2019 Chevrolet Spark

MSRP $13,220 - $17,720

Ranked #2 in Compact Hatchback

5.8

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2019 Chevrolet Spark Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 15, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Chevrolet Spark is one of the most affordable vehicles currently on sale. Aimed at being cheap, frugal, and mostly meant for getting from point A to point B, the Spark serves a pretty good job of being your first vehicle. Or it can also be the type of vehicle you gift to your children when they are starting out. Its tiny shape and the little engine might not outright impress anybody, but its job is to be practical and reliable, which it does pretty well. 

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Pros

Decent interior for the price

Great infotainment system

Better than expected ride quality and handling

Value for money

Cons

Sluggish performance

Fuel economy less than desired

The second row is slightly cramped

What's New?

The changes made to the 2019 Spark include an upgraded front end with a better grille design and a tweaked headlight shape

All the trims are also greeted with Chevy’s Infotainment 3 which is very good for the price

AEB or Automatic Emergency Braking finds its way into this cheap hatchback as well

Two illuminated USB ports are added, and now you get more exterior color options


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$13220

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

143 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

85 cu.in.

horsepower

98 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

94 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

93.9 in.

length

143.1 in.

width

62.8 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

2246 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

83 cu ft.

cargo volume

27.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

18 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

177 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/33/38 mpg

highway range

592.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LS$13,220 onwards

1LT$15,120 onwards

ACTIV$16,220 onwards

2LT$16,620 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Chevrolet Spark in Caribbean Blue color
Caribbean Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

4.0

Engine and Performance

4.8

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

3.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.8

5.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

5.8

Overall Rating


The subcompact hatchback is pretty cheap only starting at $14,095 and is powered by a small 1.4-liter gasoline motor. In the segment, it mainly rivals the likes of the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, and the Kia Rio.


4.8/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

3.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

7.8/10
Competition


2019 Chevrolet Spark Features

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark price starts at $14,095 and is offered in four distinct trims – the LS, 1LT, ACTIV, and 2LT. All the trims come standard with an FWD layout only, but each trim is offered in two different transmission options, either manual or CVT (automatic). A standard 1.4-liter motor is used throughout the entire trim, but the list of features increases as you dish out more cash.

Trims

LS

1LT

ACTIV

2LT

Price (Manual)

$14,095

$15,995

$17,095

$17,495

Price (CVT)

$15,195

$17,095

$18,195

$18,595

Key Features

15” steel wheels

Adds/Upgrades to LS

Adds/Upgrades to 1LT

Adds/Upgrades to 1LT

 

Manual front air conditioning

15" silver aluminum wheels

15" gunmetal alloy wheels

15" silver finish alloy wheels

 

7” touch-screen infotainment system

SiriusXM radio

Driver and front passenger heated seats

Rear Park Assist

 

Cloth upholstery

Power door locks and heated mirrors

Leatherette seat trim

Chrome exterior detailing

 

Rearview camera

Cruise control

Fog lamps with chrome surrounds

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

LED DRLs

Black rocker moldings

Driver Confidence Package for driver-assistance features

 

Manual windows

     

As it is evident from the above table, the trims add some creature comforts as upgrades as you move up the list. The base trim has only the very basic features, while the highest trim does offer a few luxurious comfort features. The Driver Confidence package includes Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, etc. The Interior Protection Package includes some upgraded floor mats and cargo mats, etc. And, the Winter/Summer floor mats package includes some carpeted all-weather floor mats. 

Which Trim should you buy?

You should either go for the ACTIV or the 2LT trim, and we would prefer the ACTIV. Get an automatic if you are not confident switching gears by yourself, otherwise, the manual will save you more cash. The ACTIV has most of the creature comforts you would possibly expect from a tiny affordable hatchback. It also features leatherette seat trims and heated seats for comfort. Also, it looks better on the outside than the other trims. 

2019 Chevrolet Spark Engine and Performance

4.8/10

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark engine is a 1.4L Ecotec inline-four unit that only puts out 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual, or you can upgrade to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Power is only routed to the front wheels.

