2020 Chevy Spark

2020 Spark

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2020 Chevy Spark Ratings

$13,220
7.2

Features

7.0/10

Interiors

6.0/10

Exteriors

7.0/10

Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Safety

8.0/10

Pros

  • Low price point.
  • Excellent fuel economy.
  • Host of features and equipment.

Cons

  • Poor cargo and luggage capacity.
  • Compromised rear cabin legroom.
  • The 1.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine is not impressive in terms of power.

Overview

Due to the rise in population and subsequent urbanization, people have started to opt for more compact vehicles with small footprints. This is where the hatchback segment in the automotive market comes into play and the 2020 Spark from Chevrolet is a perfect example. Funky styling and compact design make the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Spark an ideal city car.

Prices for the 2020 Chevy Spark starts at 13,220 USD and it is available in four trims, namely: LS, 1LT, ACTIV and 2LT. The LS is the base variant and the 2LT being the top variant. This small hatchback has a mileage rating of 30 miles per gallon in cities whereas on the highway it returns 38 miles per gallon. Such good efficient figures are due to Chevy’s efficient 1.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine. The all-new Chevrolet Spark is available in either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

2020 Chevy Spark
2020 Chevy Spark

What’s new in the 2020 Chevrolet Spark?

Chevy’s strategy to keep the Spark relatively the same has worked for the American giant in the past. So. the Chevrolet literally steps into the new decade with no such significant changes. Though, Chevrolet has decided to give its customers a new Spark in the form of a Special Edition. The new Special Edition will have re-designed tie-emblems, black color painted grill & daytime lamp bezels, and machine painted black alloy wheels.

2020 Chevy Spark Activ
2020 Chevy Spark Activ

Trims and Features

The 2020 Chevy Spark comes in 4 trim levels. The Chevy Spark ACTIV is the more rugged variant, standing higher on the trim. It also gets distinct styling cues like blacked-out bumpers, rocker cladding, and roof rails. All trim level of the 2020 Chevrolet Spark comes with a 1.4 liter Ecotec straight-four petrol engine, which can be coupled to a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission.

Trim LS 1LT ACTIV 2LT
Price for manual (USD) $14,095 $15,995 $17,095 $17,495
Price for automatic (USD) $15,195 $17,095 $18,195 $18,595
Features15-inch steel wheels manually-operated windows Halogen projector-beam headlamps Seven-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Four-speaker audio systemEquipped with the LS’s features, plus: Steering wheel mounted controls Cruise control Power-operated windows LED daytime running lights Six-speaker audio systemEquipped with the 1LT’s features, plus: Leather-wrapped steering wheel Leatherette seat trim Halogen headlamps and fog lamps Heated front seats Bespoke exterior styling elementsEquipped with the 1LT’s features, plus: Keyless entry and start Enhanced driver information center Rear park assist Chrome exterior trim Optional driver-assist features as part of Driver Confidence Package

Our Recommendation

The Chevy Spark 2LT trim is comparatively expensive to the other trims and that is due to the essential safety and convenience features on offer. Parking assist is a standard feature. Furthermore, the Driver Confidence package gives access to several driver-assist features like a forwards-collision warning, low speed forward automatic braking and lane departure warning.

Other features like the leatherette seat trim and a better sound system add to the overall cabin experience, heated seats, park assists make the 2LT variant an exciting deal.

People looking for a more rugged and robust hatchback can also consider the ACTIV variant.

Also Read the 2019 Chevy Spark Review

2020 Chevy Spark Performance

All Chevy Sparks have the same 1.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 98 horsepower at 94 pounds-feet of torque. Because the Chevrolet Spark is a small car, the vehicle has been designed to maximize its overall efficiency. So that you don’t feel nervous when you extensively travel inside the city. Since this is not a performance vehicle, so don’t expect the car to hit sixty miles per hour under six or five seconds.

The small proportion of the car along with its low curb weight, this car is economical at its best. So, if the demand is for an economical, practical and most importantly, a reliable car the Chevvy Spark is a perfect choice.

Acceleration

In terms of acceleration, the 2020 Spark can reach 60 mph in 10 seconds, which is not an impressive timing. Both the transmission options protest when attempts are made to accelerate or push hard. The five-speed manual transmission does provide adequate pull when pitted against the CVT, though both protest at higher speeds. The CVT is best suited for low-speed city driving as it is very sluggish and slow in terms of response.

0-60 MPH10.7 seconds
Quarter Mile18.0 (estd.)
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)15.3

The lightweight of the 2020 Chevrolet Spark makes it a very nimble vehicle to drive. Despite having a small 1.4-liter engine, the Spark makes up for it by offering great handling experience. The steering wheel feels well-weighted and provides plenty of feedback, so all in all, the Chevy Spark feels pretty good to drive.

Braking

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark gets 9.3 inches front disc brakes and a pair of 7.9 inches rear drum brakes. The brakes respond firmly and accurately thereby effectively slowing down the vehicle. The Sparks braking is further effective due to the vehicle’s lightweight.

