The Spark's interior is almost as funky as its body, and it's perfect for the type of car it is. The cabin boasts a mix of hard plastics, faux aluminum, and fabrics, although upper trims will swap cloth upholstery for a leatherette finish. There's a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display recessed into the center of the dash, while chunky knobs in the middle of the dash control the single-zone automatic climate control system. There's a bright and useful instrument cluster too, that balances a central speedometer with flanking rev counter and driver info displays. Naturally, the overall feel is cheap and low-grade, but that's what a car that costs as little as this one will always be like. Despite these cheaper materials, the cabin looks good because the design is fresh and modern.
Although most hatchback cars and small sedans offer seating for five, the Spark is a lot more realistic in its ambitions and rather seats four. This means that rear passengers are as comfortable as can be, although taller individuals will find the cabin slightly claustrophobic no matter where they sit with only 33 inches of legroom. There is enough headroom and legroom to get by, but on longer journeys, it gets tight. In front, there are manual adjustments for the seats and a tilt-only steering wheel, but pretty much anyone can find a relaxed driving position, and visibility in all directions is excellent.
|Chevrolet Spark Trims||LS||1LT||ACTIV||2LT|
|Headroom Front Seat||39 in.||39 in.||39 in.||39 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||37 in.||37 in.||37 in.||37 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||33 in.||33 in.||33 in.||33 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||50.8 in.||50.8 in.||50.8 in.||50.8 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||49.8 in.||49.8 in.||49.8 in.||49.8 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||48.2 in.||48.2 in.||48.2 in.||48.2 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||48 in.||48 in.||48 in.||48 in.|
As mentioned earlier, there are plenty of hard plastics and some imitation aluminum in the cabin, with the base LS model featuring Jet Black fabric upholstery. Stepping up to the 1LT nets you Jet Black fabric with Dark Anderson Silver Metallic patterning. The Activ features the same color scheme, but this time it's finished in faux leather. This is the same sort of color scheme and material finish you'll find in the top 2LT trim. Both of these also get a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
If you own a Spark, your friends are unlikely to ask you to help them move house. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is up to you, but the cargo area's 11.1 cubic feet of volume is minimal by any standard. Still, it's enough for your weekly shop or a couple of carry-on suitcases. If you do get roped into helping with the move, the rear seats fold in a 60/40 split to open up a space of 27.2 cubic feet.
In the cabin, the rear center seat is taken up by a plastic storage tray and a pair of cupholders. In the front, another pair of cupholders are fitted and there's a spot below the dash for your phone and keys plus a few other pocket sundries. There's also a decently-sized glovebox and door pockets on all four access points.
|Chevrolet Spark Trims||LS||1LT||ACTIV||2LT|
|Max Volume||27.2 in.||27.2 in.||27.2 in.||27.2 in.|
There aren't many things to talk about in terms of standard features for the base LS model of the new Chevy Spark, as the windows and doors are manually operated and locked/unlocked, while the front seats offer only four-way manual adjustment. At least you get a TFT driver info display, hill start assist, single-zone climate control, and the obligatory rearview camera. On the 1LT, you get heated power wing mirrors, LED daytime running lights, cruise control, a set of foldable car keys, a multifunction steering wheel, and power windows and door locks. The Activ trim steps things up with heated front seats, fog lamps (which aren't available on any other trim), and roof racks, while the 2LT does without the roof rails and rather gets keyless entry and ignition along with rear parking sensors. A sunroof is available along with forward collision alert with low-speed automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning.
Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 system is fitted to all car models in the Spark range, and we can't find much fault with it. The seven-inch touchscreen display is attractive and easy to operate and boasts Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, along with Bluetooth audio streaming and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Upper trims are further enhanced with SiriusXM satellite radio, but the base model does without it. However, you do get a pair of USB ports and a four-speaker sound system. On the 1LT and higher trims, that system is supplemented by an additional pair of speakers. Naturally, the audio quality isn't going to rival a Burmester setup or even come close, but in a small car like this, it's more than adequate to help drown out outside noise.