2018 Chevrolet Spark

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2018 MODEL
$13,050 - $17,475 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

The Chevrolet Spark is a city car that was produced by GM Korea. Ever since its launch, it has been a favorite of many due to its compact size and pricing. There are various variants to choose from and the manual variants start from $13,925 and the automatic starts at $15,025.


5.8/10
Features

 

5.4/10
Engine

 

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.3/10
Interior

 

5.4/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The car has a fresh and bold new design with eye-catching paint schemes. The Spark is powered by a 1.4 Liter 4 cylinder petrol engine which produces a max power of 98 HP and 94 ft.-lbs. torque.

2018 Chevrolet Spark Features

5.8/10

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is available in 4 variants and all these variants are available with automatic and manual transmissions. The base manual variant LS starts at $13,925. The base variant LS comes packed with only the most needed necessary equipment such as aircon, 7-inch touch nav etc.

Trim LS 1LT Activ 2LT
MSRP (Manual) $13,050 $15,750 $16,120 $17,250
MSRP (Automatic) $14,150 $16,850 $17,220 $18,350

Key

Features

Standard Features include:

All Features of LS, Plus:

All Features of 1LT, Plus:

All Features of 1LT, Plus:

Chevrolet's OnStar communications system Remote keyless entry 0.4 inch of additional ground clearance Push-button start
4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi hotspot Fog-lights Roof rails Rear parking sensors
Bluetooth and USB connectivity 15-inch alloy wheels Special 15-inch wheels and bodywork  Upgraded driver information display
Four-speaker audio system Six-speaker audio system Simulated leather seating surfaces Simulated leather seating surfaces
Air conditioning Power accessories (windows, mirrors, and door locks) Heated front seats Heated front seats
Rearview camera Cruise control Leather-wrapped steering wheel Leather-wrapped steering wheel
7-inch touchscreen      
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay      

The full option variant is the 2LT which carries a price tag of $17,250 for the manual variant and $18,250 for the automatic variant. 2LT is equipped with heated front seats, push-button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the rear parking camera. Though the base LS trim has the basic necessary features, it still lacks certain other features such as power accessories (windows, mirrors, and door locks) or the fog lamps. The top trim is packed with a lot of features, but it is not worth the spending.

We Recommend 

The 1LT is highly recommended. Priced at $15,750, the car comes packed with a lot of basic needed features such as power accessories, fog lamps, and cruise control and 15-inch alloy wheels. If you are someone who lives in a cold region, we would recommend the active variant as it has heated front seats which are a need in very cold areas.

2018 Chevrolet Spark Engine

5.4/10

"Ask your dad how many horsepower his 1974 Mustang II had and he’ll tell you 10 less than the Spark in a car that weighed significantly more. Advances in engine and electronic technology allow 98 ponies to do a lot more today, giving the Spark snappy acceleration off the line, but still struggling to pass or merge at higher speeds"-KBB

Engine and Transmission 

The Chevrolet Spark is powered by a 1.4L gasoline motor. It is a naturally aspirated 4 cylinder motor putting out a peak power of 98hp @ 6200 rpm and a torque of 94 ft.-lbs. @ 4400 rpm. The Spark is a city car and that is how it likes to behave. The car has an engine that is peppy enough to be driven within the city limits. However, on the highway, this is a different story. You fell the car is underpowered, less responsive to throttle inputs and is not so stable either.

