Mini-hatchbacks aren’t really what made Chevrolet famous. The American carmaker is more known for building iconic models like the Corvette and the Camaro muscle car. And let’s not forget its pickups. When you say Chevy, a cute and tiny vehicle isn’t always the first that thing that comes to mind.
That doesn’t mean, however, that these guys can’t do small cars justice—take for example the Chevrolet Spark. This mini-hatch has been in the market for quite some time now, and a refreshed version of it was launched by The Covenant Car Company just recently. If you want to know more about this little Chevy, you’ll find all the essential details in this article. Read on.
The redesigned Spark now features an aggressive and stylish grille that provides a more modern look versus the previous version. The front fascia is also accentuated with a decent amount of chrome trim—not too much, not too little. The swept-back headlamps complement the strong look of the exterior, too.
The top-of-the-line Spark gets LED daytime running lights and sits on 15-inch aluminum wheels, while the two other lower variants sport halogen-bulb DRLs and 14-inch steel wheels with hubcaps.
This new Spark is available in a range of colors that Chevy has chosen to give some interesting names, to say the least. These are: Caribbean Blue Metallic, Burning Hot Metallic, Merry Berry Me Metallic, Switchblade Silver, Pull Me Over Red, Son of a Gun Gray Metallic, and Black Meet Kettle. In any case, that’s still a big selection of paint jobs for such a small vehicle.
Step inside this Chevy and you’ll be greeted by a nice, dark interior. There aren’t any leather seats in this one, but the subdued color palette does tend to give a premium overall feel. The driver’s seat is adjustable four ways, but the steering wheel lacks tilt and telescopic adjustments. Finding the proper driving position might come as a bit of a chore, especially for people on the taller side.
There’s really not that much space to work with in such a small car, anyway. But with the second row folded down, the Spark is capable of carrying up a handy 195 liters of luggage.
Engine and specs
This mini-hatch stands at 3,635mm long by 1,595mm wide by 1,483mm tall, and has a curb weight of 1,049 kg for the top variant. The base spec weighs 30kg less.
Packed under the hood is a 1.4-liter in-line-four capable of 98hp and 124Nm, mated to either a continuously variable transmission or a five-speed manual gearbox. Independent MacPherson struts and vented disc brakes are found up front, while a compound crank suspension and drum brakes are at the rear.
You can get the impression that Chevy didn’t scrimp when it came to spec’ing the entertainment system of this vehicle. The six-speaker audio setup is headlined by a seven-inch infotainment unit that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay—a pretty neat bonus since most of the competitors in this segment have yet to include this feature. Come to think of it, even some higher-priced vehicles in upper segments lack this function.
Other driver-assist and safety features that are available on the higher variants of this mini-hatch include hill-start assist and electronic stability control. The top variant gets a nifty rear wiper as an added feature. The two front airbags, on the other hand, come as a standard across the range.
Prices and variants
As mentioned earlier, the 2019 Chevrolet Spark comes in three different variants. See the full price list below:
- 2019 Chevrolet Spark 1.4 Premier CVT – P859,888
- 2019 Chevrolet Spark 1.4 LT CVT – P734,888
- 2019 Chevrolet Spark 1.4 LT MT – P694,888
Check out more photos of this refreshed mini-hatch below.