New Chevrolet Aveo
The new Chevrolet Aveo will be priced from £7,400 and finish at £9,500 on the road. The Aveo will be in the low banded insurance groups of between group 3 and 5 and produces 132g/Km of CO2 Emmissions, as well as getting 44 mpg in the 1.4litre version of the Aveo. Performance wise the Aveo wil get from 0-60mph in 11seconds and get to a maximum speed of 110mph. The standard safety features included on the Aveo are twin front airbags and ABS.
The 1.2-litre version sampled first is the entry-level model and these normally act as a decent barometer of a car’s basic worth. If you’ve ever driven a Chevrolet Kalos, there won’t be too many surprises here. The driving position is very similar, the handling and ride feel much the same and the steering is still rather light. While this means that it’s not the most tactile car to bully along a Provencal hill route, it means it’s great in the city. The 1.2-litre will get to 60mph in 12.7 seconds and run on to a top speed of 108 mph. If this isn’t enough, go for the 1.4-litre lump with 101bhp. This is usefully quicker, topping out at 110mph and hitting 60 in 11 seconds.
The 1.4-litre is a notably more complex engine, with four valves per cylinder and DCVP (Double Continuous Variable Cam Phase) that helps to boost torque at lower revs and power at higher engine speeds. Visibility out of the Aveo is very good, although larger drivers may find that the dashboard moulding intrudes on legroom a little. Both engines are decent units but the added motorway refinement of the 1.4-litre powerplant would swing the balance for us.