Aside from its economy, on the face of it there is another fairly compelling reason to look at the Aveo: in this Eco LT form, which includes electric front windows, heated mirrors and air conditioning, Chevrolet is asking £12,795.
Our data experts haven’t yet predicted a residual value for the Aveo, but it would have to drop more – a lot more – than some of its mainstream rivals to make up the difference. You’re looking at a list price of £14,695 for an Econetic Fiesta and £15,615 for a Polo BlueMotion.
Whether you’ll save enough in tax and fuel to make up the difference between an eco diesel and a cheaper petrol car in the first instance is, of course, another matter entirely. Insurance is reasonable on the Aveo and all of its rivals.
The five-year warranty and healthy basic spec alone will tempt buyers, and a lack of driver involvement won’t worry the bulk of potential owners.