CHEVROLET has never offered us a truly class-competitive supermini — but then, given that the brand has only been represented on these shores since 2004, maybe we can forgive them that. People who the company hopes will take this car, the second generation Aveo launched here early in 2012, much more seriously.
On paper, it certainly seems as if the designers, engineers and marketing people have ticked all the right boxes.
There's a more distinctive look, a more efficient range of engines that at last includes some properly frugal diesel options and the usual emphasis on high spec and value pricing to enable the car to better compete against fellow budget brands like Skoda, Kia and Hyundai. And it's all supposed to be bound up in a product that promises to save you money without constantly reminding you of the fact.
If that sounds appealing, then stay with us: we're going to put those bold claims to the test.