Chevrolet Aveo hatchback (2008-2010)

"The Aveo is roomy inside and fun to drive around town, but it's a handful at speed and it looks dated compared to newer, better rivals."

Carbuyer Rating

2.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.8 out of 5

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  • Strong engines
  • Roomy cabin
  • Nippy in traffic


  • Poor handling at speed
  • Excessive body roll in corners
  • Cheap interior plastics

The Aveo is a competent small car but, unfortunately, it's really showing its age. Available with either a 1.2-litre or 1.4-litre petrol engine from Vauxhall the Aveo copes well enough around town and on the motorway, but the rest of the Aveo doesn't handle high speeds very well – the body leans through corners and the steering isn't very precise. The Aveo is nippy in traffic, and there is decent space for passengers and luggage, although small windows mean visibility isn't great and the large steering wheel can be awkward. It's a passable small car that, sadly, has been surpassed by more up-to-date rivals.

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