New 2019 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback
Chevrolet Spark Hatchback
The 2019 Chevrolet Spark defines basic transportation, offsetting a low price with great mileage and a lot of high-tech features.
2019 Chevrolet Spark Pricing
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2019 Chevrolet Spark KBB Expert Review
These days, you might be surprised to find any minicars left on the market considering the big push away from sedans, coupes and hatchbacks to SUVs, crossover SUVs and pickups. But Chevrolet appears committed to keeping the pint-sized Spark in its model mix. And for those who want a lot from a little package that amounts to more than just rock-bottom pricing, the 2019 Chevrolet Spark is worth a look. The Spark delivers great mileage while retaining better-than-expected acceleration. It has a welcome mix of infotainment and safety technologies, as well: including a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-Fi, as well as forward-collision warning and a rearview camera. For those who want an affordable commuter car, there are some big reasons to check out the little Chevy Spark.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a commuter car that is more than a rolling penalty box, you'll like the Spark. It's surprisingly peppy and fun to drive yet still offers great fuel efficiency. It also offers a surprisingly big complement of tech features.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The 2019 Chevy Spark is one of the smallest cars on the road, so prepare to feel a little claustrophobic, especially when you're surrounded by all those new SUVs.
What's New for 2019
Chevy may be holding onto the Spark but it's not doing much to update it, the 2019 model year bringing only the most modest list of exterior and interior tweaks, the most significant being the newly available low-speed auto-braking feature in the Driver Confidence Package.
For 2019 the Chevy Spark’s 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine musters a mere 98 horsepower, which may not seem like much unless you’re in a drag race with a car like the 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. Ask your dad how many horsepower his 1974 Mustang II had, and he’ll tell you 10 less than the Spark in a car that weighed significantly more. Advances in engine and electronic technology allow 98 ponies to do a lot more today, giving the Spark snappy acceleration off the line, but it still struggles to pass or merge at higher speeds. The Spark’s optional CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) boosts fuel efficiency but saps power and fun at an equal ratio; go with the 5-speed manual if you want to enjoy the ride. The diminutive size and tight turning radius that make the Spark so enjoyable in city traffic make it a bit less comfortable when sharing a highway with 18-wheelers or strong wind gusts.
The young buyers Chevy is aiming for with this minicar don't care if the Spark carries a rock-bottom price. They want the latest safety and infotainment technology and Chevy delivers with things like the 7-inch touchscreen – with an upgraded 3rd-generation infotainment system – Wi-Fi and Forward Collision Warning with Low-Speed Auto-Braking.
When you're buying an econocar, you expect great mileage, and the 2019 Chevrolet Spark comes through, but its 1.4-liter 4-cylinder powertrain also delivers better performance, especially in urban settings, than you might expect.
Inside, the 2019 Chevy Spark's layout consists of seating for four and a small space for groceries and gear behind the two rear seats. Those seats can be folded to expand cargo capacity from roughly 11 cubic feet to over 27. That's more than enough to hold a few suitcases, but not quite as much as the 1st-generation Spark. Blame the lower roofline and shorter overall length. Rear-seat legroom has also shrunk, but other aspects, like hip and shoulder room, have grown. All Spark models include a 7-inch-color touchscreen in the center stack and logically arranged climate-control dials.
The 2nd-generation Chevy Spark added an ACTIV trim level last year, which gives the tall and narrow minicar the appearance of a crossover SUV. For 2019, the front styling for all models is updated to match changes to other Chevy models. There are also new LED running lights on the 1LT and 2LT trim levels, revised wheel designs for most version, and several new paint colors. The hatchback remains one of the smallest cars on U.S. roads, at just under 12 feet, bumper-to-bumper.
Notable Standard Equipment
The least expensive Chevy Spark for 2019, an LS with a manual transmission, comes with air conditioning, a 7-inch capacitive touch screen, and a 3-month trial subscription to OnStar with 4G LTE connectively and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Its audio system is feeble but provides a USB input and Bluetooth streaming. You'll also have to crank your own windows. Step up a bit and you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Safety features include 10 airbags, a rearview camera and a 6-month trial of OnStar Guidance with automatic crash response and roadside assistance.
Notable Optional Equipment
If you can swing the higher price, we recommend stepping up to at least the mid-grade Spark LT, which adds power windows, keyless entry, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted audio buttons, theft-deterrent system and SiriusXM satellite radio. Top-line 2LT models have a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome exterior trim and rear-park assist. A power sunroof is offered on mid-level and top trims, while the top trim offers the Driver Confidence Package that brings forward-collision alert with low-speed auto-braking, and lane-departure warning. The ACTIV trim adds unique 15-inch wheels, rugged-looking front and rear bumpers and leatherette heated front seats.
Under the Hood
Chevrolet’s 2019 Spark minicar is powered by a 1.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine making 98 horsepower. That isn't much, but it's more than you'd expect considering the hatchback weighs in at less than 2,300 pounds. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual. Most Chevy Spark buyers seem to prefer the optional CVT. Both deliver fuel economy of up to 38 mpg on the highway.
98 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
94 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/38 mpg (automatic), 29/39 mpg (manual), 30/37 mpg (automatic, Spark ACTIV), 29/38 mpg (manual, Spark ACTIV)
At a time when new car prices are pushing up toward record levels, the 2019 Chevrolet Spark offers a smart alternative for someone who doesn't want to settle for something pre-owned. For a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $13,220 (or $13,995 when you add in delivery fees), you get new but rather basic transportation, one of the few models available today with crank windows. But you can pretty much load everything up on the Spark 2LT trim and still come in under $20,000. That puts it well below minicar competitors like the Smart Fortwo and Fiat 500, though a bit above the Nissan Versa. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to make sure you're getting the best deal in your area. The Spark's resale value isn't predicted to be strong, lagging behind the albeit larger and pricier Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.
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Chevrolet Spark Consumer Reviews
January 19, 2019
All around great car.
Owned this car for two weeks now, and really really like it. So far It gets 41 mpg hwy, and has never dropped below 32 in the city. I...
October 11, 2018
great car for what it is
if you are looking for a car that is used for city travel and the occasional short road trip, this car is it. what i like about the car:...
November 06, 2017
Just Buy This Car!
The 2017 Chevrolet Spark LS is the automotive deal of the decade! I bought this car with a 5 speed manual transmission for 10,100 OTD! I...
June 03, 2017
Excellent for the price!
In the 80s, I bought a 1987 Chevy Sprint 3 cyl. That care served me well as a young single Soldier. Five years later, I upgraded to...
January 17, 2017
Great car for the price! Fun to drive!
I purchased my Chevy Spark to be towed behind our motor-home. The only issues I have with the vehicle is that there is no trunk release...
January 04, 2017
Great For High Mileage, Cool Tech, Tight Parking!
I am a simple kind of guy, and my goal with getting another vehicle was very simple – get a new vehicle at a reasonably low price....
January 03, 2017
Was able to pick this car up at the local Chevy dealership, they had 20% off MSRP and a $3500 cash for clunkers trade in deal, making...
January 01, 2017
this car is perfect for a reliable comfortable
affordable commuter...far more amenities than normally expected and was able to buy new for $12500----can't beat that anywhere.....would...
May 10, 2018
3 years & 78k later....
I have the LS model with the 5 speed & it is stripped which is fine for me as this is strictly a commuter car. Options are ac, power...
Dr. Richard Thorndyke
February 10, 2018
Ive had my Spark over three years now and I thought I would give a review. Overall, there are more pros than cons. And even the cons...