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STYLING | 6 out of 10
Hard plastic surfaces are about what you'd expect in an affordable hatchback, but the Spark offers some well-textured elements that suggest otherwise.
this Korean-built Chevy is the very definition of tiny
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The control layout on the base trim is quite simple, with the radio controls set high and three climate control dials placed low.
"unique" without upsetting defenders of the English language
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark is a minicar on the outside, but it packs in the interior space of a subcompact--as well as an interior design that's a step above the anonymity you might expect to find in one of the cheapest cars on the market.
As a very small five-door hatchback that's a full three feet shorter than the Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan, the Spark fits into the city in ways that few other cars on the market do. But with somewhat more 'grown-up' proportions than most other cars in this class, the Spark doesn't quite look as small as it is at first--provided you haven't parked it next to a Chevy Suburban, that is.
Thankfully, the Chevy Spark is more than just a bulbous or boxy skate. On the outside, the Spark has a number of details that help avoid a completely slab-sided look--like accent lines, black-plastic panels that continue the window line. Meanwhile, a bit Chevrolet twin-opening grille help to hide the snub-nosed look. A long roof spoiler extends to frame the rear window opening, giving depth to the rear and improving the Spark's aerodynamics, too.
The Spark makes no attempt to be especially upmarket inside, which we find rather charming compared to cars that are trying to look premium from a distance (and then not deliver up close). Cheap and cheerful is probably the best way to describe it. The textured hard-plastic dash isn't particularly uplifting, while the synthetic cloth seats won't have anyone fooled as upmarket. But we like the body-color inserts on the door trim, inside the door bins, and on the dashboard; they bring in some attitude, and recall the painted interior metal found in economy cars (and sports cars) of the Sixties.
The instrument panel itself has a motorcycle-influenced design, with a pod mounted on the steering column and a small vehicle information display. The center stack in LT trim levels features a 7-inch color touchscreen display.
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark doesn't break any new ground on the outside, but its racier motorcycle-influenced interior transcends its miserly intent.