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2020 Chevrolet Spark Review: Let It Shine

Despite the demise of many of the small-sized vehicles on sale in the USA, the subcompact Chevrolet Spark soldiers on into 2020. Having received no alterations for the new model year, the Spark remains stuck with the previous year's 1.4-liter inline-four engine, which squeezes out a puny 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque, guided to the front-wheel-drivetrain via either a five-speed manual transmission or continuously variable automatic transmission. Though on the budget-friendly side of the vehicle round-up, the Spark still comes impressively geared for the small modern family at immense value for money, featuring contemporary tech, apt city maneuverability, and decent fuel-efficiency. Though facing off against venerable rivals such as the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta Hatchback, and - although from the same brand - even the Chevrolet Sonic, its size is more comparable to the likes of the Mitsubishi Mirage and Fiat 500. Either way, competition is tight for the cheery Chevy Spark, and, with buyers moving to the crossover segment rather than subcompact one, the Spark will have to try harder than ever to impress, something it doesn't do naturally with its lack of standard driver aids.

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2020 Chevrolet Spark Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 Spark?

Still forming part of the second Spark generation introduced for 2015, and having received its mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year, the 2020 Chevrolet Spark receives no major changes or updates.

Pros and Cons

  • High value for money in terms of features
  • Industry-leading ten standard airbags
  • Modern and user-friendly infotainment system
  • Compact dimensions are great for maneuverability
  • Decent fuel economy estimates
  • Excruciatingly sluggish acceleration
  • Advanced driver aids limited to the top trim
  • Considerably confined rear cabin legroom
  • Below-average trunk capacity

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2020 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
$13,400
1LT
1.4L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$15,300
ACTIV
1.4L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$16,400
2LT
1.4L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$16,800
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2020 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

2020 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

Though let down by its diminutive 1.4-liter engine, the Spark is still accorded with a playful character by virtue of its scant size and light weight. It exhibits a favorable level of nippiness and maneuverability at low speeds and even some impressive control at higher speeds. That's thanks to the bountiful levels of road feel and steering feedback that is communicated through to the driver via the steering wheel, which is also weighted suitably for effortless maneuvering into and out of tight spaces, while also providing confidence-inspiring levels of control at its menial limits.

Its standard suspension setup is good for dealing with urban roads too, absorbing most typical road imperfections and undulations with a feel of refinement and capability. It's on the highway and out of town where the Spark begins to show its flaws. While getting up to speed and making those high-speed maneuvers are a rather gradual affair, it's made worse by the engine's audible strain that penetrates the under-insulated cabin, making for an annoying drone that persists unrelentingly at highway speeds.

The Chevy Spark is gauged to be the ideal daily commuter for those young drivers and first-time owners that frequent nearby destinations. Its penchant is for the city streets where it best exhibits its exuberant handling dynamics and somewhat fun-to-drive nature, especially with the manual gearbox configured to add a little extra driver-engagement.

2020 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

2020 Spark Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    27.2 ft³

2020 Spark Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2020 Warranty Note \ 
  • 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 2020 Chevrolet Spark A Good car?

The Chevrolet Spark is a good vehicle for its price, but a very mediocre one for the segment. While its diminutive size and lightweight body do give it some favorable qualities, such as nimble and decent fuel economy, it faces more compromises than those qualities make up for. Its trunk room is subpar to rivals, and so is its rear cabin space, and while most hatchbacks in the segment offer seating for five, the Spark has seating for only four. Yes, the center rear console does benefit rear occupant room and practicality, but other hatchbacks make use of a fold-out center seat backrest, which provides more versatility. The Chevy Spark offers immense value for money throughout all four of its trims; it has fun-to-drive characteristics and a contemporary infotainment system. But that is where its advantages end, with rivals offering better fuel economy, greater practicality, far more capable powertrain configurations, and better levels of standard safety.

2020 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

2020 Chevrolet Spark vs Ford Fiesta Hatchback

While it's expected that Ford won't be continuing the Ford Fiesta range, it's also uncertain when exactly that'll be - therefore, the model remains a relevant and sought after alternative to the Spark. Though an older model, the Fiesta is around $2,000 more expensive than the Spark at a base level, with the trim prices leveling out more comparably with the higher-level trim options. The Fiesta comes standard with a more robust 120-hp, 112-lb-ft 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which - though faster in acceleration - is not quite as efficiency-minded as the Spark's 1.4-liter, returning 27/35/30 mpg. The Fiesta is, however, the more driver-focused vehicle of the two, offering a greater fun-to-drive factor and better capability. It's more practical as well, offering a larger trunk capacity of 14.9 cu-ft. The Fiesta also comes with a slightly better selection of features at the base level, though the Spark most certainly takes the cake in terms of its standard infotainment. The Spark offers greater value for money, too, with its more modern interior, comprehensive and high-quality tech, and impressive standard airbag consignment. The Fiesta is simply the better driver's car, which in this segment is an important factor, but with the Spark being vastly more contemporary and cheaper to own, it remains the recommended option.

See Ford Fiesta Hatchback Review

2020 Chevrolet Spark vs Honda Fit

Though around $3,000 more expensive than the Spark at the base level, the Honda Fit beats the Spark in almost every metric. It comes equipped with an engine that is not only more capable, but significantly more economical too, retuning impressive EPA estimates of 33/40/36 mpg. It's also equipped with a more refined six-speed manual transmission. Offering a much needed extra gear that the Spark lacks. The Fit offers far more passenger comfort in a roomier and more featureful cabin, and far greater practicality and versatility with its Magic Seats and impressive 16.6 cubic foot trunk. More of the Fit's trims have availability to the lineup's optional driver assists where only the top-tier Spark gets the privilege of its available assists. The Honda Fit is the better family commuter in every regard, and the better vehicle overall; it may not be as budget-friendly as the Spark, but is certainly the better value for money buy in terms of its overall offering as a low-end hatchback.

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