2019 Chevy Spark

2019 Chevrolet Spark Review

2019 Chevrolet Spark
2019 Chevrolet Spark

What’s new in 2019 Chevrolet Spark?

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark was introduced in the United States market during the third quarter of 2018. The new Spark received a mid-cycle facelift that offered exterior styling updates. Apart from that, the Spark also gets a new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system and some exterior tweaks as well. Another significant update is the available ‘low speed forward automatic braking’ feature with some optional packages, which tries to stop the car when it senses a chance of imminent collision, provided that the car is moving at a low speed between 5 mph to 37 mph only.

  • Reasonably Priced
  • Laden with latest technologies and advanced features
  • Good Fuel Economy
  • Small size helps in city maneuvering
  • Not so spacious cabin
  • Low on cargo capacity
  • Acceleration is not up to the mark
  • Rear passenger seats may feel a little claustrophobi

Overview

General Motors has once again brought in the small and affordable city car, the 2019 Chevrolet Spark, in the US market. The Spark, which was initially marketed as Daewoo Matiz in the late 80s, was later acquired by General Motors and continued to be sold as a Chevrolet car, has always been a popular choice among the small car buyers. Chevrolet unveiled the fourth generation of this hatchback in 2015 and for 2019, it has also received a facelift.

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark basically comes in three trim levels, namely the base level LS, then the 1LT, followed by the top-level 2LT. Apart from that, there is also another model, the Spark Activ. The Spark Activ is a bit different from the regular Spark and thus is sold as a different car.

Starting at $13,220 and going up till $17,720 for the top model, the 2019 Spark comes equipped with a 4-cylinder ECOTEC 1.4 L DOHC engine that churns out power of 98 Horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet claims it to be fuel efficient at 30 MPG in the City and 38 MPG on Highways.

2019 Chevrolet Spark

What are the trims available for 2019 Chevrolet Spark?

The 2019 Spark is available in four different trim levels. The base model LS which starts at a price of $14,095, has some important safety, exterior and interior features as standard. Then comes the 1LT model priced at around $15,995, which has alloy wheels and power accessories along with keyless entry and a 6-speaker audio system. The next model is the Spark Activ which offers leather wrapped seats, steering wheel, heated front seats, etc., as well as extra added ground clearance. Finally, the spec-model, the 2LT comes, which is priced at $17,495 and offers an impressive array of new features and technologies.

Engine  1.4L 4-cylinder
Transmission  5-speed manual
Horsepower 98
Torque 94

Engine  1.4L 4-cylinder
Transmission  5-speed manual
Horsepower 98
Torque 94

Engine  1.4L 4-cylinder
Transmission  5-speed manual
Horsepower 98
Torque 94

Engine  1.4L 4-cylinder
Transmission  5-speed manual
Horsepower 98
Torque 94

We Recommend

The top trim, the 2LT, probably offers the best value for the money. It comes loaded with hi-tech features, has refined looks, and also has a more upscale interior than the other models. And with a reasonable price, it definitely stands as a perfect package. So, we recommend that if you are looking for an affordable but comfortable and plush hatchback, then the 2LT variant is a good option to go with.

Performance

Engine & Transmission

All models of the 2019 Chevrolet Spark are equipped with a 4-cylinder ECOTEC 1.4L DOHC engine. It offers around 98 hp @ 6200 RPM and 94 lb-ft of torque @ 4400RPM. All the trim levels have 5-speed manual transmission as standard, but there is also Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) as an available option.

Acceleration

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark does not have great acceleration. The 1.4L engine does little to bring power to its wheels and that, coupled with the 5-speed manual transmission, makes the Spark not quite suitable for high-speed maneuvers. The CVT transmission is also a disappointment in this regard, and though it increases the fuel efficiency to a certain extent, the acceleration of the car is affected in return.

The time taken to reach 60 mph from a stop is not quite great in the 2019 Chevrolet Spark, and its competitors can do better.

Braking

The 2019 Spark comes equipped with 4-wheel Antilock and vented front disc/rear drum brakes. The brake pedal is quite firm and responsive, and efficiently controls the speed of the car.
ModelsLS / 1LT / Activ / 2LT
Brake Front (in.) 9.3
Brake Rear (in.)7.9

2019 Chevy Spark's Fuel Economy? (MPG)

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark offers a decent fuel economy, especially within the city. The 5-speed manual transmission makes it up to 29 MPG in the City, while the CVT increases it to 30 MPG. On highways, the fuel economy is estimated at around 38 MPG with both Manual and CVT transmission. The combined mileage for the manual transmission is 33 MPG, while that with the CVT is 34 MPG.
ModelsLS / 1LT / Activ / 2LT (5-speed Manual transmission)LS / 1LT / Activ / 2LT ( CVT Transmission)
MPG (City)2930
MPG (Hwy)3838
MPG (combined)3333
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)99
Range (miles)261261
All the models of the 2019 Chevrolet Spark have a fuel tank capacity of 9 gallons. It has a cruising range in the city of 261 miles with full tank, and of 342 miles in Highway with a full tank

2019 Spark's Interior

The interior of the 2019 Chevrolet Spark is not at par with its rivals, which have used more upscale materials. There is a lot of plastic use in the Spark’s cabin that feels a bit cheap. However, in terms of technologies, the 2019 Spark has managed to implement some advanced techs and features. The standard features in the Spark include a rearview camera, manual single-zone air-conditioning, rear cargo security shelf, a rear center console with storage tray, Driver infotainment center, rear window defogger and outside temperature display. Apart from these, there are four cup holders, two in the front and two at the back, and Auxiliary power outlet in the front center console, as well as 2 illuminated USB ports.