The hatchback is quite sluggish, but it does its duties well as a small city cruiser. The manual transmission offers adequate practicality and ease of use for your regular city driving. The CVT makes the powertrain more sluggish to respond. The manual offers decent power throughout the entire rev range and can also cruise way better than the CVT at highway speeds. In short, the manual is the one to go for.

With the manual, the Spark takes a long and yawny 10 seconds to hit the 60 MPH mark, but the CVT makes things worse. The quarter-mile times are unbearably long, at 18 seconds. Quick highway overtaking and maneuvers will require proper and prior planning before flooring the gas pedal. The top speed is set at 114 MPH, but we doubt you would ever reach that. 

Models

2019 Chevrolet Spark

2019 Honda Fit

2019 Ford Fiesta

2019 Kia Rio

MSRP

$16,220

$17,145

$16,765

$17,415

Engine

1.4L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

1.6L Inline-4

1.6L Inline-4

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

98 hp @ 6200 rpm

130 hp @ 6600 rpm

120 hp @ 6350 rpm

130 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque

94 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

114 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm

112 lb. ft. @ 5000 rpm

119 lb-ft @ 4850 rpm

0-60 MPH

10 seconds

8.6 seconds

9.5 seconds

8.5 seconds

Quarter Mile

18 seconds

16.8 seconds

N/A

16.7 seconds

Top Speed

114 MPH

125 MPH

121 MPH

119 MPH

When it comes to power output, the Chevy is completely left behind by the more potent rivals, all of which produce significantly more power than the Chevy. The Spark is also the slowest, while the Honda Fit and the Kia Rio take the lead. The Ford Fiesta is also left behind by its Asian counterparts. 

How well does the 2019 Chevrolet Spark handle?

Don’t let the powertrain of the American hatchback fool you, for it offers a pretty nimble and interesting ride. The hatchback has cheerful and fun to drive nature. The compact size of the car also inspires drivers, especially inexperienced ones, to drive without worrying about the congested city traffic. Due to its stout size, it can easily be thrown around corners with minimal body roll. 

The ride quality is well-balanced for a small car and goes over any undulations with confidence. The suspension does a commendable job of keeping the occupants comfortable and soaking up most road imperfections. The cabin is not the quietest though, but yeah, you cannot have your cake and eat it too. 

Braking Performance

The Spark comes with decent-sized brakes considering the car’s size with 4-wheel ABS. The front rotors are 9.3 inches, while the rear uses drum brakes of 7.9 inches. It takes 177 ft to come to a halt from 70 MPH. The car is very light too, at just around 2,312 lbs and it does not take much power to come to a halt. The pedal is linear and does not have any hidden issues. 

Model

2019 Chevrolet Spark

2019 Honda Fit

2019 Ford Fiesta

2019 Kia Rio

Brake Front (in.)

9.3

10.3

10.2

11.0

Brake Rear (in.)

7.9

7.9

7.9

8.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2312

2522

2537

2714

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

126

121

N/A

The Spark comes with the smallest brakes, while the rivals here have bigger brakes. The 60-0 MPH stopping distance of the Honda Fit is not confidence-inducing at all at a braking distance of 126 ft. The Ford Fiesta performs decently with a braking distance of 121 ft. Again, the Kia Rio’s braking performance is not known but from the size of its rotors and considering its curb weight, we expect a decent stopping distance from the car as well.

2019 Chevrolet Spark Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Spark has a pretty frugal powertrain, but it is not the most frugal in its segment. It still can be considered to offer “above average” gas mileage in its segment. The 2019 Chevrolet Spark mpg is rated at 29 for the city, 38 for the highway, and 33 MPG combined output. Meanwhile, the CVT offers 30 MPG for the city, with the rest of the figures remaining the same. 

It comes with a small 9-gallon fuel tank, which still allows it to cruise for 270/333/297 miles. This is not a car you would want to take on very long trips without any gas stations nearby. Not the highest range in the segment either.