Models Chevy Spark Mitsubishi Mirage Kia Rio Ford Fiesta
MSRP $13,050 $13,395 $14,200 $14,505
Engine Inline-4, 1.4L, Gas Inline-3, 1.2L, Regular Unleaded  Inline-4, 1.6L,Regular Unleaded  Inline-4, 1.6L, Regular Unleaded 
Transmission 5-speed Manual 5-speed Manual 6-speed Manual 5-speed Manual
Horsepower 98hp @ 6200 rpm 78hp @ 6,000 rpm 130hp @ 6,300 rpm 120hp @ 6,350 rpm
Torque 94 ft.-lbs. @ 4400 rpm 74 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm 119 lbs.-ft. @ 4,850 rpm 112 lbs.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm

The Chevy Spark has a decent power of 98HP but its counterparts, the Kia Rio and the Ford Fiesta are much more powerful than Chevy. While the Chevy is powered by a 1.4-liter motor, the Rio & Fiesta has a 1.6-liter motor. The Rio is the most powerful with a class-leading power of 130 HP and 119 lbs. ft. of torque. The Rio has a 6-speed manual gearbox while all others come with a 5-speed setup. In the engine and transmission section, it is the Rio that outperforms its contenders. 

Acceleration

With the 1.4-liter petrol motor at its heart, the Spark does the 0 - 60 mph in 10.7 seconds and the quarter mile in 18 seconds. The Spark is a city car and its main focus is to drive around the city with comfort and not give performance figures.

Models Chevy Spark Mitsubishi Mirage Kia Rio Ford Fiesta
0-60 MPH 10.7 10.6 8.5 6.9
Quarter mile 18 sec 17.5 sec 16.7 sec  16.6 sec
Engine 1.4 L 1.2 L 1.6 L 1.6 L

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.3 4.9 5.5 5.8

The Chevy Spark is the slowest among its contenders. The Mitsubishi Mirage which has a smaller 1.2-liter motor manages to complete the quarter mile 0.5 seconds faster than the Spark. It is the weight of the car that is to be blamed for this. Though the KIA Rio & the Ford Fiesta are heavier than the spark, the engine power output has been tweaked to make them perform better in spite of being heavy.

Ride and Handling

The Spark handles like a typical small city car in that it is very easy to park this car in those tight parking spaces due to its small size. However, its when you start pushing this car you realize that this car is best suited for use only within the city. There is significant body roll around corners and it does not inspire much confidence when pushed hard. On the better side, it has a fairly comfortable ride which reinforces its reputation as a city car. The steering is light and easy which means maneuvering in and out of traffic is very easy. Still, it does not weigh up adequately at highway speeds. It's certainly not the best handling car but pretty clear about what its meant to do and that it does pretty well. 

Braking

The Spark has a 9.3-inch disc at the front and a 7.9-inch drum at the rear. The car comes from a 60mph to halt at 120 ft. The brakes on the spark are impressive compared to its rivals.

Model Chevy Spark Mitsubishi Mirage Kia Rio Ford Fiesta
Brake Front (in.) 9.3 10.3 7.9
Brake Rear (in.) 7.9 11 10.2
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2246  2018  2648  2537 
60-0 MPH (ft.) 120 127 127 118

 

2018 Chevrolet Spark Fuel Economy

8.4/10

The Spark has a fuel efficiency of 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highways. Together, it delivers a combined mileage of 34 mpg.

Model Chevy Spark Mitsubishi Mirage Kia Rio Ford Fiesta
MPG (city) 29 33  29  27 
MPG (highway) 39 41 37  35 
MPG (combined) 34 36 32 30

In terms of fuel efficiency, the spark is not far behind the Mitsubishi Mirage which has a smaller displacement engine. The spark manages to deliver a similar mileage with a bigger engine. However, comparing to the heavier rivals, the spark has the edge over the Rio and the Fiesta. 

2018 Chevrolet Spark Interior

5.3/10

Blame the lower roofline and shorter length. Rear-seat legroom has also shrunk, but other aspects, like hip and shoulder room, have grown-KBB

Seating and Comfort

When you enter the cabin of the Spark, you soon start realizing that this is a budget car. Most surfaces are just hard plastic and you can really see the cost-cutting at certain places. The layout is simple with the infotainment screen sitting on top with the climate control vents below it and then the controls for the same underneath. The layout is not the most aesthetically designed but perhaps can be forgiven considering that it's a budget car. A metallic grey trim on the dashboard provides much relief to the otherwise dull trim. 

