The Spark is a five-door city car for cost conscious urban dwellers
The new Chevrolet Spark is 'lighting-up' the Korean manufacturer's range by offering basic transport for less than the cost of a light bulb. The Spark, Chevrolet's replacement to the Matiz, is a five-door city car for cost conscious urban dwellers. The basic design is very practical as it is large enough to carry four adults to the nearest electrical store, yet small enough to squeeze into the shop's tiny car park.
Engines come in two cost-cutting sizes, both of which return a combined average of 55.4mpg. The first is the 1.0-litre 67bhp petrol variant that propels the Spark to 60mph in 15.5 seconds, the second is the more flexible 1.2-litre. The latter 79bhp model is faster to sixty than its sibling, it only takes 12.1 seconds, and produces 82lb-ft of torque rather than 69lb-ft. This extra capacity makes life easier as the larger engined model requires considerably fewer gear changes.
The Spark's handling is a considerable improvement on its predecessor, and well suited to buzzing around in traffic. This is because the steering feels precise, the clutch is effortlessly light, and the body roll is reasonably composed. This makes the Spark feel reassuringly stable, so now Chevrolet finally produce a capable little run-around to electrify bargain hunters.
Motoring.co.uk's new car database reveals the new Chevrolet Spark is listed with 'buy safe' sellers from £6,684 - £9,295.