posted 5 years ago

Chevrolet Aveo vs. Nissan Micra

The Chevrolet Aveo and Nissan Micra are playing Monopoly.

The Chevrolet Aveo and Nissan Micra are playing Monopoly. Their objective is to thrash out which is the superior supermini – and to build lots of bright red hotels. The Japanese contender opens proceedings by rolling the dice. Its effortless driving characteristics guide it to a row of property, which it buys from loose change. Bad news for the Aveo which – despite having competent and safe handling - cannot compete with the Micra in this area.

The Chevrolet Aveo responds by rolling a double six. Its five year warranty helps it buy some non-prime land – and its fair specification earns it a few houses. Basic versions have: power steering, central locking, electric front windows, and a CD player. Fine, but the equivalent Micra has: Bluetooth, MP3 compatibility, and an electronic stability programme too. The Aveo has been 'sent to jail without passing go or collecting £200'.

Both the Chevrolet Aveo and Nissan Micra cost slightly over £9,000 in basic form. They have 1.2-litre petrol engines producing roughly 80ps. The dash to 62mph, and around the Monopoly board, takes 12.8 and 13.7 seconds respectively. The Korean contender is therefore faster, and receives a 'bank error' in its favour. By contrast, the Micra averages 56.5mpg compared to 51.3 and has lower emissions. This earns it a set of shining hotels.

The Aveo is a perfectly competent player, but the Micra has been competing for much longer. It is a more refined and capable package – so the Aveo is bankrupt. Game over.