What's the better hatch: The Kia Picanto or the Chevrolet Spark?

For a family's first car
by Botchi Santos | Jul 13, 2017
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Hi Botchi,

Good day. I’m a car lover and a TGP reader. I've read some of your columns and I like the way you give advice and now I really need your help. I’m planning to buy our first family car. We have two kids aged 7 and 8. We are eyeing a 2016 Kia Picanto but I have seen the all-new Chevrolet Spark and I kind of like it. Which car should we pick? We are planning to buy soon when I disembark this coming September. Thank you Botchi for reading my e-mail and hope to read your reply soon.

Best regards,

Gino

 

Gino,

Thanks for dropping us a line! 

To be honest, I haven't driven either car just yet so I can't give you an honest-to-goodness opinion. But from the little I have seen, I like the Kia’s interior more than Chevrolet's. This is very subjective, but from the one aspect of both cars I am somewhat familiar with, it might help you make your decision.

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From experience, while we get to enjoy and admire the cars when looking at them or driving them, the truth is that we spend a huge amount of time inside the car while stuck in traffic or just doing regular, ordinary things. The interior should be a pleasing place to be, it should look smart and modern, shouldn’t easily scratch, and be packed with features. I've always liked Kia’s European-inspired interiors, which is a big deal for me as I spend a lot of time driving. 

Chevrolet has always played catch-up with its competitors, and while the gap is closer now than before, it still hasn't fully caught-up yet with the Japanese and even Korean brands. The most obvious difference is the quality of the interiors. Chevrolets have always had very plasticky interiors, similar to cheap China-made toys. It might seem like a small issue, but trust me, if you'll own the car for a minimum of five years or more, the cheap-looking and cheap-feeling interior will start to bother you.

Interior aside though, most of the Chevrolets I've driven recently have been really fun and enjoyable to drive. I apologize if this was the only piece of input I could give, but I hope somehow it still helps you in your decision!

Thanks, Godspeed, and take care always sir! 

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