Chevrolet Aveo – Eco Car
It wears the badge of an American carmaker but it comes from Korea. The Chebrolet Aveo is a good combination of small size and big internal space. It also offers a choice of efficient small engines. Unfortunately, the Aveo is an uninspiring design and little fun to drive. All new Chevrolet cars come with a 5 year warrantee, including servicing, breakdown cover, and MOT tests. The Chebrolet Aveo 3-dr S can be purchased from £8,995 and comes with a Stereo (including Aux jack), front/side airbags, electric windows at the front, ABS, engine immobiliser and cup holders. The 5-dr LT model is £11,195 ONR with 15” alloy wheels, body coloured roof spoiler, front fog lamps, a great sound system and better upholstery.
Chevrolet Aveo - Car Tax Band (VED) & Co2 Emissions
If you're looking for cost-effective motoring, the car tax band is an important consideration. Some cars are priced cheaply because they fall into high road tax bands, making them expensive to run. Unfortunately, the Aveo just creeps into band E (132 g/km co2), meaning you will be hit by a charge for the first-year rate, which might be avoided with a different small car. The April 2010/2011 yearly charge being £110 including a £110 one off showroom tax.
When shopping for a small car, you should ideally find one with low CO2 emissions. This helps the environment and should save you money on road tax. Unfortunately, none of the engine options for the Aveo fall into the lower brackets; they all produce so much CO2 that you have to pay road car tax. Many competitors offer small cars with lower CO2 emissions.
Chevrolet Aveo - Miles Per Gallon (MPG)
The Aveo manages average fuel economy, offering anything from 47mpg to 51mpg depending on the choice of engine, so your wallet will thank you at the petrol pumps. The Aveo also falls into low insurance groups, so insurance costs shouldn't be too painful. The fuel efficiency is competitive compared to larger cars making the Chevrolet Aveo a consideration when looking for a smaller more efficient car.
Chevrolet Aveo - Safety Features
The Chevrolet Aveo comes with excellent safety features. All models come with front and side airbags as standard. Standard anti-lock brakes help stop the Aveo safely and seatbelt pre-tensioners maximise protection against injury if there is a collision. The car comes with an ignition immobiliser but little else to keep it secure from thieves.
Chevrolet Aveo - Performance
The Aveo is a small car and the space at the back of the car is not particularly well-designed. The suspension soaks up bumps well. The Aveo makes a pretty good city runabout but the gutless, noisy engine will make for a tiring time on the motorway.
The Aveo comes with a choice of 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre engines. Neither of these engines is notable for their power. The 1.2-litre engine offers the best economy, but either engine will leave you with something slower and noisier than similar choices from other carmakers.
Chevrolet Aveo - Body Styles
Chevrolet offers the Aveo in a good choice of body styles, with three-door, four-door and five-door options all available. The three-door hatchback is probably the best choice for a city runabout and is the cheapest of the range. Chevrolet has tried to provide versatility in the rear of the car, but storage space remains cramped.
The latest Chevrolet Aveo is a distinct improvement on previous models, especially in terms of standard equipment.
Chevrolet Aveo - Suspension
The Aveo's suspension has been designed to provide comfort on bumpy roads and it does this well. Unfortunately, the numb steering combines with a sluggish body control to provide poor handling. The Aveo rolls too much in the corners and lacks grip.
Chevrolet Aveo - Conclusion
Although not falling within the lower Car Tax bands, the Chevrolet Aveo is still economical with between 40 and 50 MPG. The 5 year promise from Chevrolet certainly makes it a sensible and economic choice when choosing an Eco Car.