2019 Chevrolet Spark LS

Summary

Fuel Economy

L/100 km

Highway

6.2

City

7.8

Vehicle Dimensions

mm

3635
1595
1483
2385

2019 Chevrolet Spark LS

Fuel City 7.8 L/100 km
Fuel Highway 6.2 L/100 km
Transmission Transmission: 5-speed manual ; incl. shifter on floor
Max Power Power: 98 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 94 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm
Body Type Hatchback
Number of Doors 5
Engine 1.4 L
Drive Wheels Front Wheel Drive

Features

Exterior

Roof spoiler Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged
Windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe Driver and passenger door mirror: black, internally adjustable
Metallic paint Antenna
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim

Interior

Driver vanity mirror 4 speakers
Tachometer Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 7.8 ; highway= 6.2 ; combined= 7.1 ;
Steering wheel ; includes height adjustment 1 12V in front
Floor mats Compass
Audio Connectivity: AUX jack front and USB front Tinted glass
Rear seats: split-folding split bench with seating for two split Seat upholstery: cloth
Audio system with AM/FM radio touch screen and colour screen Power steering electric
Full floor console with open storage Front driver seat and Front passenger seat : bucket
Instrument panel Rear view mirror
Seating: 4 passengers Internet navigation system: arrows and voice info ; includes 7.0-in.
Front seat centre armrest Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
Luxury trim: alloy look on doors, alloy look on dashboard and none Cupholders in front row and rear seats
Rear window with defroster and fixed-speed wiper Cargo area light
Cargo area cover External temperature
Floor covering: none Ventilation system

Mechanical

Hill holder Power trunk/hatch release
Emissions data: CO2: 3,257 kg/yr Fuel system:
3.910:1 axle ratio Electronic traction control
Powertrain type : combustion Block heater
Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane) Front-wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual ; incl. shifter on floor

Safety

Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag Front and rear bumpers
Rear seat belts for driver and passenger Internal button power locks
Low tire pressure monitor Headlight control with dusk sensor
Electronic brake distribution ABS
Daytime running lights StabiliTrak stability control
Front and rear side airbags Rear Vision Camera rear camera parking distance sensors
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger Headlights: halogen with complex surface lens halogen
2 disc brakes (2 ventilated) Driver and passenger knee airbags
Front to rear curtain airbags Brake assist system
2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats and rear seats

Specifications

Power: 98 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 94 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm Front and rear steel wheels: 15"x 6.0"
Engine: 1.4L Ecotec in-line four-cylinder with VVT Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 770 and all seats in place: 314
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 991, rear headroom (mm): 940, front hip room (mm): 1,224, rear hip room (mm): 1,219, front leg room (mm): 1,059, rear leg room (mm): 838, front shoulder room (mm): 1,290, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,265 and interior volume (litres): 2,351 Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,019 and Manufacturer’s own
Fuel tank: 35 litre capacity External dimensions: overall length (mm): 3,635, overall width (mm): 1,595, overall height (mm): 1,483, wheelbase (mm): 2,385, front track (mm): 1,384, rear track (mm): 1,384 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 10,300

Suspension

Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension with coil springs

Tires

Front and rear all-season tires 185/55/S

Miscellaneous

OnStar telematics system : includes engine shut down, advnced automatic collision notification and Via SIM in vehicle Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 160,000 km
MyLink voice activating system; includes radio, phone and naviagtion system Charges:
Roadside assistance warranty: 60 months/ 160,000 km Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 36 months/ 60,000 km Anti-corrosion warranty: 72 months/ 160,000 km
Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,600.00

Road Test & Review

2014 Chevrolet Spark LT1 Road Test Review

Chevy’s little Spark has been gaining traction in Canada, our market quite enamoured with small hatchbacks albeit just starting
2014 Chevrolet Spark LT1
Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press
to wake up to extremely small city cars. Such is not the case in many other countries throughout the world, such as Manila, Philippines where I’m writing this review. Sparks are all over Manila, as are a bevy of alternative city car competitors.

