Making a Big Impression
As I first stepped into this little jellybean, there were a few things I immediately noticed. First was that, despite its given size, it manages to be quite comfortable inside. And by comfortable, I mean I can still cross my legs without struggling (which is always a plus in my book!). Second, the exterior body color is reflected quite nicely in the interior’s little front door and dashboard details. On top of that, the gauge cluster looks quite unique, as it sits as a separate module above the steering wheel. I’ll admit it looks a little bit like it came from a sci-fi movie, but the dash is clean and simple, so it all balances out quite nicely. Of course, the aqua-colored LEDs that light up the display and instruments are a nice touch.
Due to its size, the Spark doesn’t have a console unit between the two front seats. But it does make up for it by having strategically placed pockets all over, so there’s always room for your knickknacks. The driver’s side also has a sunglass holder and airbag, and both driver and passenger sun shades come with vanity mirrors - all scoring plus points that put this car ahead of its class. The rear can comfortably fit two average-sized people or three of your skinny friends, with ample legroom to spare. What’s more, the middle rear seat is fitted with a three-point seatbelt instead of a lap belt that most cars are equipped with.
Something that might take a while to realize is the “missing” rear door handles of the Spark, which aren’t actually missing. Instead, they are cleverly designed to blend right in with the contour lines of the rear windows. Nice one, Chevy.
The trunk space is just as predicted; it can probably fit about two big bags with space for a small one. However, the back seats can be folded down completely in case anyone needs to fit in some cargo. But as expected, beach trips in the Spark would usually end up in a dilemma: bringing a cooler of cold drinks or bringing along your three skinny friends who look better in swim suits? Regardless of the answer, I wouldn’t really complain. The fact that the dilemma is even brought up means this little buggy has ample space for its size.
As far as driving goes, the Spark pretty much feels like a go-kart with a manual transmission. This has its own ups and downs, as we found out. You can feel all the road bumps along your way, but thanks to its short wheelbase, it’s quite responsive and would let you avoid potholes easily. The sturdy 5-speed gearbox allows smooth shifting, but speedsters be warned: the Spark's 1.2-liter 4-cylinder powerhouse can come off a bit slow below 3,000 rpm, so it’s best to rev high and let out its true potential. Don’t worry; the Spark loves it, and I’m pretty sure you will, too! And to lessen your worries further, fuel consumption can be kept to a minimum (over 17 km/L) with disciplined driving, so you can keep up the active lifestyle.
Living up to its name, the Spark comes in five bright colors that are sure to make some heads turn where its clean-cut lines add to its young, modern appeal. As it bears Chevrolet's new signature grill, the all-new Spark is staying true to Chevrolet's commitment to giving people luxury for less.
The all-new 2011 Chevrolet Spark, probably the one of the best ways the hard-working noob of the workforce can spend his or her P568,000.00.