For The Chevrolet Aveo has plenty of space for passengers and luggage, and is well equipped.
Against The engines are short of pull at low revs and some of the plastics are disappointing.
A very respectable supermini, but the Chevrolet Aveo won’t trouble the best cars in this ultra-competitive class.
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Chevrolet Aveo buyers have four engines to choose from, two petrols and two diesels. Both the 1.2 and 1.4 petrol engines are short of low-down pull, but the smaller unit struggles more obviously with the weight of car. The 1.4 makes life a good bit easier, but because it’s only available with the posher trims, it costs a lot more.
Both versions of 1.3-litre diesel have more pull and pace, although both do feel a bit flat at low revs. Pace picks up well with harder revs, though, and the engine stays reasonably smooth, if not that quiet. The higher-powered diesel only comes in top-level trims, though.
Three trims are available, LS at the bottom of the range, LTZ at the top and LT (the pick of the range, with alloys, air-con and Bluetooth) sandwiched in between.
This is the best Aveo, but that's not saying a great deal. Make sure you try some of its rivals before you buy.