The Chevrolet Kalos has been in production since 2002. Classified as a subcompact with a front-engine layout, the Kalos was later on renamed as the Aveo when the second-generation model came out. When the Kalos was introduced, it was to replace the Daewoo Lanos and to mark the first model released by Daewoo after it was taken over by General Motors. Pre-production prototypes were first seen at the 2002 Geneva Auto Show but concept cars that would lead to the Kalos were unveiled as early as 2000 at the Paris Motor Show. The car took its name from the Greek word "kalos" which meant "good" and "beautiful", terms aptly describing the Chevrolet Kalos at the time of its release.
While the Chevrolet Kalos has several models available, including the five-door SE and three-door 1.4 SX, you get best value for getting the S model because even a basic trim will have the necessities you will need. The Kalos S has as standard a CD player, three-point seatbelts, and electric windows. Not to mention that the Kalos S offers sufficient pace and refinement, which lessens overall satisfaction for the more expensive 1.4 SX model.
Inside the Kalos S, it is bright and spacious, surprisingly at exceptional levels. Seats are firm so great support is to be expected, while comfort is addressed with height adjustability. And though the dashboard is primarily made out of plastics, it is laid out intuitively and functionality is superb, giving it an overall effect that is beautiful.
Given its size and performance, the Kalos S is ideal for small families. It's comfortable enough for short trips (there's enough room for four adults!) and provides more than enough functionality for driving around the city. It also offers value for money, which is a strong selling point for the small car market it is part of.
The Kalos S is for you if you're looking for a vehicle that is affordable and sufficiently comfortable while capable of performing decently.
When the Chevrolet Kalos was released, it was available in three body styles: a three-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and five-door hatchback. Unfortunately, the five-door 1.2 S Kalos is no longer offered, with the three-door 1.2 S inheriting its price to become the cheapest Kalos available. The three-door 1.2 S would've been a better bet though had Chevrolet slashed its price further to help it better compete with entry-level vehicles like the Fiat Panda and the Daihatsu Charade.
The Kalos S also offers a decent ride but it is all that it does. It's an important trait (probably the most important) in a car of its class, but steering is too light and vague. Plus there's also a lot of body roll to contend with, alongside clunky gear changes and some under-steering. And you don't even want to get started on how breathless the engines can be even when you're not on a motorway.
The Kalos S is not for you if you're going to put a premium on smooth and quiet performance. Know that a certain level of compromise is needed if you're interested in this vehicle.
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