Overview

Due to the rise in population and subsequent urbanization, people have started to opt for more compact vehicles with a smaller footprint. 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 go-getter.

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 for city driving whereas 38 for the highway, with the power coming from Chevy’s 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

Pros and Cons

Though the Chevy Spark price tag does make it an affordable one, that is not enough to make Chevy’s premium hatchback the perfect one.

Pros Cons
Low price point. The 1.4L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine is not impressive in terms of power.
Excellent fuel economy. Poor cargo and luggage capacity.
Host of features and equipment. Compromised rear cabin legroom.

What’s new in the 2020 Chevrolet Spark?

Chevy’s strategy to keep different aspects of the Spark the same has worked for the American giant with the previous generation models. By keeping the design and features of the last generation intact, Chevy has tried to make this car as affordable and feature-rich as possible.

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
Features 15-inch steel wheels manually-operated windows Halogen projector-beam headlamps Seven-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Four-speaker audio system Equipped with the LS’s features, plus: Steering wheel mounted controls Cruise control Power-operated windows LED daytime running lights Six-speaker audio system Equipped with the 1LT’s features, plus: Leather-wrapped steering wheel Leatherette seat trim Halogen headlamps and fog lamps Heated front seats Bespoke exterior styling elements Equipped 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 might be significantly expensive, but it is the only variant that comes with the essential safety and convenience features. It also comes with parking assist as a standard feature and provides access to the Driver Confidence package which allows one to opt for several driver-assist features. Other features like the leatherette seat trim and a better sound system add to the overall cabin experience.

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

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.

Acceleration

In terms of acceleration, the 2020 Spark has a 0-60 mph time of 10 seconds which is quite slow. 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 it too does protest a little at higher speeds. The CVT, on the other hand, is best suited for low-speed city driving as it is very sluggish and slow in terms of response.

Credits to the small footprint and lightweight of the 2020 Chevrolet Spark make it a very nimble vehicle to drive. Despite having a less powerful 1.4-liter engine, the Spark makes up for it by offering a great handling experience. The steering 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 front disc brake and rear drum brakes. The brake pedal of the Spark has a firm and accurate response which slows down the vehicle effectively. The overall brake performance of the Spark is also assisted by the vehicle’s lightweight.

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. These figures result in a combined fuel economy of around 32-33 miles per gallon.

2020 Chevy Spark Interior

The funky exterior elements of the 2020 Spark are carried forward to the interior of the vehicle. The dash of the Spark has an eccentric V-shaped two-tone dashboard. At the center of the dashboard, you’ll have the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system below which are controls for the air conditioning system. Overall the layout of the dash is quite minimalistic and straightforward. Chevrolet has used plenty of hard touch plastics across the cabin, and one barely spot the use of any premium materials. The base trims of the Spark look quite basic and bare, while the higher trims have certain features that 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. Long haul journeys in the Spark might not appropriate in terms of the comfort of the cabin.

Infotainment

The 2020 Spark gets Chevrolet’s latest Infotainment system. The 7-inch touchscreen system is highly responsive and user-friendly. It supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard and also has USB data ports. Apart from Bluetooth audio streaming, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, and in upper trim levels, SiriusXM satellite radio connectivity is also available. The system also supports AM/FM functionality, with the output being delivered to a six-speaker audio system across all variants except 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, with the overall layout having a modern and futuristic vibe to it.

2020 Chevy Spark Interior Pictures

2020 Chevy Spark Exterior

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark has a distinct and quirky exterior design. At the front, the Spark features large headlights that are separated by a small grille with the Chevrolet badge. The grille is divided by chrome accents that surround the entire grille and some parts of the headlights, looking like eyebrows for the front lights. The front of the Spark packs all the action as the rear appearance of the car is simple and minimalistic. 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

The compact nature of the Chevrolet Spark is quite evident from the exterior design. The short wheelbase and the small footprint add to the compact view of the car. The length of the Spark is measured at 143.1 inches while the width is 62.8 inches without the mirrors. 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 get 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. The ACTIV also features a model exclusive grille design and roof rails, all adding to the robust look.

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 the safety standards of the car. With the airbag system, Electronic Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, LATCH system, a standard offer to the base trim, the Chevy Spark can be said is safe. Apart from that, rear vision cameras, seat belt pretensioners, and pressure monitoring system and emergency braking system are also 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 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 from the outside, the 2020 Fit comes across as a more spacious vehicle. The Fit also trumps over the Spark’s weakest area; the engine and transmission. With a much more capable engine and a refined six-speed transmission, Honda not only promises better performance but also delivers excellent efficiency figures. In terms of interior equipment, the Honda is well equipped when pitted against the Chevrolet. Overall cabin comfort and space is much better, thanks to Honda’s Magic Seats; there are tons of practicality provided by the vehicle too. 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. With comparison to Chevrolet Spark’s 1.4-liter engine, the Ford Fiesta has a 1.6-liter engine producing 120 horsepower and 112 pounds-feet of torque. This results in a way quicker and smoother acceleration by the Ford. The Ford Fiesta, when compared to the Spark, is a way more driver-focused car offering a more fun-filled driving experience and better practicality due to more magnificent cabin as well as cargo space. The Chevrolet Spark outperforms the Fiesta in terms of fuel economy as well the competitive price range that it offers. Unless one is looking for a driver-focussed vehicle that provides a great driving experience and better practicality, the Chevrolet Spark is a better overall package, especially at the lower price point.

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 results in a hassle-free and enjoyable commute. The fuel economy of the Versa is also slightly better than the Chevrolet Spark, despite the more powerful engine. In terms of cabin comfort, the Nissan Versa has a lot of space to offer when compared to the Chevrolet Spark. When it comes to interior equipment, the Spark outperforms the Versa, offering an infotainment system that not only has better responsiveness but is also superior in terms of connectivity and convenience features. While the Nissan Versa might trump the Spark in terms of outright speed and acceleration, it is the Chevrolet that provides a more engaging driving experience. The agile Chevrolet Spark is way more fun to drive when it comes to the handling aspect of the vehicle. 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.
  • The superior infotainment system and connectivity.

2020 Ford Fiesta

  • Punchy and powerful engine.
  • Spacious Cabin.
  • Good equipment list even for the base trims.
  • A massive boot that can store large amounts of luggage efficiently.

2020 Nissan Versa

  • Spacious Cabin
  • Appealing interior quality and finish.
  • Excellent predicted 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 good fight. One of the significant aspects that give the Chevrolet Spark an edge over its competitors is its attractive price point. With the base LS Spark starting at a price of $14,095, making it really affordable. While Chevrolet has done some cost-cutting throughout the different areas of the vehicle, the Chevrolet Spark offers a great overall package and is worth each and every penny.
In terms of the mechanical aspects, the Spark performs really well in terms of vehicle handling. The steering response and accurate road feel encourage one to have fun with the Spark around the corners. The nimble and agile handling does enhance the overall driving experience of the vehicle and slightly makes up for the weak engine and transmission performance.

The Chevrolet Spark features Chevrolet’s latest and greatest infotainment system which offers a host of connectivity features and is highly responsive and user-friendly. While there might be a space crunch and below-par comfort, the interior of the Spark is decent and ideal for short journeys.
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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