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2017 Chevrolet Spark Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet Spark was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

Inside, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark looks modern but doesn't feel overly complicated. Like many class rivals, there are mostly low- and midgrade materials throughout the cabin, but the Spark manages to incorporate these without feeling cheap.

The Spark's front seats are roomy, but they may not be comfortable because of their upright design. The rear seats are not roomy, and they will almost certainly be uncomfortable for anyone but children. The cargo hold isn't very spacious either, even for a subcompact car.

The MyLink infotainment system is the hub of the Spark's cabin technology. MyLink has an easy-to-use interface – at least for anyone with a smartphone – and includes cutting-edge connectivity features. The Spark also offers some active safety features not found in class rivals.

  • "All new for the latest model year, the five-door Spark hatchback is the smallest offering from General Motors' biggest brand: Chevrolet. It offers useful high-tech features and a surprisingly roomy interior with space for four adults." -- Left Lane News(2016)
  • Up front, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark surrounds you with a simple, clean and modern interior, but it's hard to overlook the vast expanse of painted plastic bits, a common sight on cars in this price range. The color-accented dash and door panels, well-textured trim pieces and chic sculpting help you overlook some of the hard plastic surfaces common to affordable hatchbacks. Sporty gauges featuring both a traditional speedometer and a digital multifunction display add visual appeal." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The Chevrolet Spark feels well-built, and even though it's fairly clear when you look closely that it's an economy car, it avoids the Mirage's tin can feel." -- Motor Trend(2016)

Seating

Cloth upholstery comes standard in the four-seat Spark. There are a few available seat upgrades that can add a touch of luxury or improve comfort, including leatherette upholstery and heated front seats.

The Spark's front seats have a good amount of room, but they're not as comfortable as they could be because of their rigidly upright position. You may also feel thrown about when going around turns due to the lack of side support. Compared to many competitors, the Spark's rear seats have a solid amount of space. This is still a subcompact, however, so don't expect enough room for adults to stretch out comfortably because legroom is limited.

  • Rear-seat legroom has also shrunk, but other aspects, like hip and shoulder room, have grown." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Considering its small size, the Spark provides spacious seating for most adults to get comfortable, even on longer drives. Still, the upright position of the front seats gives the impression that you're sitting on the chairs rather than in them, and there's no real lateral support. While the Spark's rear seats are larger than many in the subcompact segment, they're still best suited to smaller passengers. Average-size adults will likely complain about the low seat cushions and headrests." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • Despite its compact dimensions, the Spark is surprisingly roomy in the front seat, with plenty of leg, hip, shoulder and headroom, even for taller drivers and passengers. The second row lacks ample legroom, however, and doesn't even pretend to have a middle seating position." -- AutoTrader (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Spark include a USB port, a four-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and Chevy's MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also standard.

Available features include satellite radio, keyless entry, push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, a power sunroof, power windows, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, and cruise control.

The MyLink infotainment system will be your main source for controlling in-vehicle functions. It's easy to use thanks to a smartphone-style interface that responds to gestures like pinching and swiping, and it includes some of the latest smartphone connectivity tech, such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These are emerging technologies, and there are still many cars that are far more expensive than the Spark that do not offer these features.

If you want to go beyond hooking up your phone, then you'll appreciate 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi. With this feature, you can connect a phone, tablet, laptop, and more regardless of where your travels take you.

The Spark's available features add entertainment options like satellite radio, which gives you so many listening choices that it's almost overwhelming. There are also plenty of driver assistance features, including lane departure warning and forward collision alert, which are not offered in many other subcompact cars.

See 2017 Chevrolet Spark specs and trims »

  • "All Spark models include a 7-inch color touch screen in the center stack and logically arranged climate-control dials." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The MyLink touchscreen infotainment system - which lets you connect your smartphone to the audio system via Bluetooth, a USB port or an auxiliary input - adds to the Spark's modern vibe. It has intuitive menus, sharp graphics and a 7-inch touchscreen that supports smartphonelike gestures like pinching and swiping. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are new integrated features for 2016; the former lets you run your iPhone from the touchscreen in a familiar manner, while the latter does the same for smartphones using the Google-based operating system." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "With the new update come electronic safety features such as blind spot warning, forward collision alert and lane departure warning, which are not normally seen in this price and size category." -- Cars.com (2016)

Cargo

Unless you've been driving a Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Spark's trunk space won't impress you. With the rear seats up, the Spark has just 11.1 cubic feet of space. That's one of the lowest totals among hatchbacks, and many subcompact sedans have more trunk space than that.

Cargo space jumps to 27.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, but that's still a smaller total than most other hatchbacks offer with the seats folded. However, it is enough room to fit a weekend's worth of luggage or some gear for a beach trip.

You do have a little versatility in the cargo area thanks to the split-folding rear seats. But note that the cargo floor isn't flat, so organizing your luggage may turn into a real-life game of Tetris.

  • The 2017 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 length." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Luggage space in the hatchback is 11.1 cu ft. behind the second row and 27.2 cu ft. with the seat folded. Folding the seat is a little disappointing, as the load floor is not flat, which compromises utility. Big dogs will do better sitting in the second-row seat rather than in the cargo space." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • Behind the rear seats is a meager 11.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding down both sides of the versatile 60/40-split seatback provides a fairly flat cargo floor and a more accommodating 27.2 cubes of capacity. It's here where the new Spark is most noticeably downsized from before. With a shorter overall length and lower roofline, the 2016 Spark is down nearly 4 cubic feet of cargo capacity compared to the previous model. That shouldn't be a deal-breaker, as neither Spark features exceptionally generous cargo capacity, but it is something to consider when shopping this group of minicars." -- Edmunds (2016)

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