Chevrolet Aveo Test drive
These little Daewoo made Chevys seem to be almost everywhere.
I hear they are even more popular in Canada.
After a couple of days, I came out actually pretty impressed.
The first thing you notice is how roomy the car is.
Even in the back.
Everything seems to be well put together, but the interior does look pretty plain.
Especially in black.
There are a few nice and unexpected touches. Like the black glossy plastic on the door handles.
Or this bit of chrome around the shifter.
Once under way, I was amazed how smooth the little 1.5 Liter engine was. And quiet.
It never feels rough.
Breaks and steering were fine, nothing special. At least it didn’t feel like a video game when I was turning.
Another surprise was the suspension.
It is a very smooth ride. Smoother than many larger and much more expensive cars.
And the whole thing felt very solid over bumps.
Best of all, I got around 36 mpg !
I got pretty interested in this car and started doing some research.
There is a lot of new competition out there. The main one being the all new Toyota Yaris.
The Yaris seems to have a much more fun interior. Although it is quite a bit more expensive. (A loaded Aveo can still reach over $15 000)
And the Honda Fit is coming up.
So is a redesigned Scion etc….
But. And there is a big BUT….
I just found out crash results for the Aveo. And they are very scary.
In the US, the Chevrolet Aveo got a 5 star rating:
But the European test of the new version (same structure) shows another story:
I am not sure what to think about these. The European test seems to be a front offset crash. (Usually more realistic)
That would actually make me think twice before I buy a Chevrolet Aveo.
For 2007, the sedan has a new design and interior. That new interior is much more upscale than before.
I am not sure if the cool looking 4 door hatch is returning for 2007.
As I said, I am a bit on the fence about this car. It is a great drive for the price. But if safety is a concern, I would wait for more results.