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Chevrolet Spark


Car Owner Rating  
6.0/10 (15)
Expert Rating  
7.0/10

New Chevrolet Spark Description

The Spark is tiny, but within its little size it packs a lot of punch. The cute styling still appears fresh, and the ride is surprisingly good for a car this small. It is extremely easy to drive, and is a joy to use in city traffic. With the mirrors folded, it's barely wider than an auto rickshaw, so it's never difficult to park. The only fly in the ointment is the air conditioning, which cuts out whenever you're accelerating, which can be uncomfortable during the summer. The extended warranty adds to further peace of mind.

Ex-Showroom Price     Rs. 3.4 Lacs. - Rs. 4.3 Lacs.

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Chevrolet Spark Specifications

Dimensions
Length x Width x Height (mm) 3495x1495x1518
Wheelbase (mm) 2345
Turning circle dia (m) 9
Engine & Transmission
No of cylinder & configuration 4
Valvetrain 8v SOHC
Power (PS @ rpm) 63 @ 5400 (Petrol), 61 @ 5400 (LPG)
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 90.3 @ 4200 (Petrol)
Gearbox 5 Speed Manual
Suspension & Brakes
Front suspension McPherson Struts with Anti Roll Bar
Rear suspension Torsion Beam Axle
Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Self Adjusting Drum
Wheels & Tyres
Tyre size and type 155 / 70 R13
Wheel size and type 33.02 cm X 4.5 J
Fuel efficiency
ARAI (kpl) 18 (Petrol), 13.2 (LPG)

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Chevrolet Spark Variants

Ex-Showroom Price
Spark 1.0
995 cc, Petrol, Manual, 18.0 kmpl
Rs 344,176
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Spark 1.0LS
995 cc, Petrol, Manual, 15.0 kmpl
Rs 371,479
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Spark 1.0LT
995 cc, Petrol, Manual, 15.0 kmpl
Rs 401,492
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Spark 1.0LS LPG
995 cc, LPG, Manual, 15.0 kmpl
Rs 399,714
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Spark 1.0LT LPG
995 cc, LPG, Manual, 15.0 kmpl
Rs 429,615
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Chevrolet Spark Car Reviews

