SUM UP (4 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Spark in 2015

The Chevrolet Spark remains largely unchanged for the 2015 model year, but adds a built-in 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. The fully electric Spark EV gets a new final drive ratio of 3.87 (from the 3.17 last year), with torque now at 327 lb-ft, while Salsa and Lime are new exterior color options slated for late availability...
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Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Spark is a subcompact hatchback that seats four, has an all-electric variant for California, Oregon, and Maryland, and fits below the Sonic in the automaker’s lineup.

Summary

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark is available with a 1.2-liter I-4 that makes 84 hp and 83 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with a five-speed manual or an optional CVT. Both transmissions drive the front wheels, and EPA-estimated mileage is reasonable: 31/39 mpg city/highway with the manual; 30/39 mpg with the CVT. Optional features help to set the Spark apart from the competition, including an available 7-inch infotainment screen, an easy-to-use Chevrolet MyLink system, and a host of safety features.

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark is considered a 2014 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, and in NHTSA testing received a four-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars).

Spark EV

The 2015 Spark EV is powered by an electric motor that makes 140 hp and a surprising 327 lb-ft of torque, which is down from the 2014 model. This change comes as Chevrolet upgrades the battery, reducing weight but keeping the same EPA-estimated range of 82 miles. Fast charging can replenish 80 percent of the charge in 20 minutes; about 7 hours with a 240-volt charging station, and about 20 hours with a 120-volt power source, like a standard household outlet.

At just $15,795, the Spark gets close to stepping on the toes of larger subcompacts, but with a fantastic touchscreen infotainment system, heated seats, and power doors, locks, and mirrors, this may be the car to get for someone looking for a cheap, but still cheery, city runabout.

You’ll Like

  • Even with 84 hp it’s fun to drive
  • EV if you have the space and time to charge it
  • MyLink infotainment system is easy to use

You Won’t Like

  • Not significantly more efficient than a larger subcompact
  • Cheap, especially interior plastics
  • Mushy brakes

Key Competitors

  • Fiat 500
  • Nissan Versa
  • Smart ForTwo

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