Designed as an alternative to heavyweights such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, Chevrolet needed the Aveo to be both well-built and frugal – two key features if the car was to be successful.
In the case of the former, the increased quality over early Chevrolet offerings is noticeable both inside and out.
Inside there are well-assembled dashboard plastics and chrome-detailed buttons and switches to give the Aveo a touch of class – and the interior feels well insulated and quiet at speed.
Meanwhile, the subdued but stylish exterior isn’t as distinctive as say, a Mazda, but it looks modern and give Chevrolet a strong platform to build on.
Under this there’s a choice of 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol engines – both of which are excellent in the urban environment and very economical. Both engines have manual gearboxes as standard but the 1.4 can be specified with a four-speed automatic gearbox to make city driving easier.
The 83bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine returns over 52 miles per gallon on the combined cycle, with the larger 99bhp 1.4-litre unit catering for those who want more performance.
The Aveo is impressive around town and maintains its composure at speed on the motorway. Particularly impressive is the way the Aveo cuts out road and wind noise – as well as ironing out bumps in road surfaces better than many cars in the supermini sector.
We had the car for a short time, but since its arrival, the Chevrolet Aveo has proved to be a reliable small car – removing some of the larger costs associated with owning and driving a car.
Capable of seating five, the Aveo has compact dimensions for urban driving, but Chevrolet has worked hard to deliver enough luggage capacity to suit most family needs.
The Aveo’s luggage capacity of 220 litres extends by folding down the rear seats – while five-door versions will suit larger families and provide easier access to the rear of the car.
The trio of trim levels are generous, with entry-level S models getting 14″ steel wheels, power steering, height-adjustable driver’s seat, electric front windows, a radio and CD player, iPod socket, ABS and six airbags.
The Aveo will be cheap to buy and run and the Chevrolet Five Year Promise includes a five years warranty, servicing, roadside assistance and MoT test cover that’s hard to beat in the sector.
Chevrolet only arrived in the UK in 2005, and the Aveo is due an upgrade in 2011, making the model more desirable and even cheaper to own.
If you’re looking for affordable, A to B motoring that has plenty of individuality the Aveo could be right up your street.
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