Up against the Spark a number of Chinese models, particularly the BYD F0, Chana Benni De Luxe, Chery QQ3, Geely LC, and Haima 1, plus the Honda Brio and Toyota Wigo from Japan, the Hyundai i10 and Eon as well as the Kia Picanto from South Korea, and lastly the only car you’ll likely be familiar with, the same Mitsubishi Mirage sold here, also from Japan. Strangely missing is the Nissan Micra, while Fiat and Smart don’t sell within the Philippines so the 500 and Fortwo aren’t
2014 Chevrolet Spark LT1
Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press
available either. Just the same, considering the hefty competition Chevy’s Spark does very well in the Philippines, and there’s good reason.

I’ve had the pleasure of driving a few Canadian-spec Sparks throughout the model’s short North American tenure, which while being available in other markets under various names since 1998, only started two years ago in the U.S. and Canada with the mid-2012 launch of the third-generation 2013 model. The first time was on the car’s official launch program where five-speed manual and automatic versions were available to test; the second was a four-speed automatic equipped Spark, and this most recent 2014 version features the all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT), an automatic that delivers more performance while achieving better economy than the outdated slushbox that came before.

Truly,
2014 Chevrolet Spark LT1
Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press
the old four-speed auto was the Spark’s only sore point. It worked well enough, but it forced the tiny 16-valve, DOHC, 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine to rev too high when trying to extract all of its 84 horsepower and 83 lb-ft of torque. Such is not the case now, the CVT capable of maintaining a constant 6,400-rpm for maximum power or 4,200 rpm for max torque, depending on how you want to use it. Granted the Spark’s little engine doesn’t exactly create stratospheric output levels, but after a little immediate hesitation off the line you’ll be surprised how energetic it feels thanks to a featherweight mass of just 1,029 kilos (2,267 lbs) in manual guise or 1,074 kilograms (2,366 lbs) with the CVT.

It delivered a better highway ride than I expected too, its relatively long 2,375-millimeter (93.5-inch) wheelbase smoothing out the pavement irregularities, while its
2014 Chevrolet Spark LT1
Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press
tall and narrow one-box shape made it a bit tippy amid fast-paced corners. Braking ranks in the “good enough” class too, its front and rear drums not up to repeated heavy stomps while winding through backcountry roads, although the standard ABS worked perfectly during panic stops. This said the Spark isn’t the kind of car you’ll likely be entering into the local autocross event come Sunday morning, but rather is ideal to get you to work and back each weekday and then across town with you and your friends/family aboard to visit yet more friends/relatives on the weekend.

Despite its diminutive size the little Chevy is a roomy travel companion, capable of stowing 323 litres (11.4 cubic feet) of gear behind the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks or 884 litres (31.2 cubic feet) when they’re both tumbled flat, while it seats two up front with loads of leg, hip, shoulder, and elbowroom, plus lofty
2014 Chevrolet Spark LT1
Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press
headroom, while the back seat is good for two regular sized adults along with a smaller one in the middle.

Don’t expect to be wowed with premium-level soft-touch plastics, but there are plenty of other things to get excited about. First off the overall design of the Spark’s interior is really inviting, with cool available body-colour accents across the dash and doors, mine finished in “Denim Blue”, plus a motorcycle-style instrument pod that sits atop the steering column, a really nice full-colour infotainment touchscreen display on the centre stack, and many other niceties thoughtfully placed throughout. As already inferred, the cabin plastics look and feel bargain basement as do the seats, their fabric looking nice but feeling pretty cheap, but let’s not forget that the Spark sells for a very small sum compared to most rivals, so there’s no reason for beating it up for not passing itself off as a premium car.

There
2014 Chevrolet Spark LT1
Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press
is a premium version of the Spark, mind you, dubbed LT2. It comes with such upscale niceties as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, body-colour power heated mirrors with integrated turn signals (new this year), body-colour lower rockers, 15-inch aluminum wheels with painted pockets, unique sport front and rear bumpers, a chrome finish liftgate handle, a chrome exhaust outlet, and standard fog lamps.

