2020 Chevrolet Spark

MSRP $14,095

Ranked #10 in Subcompact Hatchback

2020 Chevrolet Spark Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Spark hatchback has been the entry-level offering from Chevrolet in the US market. It has received a few updates over the past few years in line with GM’s evolving design direction. But for this year, the 2020 Chevrolet Spark comes with no major changes and is a carryover model of its 2019 version, with a sub $14,000 starting price making for a delectable proposition. The 2020 Spark offers four trim choices and a naturally aspirated inline-4 engine as standard. The only other option it gives you is in the form of a choice between a manual and a CVT gearbox.

The nimble handling, peppy engine, and tiny proportion are the winning formula for vehicles intended for city usage and Spark don't disappoint you here. But Spark isn't without its weakness in the form of lesser gas mileage, cabin space, and overall practicality. In this review, we will explore whether these shortcomings make Spark less worthy in front of its rivals or it still is a competent budget hatchback.

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Pros

Attractive starting price

Small turning radius

Packed with good features even on the standard trim

Attractive styling

Cons

Cramped seating space in the rear

Most rivals offer better cargo space

Underpowered motor

What's New?

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark is a carryover model.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$14095

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

117 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

85 cu.in.

horsepower

98 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

94 ft-lb. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

9.3/7.9 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

93.9 in.

length

143.1 in.

width

62.8 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

2246 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

83 cu ft.

cargo volume

27.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

18.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

177 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/33/38 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LS$14,095 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 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 Feature

8.0

Features

4.0

Engine and Performance

3.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

3.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

5.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

5.6

Overall Rating


The 2020 Chevrolet Spark starts from $13,400 for the base manual LS variant and goes over $17,900 for the top-end 2LT Automatic CVT variant. The Spark is offered with an Inline-4 engine that packs quite a punch, especially when driving around town. There is also an Activ Variant on sale that adds to some features of the 1LT and makes the mundane Spark look rugged and more like a small crossover. Considering its price tag, it challenges the likes of some well-established rivals like Kia Rio, Mitsubishi Mirage, and Toyota Yaris.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback front angle view
2020 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback rear angle view

4.0/10
Features

3.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

3.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Chevrolet Spark Features

4.0/10

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark on Sale in the US today comes in four trim choices namely LS, 1LT, 2LT, and Activ. The base variant is the LS and starts at $13,400 with the manual transmission while the top end 2LT which comes with a CVT gearbox is priced at $17,900. The prices of all trims are pretty close but there are a few features that differentiate those trims. Irrespective of the trim you chose a naturally aspirated inline-4 engine is standard with the choice of manual or a CVT gearbox. The Activ trim is a standout trim with unique body works and a raised suspension to give it a more rugged look. That said, for trim-wise bifurcation and feature list refer to the table below.

Models

LS

1LT

Activ

2LT

MSRP (Manual)

$13,400

$15,300 $16,400 $16,800
MSRP (CVT) $14,500 $16,400 $17,500 $17,900
Key Features  98 hp, 1.4-liter inline-4 engine

Adds these to 'LS'

Adds these to '1LT'

Adds these to '1LT'

  Fabric-trimmed seats Foglights Simulated leather upholstery Heated front seats
 

Two USB ports

Power windows and door locks Unique 15-inch alloy wheels Push-button start
 

Rearview camera

Cruise control Heated front seats Simulated leather upholstery

 

OnStar communication system w/ 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot

6-speaker sound system Roof rails Chrome door handles and trims
  7-inch touchscreen w/ 4-speaker audio system Remote keyless entry Raised suspension Rear parking sensors
 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Alloy wheels Leather-wrapped steering wheel Upgraded driver's information display
  Air conditioning   Unique exterior trims  