Front Brakes size (Inches)9.3
Rear Brakes size (Inches)7.9
60-0 (Feet)N/A

Riding and Handling

When it comes to driving in the city, the Spark is the most enjoyable car. It feels more at home in the city than on highways. With a shorter wheelbase to length ratio, getting the Spark out from tight spaces is an easy feat. The compact design of the Spark helps a lot, especially when reversing the car.

When it comes to the highway, the Spark gets tired easily. Firstly, the engine is not designed for high revs, so at high speeds, the stress can be clearly felt and heard. Also, tire noise tends to seep into the cabin and it becomes pretty noisy. On top of that, the lightweight of the car works against the Spark when caught in crosswinds.

2020 Chevy Spark Fuel Economy

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark really shines in terms of the fuel economy. Chevrolet has tweaked the engine and the transmission system to maximize its efficiency. The 2020 Spark has a fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon in the city and 38 Mpg on the highway. The combined fuel economy is around 32-33 miles per gallon.

City (MPG)30
Highway (MPG)38
Combined Fuel Consumption (MPG)33
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)9.0
Range
 (City/Highway)
261/342

2020 Chevy Spark Interior

The funky exterior elements of the 2020 Spark are carried into the interior of the vehicle. At the front, an eccentric V-shaped two-tone dashboard adorns the space. At the center of the dashboard, you’ll have the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system below which controls the air conditioning system. Overall the layout of the dash is minimalistic and straightforward. There are plenty of hard touch plastics across the cabin, and one can barely spot the use of any premium materials. The base trims of the Spark might not entice you as much as the higher trims, where the addition of certain features enhance the cabin feel.

How are the seats like?

The seats of the 2020 Chevrolet Spark are quite narrow and don’t provide excellent lateral support. The front seats are four-way manually adjustable as standard. The higher ACTIV and 2LT get heated front seats coupled with a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The ACTIV and 2LT variants are also equipped with a leatherette seat trim. The front seats can be adjusted to fit an adult at the back which is otherwise quite cramped. Overall, the places are okay for short journeys, something that the Spark is built for so long haul journeys in the Spark is not recommended.

Cargo Space

Let’s just address it right away, the Chevrolet Spark is not high on cargo space. The compact design mantra leaves just 11.10 cu ft. of space for cargo. Spark’s cargo space. Though, you get the option to fold the rear seats that increases the space to 27.2 cu ft. It’s just that, the rear seats don’t fold flat

2020 Chevy Spark Cargo Space
2020 Chevy Spark Cargo Space

Infotainment

The 2020 Spark gets Chevrolet’s latest Infotainment system. The 7-inch touchscreen system is responsive and user-friendly. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay comes standard along with USB data ports. Furthermore, Bluetooth audio streaming, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity are available and SiriusXM satellite radio connectivity is available in upper trim levels. The system also supports AM/FM functionality. All trims have a six-speaker audio system except for the base LS variant which gets a four-speaker setup.

2020 Chevy Spark Infotainment System
2020 Chevy Spark Infotainment System

Features at a glance:

  • 7-inch touch screen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • AM/FM functionality
  • 4/6 speaker audio system

The 2LT variant is the only one that features an enhanced information display and rear parking assist sensors.

Overall, the cabin of the 2020 Chevrolet spark is a decent place to be and there’s1 a modern and futuristic vibe to it.

2020 Chevy Spark Interior Pictures

2020 Chevy Spark Exterior

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark’s distinct and quirky exterior design is still intact in parts. At the front, the familiar large headlights are separated by a huge grill that is separated from the top by the bumper, where the Chevrolet badge is present. Chrome accents on the border grille some parts of the headlights add a certain panache to the Chevvy Spark’s exterior. As exciting the front fascia of the Spark is, the rear end of the car is not that dramatic. With the exceptions of neatly hiding the rear door panel near the roofline, the rear fascia is more on the minimalist side. Overall, the 2020 Chevrolet Spark has an attractive design which might be appealing for some and might not be for the others.

Design and Dimensions

Being a proper hatchback, the Chevrolet Spark is a very compact car. The short wheelbase and the small footprint amplifies the compact nature of the car. The Spark is 143.1 inches long while it is 62.8 inches wide without the mirrors.

Length (Inches)143.1
Width (inches)62.8
Height (inches)58.76
Ground Clearance (Inches)N/A
Wheelbase (Inches)93.9
Track Width (Inches) F/R54.5/54.5
Curb Weight (Pounds)2246

The overall height of the spark is estimated at 58.76 inches. These dimensions make the Chevrolet Spark a perfect city hustler which allows it to breeze through cities without any effort.

2020 Chevy Spark Side Look
2020 Chevy Spark Side Look

Exterior Features

The Chevrolet Spark features halogen projector headlights across all the variants except the ACTIV which gets halogen reflector headlights. The LS and ACTIV options have standard day time running lights whereas the 1LT and 2LT get Signature LED day time running lights. In terms of wheels, the 1LT, ACTIV and 2LT get 15-inch aluminum wheels whereas the base LS variant gets 15-inch wheels with plastic covers.