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9.1/10 by MANTHIRAMOORTHI S, 2013-07-03
The new companion in our family, our sweet Chevy Spark celebrated its first birthday in our home on 4/6/2013. During each and every ride all our family members cherish the moments. Its elegance look, comfortable space inside the car, interiours are applauded by my friends who ride with me occasionally. Parking space was a constraint in my 3 cents area home. But we found even after parking our Chevy Spark in our home we have ample space for walking in our portico. If GM concentrates in improving its mileage, it will be the best car in the market in this segment at the price offered by them.
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5.0/10 by N k Dutta, 2013-02-28
The Spark is excellent in comfort and navigation. On the highway, driving this car offer great excitement. Its mileage level is a point of worry but compared to other cars of this range, Spark hols upper hand.
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5.0/10 by S. banerjee, 2013-02-26
I am quite satisfied with my tiny power horse, the Chevrolet Spark. Its performance is quite sparkling. It offers excellent fule efficiency level; around 15 km/litre. It also flaunts a great look.
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8.2/10 by Anuroop, 2013-02-26
One of the best car which attract medium segment. Average on Highway is 22-23 KM/L. I want to have a car which give highest milagage on my budget. I purchased this vechile on 2009 and no major break down. I have taken this car on Delhi to Firojpur with family, Faridabad to Jaipur. Seat are comfertable with good Space and comfert. Interiors are somthing which company have to work.
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6.8/10 by Rudrak Bhattacharya, 2013-01-25
The best part of Spark is its turning radius, I have driven almost all small cars, but this is the best I have driven, very convenient to drive within city limits. power and pick-up is good. mileage is good. low maintenance. although after sale service is not so good, but overall a good compact car.
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7.1/10 by Dr. S Roy chowdhury, 2012-10-15
The car is a small looking car with enough space inside for 4 people plus driver. Mileage is a concern and it gives me around 9-10 km/l with A/C in the city . The car has an amazing power and pick up.
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7.8/10 by S. MANTHIRAMOORTHI, 2012-07-24
After a long analysis, our family finally purchased a spark and brought it to our home as one of our family member on 3rd June 2012. Now it almost has become a close member of our family in terms of caring, safety, speed, performance etc., The colour, LINEN BEIGE is liked by people whoever sees it. My house in Hosur, Tamil Nadu is 1200 Sqft. The built up area is 726 Sqft. A small garden is there in the right front side. In the back side small gardening space is available. So, I was looking for a car which can be parked inside my house comfortably in the portico area. After we bought we found we made a right choice by selecting SPARK. Even after parking it, we are able to walk freely in the available space and park even another two wheeler. Thanks to the designer who designed the car.
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7.9/10 by Soumyashubha Ghosh, 2012-07-15
Had bought Spark LS Petrol + LPG version in a lot of hurry and not without much research. Had totally banked on reviews, own experience of driving cars for almost a decade and the test ride. But it is worth buying. the kilometer reading now ticks about 6700 in 4 months, finished off with my second servicing a month back. The car has 2 problems:- 1. low road clearance. i drive in a place which has got whole lot of bumps. 2. the other problem, it might get a bit crampy for tall and strong people. this car is meant for shorter guys like me. or else i would not have any question about the interiors, after sales service, AC, outward looks etc etc. The best feel is when you are driving in a highway at around 80-85 kmph , and suddenly you have to cut across sharply because of an animal who happen to cross it right at that time... that happens all because of the wonderful power steering... It is really makes a fun to drive car... a totally fundo car
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5.0/10 by Rajiv Ghosh, 2012-06-21
The Chevy Spark is cheeky little car with refreshing looks. Although small in size, it has a decently spacious cabin to accommodate four adults. The ride quality is surprisingly good for a car this small and it is extremely easy to drive, especially in the congested city traffic. Its tiny frame also ensures that squeezing it in that small parking place won’t prove bothersome. Chevrolet also offers a three year extended warranty called "The Chevrolet Promise" which encourages customers to opt for the extended warranty scheme, where cost of service and maintenance will be taken care of by the company for three years or 45,000 kilometres whichever is earlier. This definitely adds to your peace of mind and makes it a sensible choice for prospective buyers. Overall, a good car to buy.
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5.0/10 by A Dey, 2012-06-12
I am using my Spark 1.0 LS for last 2.5 yrs... Good looks , nice interior & dashboard(compared to boring maruti interiors)...Also a value for money for first time city drivers... quite low maintanace cost.. cons: not very fuel efficient, AC drains engine power and doesnt cools too much. I am starting to feel engine and parts noises... Overall this car is good for first time drivers who are looking for a low budget car..
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Chevrolet Spark News

GM India Recalls 155,000 Units Of Chevrolet Spark, Beat, Enjoy



General Motors India has announced that it is voluntarily recalling 155,000 units of Chevrolet Spark, Beat and Enjoy manufactured between 2007 and 2014 to address a potential safety recall for a remote keyless entry accessory issue. ... Read More

GM India Appoints COO, VP Sales For India Ops



General Motors India has announced significant organizational changes, creating new leadership positions. GM Uzbekistan President and Managing Director Kaher Kazem has been appointed to the new position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for GM India, effective August 1. In his new role, Kaher will manage the industrial side of GM India business. ... Read More

GM India Records Hefty Growth in May 2013



General Motors India has managed to sell 8500 vehicles in the month of May 2013, thus achieving a solid growth of 40 per cent as compared with 6079 units sold in the corresponding period last year. ... Read More

Chevrolet Hikes Car Prices in India



General Motors India has hiked car prices of its entire model range 1 to 2 per cent. The company said that the decision to revise prices was prompted by the rising input costs, the depreciation of the Rupee and hike in freight charges. The hike will mean that prices of Chevrolet cars will go up by Rs 8,000 to Rs 12,000 depending on the choice of model and variant. ... Read More
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Chevrolet Spark Test Drive Report

