2008 Chevrolet Aveo Hatcback | new car review

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 by

For the 2008 model year, the Aveo sedan and carries on in the same vein as in 2007. That it still looks good is testament to its youthful styling as the Aveo has to face new and serious competition from the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Tiida and Hyundai Accent.

Available in both sedan and hatchback forms, the 2008 is a no-fuss, everyday commuter with looks that are not dowdy and boring. Both versions get slightly differing exterior looks to differentiate them. The styling and dimensions are well defined and the overall package is in sync with what this segment is all about – that of smart compact cars which are real workhorses with reasonable style, with fuel-efficient peppy engines that can be worked all day offering a decent level of comfort, all at a competitive price that does not pinch pockets hard.

It is a known fact that vehicles in this category are built to a price since basically they constitute the bread and butter models. Styling of the Aveo is decent but breaks no new ground. Both models look the part but the hatchback is definitely sportier. What is attractive about the front-wheel-drive Aveo is the price and, for an economy car, a surprisingly handsome interior that combines a tidy and sensible layout to minimize its economy-car status. It doesn’t scream “cheap” so much as “econo-sensible”.

The Aveo’s boot space is rated at 12.4 cubic feet. That’s competitive in a segment like this and the back seat folds down if the priority becomes carrying stuff instead of people.

The car is powered by an 83hp 1.4-litre four cylinder engine and both manual and automatic transmissions options are offered.

Technical Specifications
Engine1.4-litre 4-Cyl
Power83 bhp
Torque128 Nm
TransmissionManual/Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 46,000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Honda Jazz
Honda City
Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Getz
Toyota Yaris
Ford Fiesta
Kia Rio
Nissan Tiida
Peugeot 207
Renault Clio
Skoda Fabia
Seat Ibiza
Suzuki Swift
Volkswagen Polo

 

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