What is it?
This is the new 3-door Chevrolet Aveo, the car that it’s using to appeal to a younger audience - a ‘sportier’ proposition than the 5-door model we’ve already seen.
From launch the UK will have only one three-door Chevrolet Aveo model, which gets an 83bhp 1.2-litre engine and a decent standard spec that includes electric windows, side airbags and a CD-player with auxiliary input for the all-important MP3 player.
What’s it like?
It’s not sporty. When you’ve ignored that optimistic claim, you’ll find that the Aveo is a compact but spacious car that offers decent comfort and refinement for a competitive price.
Styling is intended to be a big draw for prospective Aveo buyers, and to these eyes at least, the three-door offers better proportions and a more appealing (if very similar) look to its five-door sibling.
The interior is an equally big improvement over the Chevrolet Kalos, and is identical to the five-door. Most of the materials feel of higher quality than you might expect of a car competing with the likes of the Hyundai Getz and Suzuki Swift. The switchgear, in particular, feels well put together.
Unfortunately the engine suffers from a lack of low-down torque, which doesn’t peak until it hits 84lb ft at 3800rpm meaning that the five-speed manual gearbox and the right-hand pedal must be used ruthlessly if you want to make spirited progress.