Small and economical looks like being the prevailing mantra for the car market in the foreseeable future.
There’s a lot of interesting and innovative stuff happening with citycars and small MPV type vehicles as manufacturers respond to demand for shrinkage in the cost, emissions and dimensions of what we drive.
The Chevrolet Spark is another contender in this market. And with sharp looks, low costs and decent safety credentials, it should be in with a shout.
Spark customers have a couple of small petrol engines to choose from. The 1.0-litre unit develops 67bhp and for more urgent performance, there’s an 80bhp 1.2-litre. These are modern powerplants with alloy cylinder heads, double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. Emissions of the 1.0-litre car are pegged at 119g/km and combined cycle economy is 55mpg.
The Spark is 3,640mm long and 1,597mm wide and there’s a definite MPV aspect to the Spark’s shape with its flat sides and high roofline helping to make even more of the space available. It’s far from frumpy though with huge headlights, a narrow glass area and a deep front bumper that curves around the car’s nose blending with the bulbous wheelarches. A jagged ‘lightning bolt’ line cut into the flank is the signature styling feature.
The instrument cluster that sits on top of the steering column takes its design inspiration from that of a motorcycle. All of the controls are illuminated in a fetching electric blue when the headlights are turned on and there’s the usual array of storage features.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Chevrolet Spark range
PRICES: £8,475-£10,695 - on the road
INSURANCE GROUPS: 1-5 [1-50 groupings scale]
CO2 EMISSIONS: 119g/km
PERFORMANCE: [1.0] 0-60mph 14s / top speed 95mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: [1.0] (combined)
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Six airbags, ABS.
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/widthmm 3640/1597.