What is it?
Chevrolet’s all-new Aveo is its latest entry to the ever evolving B segment. It’s set to undercut the cheap and cheerful Hyundai i20, while packing an impressive amount of standard kit.
It’s also the fourth all-new model to be produced for Chevrolet UK by the newly renamed GM Korea, finally free from the shackles of Daewoo nomenclature.
Chevy’s aim is to differentiate its cars from sister Vauxhall without being forced downmarket, so the Aveo mustn’t be a Corsa by another name on the cheap.
In fact, it uses GM’s Gamma II platform that will underpin the next Corsa, and the 1.2-litre engine tested here is an evolution of its sister car’s powerplant, with a lighter cylinder block and improved cooling.
What’s it like?
On winding roads, the Aveo is certainly no Fiesta chaser. Rather, its strength lies in refinement. The irregularities we could find on Swiss roads yielded a satisfyingly distant bump, but little more, although British roads might erode that talent.
The hydraulic steering brings reasonable feel, weight and feedback, but might be on the heavy side for some during car park shimmies. Vocal (but not coarse) at high revs, the 1.2 petrol engine isn’t embarrassed here, and doesn’t intrude at motorway speeds in fifth. Gear changes are pleasant when not rushed, and brakes are effective following a little dead travel.