Does the Chevrolet Aveo look to you like it has drawn styling cues from the Corvette and Camaro, as Chevrolet claims? No, we’re not convinced it does, either, but we’ll admit the Aveo has a certain rakish aggression to it that you won’t find in too many of its rivals.

Whereas some elements of the Aveo look a little staid and similar to its predecessor, there’s no denying the aggressive sculpting of the bonnet. Partly, though, the exposed round headlights and black-backed tail-lights do lend the Aveo the look of a facelifted version of its predecessor, a feeling accentuated by the large grille, split by Chevrolet’s ‘bow tie’ badge.

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Surrounding the rear window is a body-coloured spoiler to clean the air off the body and reduce drag. Unusually, the high-level brake light remains in the window.

Given how utterly different under the skin and, therefore, how improved it could be, that seems a bit of a pity; the old car’s nose, flanks and square-tailed bluffness bore some resemblance to the new car (and also to the Spark).

All of which combine to make the Aveo look smaller than it really is. It follows a current supermini fad of stretching to more than four metres in length, at 4039mm (although our favourite superminis, the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, remain a touch under that barrier).

Both of those rivals have a shorter wheelbase than the Aveo, too, whose 2525mm is closer to a Volkswagen Golf’s than a Polo’s. We’ll come to accommodation in a minute, but given that the Aveo also appears quite tall, there’ll be no excuse for it being poor.

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