Model

2019 Chevrolet Spark

2019 Honda Fit

2019 Ford Fiesta

2019 Kia Rio

MPG (city)

30

29

27

28

MPG (highway)

38

36

35

37

MPG (combined)

33

31

30

32

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)

9

10.6

12.4

11.9

Range (city/highway/combined) (miles)

270/333/297

307/381/328

334/434/372

333/440/380

The other hatchbacks completely leave the Spark in the dust when it comes to the total driving range offered. The Ford Fiesta has the lowest fuel economy here but offers the best driving range owing to its sizable 12.4-gallon gas tank. The Honda Fit and the Kia Rio are almost evenly matched with each other in terms of fuel economy and trail the Spark closely.

2019 Chevrolet Spark Interior

7.5/10

Yes, indeed it is. Though the 2019 Chevrolet Spark interior is not stuffed with the most advanced tech and the most comfortable materials, it still offers an attractive yet neat design. The dashboard has a design that would perfectly fit inside a tiny hatchback like this. The V-shaped design slopes down at the center console. There are buttons and dials within easy reach of the driver making the design pretty ergonomic. On the LS and 1LT trim, you will find Jet Black cloth as standard. But the ACTIV and 2LT get Jet Black leatherette with silver accent stripes. You also leather-wrapped steering heated in the higher trims.

The base trims have a 4-way driver’s seat with manual fore/aft and manual recline and a 2-way passenger’s seat with just manual recline. The head restraints are also 2-way adjustable. Standard trim is cloth, but the higher trims get leatherette seats. The higher trims also feature heated seats. The seats are mostly comfortable. The front row has decent spacing, as you would expect. But the rear row is where things get cramped. Headroom and legroom are compromised, and not exactly ideal for adults. Maybe children and teenagers can fit in. Oh, and it can only seat 4 people.

Being a tiny hatchback, it does not have much room for storage at the back either. The standard cargo capacity is just around 11 cubic feet, which can be ideal for your daily groceries, a couple of suitcases, and maybe a few other things for a weekend trip. The rear seats can be folded in a 60/40-split and they open up to 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which can allow for a decent bit of storage. In-cabin storage solutions are impressive, with large cupholders, glove-box, and center console storage.

Model

2019 Chevrolet Spark

2019 Honda Fit

2019 Ford Fiesta

2019 Kia Rio

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.0/50.8/41.7

39.5/54.8/41.4

39.1/52.7/41.3

38.9/54.1/42.1

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.0/49.8/33.0

37.5/52.6/39.3

37.2/49.0/31.2

37.4/53.3/33.5

Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

11.1

16.6

14.9

17.4

As it is evident form the table, the rear seats of all of these hatchbacks are quite low on space, making them unsuitable for tall adults over long trips. The only one that can fit adults properly is the Honda Fit. The Fit and the Kia Rio offer the best cargo storage, while the Spark takes a loss here too.

Some interior features include:

  • Simulated-leather seat trims(Activ)
  • 4-way manually adjustable driver’ seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Single-zone manual air conditioning
  • Overhead courtesy lamp with OnStar controls

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Spark is equipped with a 7” screen running on Chevy’s Infotainment System 3. The system is integrated into the dashboard. It is very easy to use and intuitive. Also, it is responsive. It is perhaps one of the best bits about the car in general.

Standard features on offer include AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, two illuminated USB ports. Every trim except the base trim offers SiriusXM radio. There are four speakers available as standard. Also, all the trims except the standard trim offer six speakers. 

Highlights of the infotainment system are:

  • 7” color touchscreen display
  • AM/FM radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM Radio w/ All Access trial subscription
  • 2 illuminated USB ports
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

2019 Chevrolet Spark Exterior

3.0/10

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark has upgraded from being a rather uninteresting looking car to just the opposite with a compelling design for a budget hatchback. It still looks like a typically entry-level car, however, so don’t expect any onlookers to ogle at your ride. The front fascia sees the two redesigned headlights which look more aggressive and have evolved into a better shape. The grille has also been made wider and bigger. It also has front fog lamps. The higher trims enjoy a chrome surround on the exterior.

