The Aveo is Chevy’s entry into the subcompact ‘mini-car’ segment. The Aveo is currently produced in South Korea, and is nothing more than a Daewoo in disguise. Well, if you consider a plastic bow-tie on the hood much of a disguise.
The subcompact segment has been extremely hot this year – and the Aveo hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire with sales. It is fuel-efficient, and inexpensive. Well, perhaps cheap is a better word, because that’s how the car feels. And of course, it’s not exactly the most stylish car in the world, either. The tires look as though they would be more at home on a 10-speed bicycle, and the hatch has no cargo area to speak of. Will price be enough to make the Aveo a winner? I don’t know, but read on to find out more.
2007 Chevrolet Aveo Specs
- 103 HP 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine
- Four-speed automatic transmission
- 27 MPG City / 37 MPG highway ( manual transmission )
- Available in sedan or 5 door / hatchback trims
2007 Chevrolet Aveo Reviews
Business Week reviews the 2007 Chevrolet Aveo and writes – ‘However, some of the materials used seem cheap. For instance, the front cupholders pop out of the dash just below the ashtray and have little plastic grabbers that close around cups. I give them a year, two at most, before they break under normal use.’
TopSpeed reviews the 2007 Chevrolet Aveo and writes – ‘Standard on the Aveo sedan are power-assisted front disc and rear drum brakes; a four-channel ABS system is available. The four-sensor – one at each wheel – system incorporates electronic brake force distribution, which balances braking performance based on factors including road conditions and the weight of passengers and/or cargo.
Kelsey Mays from Cars.com reviews the 2007 Chevrolet Aveo and is not impressed – ‘In the entry-level segment, there’s a lot that keeps the Aveo from being truly competitive. With the loss of the Special Value trim, it’s no longer a bargain, and given the drivetrain similarities, the extra features don’t justify the new price. Crucial safety items like side curtain airbags are missing. While some interior elements look surprisingly upscale, the driving experience leaves no question this is an economy car. Worse yet, gas mileage is beat by all major competitors — and some of them feel noticeably quicker.’
Edmunds.com reviews the 2007 Chevrolet Aveo and finds it adequate- ‘While the Chevrolet Aveo is certainly no thrill ride, it provides respectable vehicle dynamics. The steering is direct, the suspension well tuned and the engine — while loud and buzzy — is adequate for day-to-day commuting. We normally recommend that buyers in this class opt for a manual transmission, but in the Aveo’s case, the automatic is the better bet: The manual tranny’s gear ratios are too wide, leaving the car underpowered on highway grades and ultimately compromising fuel economy.’