Chevrolet Spark review

Chevrolet cars are finding their right place in the Indian market. Chevrolet Spark is a popular offering in the small car segment by the company. This Chevy hatchback soon after its launch gained a whole lot of popularity and gave a tough competition to the stalwarts of this business. Do not underestimate its compact and small size; it has lots to offer for its customers. So let's hop on to the sections ahead that discuss the Chevrolet Spark review in detail.

Engine and technical specifications

The Chevrolet Spark is powered by a 1.0 litre SOHC Smart Tec 995 cc 8 valve petrol engine that generates 63 PS power at 5400 rpm and a peak torque of 90.3 Nm at 4200 rpm. Spark has been given a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox. The engine has been blessed with many technological features such as Motorized Throttle Intake System, Advanced Optical Sensor, Sequential Multi Point Fuel Injection System and Dual Distributor Less Ignition System.



The Smart Tec feature helps make the pickup peppy and engine's performance smoother. This engine of the Spark is made to create least noise possible, high on fuel efficiency and smoothness in operation. With the latest developments the wheelbase of the Spark has been made 5 mm longer which is now 2345 mm. The length of the Spark is 3495mm, width is 1495mm and the height is 1518mm. The ground clearance comes to 170mm and the minimum turning radius equals 4.6 mm. With such tech specs and engine features it has been launched in direct competition with the Maruti Suzuki Estilo and Hyundai Santro. The size of the tyres is 155/70 R13 and is tubeless.

Exterior design

The Chevrolet Spark is available in the market in some great and wide colour range. They are blazing red, fiery red, platinum metallic, caviar black, Casablanca white, misty lake metallic, intense black, topaz, Olympic white, icy blue and mint green. With such beautiful colour range the exterior body of the Spark looks very cute and beautiful. It has got it all to win the hearts of low budgeted hatchback lover families.

The front grille has been given an impressive look. The body coloured bumpers, door handles and tail gate handle adds to the looks of this hatchback. The exterior clearly shows great efforts and planning in the making of the car by Chevrolet. The rear spoiler, body side mouldings, mudguards, front windshield with top band, tinted glasses, satin silver roof rails, full wheel covers and the internally adjustable side outside rear view mirrors all have an awesome design to add to the beautiful looks of the car.

Interiors

The cabin of Chevrolet Spark might look small due to the design but it's actually very spacious to seat four people in it. The interior design is awesome and has been done up in beige colour which helps the cabin look roomy. The normal monitoring device such as speedometer, fuel indicator and acceleration indicator occupies the front end below the steering wheel. Spark has a special noise insulating mat between the engine and the dashboard. The insulating mat improves the noise control effect and makes rides noise free. The sun glass holder, fabric seat covers, fog lamps, power steering and windows, central locking and rear defogger are few of its great features.

The instrument panel is dual toned with metallic finish giving it a beautiful look. The fabric insert on the door handles and the rich blue fabric of the seat covers are a treat for the eye. There are many other amazing features too in the car. They are bottle holder in front doors, 2 din audio system with four speakers, low fuel warning lamp, temperature gauge, remote fuel filler, shopping hooks at the rear, cigarette lighter and ashtray, 60:40 split double folding rear seats, sun glass holder, rear wiper and washer, heater, air conditioner and remote tailgate release. With such wonderful features in a low budget car, consumers of Chevrolet Spark have nothing to complain as far as the interiors are concerned.

Performance

The Chevrolet Spark zooms from 0 to 100 kmph mark in 15.1 seconds which good for this segment of cars. With many great features of the engine even after crossing the 100 kmph mark the vibrations aren't felt inside the cabin which is very good and less seen in other cars of its like. The fuel efficiency delivered by this car is also impressive at 13 kmpl in the city and a great 16.9 kmpl on highways. In highly congested city roads this car is going to perform greatly.

Due to its small and compact design it makes its way smoothly out of the traffic. For highways the car is definitely smaller and might make you feel uncomfortable and unsafe among other heavy cars racing alongside. The safety features of the car include ABS, ventilated front brakes and drum brakes at the rear.

Pros

  • Stylish looks
  • Beautiful interiors with good features
  • Good fuel economy
  • Good performing engine

Cons

  • Too small for highways
  • Small boot space
  • Not very good quality interior plastics

Verdict

For a small happy family with a budget between Rs. 3,05,958 to 4,31,156 this car is a good contender among other choices. And if your priority is a refined engine then Chevrolet Spark might top your list!