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Competitive, but refinement let it down. As an mpg-hero, however, it's a fair choice

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What is it?

This is the 1.3-litre diesel version of the all-new Chevrolet Aveo. The petrol model will be the bigger seller but this 94bhp five-speed manual Eco model is expected to do well given its headline figures of 95g/km and 78mpg.

What’s it like?

And in practice the Aveo is just how you would expect it to be – that is, an adequate if uninspiring diesel supermini.

The worst of the road's imperfections are soaked up well, and by class standards the Chevy makes for a comfortable place to cover miles despite some hefty body roll. It's easy to place on the road, visibility is good, and the brakes offer the right balance between response and feel.

The 1.3-litre turbodiesel picks up well enough, but refinement at motorway speeds is quite poor, with engine and tyre noise making for a substantial drone. This is often a forgivable side-effect in small, budget cars but the higher-mileage drivers likely to opt for the diesel may find cabin noise an issue. The cheap-feeling dash and displays could also be something that will sway buyers in favour of the more expensive but better finished and more desirable offerings from VW and Ford.

Should I buy one?

At £12,795 the price is suitably low given that this Aveo 1.3D Eco model only comes in well-specced LT trim. Ultimately, we'd say do your maths carefully before opting for any diesel supermini. It can take many thousands of miles before the economy pays off the higher list price and in this class the petrols are easily the more enjoyable engines to run.

If you must have an mpg-hero then the Chevy is a reasonable choice. It does the job well and offers a practical blend of affordability and usability, even if it lacks polish overall. It's unlikely to be remembered as one of Chevy's greatest moments but it's a competitive car by any relevant standard.

Chevrolet Aveo 1.3D Eco

Price: £12,795; Top speed: 108mph; 0-62mph: 11.7sec; Economy: 78mpg; Co2 95g/km; Kerbweight: 1165kg; Engine type: 1248cc, 4cyl, turbodiesel; Power: 94bhp at 4000rpm; Torque: 140lb ft at 1750-2500rpm; Gearbox: five-spd manual

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19 October 2011

Is that the 'sporty' model pictured or something? It looks all chavved up, like a boy racer got his hands on it. It might look neater in a basic specification.

19 October 2011

[quote Autocar]

What is it?


This is the 1.3-litre diesel version of the all-new Chevrolet Aveo. The petrol model will be the bigger seller but this 94bhp five-speed manual Eco model is expected to do well given its headline figures of 95g/km and 78mpg.


What’s it like?


And in practice the Aveo is just how you would expect it to be – that is, an adequate if uninspiring diesel supermini.


The worst of the road's imperfections are soaked up well, and by class standards the Ch...Read the full article

[/quote] A pleasant front end, and for the miserly pensioner who can't even hear the difference between a petrol or derv unit probably a fine choice!

20 October 2011

I think this will be a popular first car choice. Especially with younger guys. Looks much more sporty and aggressive than the usual suspects.

20 October 2011

Very stylish car the front looks a bit like a Mitsubishi Colt with lights from an Alfa Romea and its a very nice look . The Interior is very nice too would like too see this car do well . Its just a pity that the refinement ain,t better . I think the dash looks good think Autocar are being pick there complaining about that looks good to me and even iff its still not quite on Vw or Ford levels off quality am sure its good enough . Lke how many people go really notice the difference these days anyway as most are very good these days .

20 October 2011

I really like this car from the exterior to the interior, i'd be happy to have one on my driveway. a huge improvement over the original (which i know wouldnt be hard) i suspect this will be a decent seller, especially with such low running costs. im guessing this is the same engine thats in the corsa. impressive figures.

20 October 2011

This Chevy, like most others, appears to be damned with feint praise. If it is merely class average at launch it will be forgotten in 12 months and subject to massive discounting to shift stock.

As Opel UK try to lift themselves out of the "worthy but dull" category, looks like Chevy will take there place. The GM plan revealed.

20 October 2011

It's okay. Looks good both inside and out but doesn't really stand out in any one area.

I think this is going to be a resounding hit for the rental companies!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 October 2011

A bland non descript car, which will make it the ideal coffin dodgers car.

21 October 2011

[quote thebaldgit]A bland non descript car, which will make it the ideal coffin dodgers car[/quote]

Thats the Hyundai.

21 October 2011

This car should sell well for its target market.Looks good design wise and frugal too.

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