What is it?
As the brand’s biggest-seller the Chevrolet Aveo is a major reason for Chevrolet’s global growth, which saw it scoring a record 4.76m sales in 2011.
Some of that is down to keen pricing, but the entry model’s £9995 price tag propels this all-new Aveo into a straight fight with lower-end Fiestas and Polos. And that’s stiff competition.
In this form the new Chevrolet comes with an 85bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine, a five-year warranty and an impressive standard kit tally that includes air conditioning, cruise control, electric mirrors and remote locking.
Another £1000 buys the LT tested here, which gains a four-way adjustable wheel, 15in alloys, Bluetooth and steering wheel-mounted controls. You also get a contemporary-looking hatchback of somewhat conservative style, a commodious cabin by class standards and five NCAP stars.
What you don’t get, however, is the material quality of mainstream superminis. The Aveo’s dashboard has some sculptural style, but the cabin is constructed from multiple silver-grey plastics that go unrelieved by soft-feel tactility or even a slash of cloth. Black carpets and grey seats underline the downmarket aura.