Introduction

Chevrolet Spark

The cheeky little Chevrolet Spark is the rechristened and slightly redesigned Daewoo Matiz. After Daewoo were neck deep in financial trouble and GM bought it out, the company inherited a number of models that were suited well for Asian and European markets; the Chevrolet Spark being one of them. A few design modifications on the exterior, namely the lights, and a slew of changes on the inside made it different from the Matiz. Moreover, the Spark was given a 995 cc four-cylinder engine, unlike the 796 cc three-pot unit that powered the Matiz.

 

Chevrolet India is gearing up to launch an all-new version of the Spark sub-compact car by the end of the year. The new Chevrolet Spark will get a facelift, which will include a bold two-part grille, reminiscent of the Beat, a new front bumper and re-shaped rear-view mirrors, which will include turn indicators incorporated into the mirror housing. New tail-lights are also expected.

 

Presently, the Chevrolet Spark is available in five variants (three petrol and two LPG) and six colour options. The ex-showroom (Kolkata) price of the Chevrolet Spark ranges from Rs 3.22 to Rs 4.13 lakhs. Autojunction test drove the top-of-the-line Spark 1.0 LT. Read the car review to find out how it faired.  

Design & Engineering

Chevrolet Spark

The Spark stretches 3495mm in length, 1495mm in width and 1518mm height. The Chevrolet Spark LT that we test drove came with full wheel caps, tinted glasses, both side ORVMs, body colour bumpers, ORVMs and door handles, rear spoiler, satin silver roof rails, front fog lamps and mudguards. Alloy wheels come as an option in the LT. The mid-range Spark LS only gets full wheel covers, tinted glasses, both sides ORVMs and body colour bumpers, while the lowest trim variants (Spark 1.0) has to make do with just the tinted glasses, right hand side ORVM and hub caps.

 

Head lamp - tail lamp

 

The headlamps, grille and the overall look from the front are sober. It has a clean and aerodynamic design on the side and the circular shape tail lamp are unique and ensure that when viewed from behind, the Chevy Spark won’t get mistaken for any other car. On the whole, it is a small and cute looking car.   

 

Interiors & Comfort

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The Chevrolet Spark might look tiny from outside but will surely surprise you with generous space in the cabin. The beige colour interior further makes the passenger compartment look and feel roomy. Although, the centre mounted instrument panel is a big drawback because you will be required to constantly look leftward while driving to check the speedometer and other display lights. The seat felt a little hard and inclined forward. While driving, my left knee was constantly brushing against the central console. Now, even for a medium build adult like me this could feel very uncomfortable if you are going on a long drive. Unlike most other cars, but similar to the Ford Figo, the turn indicator and headlamp operating lever rests on the left side of the steering wheel and the wiper is operated from the right. The horn is placed right at the centre of the two-spoke steering wheel and personally, I found it quite inconvenient every time I wanted to honk.  

 

The Chevrolet Spark can comfortably accommodate four adults but fitting in a fifth individual will prove to be uncomfortable. Inside the passenger compartment, the space management with many cubbyholes to keep little knick-knacks is praiseworthy. But the boot space is certainly a disappointment and will only be able to accommodate two medium sized soft bags at the max.

 

Features like fabric seat upholstery, glove box, cup holders in front console, bottle holders in front door, low fuel warning lamp, remote fuel filler release, remote tailgate release, front room lamp, internally adjustable ORVMs, temperature gauge, tachometer, digital clock, battery voltage indicator, air conditioner and heater come as standard in all the variants. The tachometer, digital clock and battery voltage indicator are latest additions on all variants and were not present in the earlier Spark.  

