Subcompact cars are designed for budget-conscious shoppers, who are looking for a practical solution for their needs. Apart from being cheaper than most of the other cars on the market, subcompacts are also easy to park and maneuver. The Chevrolet Spark comes with all those traits and even more. It adds a generous list of standard and available features such as a user-friendly infotainment system, leather-trimmed steering wheel, and heated seats. Its interior is well designed while its exterior is stylish and respectable.

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Performance and Handling

Apart from riding comfortably, this car is highly maneuverable, making it a convenient car for driving around the city. All models are fitted with a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine, which has a power output of 98 hp. A continuously variable transmission or CVT that functions like an automatic, is available in all the trims, for an additional $1,000. It has an estimated fuel economy of 38 mpg on the highway and 30 miles per gallon in the city, putting it at par with most of the other cars in its segment. Parking is effortless, thanks to its tight turning radius and small footprint. It also absorbs bumps comfortably.

It's important to note that this car is not designed for cruising on the highway. Accelerating from 0 to 60 mph takes approximately 11 seconds. Therefore, careful planning is needed if you intend to overtake cars moving at highway speeds. Its steering is responsive and precise, it's handling is composed and its overall performance is better than most of the other subcompacts in this segment.


When you take the used Chevrolet Spark for a test ride, you will instantly notice how safe it feels to drive this mini-car. Despite its compact dimensions, the Chevrolet Spark is equipped with 10 airbags, which is not a common feature in this segment. Standard safety features in all the trims include StabiliTrak stability control, traction control, braking assistance, anti-locking brakes and hill-start assist. A rearview camera also comes standard across the four trims. Available safety features include rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning. The Chevrolet Spark earned an above-average safety score, according to crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Trim Levels

The Chevrolet Spark comes in four trim levels: Spark LS, Spark 1 LT, Spark Activ, and Spark 2LT. There was a fifth Spark EV, which was discontinued in 2017. As much as most subcompact cars don't come with many features, the used Chevrolet Spark is quite an exception. Even the base trim is well equipped with numerous tech features. The 2LT, on the other hand, adds several driver-assist features while the Activ trim adds roof rails and higher ground clearance.

The base LS trim features a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, a 4-speaker stereo system, as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. If you purchase the 1 LT trim, you will remote keyless entry, power accessories, 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, as well as a 6-speaker stereo system, in addition to the features found in the base trim.

The Activ model adds a leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated front seats, roof rails, heated seating surfaces, and higher ground clearance while the premium Spark 2LT adds push-button start, proximity keyless entry, sunroof, and rear parking sensors. Some features are available in all the trims. These include a manual-tilting steering wheel, cup holders, storage areas, auxiliary ports, outside temperature reading, and floor mats. Also, cloth upholstery comes standard in all the trims.

Interior and Comfort

As much as the Chevrolet Spark is a subcompact car, it comes with a long cabin and a high roof. Thanks to this design, this vehicle can comfortably accommodate four adults. The seats are large, comfortable and supportive. In fact, they are better than what you will find in most cars in this segment. Rear-seat passengers will also have plenty of headroom. This hatchback also comes with two complete sets of child car seat connectors, which are easy to use. As for cargo room, this subcompact offers 11.1 cubic feet, which should be enough to accommodate your shopping bags. And if this space is not enough, you can simply fold the rear seat and expand its capacity to approximately 27.2 cubic feet.


If you are looking for a sub-compact or a mini-car that can drive you around the city, then you should consider the Chevrolet Spark. It's easy to maneuver, well-equipped and its fuel economy is above average. And with its affordable price tag, the Chevrolet Spark remains one of the best deals that you will get in that class.

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