2020 Chevrolet Spark Reviews

2020 Spark New Car Test Drive

The following review is for a 2019 Model Year. There may be minor changes to current model you are looking at.

Introduction

Inexpensive and cheerful in its personality, the 2019 Chevrolet Spark has been redesigned slightly for the new model year. The four-door hatchback has automatic emergency braking as a new option on 2LT versions. Some versions wear a new grille, headlights, and fascia and get new wheels. New daytime running lights appear on 1LT and 2LT versions. Chevrolet's new infotainment system, with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, is standard along with two USB ports.

The Spark comes in base LS, mid-level 1LT, and top-rung 2LT trim levels. Also available is the Spark Activ, sporting unique body cladding and slightly taller ride height, but otherwise differing little from its mates.

All versions have front-wheel drive, propelled by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 98 horsepower. A 5-speed manual gearbox that shifts neatly is standard. Most buyers are likely to choose the alternative, which is a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

A surprising amount of advanced active-safety technology is available ? considerably more than expected in this class. All collision-avoidance features are optional rather than standard fare, but at least they exist. Rear parking sensors are included with the 2LT trim.

Crash-testing has been limited. The NHTSA has not tested the current Spark. The IIHS gave the 2019 Spark a 'Good'? rating for its moderate-overlap frontal test and for side-impact, but that insurance-funded agency has not conducted any further testing.

Lineup

Prices do not include $875 destination charge.

The Spark LS ($13,220), the base-model hatchback, has roll-up windows, manual door locks, and hubcaps on 15-inch steel wheels. Yet, standard features include GM's OnStar, 4G LTE wi-fi, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility. Cloth upholstery and a 5-speed manual transmission are standard.

1LT ($15,120) adds power windows and locks, heated mirrors, cruise control, remote keyless entry and 15-inch alloy wheels.

2LT ($16,620) includes rear parking sensors, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, and keyless ignition. It's the only Spark available with automatic emergency braking, bundled into a Driver Confidence Package with forward-collision warnings and lane-departure warnings.

Spark Activ ($16,220) builds upon the 1LT version, with a taller suspension for slightly elevated ride height. Standard equipment includes heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, roof rack, unique grille, foglights, and automatic headlights.

A continuously variable transmission (CVT) adds $1,100 to the Spark price.

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