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Chevrolet Spark LS

Broadcast date : 2nd July 2006


The Spark LS has become a lot better looking in its face-lift guise, with the headlights moving away from the old Daewoo-like tear drop shape. Re-styled tail-lights, a roof-spoiler, and colour-coded wing mirrors, both of which are electrically adjustable, add a degree of fashion appeal.

Out on the road, the more-powerful LS is quickly identified by colour-coded bumpers which make the car look more substantial too, less like a shopping appliance.

The main reason for paying an extra R14 000 for the Spark LS is the real-world performance that the one-litre engine offers. While we missed the distinctive three-cylinder drone of the Spark L, we were impressed with the 47 kilowatt output of the four-cylinder.

The Spark LS weighs just 850 kilograms, and its power to mass ratio sees it outgun most of its rivals in the sub 1,2 litre category.

Itís quite capable on the open road, while inside itís refreshingly modern. Even the centrally mounted instrument pod didnít bug us too much.

A quick action gear-lever and instrumentation that includes an easy-to-read rev-counter makes hustling the little Spark fun, although we found the secondary warning light instrument panel a styling afterthought.

You donít get leather seats or air-con at this price, but you do get electric front window winders.

Considering the fact that the car is so light, directional stability is excellent and the very basic strut-up-front, beam-axle-rear layout imparts a surprisingly smooth ride over all road surfaces. There is a degree of body lean, but itís all good predictable stuff.

The torque maximum of 87 Newton Metres makes it very drivable, and Car Magazine notched a 13,8 second 0-100 and 160 km/h top-speed, which puts it somewhat above shopping car levels.

Chevrolet Spark 1.0 LS

  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol, 995 cc
  • Power: 47 kW @ 5 400 rpm
  • Torque: 87 Nm @ 4 200 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 13,8 seconds (Car Magazine)
  • Top speed: 160 km/h (Car Magazine)
  • Fuel consumption: 8,12 litres/100 km (Car Magazine)
  • Price: R76 140
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