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Chevrolet Aveo - Family View

We've been putting our long term Chevrolet Aveo supermini through the family mill. Jonathan Crouch - and family - report'. 'It makes a statement doesn't it?' My wife was looking thoughtfully at the front of our Chevrolet Aveo long term test car. This little supermini has been her staple transport for the last few weeks and the more aggressive styling has clearly made its mark. Fortunately, there's more to this car than just a bold front end. It's the replacement for the marque's moderately successful Kalos, reprising a lot of the old themes but in a package that's been brought thoroughly up to date. Our use for the car has been fairly typical, with three small children of 10, 7 and 2 being ferried from school to ballet class to parties and on again to goodness knows where. I've already made a mental note to apologise to Chevrolet when the car is returned to them: the carpets are usually covered in a fine residue of biscuit crumbs and sticky marks, while discarded Mcdonalds toys and half-eaten chips litter the area under the seats. But then, such is the daily grind for family transport. I haven't seen too many other Aveos on the market - but I suppose that's only because I live in the UK. Over in North American, this is one of the continent's best selling cars. In Britain, Aveos start at just £7,500, or at least some of them do. My test car retails at a little more, but that's only because I couldn't resist the top of the range 1.4 five-door LT model. Mind you, that still only costs around £9,500 - the cost of a pretty bog standard version in other manufacturers' supermini ranges. Overall, our test has reinforced Chevrolet's assertion that the Aveo is an overwhelmingly sensible supermini choice that also has a dose of attitude - a welcome thing at this price point. Now all I've got to do is to clear out all those crushed crisps and sweet wrappers before Chevrolet come to collect it'..

We've been putting our long term Chevrolet Aveo supermini through the family mill. Jonathan Crouch - and family - report'. 'It makes a statement doesn't it?' My wife was looking thoughtfully at the front of our Chevrolet Aveo long term test car. This little supermini has been her staple transport for the last few weeks and the more aggressive styling has clearly made its mark. Fortunately, there's more to this car than just a bold front end. It's the replacement for the marque's moderately successful Kalos, reprising a lot of the old themes but in a package that's been brought thoroughly up to date. Our use for the car has been fairly typical, with three small children of 10, 7 and 2 being ferried from school to ballet class to parties and on again to goodness knows where. I've already made a mental note to apologise to Chevrolet when the car is returned to them: the carpets are usually covered in a fine residue of biscuit crumbs and sticky marks, while discarded Mcdonalds toys and half-eaten chips litter the area under the seats. But then, such is the daily grind for family transport. I haven't seen too many other Aveos on the market - but I suppose that's only because I live in the UK. Over in North American, this is one of the continent's best selling cars. In Britain, Aveos start at just over £7,500, or at least some of them do. My test car retails at a little more, but that's only because I couldn't resist the top of the range 1.4 five-door LT model. Mind you, that still only costs around £9,500 - the cost of a pretty bog standard version in other manufacturers' supermini ranges. Chevrolet only offers petrol power with this car, a choice of an 84bhp 1.2-litre unit or the 100bhp 1.4-litre powerplant that I'm trying. The 1.2-litre will get to 60mph in 12.8 seconds and run on to a top speed of 106 mph. If this isn't enough, the 1.4 is usefully quicker, topping out at 109mph and hitting 60 in 11 9 seconds. Not that the Crouch family were interested in all this detail. They were more bothered about the performance of the surprisingly good standard-fit stereo (very satisfying for a loud rendition of 'With Love From Me To You' - they're into the Beatles at present). My wife wasn't hugely gripped by the performance of the 1.4-litre engine but she loved the regular 48mpg return at the pumps. The interior trim and plastics didn't look that impressive at first glance but they did prove easy to wipe clean - which is far more important. There's nothing fussy about the detailing with the designers obviously preferring to keep things solid and chunky, two themes that are echoed on the inside of the vehicle. Overall, our test reinforced Chevrolet's assertion that the Aveo is an overwhelmingly sensible supermini choice that also has a dose of attitude - a welcome thing at this price point. Now all I've got to do is to clear out all those crushed crisps and sweet wrappers before Chevrolet come to collect it'..

Scores
Performance 6
Handling 7
Comfort 6
Space 8
Styling 8
Build 7
Value 8
Equipment 8
Economy 8
Depreciation 8
Insurance 8
Total 82
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