Used Car Review – Chevrolet Spark (2011-2016)

Used Car Review – Chevrolet Spark (2011-2016)

As which design will be slated to be replaced by an all brand-new generation, let us revisit which one.


2011-2016 Chevrolet Spark

Mention the words Korean car as well as the top two names which come to mind are Hyundai as well as Kia, then we do hold the occasional oddball brands like Ssangyong as well as Renault Samsung on the minority side. On the some other hand, do you remember the Daewoo brand whose offerings include the cheapo Racer sedan as well as the cute Matiz hatchback? Oh, the one which we had two decades ago whose distributor will be based by Cebu as well as had ventured to Chrysler vehicles as well as to multicabs later on. While Daewoo passenger cars are at which point a part of GM Korea (as well as these were renamed to Chevrolets in their home country later on), their commercial vehicles division was purchased by Tata Motors of India while their bus division stayed on.

Based on the Beat displayed at the 2007 brand-new York Auto Show which was displayed alongside the Trax (which became an actual production car) as well as Groove concepts, the third generation Spark won a poll by General Motors which gave a green light as a real production car. Production commenced in 2009 with deliveries started out the following year in various world markets under numerous names. Before we leave which paragraph, which one made its debut as Skids in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2007 which also featured in what might be the fifth generation Camaro, also known as Bumblebee.

One of the vehicles which brought back the Chevrolet name to life inside the Philippines will be which one, which replaced the ho-hum second generation design by 2006 to 2010. When which was first debuted in February 2011, the LT which has a stick shift as well as a 1.2 engine will be available with the LS having both transmissions as well as a 1.0 engine followed months later. A minor update occurred in May 2013 without any line-up alterations.

Value as well as Costs
Priced below P600,000 during its run, the Spark had initial success although which dwindled due to the popularity of Japanese rivals as well as the Trailblazer later on. For those who want a city dweller without experiencing first owner depreciation, second hand units can be had between P200,000 to P400,000. Units purchased by April 2011 enjoy a all 5 year warranty, so look for a vehicle sold by March 2012 to utilize which one.

Comparing to some rivals by Japan as well as Korea sold at the same time, which one could be somewhat pricier to maintain as well as parts aren’t which much widespread, although the latter can be rectified if you look beyond the casa. Fuel consumption with the automatic isn’t which Great compared to the manual, so while you can, learn to drive stick if you genuinely want which one or rivals can provide you better. Problem points due to which car involve the auxiliary fan as well as the aircon, so keep an eye on those items.

outside as well as Inside
As we said earlier, its Beat concept car origins gave the automobile some character as well as flair (as opposed to some egg-like of the old design) as well as which will make your head turn. A bold move, to be honest, since which presented a brand-new era the bow tie brand during its time. Another feature which was last seen inside the Nissan Terrano of the 90s as well as copied by the Honda HR-V will be the rear door handles situated at the pillar, creating access by children difficult. LS products have black door handles as well as steel wheels while the LT has alloy wheels as well as Centeng coloring door handles.

Going inside, you’ll be treated to a roomy cabin with expanse spaces for your heads as well as legs. One feature which you may find which cool or tacky will be the LED tachometer which will be inspired by a motorcycle. Great thing which Inside quality had increased, with the previous design having a cheap one which reflects its cost.

Two Daewoo developed engines are in use for Philippine market products, with both of these coming by the STEC-II family. The 1.0 having 67hp at 6,400rpm as well as 90Nm at 4,800rpm as well as 1.2 with 81hp at 6,200rpm as well as 110Nm at 4,600rpm won’t win you any awards although they’re up to task. Going for the 1.0 will give you slow acceleration when paired to an automatic while the manual will be decent. Our engine of choice will be the 1.2, since which has enough grunt as well as will be fun to drive (which we will delve later)

Driving Impressions
Thanks to a curb weight below a thousand kilos, which one will be a fun partner especially which handling will be a notch higher than rivals. Braking needs your constant attention as which one lacks ABS brakes, something which rivals sold today have as standard. Who says which going cheap you can’t have fun?

While an improvement over its dowdy predecessor, the second generation does not standout the sub-compact crowd, maybe except for driving dynamics. The Celerio will be fuel friendly, the Picanto includes a high quality Inside, as well as the i10 will be the total package. If you’re willing to live with some faults, then which will be a Great pick.

The Great:

  • Decent headroom
  • Practical
  • Easy to drive
The Bad:
  • Slow with the automatic
  • Rear handle may be hard for kids
  • Does not sparkle inside the class
The Pick: 1.2 LT

Engine: 996cc as well as 1,206cc STEC-II I4 gasoline
Power: 67hp @ 6,400rpm (1.0), 81hp @ 6,200rpm (1.2)
Torque: 90Nm @ 4,800rpm (1.0), 110Nm @ 4,600rpm (1.2)
Fuel Consumption: 8-12km/L (city), 10-15km/L (highway) (*estimated as well as varies)
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Suspension: Front McPherson strut, rear torsion beam

cost (brand-new): P548,888-P598,888
cost (at which point): P200,000-P400,000
On Sale: 2011-2016
Rivals: Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Mitsubishi Mirage, Suzuki Celerio

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Used Car Review – Chevrolet Spark (2011-2016)

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