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STYLING | 5 out of 10
“available as a homely-looking sedan or an altogether more attractive five-door wagon”
Car and Driver
ungainly front fascia
“the design is bland, but inoffensive”
The 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 gets a facelift and a refreshed interior, but the Aveo sedan rests on the styling updates it received in 2007. Snide remarks regarding the sedan’s styling are common, but reviewers are less critical of the new five-door.
“Chevrolet’s entry-level car is available as a homely-looking sedan or an altogether more attractive five-door wagon,” says Car and Driver. MyRide.com remarks, “the twin-grille look that we like on the Chevy Malibu and new Chevy Traverse looks forced and weird on this little car. The headlights sweep up into the bodywork uncomfortably, the fender vents behind the rear wheels are laughably corny, the hubcaps have fake plastic bolts, and the rest of the car is just bland and boring.” Automobile Magazine doesn't like the hatchback's styling, "where the only external changes lie with an ungainly front fascia and a pair of new taillight lenses.”
The interior of the 2009 Aveo5 receives at least some praise. Edmunds says "the interior of the Aveo5 was redesigned this year, which finally puts it in step with the sedan.” Automobile Magazine remarks “our LT test car sported a two-tone cabin complete with faux-wood accents, but the dash is the same-ol' Daewoo instrument panel first seen (overseas) in 2002.
MyRide.com says that the 2009 Aveo's “interior styling is a slightly different matter. The design is bland, but inoffensive and simple, unlike the busy interiors of some of the Aveo's competitors. Chevrolet has even attempted a bit of style and upscale feel, giving the 2009 Chevy Aveo a two-tone tan-and-black theme with fake wood trim.”
A redesign fashion-forwards the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5, but there's not much to be positive about.