2009 Chevrolet Aveo Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo was new.


Interior: 7.4

Reviewers are forgiving of the Aveo's dependence on plastic surfaces, given its value pricing. And when it comes to spacing, most are pleased. Though both the front and back seats are small, writers say the Aveo has good space compared to other subcompacts.

  • "Among the more pleasant subcompact cars. There is plenty of hard plastic, but it's texturing lends substance. Aveo5 models with the 2LT package and 'leatherette' upholstery are more upscale overall, with tasteful faux wood trim." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2009 four-door Aveo still meets diverse needs, coming in sedan and more versatile hatchback forms. Four tall adults easily fit. A fifth could slide to the center rear area but wouldn't be comfortable because the Aveo is too narrow for that -- it must fit in countries with narrow roads." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "The seats are a little spongy, but the standard cloth upholstery looks like it will hold up well, and the carpet is better than I've seen in some more expensive cars recently." -- Fox News
  • "To my taste the Fit has the best interior in this class, followed by the Versa. The Aveo5 is getting there -- it's much better than the previous model -- but it's just not equal to the best." -- Kicking Tires

Front Seats

The driver and front passenger will find that the Aveo's front seats offer plenty of headroom, but not enough leg space.

  • "Good headroom despite a somewhat tall seating position. Taller passengers will wish for more legroom, though. The seats are comfortable and supportive." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Headroom galore, legroom needs more. ... Although driver legroom is limited for 6-footers, it's the headroom that makes this car feel big on the inside. Theater-style seating in the rear offers a view for smaller passengers but legs again become cramped when trying to fit adults." -- Car and Driver

Rear Seats

Opinions on the Aveo's rear seat comfort and space need to be put in perspective. Reviewers who keep in mind the car's dimensions and class are pleased, while others are quick to point out the dearth of space for adults to stretch out. That's typical for a subcompact.

  • "Surprisingly roomy for a subcompact, though not great by absolute standards. Headroom is very good in the hatchback but just OK in the sedan. Narrow doorways mean cramped entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Aveo is fine for grocery runs, but if you're planning on taking a vacation -- and taking clothing with you -- you'll have to fold down the back seat. Speaking of the back seat, it's reasonably roomy, though not as generous as the Nissan Versa." -- About.com

Interior Features

Reviewers find the Aveo's interior in-line with its low price. Some reviewers even say the features offered and the quality of their materials is noteworthy considering the vehicle's overall price tag.

  • "All of the parts are still made from rock-hard plastic, but the textures are such that it doesn't have any injection-molded cheapness about it, and the dashboard gets a bit of flair with silver swoops that give the impression that it has a proper dual-cockpit layout. There is even a sunglasses holder located over the driver's door which seems a little tacked-on, and wouldn't close all the way with my shades in it, but is a nice touch." -- Fox News
  • "Front seats with tilt headrests, storage pockets in doors and seatbacks, a sunglass holder and a six-way adjustable driver's seat are features you'd expect in a higher-priced car. The dashboard is simplicity at its best, clearly showing all the information the driver needs." -- Kelley Blue Book


With a maximum 42 cubic-feet of available space, the Aveo's cargo room is not the best of the class, but several reviewers say it's still practical. Reviewers especially like the sedan's flat load floor after the rear seats are folded.

  • "It will accommodate up to five and though the cargo room behind the back seat is only 7.1 cubic feet, with the seat folded that jumps to 42 cubic feet, which is to say it's much more practically than even a larger sedan for, say, hauling some Salvation Army treasure home to the apartment." -- Washington Examiner
  • "The sedan has a roomy cargo area, and a large amount of stuff fits in the hatchback when its rear seatbacks are flipped forward. Otherwise, the hatchback has room only for a row of grocery bags behind the rear seat." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Both the hatchback and the sedan have a 60/40-split-folding rear seat that has created extra space for cargo. But although the Aveo5 has a respectable 42 cubic feet when the rear seats are down, it offers significantly less cargo space than some competing hatchbacks with the rear seats in place." -- Edmunds
  • "The front passenger seat reclines and, with a trunk capacity of 12.4 cubic feet and rear 60/40-split seats that fold almost flat in the sedan and feature a flip-and-fold-flat design in the five-door, there's plenty of room for good-sized boxes or long, skinny stuff like skis." -- Kelley Blue Book

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