Although the Spark has a seating capacity of five, it can seat four persons comfortably. The passenger sitting in the middle of the rear seat won’t be finding it comfortable to sit there. The car comes with a lot of convenience features such as heated seats and touchscreen infotainment system with android auto and Apple CarPlay to ensure a comfortable drive for the driver and passengers.

Model Chevy Spark Mitsubishi Mirage Kia Rio Ford Fiesta
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39/50.8/43.9 39.1/51.7/41.7 38.9/54.1/42.1 39.1/52.7/43.6
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.0/49.8/33.0 37.3/51.0/34.0 38.0/53.3/33.5 37.2/49.0/31.2

In terms of front passenger seating space, it is the Ford Fiesta that has the most cabin space with sufficient head, shoulder, and legroom. While moving to the rear seating comfort, it is the Mitsubishi Mirage that is the winner. All these cars are city cars and hence expecting the comfort of a long sedan can be really disappointing.

Infotainment System

The base model of the car has a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It has a multimedia system with 4 speakers. The reverse parking camera is standard on all variants. The infotainment system is quite slick and easy to use offering most features you could have in a car in this price range. 

The higher variants have the touchscreen infotainment system on the LS along with a six-speaker setup for better sound. The 2LT variant has reverse parking camera as standard along with a host of other features. The biggest boon is that it offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay right from the base trim. 

Interior Features

  • 7 inch Touch Screen Navigation
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Chevrolet On-Star Communication System
  • Bluetooth and USB Connectivity
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated Seats
  • Push button Start
  • 6 Speaker Audio System
  • Cargo Capacity

Cargo Capacity

The Chevrolet Spark has a cargo volume of 11 ft.3 with the rear seats upright. Folding them down can give you a cargo volume of 27.2 cu.ft.

Model Chevy Spark Mitsubishi Mirage Kia Rio Ford Fiesta
Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3) 11.1 17.2 cu.ft. 17.4 cu.ft. 14.9 cu.ft.
Cargo Volume with rear seats down (ft.3) 27.2 cu.ft. 47.0 cu.ft. 32.8 cu.ft. 25.4 cu.ft.

The Kia Rio & Mitsubishi Mirage has a much larger cargo space compared to the Spark & Fiesta. In terms of cargo space, the Spark is really disappointing whereas the cargo capacity of the Rio and Mirage are just excellent. Each of them provides a cargo capacity of over 17 cubic feet. However, with the seats down, it is the Mirage that tops the segment with a massive cargo capacity of 47.0 cubic feet. 

2018 Chevrolet Spark Exterior

5.4/10

The 2018 Chevy Spark makes the most of its small size and no longer looks toylike—just minimal—inside or out-TheCarConnection

Dimension and Weight

The Spark is a smart looking hatchback from the exterior. It has neat lines and good proportions. The blacked out headlamps and the large bold grille with the fog lamp housing look cool. The rear door handles have been neatly tucked into the C-pillar to give it a clean look. At the rear, the tail lamps are quite sleek and the contours on the bumper round of the simple yet bold looks. 

The Chevrolet Spark is a compact city hatchback. It weighs 2246 lbs. and has a ground clearance of 6.6 inches, which means you don’t have to worry about scraping the chassis on those large bumps or potholes. With a length of 143.1 inches and width of 62.8 inches, the car is easy to maneuver through the crowded city traffic.

Model Chevy Spark Mitsubishi Mirage Kia Rio Ford Fiesta
Curb weight (lbs.) 2246 lbs. 2018 lbs. 2648 lbs. 2537 lbs.
Length(in) 143.1 in. 149.4 in. 160.0 in. 159.7 in.
Width(in) 62.8 in. 65.6 in. 67.9 in. 67.8 in.
Height(in) 58.4 in. 59.4 in. 57.1 in. 58.1 in.
Ground clearance (in) 6.6 6.3 in. 5.5 in. 6.1
Wheelbase (in) 93.9 in. 96.5 in. 101.6 in. 98.0 in.
Track width - Front 54.5 56.3 in. 59.8 in. 57.7 in.
Track width - Rear 54.5 55.7 in. 60.0 in. 57.7 in.

