The Chevrolet Spark is the entry-level hatchback from the American car maker. The Spark was first launched in 1998 in South Korea under Daewoo, and was only launched in India in 1999 as the Daewoo Matiz. Then in 2007 General Motors launched it as the Chevrolet Spark.
Now in its third generation, the Chevrolet Spark competes in the entry-level hatch segment against the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Hyundai Santro, Ford Figo and Tata Indica.
Now in its third generation the Spark has got some changes. The Spark now comes with a nice front bumper and front grille with fog lights. Then the wheel arches are buffed out a little bit to make ti look stronger and the car get more lones along its body. The front headlights are also bigger abd with a better shape while the rear section looks decent as well with its tail lamps that are circular. The car also gets roof rails. It is a unique looking little hatchback well under 4 metres.
The interiors of the Spark have been drastically improved. The interiors are nicely setup and there is a good amount of space, especially headroom because of the cars swooped ceiling.
The instrument cluster doesn’t sit behind the wheel and instead it rests in the centre of the dashboard and is very bright. The ergonomics are nice but the steering wheel does look a little too out of fashion.
The Spark comes with a 99dcc engine that can produce 63bhp and 90Nm of torque. The engine is decently built and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that does its job well.
The Spark performs quite well on the road and is a very good city commuter. The power response is immediate, and although it doesn’t give you too much power, it still is a peppy little machine. The steering is not very responsive, and could have been a little more tight. The clutch is nice and light, perfect for city driving and the gear changes are effortless. The suspension does do its job well and the car can handle rough roads without hurting the passengers inside. Overall the ride quality is good and the brakes do their bit as well.
The Spark gave us an average fuel economy of 14kmpl.
The top of the line Spark variant comes with power steering, power windows, and an audio system. Nothing really fancy here.
There are no new age safety features found in the Spark.
The car is well built but you can make out the materials are not the best or most durable. The interior plastics are cheap and the use of components is also not the best. Overall quality is average, but good for a car in this segment. It is however quite a reliable car and servicing and maintenance is not an issue to worry about.
The car is priced very comfortable and you will be getting your money’s worth.
This is a great city commuter and at a great price. It looks nice and has some unique interior layout. There is also a good amount of space. This is a car for the practical and the simple.