Does Chevrolet's Aveo put up a good fight in one of the most closely-fought sectors in the UK market? AOL Cars find out.
What is it?
This car's predecessor was a budget B-segment offering that traded largely on value and very little else. Value is just one part of this all-new Aveo though, as butch looks, sharper handling and good equipment levels make up this Ford Fiesta rival.
What's under the bonnet?
Buyers have a choice of two petrols – a 1.2 and a 1.4-litre – and a diesel unit in two power guises. The latter also comes in an "Eco" form that emits just 95g/km of CO2, but it's the 1.2-litre petrol that's the predicted best-seller.
What's the kit like?
There are three trims starting with the keenly-priced LS at £9,995. Even this model gets air-con and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, while the range-topping LTZ model boasts 15-inch alloys, fog lamps, parking sensors and auto lights at £13,615.
The Aveo is competing in the market lead by the Ford Fiesta. But the Aveo's closest rivals are probably the newly-facelifted Hyundai i20, the Kia Rio and the Vauxhall Corsa - another General Motors supermini.
Is it any good?
Dynamically this is no class-leader – that's the Fiesta's title – but it's good enough. Well-weighted steering is spoilt by very little turn-in, but the ride is pleasant enough, and there's little body-roll. Only the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel units have anything in the way of go.
The AOL Cars verdict
The styling scores top marks with us, with just the wheezy engines and a few cheap plastics spoiling what is generally a car that finally puts a case to Hyundai's i20.
Model: Chevrolet Aveo
Engine: 1.2-litre, petrol
Power: 85bhp, 115Nm
Max speed: 107mph
MPG (comb'd): 60.9