The Aveo may offer five seat belts, but getting five adults into the car is much easier said than done. Space, especially in the rear, is tight, although it’s more than adequate for four occupants. The rear bench has theater-style seating (for better exterior visibility) and a 60/40 split for cargo flexibility.
ConsumerGuide finds that for a subcompact, the Aveo has “good headroom despite a somewhat tall seating position, though sitting high up makes for excellent visibility. Taller passengers will wish for more legroom, though.”
Edmunds notes that "although the Aveo5 has a respectable 42 cubic feet when the rear seats are down, it offers significantly less cargo space than some competing hatchbacks with the rear seats in place.” Other comments focus on how passenger space might be good, but not much attention is paid to cargo space: “Neither body style offers much cargo room with the rear seats up," adds ConsumerGuide. "In-cabin storage is sparse, with a meager glovebox and a few small bins.” Automobile Magazine points to the flimsy sunglasses holster and wonders "how many of these will get ripped off by accident.”
Interior materials are upgraded in recent model years to include optional wood grain trim, as well as metallic and carbon-fiber-look materials, but TheCarConnection.com fails to find any reviews that see these as a step up. GM products often have one of the best XM radio setups, but the Aveo's radio controls are missing a tuning knob found on most other models. MyRide.com says that “the tons of hard plastic, occasional shiny bit, odd contrasts between black and tan and the atrociously orange wood trim shatters any illusion of civility quickly.”
ConsumerGuide notes the lack of refinement inside, saying that “the engine sounds coarse and buzzy during acceleration on all models." The reviewer points out that wind and road noise are especially intrusive in the hatchback.
MyRide.com reports, “one of the bright spots in the 2010 Chevrolet Aveo is the ride quality, which is pretty good," though also noting that the soft settings compromise handling. "By comparison, many of the 2010 Chevy Aveo's competitors feel downright jittery,” the reviewer says.
The CarConnection.com editors find comments from MyRide.com to sum it all up, perhaps harshly: “It is noisy, uncomfortable, slow, largely unpleasant to drive and not particularly well thought-out compared to its competition.” Regarding the Aveo’s competitors, Edmunds concurs but isn’t as brutal in its commentary: “As for the all-around driving experience, the Aveo is similarly mid-pack.”