Seating & Comfort

Being a subcompact car, the 2019 Chevrolet Spark accommodates four persons. However, the rear passengers get very little leg space in the Spark, due to its small size. The rear seats are not comfortable for tall passengers and lack any lateral support and hence they feel cramped. The lower models get cloth upholstery, while the Activ and 2LT trims come with standard leatherette seats.
ModelsLS / 1LT / Activ / 2LT
Passenger Capacity4
Passenger Volume83.00 cubic feet
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)39 in / 50.80 in / 41.70 in
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)37 in / 49.80 in / 33 in
The front high-back bucket seats are standard for all the trims and are coupled with adjustable head restraints. Heated front seats are standard only in Activ and 2LT models.The Spark’s seats are manually adjustable in all models. The diver’s seat is 4-way manually adjustable, while the front passenger seat is 2-way manually adjustable and comes with a reclining feature. The rear seats also have LATCH Connections for child seats. The front seats are overall spacious, but the comfort level is below par, while the rear seats are a bit cramped.

Cargo

In order to make the 2019 Spark suitable for city driving, Chevrolet has reduced the cargo space. With all seats in their position, the amount of cargo offered is a meager 11.1 cu-ft, which is less even for any subcompact car. Although the rear seats are 60/40 split-fold, they fail to fold down completely and further adds to a lack of space. With seats folded down flat, the 2019 Spark’s cargo capacity increases to 27.20 cubic feet, which is just enough for daily use.

Infotainment

Now coming to some plus points in the 2019 Chevy Spark, the infotainment system has received an update for good. The new Spark comes with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system that comes with a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen display. The new infotainment system offers a number of hi-tech features like ‘my Chevrolet’ Mobile App with which the car-door can be remotely locked or unlocked as well as many other functions. The SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio is also equipped which allows you to listen to over 150 channels of ad-free music from any genre you like. Apart from these, there is both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility as well as USB Ports, built-in 4G LTE WI-Fi, Chevrolet Connected Access with Chevrolet Smart Driver.
Features –

  • 7-inch Color touch-screen
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Voice command pass-through
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • 2 illuminated USB ports
  • SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio with All Access Package
  • 4G LTE WI-FI
  • Chevrolet Connected Access

How much the does the 2019 Chevy Spark Cost?

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark may start at a base price of around $14,000, but the real-world expenses add up to quite a significant amount. For the base model LS with manual transmission, the estimated maintenance expenses at North Dakota for five years, driven at an average 15,000 miles per year, includes fuel cost of around $6,256; repairing cost of around $708; maintenance cost around $4,012; Insurance of $4,038; financing cost of $1,954; and other tax and fees amounting to around $1,057; taking the estimated cost of ownership to $18,025 plus the depreciation.

Running Expenses –

  1. Fuel $6,256
  2. Insurance $4,038
  3. Financing $1,954
  4. State fees $1,057
  5. Maintenance $4,012
  6. Repairs $708

Cost of Depreciation –

So, the five years’ maintenance and other costs added with the five year depreciation cost takes the cost of ownership of the 2019 Chevrolet Spark to an estimated $24,676.

2019 Chevy Spark Against Competition

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark receives strong competition from the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage and the 2019 Kia Rio.

2019 Chevrolet Spark vs 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Priced almost equally as the 2019 Spark, the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage is a good subcompact car for a city commute. Although the standard engine variation of the Mirage is the 1.2L i-3 engine, which is even less powerful than that of the Spark, it has a better fuel efficiency than the Spark and also has a larger fuel tank. The Mirage’s cabin space is similar to that of the Spark. While the Spark can seat four persons, the Mirage has a five person seating capacity. The Mirage is slightly bigger too, in terms of dimension. However, the Cargo Capacity of the Mirage is quite huge when compared to that of the Spark. The Mirage can carry around 47 cubic-feet of luggage with the rear seats folded down, while the Chevy Spark has a maximum cargo capacity of 27.2 cubic-feet. As far as features and technologies go, both the Spark and Mirage stand on a similar footing.

2019 Chevrolet Spark vs 2019 Kia Rio

The new generation Kia Rio has received quite a few accolades from the car buyers. Though priced a bit higher than the other cars in the segment, the 2019 Rio is both efficient and capable in its performance, driving and comfort areas. Being equipped with a 1.6L i-4 engine, the Rio produces an impressive 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. It even returns equivalent fuel economy as the Chevrolet Spark. The Kia Rio seats five and has cruise control as standard, as well as some other additional features. The 2019 Rio is bigger in size than the Spark and offers better cabin space and cargo capacity at its disposal.

Why should you get a 2019 Chevrolet Spark?

To sum it all up, the 2019 Chevrolet Spark is a decent city car made for regular commutes. In terms of technologies and features, the 2019 model has been quite up to the mark with a long list of advanced tech. The facelift design also looks modern and sits well with the projector headlamps and LEDs. Chevrolet has made this car impressively safe, by adding a number of useful safety and driver aid features as well. What concerns the car buyers is the new Spark’s interior and cargo space. While the front seats of the car are decently roomy, the rear seats lag behind by a good margin. Overall, this car is perfect for people who want an affordable city car.

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