2008 Chevrolet Spark | new car review

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 by

The 2008 is one of the smallest cars sold in the Middle East and the current iteration is the second generation model that was first launched in Turkey and the Middle East in 2005 and is built by GM Daewoo in South Korea.

In addition to its funky style, the Spark boasts good fuel economy, storage capacity and affordability as well as a sensible array of comfort and convenience features, proving that being smaller does not mean boring. It gets power-assisted steering, electrically operated front windows, central locking and a height-adjustable driver’s seat and seat belt. There is a CD player with MP3 capability too!

With the choice of a three-cylinder 0.8-litre or four-cylinder 1.0-litre engine, as well as manual and automatic transmission options, the Spark is a handy city car. Both units are very economical with drive sent to the front wheels via manual or automatic gearboxes.

The Spark’s unibody design takes advantage of maximizing space in the cabin by virtually pushing the wheels to the corners. In the driver’s direct line of view, there is a semi-circular set of displays incorporating the control and warning lights. The centre of the dashboard is slightly raised with the instrument panel incorporating classic analogue displays for rpm, speed and fuel level being visible for all occupants.

For average sized people the Spark’s interior will pose no problems in the legroom department and headroom will suffice for most sizes too. The range of safety equipment is completed by an energy-absorbing steering column, knee padding and a plastic fuel tank with a safety valve that immediately halts the fuel supply if the car turns over, thereby virtually eliminating any fire risk.

With cars like the Spark making their mark in the Middle East market shows a distinct shift in car buying habits. Whereas earlier small city cars were looked upon with disdain and to a large extent with trepidation, the times have changed and with inflation rising, parking spots becoming rare and congestion on the roads increasing, these small runabouts are gaining in popularity.

Technical Specifications
Engine0.8-litre 4-Cyl1.0-litre 4-Cyl
Power51 bhp65 bhp
Torque72 Nm91 Nm
TransmissionManual/AutomaticManual/Automatic

 

Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 32000 onwards*

* 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.

 

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