The Aveo is GM India's entry-level sedan under the Chevrolet brand. It is a handsome car that is well equipped with premium levels of comfort and refined powertrains. Competitively priced to take on the Ford Fiesta and the premium Honda City, the Aveo offers smart and bold styling. It has terrific road presence and the option of two engines.
Powering the Aveo is a choice of 1.4L and 1.6L engines; both Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) with Variable Geometry Induction System (VGIS), which optimises air intake to ensure consistency in power and torque delivery. The 1.6L engine produces 101 bhp and 147 Nm of torque; while the 1.4L outputs 93 bhp and 127 Nm of torque. Both engines are combined to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The gearbox tends to be notchy (one that doesn't operate smoothly). The engines are tuned to deliver better fuel efficiency that averages out at around 11/13 kmpl (city/highway). There is little difference between the two engines; the 1.4L also provides adequate low-end power and decent acceleration. McPherson Strut suspension with gas-filled shock absorbers features in the front and torsion beams in the rear. High ground clearance of 181 mm results in some body lean; there is some oversteer while cornering. Ride comfort is impressive, especially on bumpy roads; tuned suspension flattens out the bumps in the road.
The Aveo sedan features the signature Chevy "bow-tie" riding on a large, chrome grille. The 'V' of the hood rises from the front bumper in a widening spread as it folds into the edge of the windscreen. Alloy wheels, 14" tires, flared wheel arches, an arching roofline and jeweled projector type headlights and taillights emphasise the sporty, bold stance of the car. Standard exterior features include power windows, power door locks, folding rear-seat, central locking, rear spoiler, remote boot/fuel-lid, adjustable rear-view mirrors, child safety locks and rear defogger. The 1.4L variant comes without the spoiler and alloys.
Build quality is impeccable; interiors are plush with tan colored seats, faux-wood trim, brushed aluminium and chrome accents topped by a dark textured dash. The cabin is airy; seats are well bolstered and supportive with a comfortable driving position. There is plenty of headroom and legroom in the rear; seats are comfortable and recline back to accommodate the slanting roof. Standard interior features include tiltable steering, keyless entry, cup holders, power steering, AM/FM radio, CD player and air conditioning.
The 1.4L variant delivers a spirited performance, comes loaded with comforts and is as appealing as its bigger sibling, the 1.6L. ABS, dual front airbags, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob are part of option pack.