The Chevrolet Aveo is a genuinely competitive supermini with a modern platform that, unlike so many Chevrolets before it, does not have to rely on cheap pricing to win it praise.

That it is better priced than its direct rivals is a welcome bonus rather than a prerequisite.

Pleasing to drive and an excellent price, but the interior feel could be better

Drive it carefully and you’ll see 60mpg. Drive it enthusiastically and you’ll see barely less and probably quite enjoy the experience.

Is it a class leader? Not quite — at least, not on the terms by which Autocar’s enthusiast readers and testers would define it. Its ride and handling are tidy but not outstanding, and perceived quality remains several shades behind the best.

But be in no doubt: we’d recommend this car.

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