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New Chevrolet Spark 1.2 LT

The Chevrolet Spark 1.2 LT is like a box of mixed chocolates.

By Stephen Turvil
Oct 03, 2011
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The Chevrolet Spark 1.2 LT is like a box of mixed chocolates. As such, some elements of this top-of-the-range city car taste fantastic – whereas others leave a slightly bitter taste dancing around your tonsils. On the plus side, the Chevrolet Spark is pleasant and easy to drive. The steering is light, the five-speed manual transmission is smooth, it hits 62mph in 12.1 seconds, and the ride is fair for the class. Furthermore, it has a generous pile of toys to make life easy. These include the: electronic stability programme, climate control, four electric windows, MP3 connectivity, and the CD player. It even has a reasonable size cabin considering its chocolate box dimensions. These elements represent the tasty strawberry sweets, the ones that melt in your mouth like an ice cube on holiday at the sun.

However, there are a few unwelcome additions to every box of chocolates - the chewy lumps of granite that pull your fillings out, for example. As such the Chevrolet Spark 1.2 LT's boot is smaller than a fun-size Mars Bar. Its capacity is 170-litres, and only increases to 568-litres when the rear seats are folded flat. Status is another major issue for some. The car's badge and image scream 'cost conscious' not thrilling go-getter. However, the biggest issue is price - it costs £10,485. This could buy a Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, or Skoda Fabia. Whereas the Spark has a few more toys for the price, it cannot compete in terms of refinement, status, style, and feel. It is a reasonable little car, but the cheaper, lower-spec, trims make more sense. These start at only £7,215. That is much more like it.

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By Stephen Turvil
Oct 03, 2011