2020 Spark New Car Test Drive
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..
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..