We Recommend

Despite the LS trim getting a whole bunch of feature updates over its last year's model, the trim we would personally suggest would be the 1LT trim. Going over the 1LT trim would make sense for consumers looking for a feature-packed Hatchback but for most, the 1LT would do the job well. It comes with power accessories, Keyless Entry, Cruise Control, Steering mounted controls, and a host of other features.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Engine and Performance

3.0/10
"The 2020 Spark's small four-cylinder engine is best suited for around-town use. A CVT automatic-equipped Spark takes over 11 seconds to get to 60 mph from a stop, so highway on-ramps require some planning."– Edmunds.com

2020 Chevrolet Spark Engine and Transmission

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.4-liter inline-4 engine which puts out a mediocre 98 hp and 94 lb-ft of torque. The engine sends all the power to the front-wheel through either a 5-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. The CVT gearbox commands a premium of around $1,100 over the manual gearbox.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Engine Bay

The power delivery of the Spark is best suited for sedate driving but the engine feels peppy driving around town and slow city speeds. While at highway speeds the engine feels strained and needs to be worked to build pace. The manual gearbox truly shines in city driving while the CVT is plagued with the rubber band effect. Although on the highway the CVT shines and makes for relaxed driving and helps return good gas mileage.

Models

2020 Chevrolet Spark

2020 Kia Rio

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

2020 Toyota Yaris

MSRP

$13,400

$16,790

$13,995

$17,750

Engine

1.4-liter Inline-4

1.6-liter Inline-4 1.2-liter Inline-3 1.5-liter Inline-4

Transmission

5-speed manual

CVT

5-speed manual

6-speed automatic

Power

98 hp @ 6200 rpm

120 hp @ 6300 rpm

78 hp @ 6000 rpm

106 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

94 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

112 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

74 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

103 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

As we can see, the updated Chevrolet Spark now stacks right between the entry-level hatchback market in terms of power and torque. It has a good amount of power for the asking price and manages to outrun some higher-priced cars as well. Kia Rio offers the best power and torque figures but commands a steep three grand premium. People inclining a bit towards practicality should be satisfied with what the Spark offers with the bonus of a better fuel economy. 

2020 Chevrolet Spark Acceleration

The 2020 Spark goes from 0-60 MPH in 10.5 seconds and takes 18.2 seconds to cover a quarter-mile. These figures are just embarrassing for Chevrolet however, Spark should accept it proudly because it wasn't created to go fast, but to be the most efficient of the lot. In terms of transmission, we had more fun with the manual than the sluggish CVT. Speaking of the CVT gearbox, the 2020 Spark with the CVT took 11.0 seconds to do 0-60 mph and around 18.4 seconds to run a quarter-mile.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Driving Side View 

The Spark offers decent acceleration when taking off from a red light or a dead stop. Making overtaking maneuvers around the city isn't very difficult either. However, the same can’t be attributed to the highway as getting up to such speeds will take some time. Also, overtaking on the freeways will require you to be in the right gear at the right time. Even after that, it might take some planning before you attempt the overtake.

Models

2020 Chevrolet Spark

2020 Kia Rio

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

2020 Toyota Yaris

0-60 MPH (sec)

10.5

8.9

12.8

9.4

Quarter-mile (sec)

18.2

16.7

19.5

17.2

Engine

1.4-liter Inline-4

1.6-liter Inline-4 1.2-liter Inline-3 1.5-liter Inline-4

 As expected from the biggest engine holder - the Kia Rio, emerges as the fastest vehicle in this comparison followed by the Yaris while the Mirage remains the slowest among all the hatchbacks. Compared to the Rio the Spark took 1.6 seconds more to hit the 60 mph mark while it took more than 1.5 seconds to cover the quarter-mile compared to the Rio.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Ride and Handling

The compact proportions and the dimensions of the Spark make it one of the best cars in city limits. The light steering and the small turning radius make it a breeze to drive in tight spaces or crowded streets. Its small size also makes it easy to park in tight spaces. If you're going to drive the Spark within the city limits, for the most part, you'll be very happy with it.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Driving

