Monday, July 11, 2016
Quickie Used Car Review - Chevrolet Aveo Sedan (2006-2013)
The Good: Numerous equipment, not expensive
The Bad: Cheap plastics, less space
The Say: Apart from price, it does not excel in any way.
Go For: 1.4 LT
Price Range: P220,000-P450,000
Our Rating: **
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Apparently, this vehicle was an intended replacement to the Daewoo Lanos whose development was done prior to GM's takeover of the bankrupt Korean car maker and was the first to be released after the acquisition of the American car maker. The aim of this vehicle is simple: sell this vehicle at an affordable price but with generous amount of equipment. For the Philippine market, the sedan configuration arrived three years later after the hatchback's release. Unlike the latter, this one was sold until 2013, where it got replaced by the Sonic.
Going inside the cabin will reveal two things: a not-so-spacious interior (although comfortable to be in) and a dashboard filled with hard plastic. Four passengers would fit fine though squeezing isn't that good plus trunk space isn't that big also.
Driving this car wouldn't inspire anything, it does the job decently without any drama. Occupants would be treated to a high seating position and an expansive outside visibility. Unlike the hatchback which gets a weak engine, the sedan utilizes a somewhat smaller but more powerful engine which is adequate for one's needs. One thing to keep note for manual models is the location of the reverse gear, which is beside the first gear.
What Should I Get
A sole variant sporting a 94hp 1.4 engine was first sold from October 2006 until the line-up was expanded in 2010. The single model has all power amenities, alloy wheels, dual airbags, ABS brakes, fog lamp, 60/40 fold rear seats, CD player with MP3 capability, alarm, and keyless entry. That variant became the LS (has a manual transmission) or the LT (only with an automatic) in 2010. Other variants that came out include the L which does have steel wheels with cover, no airbags, no ABS brakes, power windows, power door locks, and no security features and the LT Sport which adds body kits and a rear spoiler available in either 1.4 or a 103hp 1.6 engine. Among the variants, no need to look beyond the 1.4 LS or LT since the LT Sport models aren't that common plus you get most kit with what we recommend.
How Much Would It Cost Me
Yes, it is cheap to buy especially that low resale values attract potential buyers. The good news end here as this vehicle has limited parts availability and high fuel consumption compared to rivals. Yup, maintenance costs are also on the upper scale when compared to the Japanese and Korean competition. Not much problem points here as not much of this vehicle were sold throughout selling life.