Designed to expand on the success of the first-generation model, the new Aveo is a five-door hatchback that has a completely redesigned exterior and cabin, plus a newly developed chassis and body structure, as well as a range of upgraded fuel-efficient, low-emission engines.
Priced from £9,995 for the 1.2 LS model, the Aveo builds on Chevrolet’s reputation for delivering great value for money. However, it’s more than the keen pricing that will make it appeal to customers.
The mid-range LT model adds more luxury features – 15-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls,, a four-way adjustable driver’s seat, sunglasses holder, a Driver Information Centre, Bluetooth phone compatibility with music streaming, and a chrome gear knob surround, yet is priced from a very competitive £10,995 on-the-road.
The top specification LTZ variant has features normally reserved for bigger and much more expensive cars, including a leather steering wheel, front fog lamps, six speakers, rear parking sensors and automatic headlamps. Prices start at £12,195.
Four engines are available – a 1.2-litre petrol unit developing 86PS, a 1.4-litre petrol engine with 100PS and two 1.3-litre VCDi diesels, with power outputs of either 75 or 95PS. All except the 1.3 VCDi 95PS come with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard (the 95PS VCDi has a six-speed), while the 1.4-litre models have the option of a six-speed automatic.