Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 55 - 56 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

As well as low prices, the Spark is also cheap to run with economical engines (both average more than 55mpg) and affordable road tax rates thanks to low emissions. Chevrolet servicing is cheap too as is insurance.

Thanks to its compact size and small engines, the Spark has efficient engines with low emissions. The 1.0-litre puts out 113g/km of CO2 while the 1.2-litre emits 119g/km, meaning both qualify for cheap road tax. However, other manufacturers have managed to get CO2 emissions below 100g/km with similar sized cars and engines.

While Chevrolet doesn't have a long history in the UK, it's models have so far been reliable and the previous Matiz provided trouble-free for the majority of owners with only the occasional minor glitch. This model is robust and should fare just as well. Both the engines used in the Spark are developments of engines used in other General Motors small cars so have been well proven.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30
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Insurance group 1 - 10
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