This hatchback from Chevrolet’s lineup may spark your interest. The model has an array of features with a hefty serving of power for its class. While underrated in the market, this small hatch may be worthy of your attention because of the value that it has for the feature set it offers.
Luckily, your choice for a variant is easy, since there are only two on offer from Chevrolet Philippines. This is going to be a short but sweet Which Variant segment for the Spark, so let’s get to it.
A good base
The manual variant in the lineup is designated as the LT. It’s pretty loaded for a base model, as it comes with the MyLink infotainment system that features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, which allows for seamless pairing regardless of which smartphone you have in your pocket. Also impressive is the fact that Chevy is bundling this powerful infotainment system with a set of 6-speakers.
Also standard in the range is the 1.4L naturally aspirated motor that produces 97 hp and 128 Nm of torque. For the LT variant, a 5-speed gearbox is available for your driving pleasure, but for those want more goodies and are willing to pay over the P694,888 price tag of the LT can opt for the CVT premier variant. It has a bit more features minus a clutch pedal for those who find themselves constantly stuck in traffic.
The top-of-the-line offering is the Premier CVT, and as the variant name suggests, it has a continuously variable transmission that returns better fuel economy with 10.1 km in slow city drives, 14.7 km/L in faster-paced city sprints, and 24.3 km/L on the highway. All models come with projector halogens, but the top-spec gets LED DRLs, as opposed to the bulb-type found in the LT, and fog lamps. Another item that the Premier has over the LT is a rear wiper.
On top of this, you also get electronic stability control, hill start assist, as well as 15-inch alloy wheels, which is a marked improvement over the 14-inch steel set you can find on the base variant. At P734,888, which is only P40,000 over the base price, do the inclusions warrant the increase in price?
We usually crown two winners at least but since there are only two variants, it's not like we have much of a choice. The lineup isn't lacking by any means because top-spec features can be found even in the entry-level variant of the Spark.
Both models come at a good price point, but we cannot deny that the overall best value is the Premier CVT variant. The manual is good on its own if you prefer to drive stick, but P40,000 for more features and the convenience of an auto is going to be worthwhile for most people looking to buy a small, efficient, and feature-packed hatchback.
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