There are two four-cylinder petrol engines to choose from: a 1.0 and a 1.2. The smaller of these is horribly slow, whereas the 1.2 feels lively enough around town. However, even this needs to be revved hard to keep pace with traffic on faster roads.
Chevrolet Spark ride & handling
The Spark feels nervous at speed because it's steering becomes light, and there's a large dead zone around the straight-ahead. Just as irritatingly, the steering is heavier than it should be at parking speeds, and the Spark's body tends to lurch around in a rather uncontrolled way through bends. The up side of the soft suspension is a ride that's generally comfortable over urban lumps and bumps.
Chevrolet Spark refinement
The fact that you have to rev the engines so hard inevitably hurts refinement. What's more, the Spark lets in more wind and road noise than newer rivals such as the Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up. All models come with a rather notchy five-speed manual gearbox.