Not the greatest review but a step in the right direction. For the price I guess its a decent offering til the all new Gamma products are up and running.
MORE HEREChevrolet Aveo (200 Review
Assets: Cheap, decent-looking, reliable.
Drawbacks: Weedy engines, uninspiring drive, poor crash-test figures.
Verdict: An improvement on the Kalos, but not enough to keep up with the competition.
Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars
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Chevrolet is continuing its onward march with the launch of the Aveo (pronounced Ah-vay-oh), the replacement for the Kalos, one of the cars the company took on when it bought Daewoo in 2002.
Chevrolet - in everywhere other than the US - has taken over Daewoo's budget brand status, building cheap cars for emerging markets such as Eastern Europe and second cars for consumers in more developed markets.
Powered by a choice of two engines - a 1.2-litre and a 1.4-litre petrol - the Aveo will be available in five-door (May 2008), and the three-door which will be on sale in the later in the summer. There are three trim levels - S, LS and LT.
The Aveo doesn't look massively different from the Kalos, but it is a departure from the old car. The styling of the front and rear has changed and the nose, in particular, sets the tone for future Chevrolets. Then there's a new interior with higher quality materials. Also, the two engines on the Aveo are totally new units.
Prices are yet to be confirmed, but early indications are that they will start at around £7,500 for the 1.2S, rising to around £11,000 for the 1.4LT auto, which is reasonably competitive in this crowded market.
RELIABILITY & QUALITY
Reliability & Quality Score: 3 out of 5 Stars
The Kalos had a good reputation for reliability, but there were reports that the engine had a tendency to coke up. However, in terms of quality, the Aveo moves the game forward... slightly. The interior on the Kalos looked cheap, plasticky and poorly put together. That has been remedied to some degree in the new Aveo but the materials aren't brilliant. There are better quality cabins out there.
ON THE ROAD
On the Road Score: 3 out of 5 Stars
Although it's a new car, it feels dated. A number of other manufacturers, including Ford and Vauxhall, are producing high quality small cars that look and feel the part, yet with the Aveo, Chevrolet has been found wanting. When the new Fiesta arrives later in 2008, we fully expect the Aveo to drop even further down the pecking order.
But the Aveo isn't a bad car: the ride is firmish, but tolerable, and the handling, although uninvolving, is adequate for buyers after a small budget car.
The engines are a little weedy, though. The 1.2-litre has an output of 82bhp and generates 84lb-ft of torque, enabling it to amble from 0-62mph in 13 seconds and eventually reach a top speed of 106mph. That's fine in town, but the car will struggle if you have any steep hills to climb, as we did in our test car. The 1.4-litre isn't much better: 99bhp and 96lb-ft, giving a top speed of 109mph. The trick with these engines is to keep the revs high - it allows the car to push on, but the noise does start to grate after a while.