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To be honest, it was a bit difficult to get excited about the all-new Chevrolet Spark at this year's Manila International Auto Show. For one, it was launched without any fanfare. To add to that, it was re-entering a segment that doesn't exactly get a gearhead's blood pumping. Another commuter car, big deal.
Thankfully, our unenthusiastic response was reversed once we actually drove it. Yes, it's another mini hatch, but it has a few noteworthy features. First up, its sportier styling is a big improvement from the previous generation's ladybug-esque look. Its 1.4-liter mill with 98hp and 128Nm delivers more power and short-term fun than you'd expect from a hatch this size. On a road trip to La Union, the ride proved to be mostly comfortable, save for some stiff bumps we ran into on our unforgiving roads.
Any car, even a seemingly ordinary mini hatch, can surprise you under the right circumstances. To learn and see more about Chevy's all-new mini hatch, watch the video above.