On the other hand, the story changes completely on the highway. The steering gets unsettling when doing spirited speeds on the motorway and you can feel the vehicle rock from one end to the other while a fast-moving car passes by. There is a considerable tire noise and the 1.4-liter unit under the hood seems a bit stressed while keeping up with the highway speeds. Forget about overtaking here, you'll find it hard to stay on the fastest lane.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Braking

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark has good stopping power and it took 120 feet to stop from 60-0 mph under panic braking. While its 9.3-inch front rotors seem big enough to stop this small hatchback, let's not forget that this hatch is also one of the heavier vehicles of the segment.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Silver Wheel Design & Brake

The Spark's 2,246 lbs mass becomes evident under aggressive braking applications. The front-end dives quite a bit and the ABS takes a few extra seconds before it kicks in. The brake pedal has a solid feel to it and helps the Spark shed speed quickly when pressed hard.

Models

2020 Chevrolet Spark

2020 Kia Rio

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

2020 Toyota Yaris

Brake Front (in.)

9.3

11.0

9.0

10.2

Brake Rear (in.)

7.9

8.0

7.0

9.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2246

2762

2018

2396

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

119

118

127

The Mirage and the Rio stack up head-to-head with each other in terms of stopping distance. Kia Rio is the heaviest vehicle off the lot and Spark should have out-performed it but it took 1 foot more than the Rio to stop from 60-0 mph while the Mirage being the lightest took the least 118 feet for the same.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark with the manual gearbox returns an EPA estimated gas mileage of 29 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined. Goin with the CVT gearbox sees an improvement of 1 mpg in the city gas mileage while on the highway the mileage remains the same. Among all the hatchbacks the Spark gets the smallest 9-gallon fuel tank which is adequate for city driving but will make you do more fuel stops compared to the other hatchbacks here.

Model

2020 Chevrolet Spark

2020 Kia Rio

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

2020 Toyota Yaris

MPG (City)

29

33

33

32

MPG (Highway)

38

41

41

40

MPG (Combined)

33

36

36

35

Tank Capacity (gal.)

9.0

11.9

9.2

11.6

Range (City / Highway) (mi.) 261 / 342 393 / 488 304 / 377 371 / 464

The Mitsubishi Mirage and the Kia Rio blow the competition out of the park with their MPG figures while the Yaris trails returning just one mpg less than the former two. Unfortunately, the Spark disappoints with its lower gas mileage and smaller fuel tank. Compared to the Rio or Mirage it returns 4 mpg less in the city and 3 mpg less on the highway.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Interior

7.5/10
"Yes, the Spark is small, but its interior layout is functional. The high roofline gives it decent access and visibility. But other subcompacts offer more rear legroom." –Edmunds.com

2020 Chevrolet Spark Seating and Comfort

Considering the price at which the Spark is positioned, it is obvious that one must not have high hopes and expectations from the interiors of 2020 Spark. The seats offer decent support while cost-cutting can be seen in the overall interior quality. There are a lot of scratchy plastics around and the dark interiors accentuate the cramped nature of the cabin. Although the ingress and egress are pretty easy due to higher seating positions and wide-opening doors.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Dashboard

Headroom won’t be an issue for people at the front and the back however the legroom is a big concern especially in the 2nd row which requires you to slide the front seats to let adults get inside in the first place. Thus we suggest keeping the rear seats only for small kids or teenagers.

Model

2020 Chevrolet Spark

2020 Kia Rio

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

2020 Toyota Yaris

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

5

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

39.0/ 50.8/ 41.7

38.9/ 54.1/ 42.1

39.0/ 51.7/ 41.7

38.2/ 53.2/ 41.9

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

37.0/ 49.8/ 33.0

38.0/ 53.3/ 33.5

37.2/ 51.0/ 34.2

37.2/ 50.0/ 33.4

The fabric upholstery is standard however leather upholstery is available as an option with a heating function for the front seats. The front seats have an armrest which adds to the ease of the driver if not uplifts the overall mood of the cabin. The illuminated interior lighting, however, tends to create some roominess in an overall dull-looking cabin.