The hood is small and slopes into the front fascia. There is a strong line on the side of the car. The rear looks just like you would expect a normal hatchback to look, with an uninteresting design. But there is a rear spoiler to spice things up. The rear door handles are integrated neatly into the rear windows. The LS rides on 15” steel wheels, while the 1LT and 2LT run on 15” silver-painted wheels. ACTIV gets 15” alloy with black contrast inserts. The LS trim comes with halogen projector headlamps. The 1LT and 2LT offer LED DRLs.

Model

2019 Chevrolet Spark

2019 Honda Fit

2019 Ford Fiesta

2019 Kia Rio

Curb weight (lbs.)

2312

2522

2537

2714

Length(in)

143.1

161.4

159.7

160.0

Width(in)

62.8

67.0

67.8

67.9

Height(in)

58.7

60.0

58.1

57.1

Ground clearance (in)

6.0

4.4

N/A

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

93.9

99.6

98.0

101.6

All the hatchbacks are tiny and therefore, have tiny dimensions. The Kia Rio has the longest wheelbase and hence, the highest cargo capacity. The Honda Fit has the best design here and looks like a classy urban car. The Ford Fiesta looks the weirdest with an abruptly-ending front fascia and a big front grille.

Some exterior features include:

  • 15” wheels
  • Heated side mirrors w/ manual-folding
  • Fixed rear window defroster
  • Light tinted glass
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Black grille
  • Halogen/LED headlights

2019 Chevrolet Spark Safety

7.0/10

The Spark has not been tested by NHTSA yet. The IIHS only tested it for moderate overlap front and side, for both of which, it was rated “Good”. Even though it has not been rated, it's still pretty safe for entry-level car standards. It has been completely redesigned and the chassis has also been strengthened. It also comes with the following safety features:

  • StabiliTrak
  • Hill-start assist
  • OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services
  • Chevrolet Connected Access
  • Seat belt pretensioners
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • 10 total airbags

2019 Chevrolet Spark Competition

7.8/10

2019 Chevrolet Spark vs 2019 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is an excellent hatchback. It offers better performance and more power. It also offers one of the most spacious rear rows in this segment. Also, it offers better cargo spacing. It might have slightly lesser fuel economy but has more range due to its higher tank capacity. The Fit might cost a little bit more, but there is no defeating the champ of affordable hatchbacks. It's just the better hatchback overall.

2019 Chevrolet Spark vs 2019 Ford Fiesta

The best part about the Ford Fiesta is the nippy and nimble driving dynamics it offers. It is the more athletic go-to option if you want to enjoy the most out of your driving. But it has a pretty cramped rear row, even more so than the Spark. The Fiesta claims some points back by offering a more spacious cargo capacity. It also offers a better range. This can be a tough call, but we believe the Fiesta has got better looks than the Spark.

2019 Chevrolet Spark vs 2019 Kia Rio

The Kia Rio is another excellent choice for a hatchback. It has better performance than the Spark and also drives really well. It costs slightly more, but it has a decent interior with almost the same amount of spacing as the Spark. However, Rio trumps the American hatchback when it comes to cargo storage. Also, the tiny American hatchback cannot beat anyone when it comes to range. The Rio can also be considered as a pretty good alternative to this car.

2019 Chevrolet Spark Final Verdict

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark is for those who are looking for their first car and is new to the world of driving. The compact dimensions and the zippy nature makes the Spar an ideal city hatchback. It also goes easy on the new drivers with its tiny size and its easy handling capabilities. It is economical but it could certainly use a bigger fuel tank and a more spacious interior. If you want practicality, it's better to invest in the Honda Fit and for better driving dynamics, the Ford Fiesta will do. The Spark is not a bad choice, but it's inarguably not the best.