Road Tests

Handbook: Chevy Aveo

Time 9 years ago

We drove an early production version of the Aveo last year; now James Batchelor takes the UK version for a spin.

WHAT IS IT?

This car’s predecessor was a budget B-segment offering that traded largely on value and very little else. Value is just one part of this all-new Aveo though, as butch looks, sharper handling and good equipment levels make up this Ford Fiesta rival.

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WHAT’S UNDER THE BONNET?

Buyers have a choice of two petrols – a 1.2 and a 1.4-litre – and a diesel unit in two power guises. The latter also comes in an ‘Eco’ form that emits just 95g/km of CO2, but it’s the 1.2-litre petrol that’s the predicted best-seller.

WHAT’S THE SPEC LIKE?

There are three trims starting with the keenly-priced LS at £9,995. Even this model gets air-con and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrirs, whle the range-topping LTZ model boats 15-inch alloys, fog lamps, parking sensors and auto lights at £13,615.

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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Dynamically this is no class-leader – that’s the Fiesta’s title – but it’s good enough. Well-weighted steering is spoilt by very little turn in, but the ride is pleasant enough, and there’s little body-roll. Only the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel units have anything in the way of go.

WHAT DO THE PRESS THINK OF IT?

Autocar felt: ‘It won’t be remembered as one of Chevy’s greatest efforts but it’s a competitive car.’

WHAT DO WE THINK OF IT?

The styling scores top marks with us, with just the wheezy engines and a few cheap plastics spoiling what is generally a car that finally gives Hyundai’s i20 a run for its money.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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