Interior Features:

The 2020 Spark might be an entry-level car from Chevrolet's stable, however, it does come with its own set of tricks up its sleeve. Some of the key highlights of the Spark's cabin include:

  • Air conditioner w/ cabin air filter
  • Rear window defogger
  • Manual tilt steering column
  • Available power sliding sunroof
  • Available power windows on all doors

2020 Chevrolet Spark Infotainment System

The Chevrolet Spark has always been targeted at millennials and the youth. The best way to connect with the Youth is to keep them connected. Right from the base trim the 2020 Spark gets 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with a 4-speaker audio system while the 1LT and models above come with a 6 speaker system.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Infotainment

There are a host of Connectivity features on the 2020 Spark with some of the features being the OnStar communication system with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, myChevrolet app, etc.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Cargo Capacity

The 2020 Spark offers 11.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and with the rear seats folded down, you get 27.2 cubic feet of space. The compact dimensions of the Spark tend to give it lower cargo space against the competition with the rear cargo space not even able to swallow four carry-on suitcases.

Model

2020 Chevrolet Spark

2020 Kia Rio

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

2020 Toyota Yaris

Cargo Capacity (ft.3)

11.1

17.4

17.1

15.9

Coming to the rivals, it is evident that the Spark is the least practical hatchback of all with the Kia Rio offering the best 17.4 cubic feet of space among all. Even the Yaris which has the least cargo space among rivals provide 4.8 cubic feet more than the Spark.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Exterior

3.0/10
"Peer closely at the latest Spark’s front end, and you might notice that the grille shape is slightly different, as are the shapes of the two outboard intakes in the bumper.”-Caranddriver.com

2020 Chevrolet Spark Dimensions and Design

The Chevrolet Spark has always been the “Cute Little City Hatch” for people in the world and the US. The 2020 Spark continues with the same design language and will mostly appeal to young buyers. The design has a modern blend of youthfulness and functionality with the new chrome accentuated grill and sharp character lines on the side doors.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Side View

There's not a lot of difference between the previous year's model with the latter's headlamps getting tweaked slightly. Frankly, it doesn't need one. It looks smart and has its own sweet little presence on the road. And not just the design, its compact dimensions further enable a trouble-free drive within city limits.

Model

2020 Chevrolet Spark

2020 Kia Rio

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

2020 Toyota Yaris

Curb Weight (lbs)

2246

2762

2018

2396

Length (in)

143.1

160.0

149.4

161.6

Width (in)

62.8

67.9

65.6

66.7

Height (in)

58.4

57.1

59.4

58.9

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.5

6.3

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

93.9

101.6

96.5

101.2

Track width (in) F/R

54.5 / 54.5

60.0 / 60.2

56.3 / 55.7

58.9 / 58.5

The compact proportions of the Spark, as friendly as it is for the city commuters, totally lose out when pitted against the competition. But that's okay because the Spark is meant to appeal to those buyers who prefer a compact yet necessarily spacious vehicle. If you are one of those who want the biggest vehicle for your money, then it's the Kia Rio that you want.

Exterior Features:

The Spark is one of the few hatchbacks in the segment that makes heads turn around, wherever it goes. The Malibu inspired headlamps, the Chrome Garnish, and inserts in the front grill and the Big Bowtie Chevrolet logo adds to the overall appeal of the Spark.

  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • External Rear Spoiler
  • Body-Colored Door handles
  • Fog Lamps and Luggage Rack on the Activ Trim
  • Roof Rails on Activ Trim
  • Available Projector Beam Headlamps

2020 Chevrolet Spark Safety

7.0/10

Chevrolet offers great levels of safety in the 2020 Spark and it boasts of several safety tech features which other competitors are yet to get. The bodyshell of the Spark is itself made using High Strength Steel for maximum impact absorption in an event of a crash. As for the safety ratings, the 2020 Spark hasn't been crash-tested by NHTSA while the IIHS has only tested it for two parameters where it scored the highest rating of 'Good'. 

