced in 2010 is a much safer car to drive than the first-generation model. Although it cannot be compared with larger vehicles (such as Range Rover for example) in terms of safety provided, it managed to earn a top rate from Euro NCAP. That says it all.
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