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With the Spark's rear seats up, there's not much more cargo space than in the Fortwo. But who combines grocery shopping with double dates?
U.S.-market cars get a one-inch-higher seating position, but the tall-box styling leaves plenty of headroom.
The upright position of the front seats might foster the impression that you're sitting on the car rather than in it.
The rear seats are better suited to smaller passengers, however, as low seat cushions and headrests will likely draw complaints from average-sized adults.
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a very well designed interior that makes the most of what's essentially a minicar exterior. And that includes what, surprisingly, works out to be an adult-sized back seat.
The front seats in the Spark are a little small and narrow for American-sized pilots and passengers, and taller drivers might find their knee brushing the climate controls at times (a little more rearward travel would be useful). In back, two adults can get in and be comfortable for trips across town, provided there can be a little negotiation between front- and back-seat riders. That's more than can be said for the MINI Cooper or Fiat 500--but of course as in any car this size (and width), it's only good for two across.
With the rear seat up, the Spark has 11.4 cubic feet of cargo space--enough to hold 10 to 12 full paper grocery bags with ease--which expands to 31.2 cubic feet when the 60/40 split rear seat is flipped and folded down
No matter which model, the ride quality isn't great, and you'll feel nearly every bump, pothole, ridge, and ripple. It's tall enough that passengers will feel the Spark leaning on hard corners, while its relatively small wheels and tires worked hard to hold the road. The electric power steering offers some road feel, and while it's hardly as fun to toss around as the MINI Cooper, the Spark can change lanes into spaces other cars couldn't fit into, and it's a joy to park.
Surprisingly, Chevy managed to fit an adult-usable backseat into the Spark.