 

The Chevrolet Spark LT that we drove came with additional features like power steering, cigarette lighter, detachable ashtray, front and rear power windows, 2-din factory fitted music system with an integrated CD/MP3 player, USB connectivity and an auxiliary input, two speakers (will fail to satisfy the music enthusiast in you), central locking, rear wiper and washer, rear defogger and 60:40 split double folding seat. The mid-range Spark LS only gets the power steering and front power windows apart from the standard features. However, the Spark 1.0 doesn't get the power steering.

Performance & Handling

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The Chevrolet Spark is powered by a 1 litre, 4 cylinder, 8V SOHC engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission which produces 63 PS of maximum power at 5400 rpm and 90.3 Nm of peak torque at 4200 rpm. All the five variants of the Chevrolet Spark are offered with the same engine option.  

 

For a small car, the Chevrolet Spark boasts of good ride quality, especially in its segment. Due to its power steering and tiny frame, the Spark is easy to negotiate through the congested city roads and very convenient to fit even in those incredibly small parking spaces. The Spark has McPherson struts with anti-roll bar in the front and torsion beam axle in the rear which enables a more or less comfortable ride, although there is a decent amount of body roll and the soft suspension means a lot of smaller bumps were bottomed out, but whenever we drove the Spark over slightly bigger potholes or uneven stretches, the ripples were sent through to the cabin and the jolts were especially felt by those occupying the rear seats.

 

The gear shift felt slightly hard and the brakes weren’t very confident inspiring. With four people inside the car, the 1 litre engine managed fine within the city but it will feel out of breath on long stretches of open road. The air conditioner also cut out every time you floor the accelerator and could cause discomfort during the cruel Indian summer.   

Fuel Efficiency

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The Chevrolet Spark boasts of ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) ratified figures of 18 kmpl, although we didn’t get an opportunity to check that. But if my interactions with Spark users are anything to go by, then the mileage rarely drops below 12kmpl within the city and with the AC on. The AC cut-off which we spoke about earlier helps the fuel efficiency by de-coupling the AC compressor everytime you get generous with the throttle. Still, other cars in this segment are more frugal than the Spark, which suffers probably because of its simpler two-valve architecture.

Safety

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Today, safety is a major concern for all the carmakers across the globe. Not only does safety features secures the life of those who travel inside the vehicle but also result in good resale value in the future. The Chevrolet Spark comes with central high mount stop lamps, rear door child locks and door ajar warning display as standard features across all the variants. The day-night rear view mirror is available on the Spark LS and LT variants, while the rear wiper and washer, rear defogger, and front fog lamps come fitted in the top-of-the-line LT. Driver airbag and ABS too comes as cost options only on the Chevrolet Spark LT.

Verdict

The Chevy Spark is cheeky little car with refreshing looks. Although small in size, it has a decently spacious cabin to accommodate four adults. The ride quality is surprisingly good for a car this small and it is extremely easy to drive, especially in the congested city traffic. Its tiny frame also ensures that squeezing it in that small parking place won’t prove bothersome. Chevrolet also offers a three year extended warranty for the price of Rs 15, 499 (petrol) and Rs 16,499 (LPG). The Chevrolet Promise encourages customers to opt for the extended warranty scheme, where cost of service and maintenance will be taken care of by the company for three years or 45,000 kilometres whichever is earlier. This definitely adds to your peace of mind and makes it a sensible choice for prospective buyers.

 

In my opinion, if one is planning to buy the Chevrolet Spark then is would be a smart choice to opt for the top-of-the-line Spark LT because it has a host of additional features in comparison to the mid-range Spark LS which misses out on the body colour ORVMs and door handles, rear spoiler, satin silver roof rails, front fog lamps, mudguards, cigarette lighter, detachable ashtray, front and rear power windows, central locking, rear wiper and washer, rear defogger and 60:40 split and double-folding seat. At Rs 3.78 lakhs (ex-showroom, Kolkata), the Chevrolet Spark LT is just Rs 30,000 costlier than the LS and makes so much more sense. You can also opt for driver airbag, ABS and alloy wheels as cost options.

 

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