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.