The Chevvy Chase: The 2015 Chevrolet Aveo Review
Ok so Chevrolet may not be the most obvious car make you’d think of for a supermini here in the UK, but if you try one you might just be surprised. The 2nd generation of this 2015 Chevrolet Aveo is actually a decent proposition – it’s a good blend of high specification and value pricing combined with good looks and fuel efficiency when geared up with a diesel engine.
The aesthetic of the 2015 Chevrolet Aveo is a strike out against the popular ‘cute’ style of rival cars. This is something quite different – aggressive and almost Subaru looking with pronounced wheel arches and raked body lines. The round headlights are exposed, carrying through to the rear lights, which is a distinctive looking touch. The tailgate lifts up to expose the 290ltrs on offer in the form of a boot, which can extend to 653ltrs when you fold down the rear bench (almost on par with the space you’d get with a Ford Fiesta). Here the lip is fairly high, but you will have handy tie hooks and an underfloor compartment to assist in your storage needs.
The rear seats of the 2015 Chevrolet Aveo are accessible through handles which are cleverly concealed in the frame. There’s decent space on offer to accommodate 2 adults or 3 kids comfortably – pretty much as the supermini segment standard. Up in the front, the cabin is nicely spacious with the steering wheel and driver’s seat being nicely adjustable to find the perfect driving position. The driver’s seat even comes with an armrest on plusher trimmed models. The controls on the central console are all nicely usable and within reach. The instrument cluster of the 2015 Chevrolet is particularly distinctive with its large motorcycle inspired round rev counter and elongated LCD digital speedometer. Practicality is great in the cabin with a really useful central console slot to keep cards and tickets in, cup holders, 2 large storage bins framing the centre console, under-seat draws and also 2 glove boxes, the top of which contains charging and USB ports to keep electrical goods in.
The surprising thing about the 2015 Chevrolet Aveo is that the emphasis is on the level of ride and refinement, which is good enough to be on par with much more expensive cars. It’s based on the underpinnings of the 4th generation Vauxhall Corsa so the chassis is solid and compliant. The body roll is quite evident however and the power steering is rather light which can be annoying on general roadways, but makes it very at home in inner city environments, especially when combined with the tight 10.1 metre turning circle.
Engine-wise, we’re looking at 2 petrol and 2 diesel engines. None of them are particularly performance orientated mind you, but the average person looking at this kind of car won’t be too concerned. For petrol, there’s the 86ps 1.2ltr unit which will undoubtedly be the most popular model for UK buyers. This unit gets to 62 in 13.6 seconds up to the general top speed of 107mph. The torque is rather on the low side at a mere 115Nm so the 2015 Chevrolet Aveo needs to be revved hard to really get places. The noise of the 2015 Chevrolet Aveo is quite evident too although a lot of work has obviously gone into noise reduction in the engineering. It’s a lot more effective in the higher 100ps 1.4ltr variant, but on the whole it’s not too much faster than the 86ps petrol unit. Diesel-wise, both of the mainstream power plants on offer are 1.3ltr VCDi units which come in 75ps and 95ps form and both have much more pulling power than the petrol engines. They get to 62mph from rest in 14.1 seconds and 12.6 seconds respectively, but if you go for the Eco model then this figure is reduced to 11.7 seconds. The Petrol units are quite thirsty for such a small car, so diesel power is the way forward for eco-minded individuals with the 75ps unit returning 74.3mpg and 99g/pk, while the 95ps can come in Eco form, bringing the fuel efficiency up to 78.4mpg and chugs out 95g/pk of CO2, which I think you may agree, is impressive.
All in all, what’s the lowdown with the 2015 Chevrolet Aveo? Armed with distinctive and characterful styling and frugal diesel power, this Chevvy has gone up in the world’s estimations and is better equipped to take on supermini rivals on the level of the Hyundai i20 and the Skoda Fabia. True, others can outdo it in areas such as quality and handling dynamics, but the 2015 Chevrolet Aveo is capable where it matters and offers great value for money. If you’re looking for a budget supermini style car then you may do well to give it a chance.