By on April 2, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Spark

What does a 16 percent boost in power bring for the Chevrolet Spark? Erm…not too much.

The newest Spark, based on the Opel Karl, now packs a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder making 98 horsepower. A 5-speed manual or CVT are available. The spark is expected to return 40 mpg while also offering advanced features like a 7-inch touch screen, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Spot Alert.

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

Recommended

24 Comments on “New York 2015: Chevrolet Spark Revealed...”


  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Sigh…

    I like the old styling better. This one looks mean.

    Plus, they discontinued Mary-Kay Pink.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      I like this one better; the aesthetics of the old one bugged me. 40 mpg is a miss. This car doesn’t have any other virtues to compensate for class-trailing numbers.

      • 0 avatar
        psarhjinian

        It actually does when you consider what it’s class is: the ForTwo and the iQ. It’s smaller, even, than the Micra and Mirage.

        It’s very well-packaged (you get more room than the Fiesta, for example) and rides quite well for it’s size. The problem isn’t that it’s bad: it’s the Sonic is very good and not much more expensive.

  • avatar
    sketch447

    A 16 percent increase in hp ??? Whoa. Supermodels everywhere are begging for a ride in that new Spark!! The old Spark was a distinctive little moon buggy. It looked cartoonish, but in a good way: sorta like what DC’s Blue Beetle or Creeper might drive.

    This new car looks like a refreshed Aveo. It screams, “I fought the world and the world beat me, so I’m driving this thing!!”

  • avatar
    This Is Dawg

    “Ok guys, What if we make the headlights bigger than the wheels?”

    “Brilliant! Get this man a raise!”

  • avatar
    danio3834

    Much improved from the godawful looks of the previous version. Now maybe people can tolerate looking at it, let alone driving it.

  • avatar
    geozinger

    I don’t get all of the hate for this car. It’s a city car in terms of size and capacity. It would make a great runabout as a economical third car or a good car for kids just starting out.

    As we become empty nesters, I could see one of these for me to haul my decrepit ass around in…

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      You are old and crotchety, you deserve something comfortable and nice in your old age. Get yourself a nice CRV or an Avalon. :)

      • 0 avatar
        geozinger

        LOL! What I really want is a Fiat Panda. But we get the 500L and 500X here instead. Ah well…

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I think the most similar America-has answer then, is Soul.

          • 0 avatar
            geozinger

            Only if you get the Exclaim (!) version. The regular 1.6L version is definitely not my cup of tea. And the ! version bumps up into the $25K region (based on sticker prices) pretty quickly. I could purchase lots of other things for that kind of money.

            At that point, I *would* go for the 500L. At least it has the Abarth turbo motor and that rorty sound…

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            BUT, the 500L is 48% more hideous than the Soul, and from most accounts seems to have pretty rubbish build quality.

          • 0 avatar
            geozinger

            Ugly, I can live with. Sayeth the man who owned 2 Yugos and 3 Azteks. I can’t see the outside of them when I’m inside driving.

            But the build quality seems to be *highly* variable. But, to that end, you can spec one with a regular torque-converter automatic and no sunroof. It still doesn’t fix the electronics issues…

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            And if you think about it – is it really acceptable for a car company to have varying build quality in the year 2015?

            This isn’t the British-Leyland era no mores.

          • 0 avatar
            geozinger

            In any mass produced item there’s going to be some variation.

            OTOH, that’s why I’m considering little buzz bombs like the Spark as a empty nester vehicle that I can stuff full of things, beat on it and not have to worry about it. GM seems to do a much better job of controlling variation than Fiat. But I do like me some Fiats… :)

    • 0 avatar
      Jgwag1985

      I owned one for 53 weeks. What a miserable little car. Sure I got great mpg, but there is more to life than mpg. Too narrow. 2 adults in the front? Shoulder to shoulder. Too narrow, too small, underpowered. I’m disgusted just thinking about the car.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    This is weird, this car somehow uses the Chevy SS’s “face” better than the Chevy SS itself!

  • avatar
    SoCalMikester

    more like a “hot karl” amirite?

  • avatar

    Drove a 2016 LS CVT today and bought it for my daughter. I have not driven a 2015, but was very impressed with the 2016’s power and handling, as well as front seat comfort, quiet, and the CVT’s unobtrusiveness. I like the 2015’s visual energy, but was happy to get the bigger engine, better mpg, and increased HP of the ’16.

    I’m used to driving a 2002 Camaro Z28 6-speed which should shed light on my automotive worldview.

Read all comments

Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent Comments

  • Old_WRX: @Lie2me, “I have no idea what that is” That, I believe. Figuring out the point is left as an...
  • lstanley: I love anecdotes because they prove nothing, but the only guy at the c-store this morning not wearing a...
  • deanst: For some reason their look reminds me of Hans and Franz from SNL.
  • slavuta: Cheapos. Couldn’t they price Mexican-made sedan just under 20K????
  • Art Vandelay: I’ll not have you sullying Beavis and Butt-Head with this nonsense. (Incidentally, they are...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Who We Are

  • Matthew Guy
  • Timothy Cain
  • Adam Tonge
  • Bozi Tatarevic
  • Chris Tonn
  • Corey Lewis
  • Mark Baruth
  • Ronnie Schreiber