Safety Features:

  • Rear Vision Parking Camera
  • Available Forward Collision Alert
  • Available Lane Departure Warning
  • Available Automatic Emergency Braking

2020 Chevrolet Spark Competition

8.0/10

2020 Chevrolet Spark vs 2020 Kia Rio

The Kia Rio received a facelift in 2018 and since then has been ranked as one of the top compact cars in the segment. It has a peppier engine, better driving dynamics and agility on both city and highway. However, if you plan on using your car for city driving, Spark offers a case on its own.

2020 Kia Rio

The Spark has compact proportions, a good engine for city overtakes, and a small turning radius that makes it a fun ride in the city. But overall the Rio is better proportioned and offers more practicality and space inside than the Spark. Thus between the two, we won't bat an eyelid before suggesting the Rio even though it is priced at a premium.

2020 Chevrolet Spark vs 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

Undoubtedly, the Mitsubishi Mirage is the mileage champ of the segment. The Spark, however, manages to do everything better at a lower price and with a slightly lower MPG figure. Add to this, the fact that the Mitsubishi is the only car in the segment that comes with a three-cylinder motor and the lowest in-class power and torque figures worsens the case for the Mirage.

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

Thus between the two if you can forgo the mileage part then the Spark is an overall better pick.

2020 Chevrolet Spark vs 2020 Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris is among the only few cars in the segment to offer a manual transmission. The Toyota offers the best build quality than the Spark but we still are not big fans of material quality. Being Japanese adds to the reliability factor of Toyota and this acts in favor of the Yaris. The Spark, on the other hand, is $2,500 less than the Toyota and is a better car to drive in the city.

2020 Toyota Yaris

The Yaris also does with better standard equipment and MPG figures than the Spark. While cabin space and practicality offered by the Yaris also puts it at an advantage over the Spark. Thus if you are comfortable paying a slight premium then you should definitely pick the Yaris over the Spark.

2020 Chevrolet Spark Final Verdict

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark is one of the smallest and cheapest cars currently on sale in America. It offers good drivability around the city and decent MPG figures. The 2020 model also gets a great set of standard features on the Infotainment front like a big touchscreen unit and 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot.

On the whole, though, we feel that the Chevy packs some “Spark” when it comes to using it in the city. Its compact proportions and stylish looks further make it a good proposition for buyers. So if you are in the market for a stylish-looking hatchback that will suit your city's needs well, the 2020 Chevrolet Spark could be a good buy.


FAQs on the 2020 Chevrolet Spark:

Is the Chevrolet Spark also available as electric?

No, there is no electric variant of the Chevrolet Spark on offer as of yet.

What is the price of the 2020 Chevrolet Spark?

The 2020 Spark is the entry-level offerings from Chevrolet that starts at $14,095 for the base trim and goes all the way up to $18,195 for the top-end trim with CVT. There are a total of four trims on offer. For more information, head over to the trims and features tab on the top of this page.

Does the 2020 Chevrolet Spark come with a CVT transmission?

Apart from the 5-speed manual, yes, the Spark is also offered with a CVT gearbox as well. For more information on the engine specifications, click here.

Does the 2020 Chevrolet Spark come with a warranty?

Yes, the 2020 Chevrolet Spark is accompanied by a nominal 3-year / 36,000 miles basic warranty. The powertrain warranty is covered for 5 years / 60,000 miles, whichever is earlier.

Is the 2020 Chevrolet Spark reliable?

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark has a reliability score of 81 out of 100 by J.D. Powers and features in the top three consumer-rated hatchbacks, thus we can safely say it has above-average reliability. 

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