If you look at the photos you’ll see my tester included fog lamps, which might lead you to think that it’s an LT2, but such is not the case. This car was an LT1 Auto, dolled up with the only two options offered on this model, fog lamps at $365 and the Denim Blue interior trim kit I mentioned before, at $155. This car, incidentally, is priced at $19,115 after factoring in $520 in options and $1,550 for freight
2014 Chevrolet Spark LT1
Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press
and pre-delivery prep, which is $1,450 more than the same LT1 featuring the base five-speed manual gearbox. The LT2 I mentioned earlier will cost you $2,050 extra with the manual and $2,000 more with the auto, while a base LS manual carries an MSRP of $11,945.

Chevrolet may want to make that price even lower going into 2015, however, as its competition is getting seriously cheap. The aforementioned Mitsubishi Mirage with its industry-best warranty starts at only $12,498 and the more powerful Nissan Micra can be had for a mere $9,998. Then again these competitors don’t come with all of the Spark’s standard features, which include automatic headlights (new this year), a tilt steering wheel, power windows, cloth upholstery, a four-speaker AM/FM audio system, driver information centre, 60/40 split-folding rear
2014 Chevrolet Spark LT1
Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press
seats, a cargo net, an electronic immobilizer, OnStar telematics, body-colour door handles, 15-inch aluminum wheels on 185/55R15 all-season tires, a rear spoiler, plus driver and front passenger knee airbags as well as rear passenger outboard seat-mounted airbags added to the car’s complete menu of safety features.

The LT1 trim I tested added a lot of gear for the minor cost of the upgrade, including power locks with remote keyless entry, body-colour power mirrors, steering wheel-mounted Bluetooth, cruise and audio controls, the latter connecting through to the impressive six-speaker Chevrolet MyLink audio system I mentioned before, complete with a seven-inch colour touchscreen display featuring a reverse camera, satellite radio, plus Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming. The LT1 also adds air conditioning and air filtration to the heating and ventilation system, exterior temperature display, dual vanity mirrors, map
2014 Chevrolet Spark LT1
Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press
lights, floor mats, and a security system for a very well optioned out little city car.

Fuel economy has improved with the automatic, now rated at 6.4 L/100km in the city, 5.0 on the highway and 5.7 combined for the manual or 6.5 city, 5.0 highway and 5.9 combined for the automatic. As you’ve likely experienced, Transport Canada’s old two-cycle rating system isn’t very realistic and therefore can only be used for comparison purposes, so it was updated for the 2015 model year. On that note the new 2015 fuel economy figures are a great deal more useful, coming in at 7.5 L/100km in the city, 6.0 on the highway and 6.8 combined with the manual or 7.7 city, 6.1 highway and 7.0 combined with the auto.

Chevrolet’s warranty is very good until you compare it to the Mitsubishi Mirage, which
2014 Chevrolet Spark LT1
Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press
includes 10 years or 160,000 km of powertrain coverage and five years or 100,000 km of comprehensive coverage, but if you’ve been living with a Spark for 10 years and haven’t passed the 160,000 km mark it’s a clear sign that you don’t like your car. Then again the Spark’s three-year, 60,000 km comprehensive warranty is pretty weak for a Korean-built vehicle, and Chevy had better hope Hyundai doesn’t show up here with its i10 or Eon and likewise Kia doesn’t offer its Picanto (which they really should) as these Korean manufacturers offer five-year, 100,000 km comprehensive warranties across their lineups.

What you get with the Spark is a good little car that’s reasonably fun to drive, fuel-efficient, nicely equipped (especially when it comes to safety features), and fairly well priced in base trim. All said, if I were in Chevy’s product planning department I’d nix some of the fancy features and bring the Spark into the country at under $10k so it could do battle with the new Micra and raise the bowtie brand’s stake in the entry-level car market considerably. That’s how they sell it here in Manila, and the number of them on the road is a clear sign that the Chevrolet is doing something right.

* Disclaimer: Pricing is subject to change without notice, installed options may also vary by dealer. Price is plus applicable taxes. See dealership for final pricing and availability.

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