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2019 Chevrolet Spark Review: Affordable Fun

Cheerful and cheap are words that describe the subcompact 2019 Chevrolet Spark perfectly. Carrying on its second generation, the Spark gives buyers inexpensive transport and immense value for money across all four trims. Under the tiny hood, you'll find a 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder motor that produces 98 hp and 94 lb-ft of torque, paired to either a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic. Interior volume might be limited, but the Spark offers benefits elsewhere to compensate for its small stature. Facing off against the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit, there's serious competition in this segment, and the question remains as to whether the Spark can actually measure up.

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2019 Chevrolet Spark Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 Spark?

2019 brings a few more elements into the mix for the Spark, with an updated front end design, revised headlights with LED daytime running lights, new wheel designs, and four additional exterior colors. There is also Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 system, the latter replacing the old Chevy MyLink and adding two illuminated USB ports. Automated emergency braking finally makes an appearance on the Spark, too.

Pros and Cons

  • Great value for money across the range
  • Small and nimble size
  • Brilliant infotainment system
  • Manual offering as standard
  • Automatic braking now available
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Essential safety tech only available on the top trim
  • Cramped rear legroom

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2019 Chevrolet Spark Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LS
1.4L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$13,220
1LT
1.4L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$15,120
ACTIV
1.4L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$16,220
2LT
1.4L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$16,620
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2019 Spark Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 143.1 in
  • Wheelbase 93.9 in
  • Height 58.4 in
  • Max Width 62.8 in
  • Front Width 54.5 in
  • Rear Width 54.5 in
  • Curb Weight 2,246.0 lbs

2019 Spark Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.4L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    5-Speed Manual, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Chevy's playful nature is almost immediately apparent once you get behind the wheel. Despite being let down by its engine, the small subcompact feels as nimble as it does fun. The steering feedback is excellent - well-weighted and inspiring confidence enough to point the Spark in and out of tight spaces without much second thought. But it does this without feeling out-of-control at higher speeds. The suspension does well to cope with urban roads, feeling refined and capable of absorbing anything but the largest of potholes.

Drivers who struggle with the dimensions of a large car, especially teenagers and first-time owners, will find the Spark the perfect driving companion. With its comfortable yet responsive driving dynamics, it is the ideal daily commuter; whether it be to campus, work, or the morning school run, the Spark manages quite well. Getting out of town reveals some of the Spark's less stellar traits, where Chevy could've given noise insulation a lot more attention in our opinion. The cabin isn't unbearably loud, but it's enough to leave it feeling less refined, especially at higher speeds. The Spark is capable, however, and provides a rather fun drive, especially with the manual gearbox allowing an extra layer of engagement.

2019 Spark Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.7 in
  • Front Head Room 39.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 33.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.0 in

2019 Spark Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    27.2 ft³

2019 Spark Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2019 Chevrolet Spark a good car?

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark offers an attractive package at an almost ridiculously cheap entry-price and continues to provide exceptional value for money across all four of its trims. Despite being let down by a somewhat weak motor, the driving dynamics are quite brilliant for a car of its size. The introduction of advanced collision avoidance equipment this year gives the Spark an edge over fellow budget rivals, but only being available on the 2LT means you're paying the same sort of money as a decently equipped Honda Fit. Aside from fun driving dynamics and an exceptional infotainment system, the Spark fails to do anything else exceptionally, with middling gas mileage, seating for only four people, and average storage space. But fun styling and an affordable price are big drawcards in a segment often dominated by the mundane.

2019 Chevrolet Spark Comparisons

Ford Fiesta Hatchback Ford
Honda Fit
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Chevrolet Spark98 hp29/38 mpg$13,600
Ford Fiesta Hatchback 120 hp27/35 mpg$15,790
Honda Fit 130 hp29/36 mpg$16,190

2019 Chevrolet Spark vs Ford Fiesta Hatchback

The Ford Fiesta puts up quite a fight with its sporty and agile driving dynamics, trumping the Spark for all the driving fun it has to offer. Performance is more readily accessible, too, with 22hp and 18 lb-ft more on tap from the Ford's 1.6-liter engine, but it pays the price at the pumps, returning weaker gas mileage than the Spark. The Fiesta is bigger than the Spark, seating five and boasting 2.1 cubic feet more cargo volume behind the rear seats. Both offer great infotainment systems, but the Spark offers available driver-assist features not present on the similarly priced Fiesta, as well as ten airbags. Ultimately, the Spark is less practical, but safer and more modern, while the Fiesta is showing its age, which is why we'd opt for the more contemporary Spark.

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2019 Chevrolet Spark vs Honda Fit

In the subcompact segment, the Honda Fit reigns supreme as the do-it-all family hatchback for the modern family. It's more practical in a number of areas, with more seating space and more than four cubic feet of extra space behind the rear seats, which expands to a mammoth 52.7 with all the seats folded. The diminutive Spark only offers up 27.2 cubic feet. The Fit gives buyers an engaging chassis and frugal gas mileage estimates superior to those of the Spark, but all while providing the extra performance of 32 hp and 20 lb-ft extra from its 1.5-liter engine. Honda also gives the Fit more standard safety features and access to driver-assist functionality on lower trims, and the exemplary safety ratings prove the Fit superior in this regard. While the Spark may be cheaper to get into, the moment you add safety features to the mix it's quickly on par with the Fit's pricing, while offering much less as an overall package. The Fit remains the benchmark for a reason, it's superior in almost every way.

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