The Chevrolet Aveo is a subcompact front-engine, front-wheel drive vehicle that’s been in the market since 2002. However, it is known by different names in different locations and it wasn’t until 2011 that the Aveo was globally marketed under that name when its second-generation model was released. Based off the Gamma II global subcompact platform, the second-generation Aveo was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2010, known earlier as the Aveo RS concept. On the overall, Aveo is considered to be a very safe car, netting a rating of five stars from the Euro NCAP.
The Chevrolet Aveo is available just as a five-door hatch in the UK but diesel and petrol engines are offered to address a wider variety of needs. There are 1.3-litre turbodiesel engine and 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrol units available, which when paired with the Eco trim has been designed to offer maximum frugality. That’s great news if you’re one of the many looking to save on running costs as much as possible.
While some are not convinced of Chevrolet’s claims that the Aveo took styling cues from the Camaro and Corvette, it cannot be denied that this car has taken a big step forward design-wise to achieve a more aggressive look. This is achieved, in part, by exposing the headlights and backing tail lights with black while using a large grille with Chevrolet’s badge cleanly in the middle. But despite this aggressiveness, the Aveo looks smaller than it should be despite having larger measurements than its competitors.
Inside, the Aveo is spacious. You can easily fit four adults, for starters, and they’d be sitting comfortably still even if they have been on road for a while. Seats in front are very nice too—big enough to be comfortable in yet firm enough to offer support. The driving position is generally upright and the way the seat base is raised makes it easy for anyone to get in and out of. Spaciousness extends to the boot, where a respectable 290-litre capacity is standard. This number jumps to 653 litres though when the rear seats are folded.
Whatever engine you choose, you’ll get modest speed, with the Aveo going from 0 to 60mph within 11.4 seconds. However, the vehicle is not designed for speeding along. Rather, the Aveo is all about offering economy and putting less of an emphasis on performance. Of course, it will still be able to get you from point to point without trouble but don’t expect anything stellar. At the very least, you can get 30mpg from the Aveo in terms of fuel economy, and that’s even when tested without any sort of intention on saving on fuel. This means even without any effort from you, the Aveo will definitely allow you to save on fuel costs.
While the Chevrolet Aveo does indeed offer spaciousness, it’s a bit lacking in terms of cabin materials. It’s understandable to compromise but the Aveo just wasn’t able to make it work. There were neat design touches all around the cabin but the bad parts (read: brittle plastics) were just too obvious.
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