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2016 Chevrolet Spark Spied in South Korea
BY MIRCEA PANAIT
6TH FEBRUARY 2015

Two very interesting photos showed up on Vav.kr. Nope, that’s not a Hyundai. Check out the dual-port grille complemented by a duo of extremely familiar headlights. Looking like an Opel Karl / Vauxhall Viva spin-off with more fugly added to the mix, what we have here is, in fact, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark.

It’s hard to say that the outgoing model is pretty, but the soon-to-be-unveiled fourth generation Spark won’t win beauty contests. It is a mess both from up front and from the sides. Just look at the headlights. Yep, they appear to be inspired by the old Hyundai i20 facelift from 2012, which isn’t a good-looking car.

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For those of us who wondered if the next Spark was just going to be a re-badged version of the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva (or rather, if the Karl/Viva would merely be a version of the Spark), these spyshots lend some greater insight.

From what we see, it doesn't quite look exactly the same as the Karl/Viva, but they're clearly related. Obviously the front ends are different, and it seems as though they changed some of the character lines along the front fender and on the door-skins. However, the greenhouse and hard-points look the same.

I'd like to see what the rear looks like as well, but from my initial impression, Opel/Vauxhall got the better looking sibling.


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I'm not the biggest fan of the current Spark, but it has a pretty unique look. This new one seems to be following the Ford Ka's trend towards becoming a more mainstream car that looks a lot like many other cars. If there's one class where I think the designers could get away with being a bit funky, it's with these microcars.
 

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Not too bad of a refresh.

I really like my Spark...
1) It's cheap, $12,999 out the door.
2) It's small, yet roomy. I fit my entire family plus a stroller plus some groceries
3) It gets good mileage. In mixed city(daily commute)/highway(weekend), 60-40 split I get 37-39 MPG average per tank
4) It needs infrequent maintenance. the oil only asks to be changed every 8000-9000 miles, plus no timing belt at 100K.
5) It's pretty fun to drive...

The things I would change:

1) Soften the spring-rate a little bit, add some sway-bar rate to offset. this would take a little "sharpness" out of the ride.

2) Increase the gear spacing between 4th and 5th... by about 15% or so, lower the RPM's on the freeway. Right now I can "pull" ahead to pass in 5th gear which is nice I guess but not really needed as I can downshift if I need to pass.

both of these are minor complaints.
 

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Hate those giant headlights. They ruin the looks of the front of it in my opinion. They would look better with a brick thrown through and stuck in them.



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I like my '13 Spark. It's mid-trim and was $15.5 out the door. Easiest car I've ever parked and in Manhattan that means an awful lot. If I had to do it over again I might go LTZ just to get the heated front seats (for Mrs. Smallblock).
 

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Looks like GM's milking the Impala's lines as much as they can.
That's one of my worries for Ford. As much as I like the Fusion schnoz, I worry that by using a very similar version on all of their cars, the design risks getting old faster. I totally understand the need for a common design language, but it should only be taken so far.
 

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My son drives a Spark every day for work, he mocks it readily. So do the other drivers where he works.
I got in it one day & was equally as distressed by the interior as I've been all along by the exterior.
Could not get it to spin the tires on a rolling reverse/slam into drive move.
It only seems to be 'fun' to drive in comparison to walking.
 

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My son drives a Spark every day for work, he mocks it readily. So do the other drivers where he works.
I got in it one day & was equally as distressed by the interior as I've been all along by the exterior.
Could not get it to spin the tires on a rolling reverse/slam into drive move.
It only seems to be 'fun' to drive in comparison to walking.
It's a sub-sub-compact city car that starts at $13,000, what do you expect? A Camaro?
 

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I think the KARL could be a hit for Opel. You get so much car for less money. I just looked at the Opel car configurator and KARL is available in 3 trim-levels (all prices incl. 19% VAT):

- €9,500 Selection
- €10,650 Edition
- €12,900 Exklusiv

I like my cars well equipped, so I started with the top trim-level. Exklusiv trim-level incl.:

- ABS and ESP
- tire pressure monitoring system
- fog lights
- lane assistant
- ambient lighting
- power windows, front and rear
- cruise control
- automatic climate control
- city-mode

Unlike the ADAM or Corsa, KARLs option list is short.

- €460 graphite black
- €395 comfort-package (heated steering wheel, rear park-pilot, heated front seats)
- €250 style-package (solar protect, alloy wheels 195/45 R16)
- €200 DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
- €850 sunroof

That makes €15,105 for a fully loaded KARL. A nice addition to the other city cars Opel already offers.

- €11,750 ADAM
- €15,990 ADAM ROCKS
- €11,980 Corsa 3-door
- €12,730 Corsa 5-door




:drive: GO KARL GO :drive:


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