Sparky performer

Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet Spark
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With its good looks and lots of interior space, the Chevrolet Spark is a strong contender in the citycar sector but it does rely on its low prices to compete with the class leaders.

Those prices can be misleading because few buyers will be satisfied by the paltry equipment list included on the entry-level car but climb one or two rungs up the ladder and the value proposition is much more compelling. The 1.0-litre engine isn’t the last word in performance or economy but it will be quite adequate for getting about urban areas.

Given the full beans, the 1.0-litre Spark will accelerate to 62mph in 15.5s which isn’t particularly rapid but a 96mph top speed should mean it’s up to motorway journeys if not overly comfortable on them. The Spark has a compact footprint with the wheels pushed right out to the corners of its body for a tight turning radius of just five meters.

Running costs are obviously crucial in any citycar and the Spark’s compact petrol engines should deliver the goods. Emissions of the 1.0-litre car are pegged at 119g/km and combined cycle economy is 55mpg.

The cabin area is roomy with good head and legroom for a pair of rear seat passengers and the option of squeezing in a third. A boot of 170-litres is ok for a citycar and with the seats folded, there’s an impressive 568 litres available. Chevrolet has also built in some engaging features like the instrument cluster that sits on top of the steering column which takes its design inspiration from that of a motorcycle.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

CAR: Chevrolet Spark 1.0 (right)

PRICES: £7,215-£9,005 - on the road

INSURANCE GROUP: 1-3

CO2 EMISSIONS: 119g/km

PERFORMANCE: 0-60mph 14s / top speed 95mph

FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 55.4mpg

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Six airbags, ABS.

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/heighmm 3640/1597/1522.