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First drive: Chevrolet Aveo 1.3 VCDi 95 LT Eco

BIK List Price
£12,740
Chevrolet Aveo BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Chevrolet Aveo BIK Percent
CO2
95g/km
Chevrolet Aveo CO2
Combined MPG
78.4
Chevrolet Aveo MPG

Review

Cost-cutting business motorists are expected to play a major role in plans to boost Chevrolet’s stake in one of Britain’s toughest market sectors this year.

Continuing economic uncertainty is set to prompt an increasing number of fleet drivers to make the switch to smaller cars and the resurgent US company is now in pole position to cash in on the trend, believes Chevrolet UK managing director Mark Terry.

“We think the technology we’re offering in three new power units will help drive our latest line-up of Aveo models straight to the heart of the B-segment,” he told Fleet News.

“Their performance will make them a particularly attractive proposition at a time when all the evidence is highlighting greater interest in downsizing.

“I think we’re stepping up to the mark in blending better performance with greater efficiency and super-clean emissions at just the right time.”

Available now, the all-new hatchback range will feature a 1.3-litre turbodiesel motor that combines 78.5mpg economy and tailpipe emissions of just 95g/km with lively 93bhp performance.

Two other versions of the engine will deliver the same output with higher torque and 108g/km emissions and a 73bhp output with 99g/km emissions.

“Our aim is for each new Chevrolet to help our UK market growth by having wider appeal among younger motorists while also retaining our former customers. The Aveo promises to excel in both areas because it looks good and has a surprisingly spacious interior,” said Terry.

Like latest B-sector entrants, the Aveo has grown in size to offer adequate room for four adults with luggage volume extending from 290 to 653 litres with the rear seat folded. Concealed rear door handles promote a more sporty, three-door appearance.

In mid-range LT trim, the Aveo is a high-value package with alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls, on-board computer, Bluetooth phone compatibility, remote locking and heated and power-adjust door mirrors as standard.

A lively performer, the car is agile though bends, has a comfortable ride over most surfaces and cruises quietly on major roads with the rev counter needle hovering around the 2,000rpm mark at 60mph.

“We have had great success with the Cruze in the C-sector and I’m confident the combination of style, practicality and operating efficiency will make the Aveo the ideal follow-up model with around 5,000 registrations next year,” said Terry.

By Maurice Glover

Fuel costs
Higher efficiency under the bonnet is further boosted by a stop-start system to produce excellent operating economy..
CO2 emissions
In addition to a particulate filter, Chrysler’s first diesel-powered small car in Europe achieves uses a close-coupled oxidation catalyst to achieve an emissions performance that earns it super-clean status.
Residual values
Coupled with improved styling and added practicality, significant advances in efficiency along should bolster residual values.
Driver appeal
Despite the modest size of its engine, the Aveo is a robust performer with a good spread of equipment.
FN Verdict
Chevrolet’s new family hatchback has attractive styling and comes with a handy hill-start assist feature as well as electronic stability control to offer a comfortable and well-specified package at a competitive price.
Top Speed
N/A
Chevrolet Aveo Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Chevrolet Aveo Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Chevrolet Aveo Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £3,475
4 Year 80k : £2,525
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 26.62
4 Year 80k : 24.24

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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