The ACTIV variant is significantly different in terms of the exterior when compared to the other options. The ACTIV has a more rugged design and features equipment like black bumpers, rocker cladding, and integrated fog lights. Even the grille design is model exclusive. All in all, the ACTIV variant of the Spark is a robust looking car.

2020 Chevy Spark Exterior Pictures

2020 Chevy Spark Safety Features

Though this is a small car, the folks at Chevrolet have not left any stone unturned when it comes to its safety. With the airbag system, Electronic Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, LATCH system, a standard offer to the base trim, the Chevy Spark is a safe ride. Apart from that, rear vision cameras, seat belt pretensioners, and pressure monitoring systems and emergency braking systems are standard offerings on all trims of the Chevy Spark.

2020 Chevy Spark Pricing

The information below measures the total cost of ownership for a duration of 5 years, with an average of 15,000 miles driven every year. The model taken into consideration for the figures is the 2020 Chevrolet Spark 2LT Manual.

State Total Cash Price Insurance Financing State Fees Maintenance and Repair costs True Cost to own
California $17,616 $6344 $2754 $2144 $5825 $35,964
Massachusetts $17,504 $5384 $2736 $1277 $4483 $30,393
Illinois $17,925 $3481 $2802 $1825 $4984 $30,049
Florida $16,985 $3513 $2655 $1522 $5153 $28,292
New York $17,720 $4295 $2770 $1610 $4888 $30,268

The average depreciation for the 2020 Chevrolet Spark for an ownership tenure of 5 years comes down to around $9952.

2020 Chevy Spark Against the Competition

2020 Chevrolet Spark vs Honda Fit

The new Chevrolet Spark faces tight competition as automotive manufactures agressively populates the hatchback segment. One of its main rivals comes from the Japanese manufacturer, Honda. Just by looking at it, the 2020 Fit comes across as a spacious vehicle for it is bigger than the Spark. The Fit trumps over the Spark’s weakest area; the engine and transmission.

The 1.5L- 4 Cylinder engine is a capable engine and the refined six-speed transmission makes the Honda not only a better performer but also an efficient car. In terms of interior equipment, the Honda is well equipped when pitted against the Chevrolet. Overall cabin comfort and space are much better, thanks to Honda’s Magic Seats; there are tons of practical features available in the car. But it should be noted that the Honda Fit is more expensive than the Spark and the Chevrolet is a value for money.

2020 Honda Fit
Vs 2020 Honda Fit

2020 Chevrolet Spark vs Ford Fiesta Hatchback

Ford’s Fiesta line up is known for its punchy and powerful engines that might not deliver high efficiency but promise to provide excellent engine performance. Compared to Chevrolet Spark’s 1.4-liter engine, the Ford Fiesta houses a 1.6-liter engine producing 120 horsepower and 112 pounds-feet of torque.

The Ford Fiesta, when compared to the Spark, is a way more driver-focused car. It offers a more fun-filled driving experience and better practicality due to a magnificent cabin and cargo space. But the Chevrolet Spark outperforms the Fiesta in terms of fuel economy and its competitive price range it comes with. Unless one is looking for a driver-focussed vehicle that provides a great driving experience and better practicality, the Chevrolet Spark as an overall package, offers far better value, especially at the low price range.

2020 Ford Fiesta Hatchback
Vs 2020 Ford Fiesta Hatchback

Chevrolet Spark vs Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa as a city commuter has certain features that make the whole experience a lot easier. The more powerful 1.6 liters four-cylinder engine of the Versa delivers a hassle-free and enjoyable ride. The fuel economy of the Versa is also slightly better than the Chevrolet Spark, despite a bigger engine. In terms of cabin comfort, the Nissan Versa is more spacious than the Chevrolet Spark. When it comes to interior equipment, the Spark outperforms the Versa by offering an infotainment system that is more responsive and superior in terms of connectivity and convenience features. While the Nissan Versa might trump over the Spark in speed and acceleration, it is the Chevrolet that is more engaging to drive. As is the case with Chevrolet Spark’s other rivals, the Spark is a better overall option when the value for money aspect is taken into consideration.

2020 Chevy Spark

  • Value for money.
  • Great fuel economy.
  • Excellent handling.
  • A superior infotainment system and connectivity.

2020 Ford Fiesta

  • Punchy and powerful engine.
  • Spacious Cabin.
  • Good equipment list even in base trims.
  • A massive boot that can store much luggage easily.

2020 Nissan Versa

  • Spacious Cabin
  • Appealing interior quality and finish.
  • Excellent reliability.
  • Impressive fuel economy.

2020 Honda Fit

  • A powerful and economic engine.
  • A smooth six-speed manual transmission.
  • Exceptional passenger comfort and cabin space.
  • Feature-packed and offering great practicality and versatility.

Final Verdict

Chevrolet Spark is a competitive player in the tight hatchback market. This new car might not have everything going for it, but there are several features that make it a worthy contender. The new car rightfully gives its more expensive rivals a worthy fight. So, to conclude, the 2020 Chevrolet Spark is an excellent city commuter that has certain tricks up its sleeves. If one wants a more engaging driving experience and a vehicle that is more practical, the Spark might not be an appropriate option. But otherwise, the Chevrolet Spark is a great option.

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