Chevrolet Spark 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2016 Chevrolet Spark
|2LT Hatchback||1.4L I-4||FWD||CVT||10.8 sec||18.2 sec @ 77 mph||31/41/34 mpg||Car and Driver|
|2LT Hatchback||1.4L I-4||FWD||CVT||10.7 sec||18.0 sec @ 77.1 mph||31/41/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2014 Chevrolet Spark
|1LT Hatchback||1.2L I-4||FWD||CVT||11.0 sec||18.4 sec @ 76 mph||30/39/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EV 2LT Hatchback||Elec 21-kWh||FWD||1A||7.9 sec||16.3 sec @ 86 mph||128/109/94 MPGe||Car and Driver|
|EV 2LT Hatchback||Elec 21-kWh||FWD||1A||7.5 sec||16.0 sec @ 87.6 mph||128/109/---- MPGe||Motor Trend|
2013 Chevrolet Spark
|2LT Hatchback||1.2L I-4||FWD||5M||11.2 sec||18.3 sec @ 75 mph||32/38/33 mpg||Car and Driver|
|2LT Hatchback||1.2L I-4||FWD||5M||11.3 sec||18.1 sec @ 76.6 mph||32/38/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|2LT Hatchback||1.2L I-4||FWD||5M||11.3 sec||18.2 sec @ 80 mph||32/38/39.8 mpg||Motor Week|
About Chevrolet Spark
Regardless of what the talking heads are saying about the economy, for many folks in many cities affordability is still the main overriding concern. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get something that looks funky in a modernly urban sort of way, and the Chevrolet is proof of that assertion. This is the stereotypical urban transport that the budget conscious can enjoy.
The Look of the Spark
As a typical subcompact, the Spark is quite small, which actually makes it a breeze to drive in an urban setting with narrow streets and busy roads. The urban look, however, is emphasized by the metallic color options, which offers a dash of funky personality to an otherwise ho-hum exterior. The standard wheels are 15″ split 5-spoke silver-painted aluminum wheels, but with the LT trim you can get the 15″ machined-face aluminum wheels
The hatchback configuration also offers quite a bit of space. It fits 4 adults comfortably enough, and we’re talking about real people and not just kids at the back. With the seats down you also get 31.2 cu. ft. of cargo space, and that space is perfect for groceries, picnics, sporting equipment, and work or school supplies.
Inside, you can color coordinate the interior with your exterior colors. If you want, heated leatherette seats are available as well, and the instrument panel is inspired by motorcycle configurations.
Storage compartments are available for loose items and for documents. Cup holders are of course present as well.
Driving the Spark
Because of the small size, going through traffic is much easier, and parking isn’t much of a challenge at all with the Spark. You have a choice between the 5-speed manual transmission, or you can opt for a smoother ride with the Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT), which adjusts to the driver throttle input and speed for a smoother ride.
The CVT is a definite improvement over the automatic of previous years, and the technology maximizes what you get with the rather limited output of the engine. When you’re limited to 84 horsepower and 83 pound-feet of torque at 4200 rpm, you need all the help you can get. The CVT is quite smooth, and that makes for a very quiet ride especially in the Spark interior.
The Spark can be quite spry when driving around town, although the braking distance is a bit on the long side. It takes 177 feet to go from 70 mph to a complete stop, and the short wheelbase may also cause some wagging in the braking process.
For some folks, the “help” here means the entertainment options, which includes having up to six audio speakers installed. But that’s not really what we mean. Chevrolet has been busy upgrading the tech features of all its cars, and the Spark hasn’t been neglected.
With the built-in OnStar 4G LTE, the inside of the Spark becomes a Wi-Fi hotspot and up to 7 devices can be connected for Internet access. With the Chevrolet MyLink, you get a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display which acts as central command for all your entertainment and connectivity needs.
These technologies give you turn-by turn directions, 3-D maps with lane suggestions, and an Eco driving profile. You also get route info which includes alternate map views, your remaining distance to cover, your estimated time of arrival, and the fuel cost.
Other features are USB connectivity and Bluetooth. The RemoteLink Key Fob Services allows you to lock or unlock your car even when you’re miles away from your vehicle. In addition, you can put in an anti-theft alarm and an electronic immobilizer, just in case there’s actually a car thief who’s targeting Chevy Spark subcompacts.
Safety features are highlighted by the industry-leading 10 standard airbags, which should prove more than ample for such a small car. Then there is the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System, which also comes with the antilock brake system. This system can help out a lot especially on wet and slippery roads, as they control vehicle slide and wheel spin so that you’re ultimately in control regardless of the conditions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety considers the Chevrolet Spark as a Top Safety pick for 2014.
So what we have here is a car that has a starting price of just $12,170 and a fuel mileage that gets up to 39 miles to the gallon (There’s an electric Spark, but that’s a complete different animal). According to Kelley Blue Book, the Spark wins the title for its category as the “lowest 5-year cost to own” vehicle.
It can really look eclectic and funky, and the interior space allows for passengers or considerable space for groceries. The features offer extensive techno features, and the safety measures aren’t lacking at all.
It’s safe, small, affordable, and unique-looking, and that’s a combo that gets lots of fans in the city.
To learn more about Chevy Spark, visit the official Chevrolet website.