Chevrolet Aveo (2011 – 2015) Review

Chevrolet Aveo (2011 – 2015) At A Glance


+Nice looking hatchback. Good value for money. Decent handling. Good legroom in the back. Reasonable bootspace. Diesel has stop/start.

-Petrol engines not particularly efficient. Automatic gearbox saps power. Interior plastics could be better in places.

Insurance Groups are between 5–10
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

It's taken a few years but Chevrolet is finally escaping the ghost of Daewoo which has haunted the brand since 2002 when it picked up the pieces of the now defunct Korean manufacturer. It's progress has been steady rather than spectacular in the intervening years with the Captiva its most recognisable model in the UK. What's surprising is that it hasn't had a decent small hatchback in its line-up.

There was the Aveo from 2008 but this was basically a revamped Kalos and a hangover from the Daewoo days. It was a model that felt dated and low rent even when it was launched. Thankfully the new Aveo has a lot more gusto about it. It seems Chevrolet is now serious about taking on a market which is dominated by the Ford Fiesta.

For starters, this Aveo is new from the ground up with a new interior and fresh engines too. To say it's a huge improvement on the previous Aveo is an understatement. It's a far more complete car. The quality of the interior is good and it feels well built too, although there are some hard plastics inside which aren't particularly pleasant to touch. Overall though, it's a comfortable and spacious interior.

On the road the Aveo handles neatly and is easy to drive. It doesn't set the world alight but it does little wrong. The steering is quite light and has precious little in the way of feel, but it's composed in corners with good body control. There's a decent choice of engines too including an entry-level 1.2-litre petrol and an eco-friendly 1.3-litre diesel with stop/start technology to keep emissions down.

With prices starting at a low £9995 and a generous level of standard equipment throughout the range, it represents good value for money. It also comes with a five-year/100,000 mile warranty, although this isn't as good as Hyundai's five-year/unlimited mileage equivalent.

Road Test Chevrolet Aveo 2012

Real MPG average for a Chevrolet Aveo (2011 – 2015)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

29–69 mpg

MPGs submitted


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Is the Chevrolet Aveo a reliable automatic?

"I've been look at the specs of small automatics and have seen the 2012 Chevrolet Aveo 1.4 auto. I don't hear you mention these very often. It's a six-gear auto and it seems they're a similar price to the four-gear Suzuki Swift auto. I don't think the Chevy has the six-speed auto that Peugeot and Citroen have started to use. Is the Chevrolet a reliable automatic or would the Swift be a better option?"
There is no UK Chevrolet presence in the UK and GM's Vauxhall presence has now been acquired by Peugeot, so support for Chevrolet will gradually diminish.
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Where can I get a spare wheel for my Chevrolet Aveo?

"Do you know where is South wales, near Cardiff, I could purchase a 16-inch steel wheel with four holes for attachment to my Chevrolet Aveo 1.4LTZ hatchback?"
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Why doesn't our Chevrolet Aveo return its quoted mpg figures?

"I am writing to you regards the 1.2 Chevrolet Aveo LT we have just bought. We acquired it on 25 March and have now done 3000 miles but just don't seem to be getting anywhere near the 60.1mpg combined that was advertised. We are only getting 45mpg. We did not expect to get 60.1mpg but we did expect to get at least 50mpg. We bought the car because of the high mpg as I will be retiring soon and we wanted to be able to just go off for the day and not worry about the fuel but that looks like it isn’t going to happen."
The average fuel economy of the Chevrolet Aveo 1.2 achieved by real drivers in real conditions is 46.5mpg. See: Do not be misled by the ECDC Lab Test figure as that is only carried out to extrapolate the CO2 output of the engine on the basis of which the car (and the manufacturer) are taxed. The only place to find what sort of economy real drivers of 2,500 cars are achieving in real life is: Anyone thinking of buying a car should check there before they buy.
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Buying a spare wheel and jack for a Chevrolet Aveo?

"I am trying to find a spare wheel and jack for my Chevrolet AVEO 2013 Tyre size 205/55R16. The price from Chevrolet is around £175 so looking for a more reasonable price. Noticed that HJ found an alternative much cheaper. "
£175 is about right for a steel 16" wheel and 205/55R16 tyre, unless you get one 2nd hand from a breaker.
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