The Mitsubishi Mirage is the lightest car in the segment followed by the Spark, Fiesta, and Rio. With a length of 143.1 inches and width of 62.8 inches, the Spark is shorter than the Mirage, Fiesta, and Rio. This means parking the car into those tight parking spaces won't be an issue with the Spark.

2018 Chevrolet Spark Safety

Standard Safety features:

  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Front Head Airbag
  • Rear Head Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Side Airbag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Traction Control
  • Rearview Camera

Standard safety features available in 2LT: Rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

IIHS Ratings:

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Ratings
Moderate Overlap Front Good
Side Good
Front Crash Prevention Basic
Child Seat Anchors (LATCH) Ease of Use Acceptable

 NHTSA has not yet rated

2018 Chevrolet Spark Competition

Chevrolet Spark vs Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mitsubishi Mirage is lighter than the Spark, has a smaller engine and has the best in class fuel efficiency also. The Mirage is also more spacious than the Spark.

Chevrolet Spark vs Kia Rio

The KIA Rio is the most powerful car in the segment. It also has a six-speed transmission and is more spacious than all its counterparts.

Chevrolet Spark vs Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is not the most powerful or most spacious car in this segment. The Fiesta has a 1.6-liter petrol engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Since the Fiesta is lighter than the KIA, the Fiesta has the best handling, performance, and fun to drive aspect.

2018 Chevrolet Spark Final Verdict

The Chevy Spark is a small city car. There are a lot of other options to consider in the same segment. The KIA has more space and comfort, the Ford offers better handling and performance and the Mitsubishi offers the best acceleration.

Let me remind you once again that the Spark is a city car. The main purpose of a city car is to commute around the city easily and park in tight parking spaces. The spark does these better than its rivals who offer more performance and comfort. So if you are looking for a perfect city car, look no more. The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is the car for you.

Pros

New Bold Design

Snappy Exterior Colors

Infotainment System is quick and easy to use

Cons

Slow even when you push it harder

Poor throttle response

Cramped rear seats

What's New?

Front fascia gets redesigned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$13050

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

143 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

85 cu. in.

horsepower

98 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

94 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11 in. front disc/11.8 in.drum brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

93.9 in.

length

143.1 in.

width

62.8 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

2246 lbs.

ground clearance

6.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

83 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

11 sec.

standing ¼-mile

18.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/33/39 mpg

highway range

351 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Chevrolet Spark in Splash color  2018 Chevrolet Spark in Silver Ice Metallic color  2018 Chevrolet Spark in Red Hot color  2018 Chevrolet Spark in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2018 Chevrolet Spark in Mint color  2018 Chevrolet Spark in Brimstone color
Splash

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Ratings

Features

5.8

Engine

5.4

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

5.3

Exterior

5.4

Comfort

5.7

Driving

7.8

6.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS Manual

LS Manual

power
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$13,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS Manual 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $13,050 MSRP (29/33/39) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA

 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS CVT

LS CVT

power
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$14,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS CVT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $14,150 MSRP (30/33/38) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 4 NA

 2018 Chevrolet Spark LT

LT

power
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$14,875 - $17,475


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT w/1LT Manual 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $14,875 MSRP (29/33/39) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA
LT w/1LT CVT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $15,975 MSRP (30/33/38) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 4 NA
LT w/2LT Manual 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $16,375 MSRP (29/33/39) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA
LT w/2LT CVT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $17,475 MSRP (30/33/38) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 4 NA

 2018 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV Manual

ACTIV Manual

power
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$16,120


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ACTIV Manual 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $16,120 MSRP (29/32/38) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA

 2018 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV CVT

ACTIV CVT

power
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$17,220


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ACTIV CVT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $17,220 MSRP (30/33/37) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 4 NA

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