2018 Chevrolet Spark

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2018 Chevrolet Spark Interior Review

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Interior: 7.5

The interior of the 2018 Chevrolet Spark is a bit nicer than you may expect from one of the least expensive vehicles in our subcompact car rankings. Materials include hard plastics and a hint of upmarket trim pieces, and though the seat cushions are pretty basic and not very supportive on long drives, the Spark is certainly livable as a daily driver. Cargo space is small for the segment.

  • "One word comes to mind when describing the Spark: 'tinny.' Pull a door handle or flip up a sun visor and a cheap, hollow sound echos. While livable, the bony hard surfaces everywhere will remind you that you're roughing it. Glossy piano-black panels try to liven things up, but there are plenty of cheap touches, like the basic plastic door latches, board-like headliner, and visible sunvisor mounting screws." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • 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

The Spark comes standard with cloth upholstery, a four-way manually adjustable driver's seat, and a two-way manually adjustable front-passenger seat. Synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available. The front seats are livable for commuting and errands, but limited seat adjustments and firm cushions don't grant enough comfort for long drives. The two seats in the back have an average amount of room for this class, though they will likely feel tight.

For installing child safety seats, a full set of LATCH hardware is located at both outboard seats. The hardware is a bit tricky to find, but once you track down the anchors, they are easy to use. The IIHS gave this system an Acceptable rating.

  • 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 (2017)
  • "The driving position is awkward--a direct result of the non-telescoping steering wheel and not having much room to rest your left foot. At least the elevated driving position lets you sit tall-in-the-saddle, but the insubstantial seat discourages long rides." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • 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)

Interior Features

The base infotainment system in the 2018 Spark consists of the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface, a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free, Android Auto, a USB port, and an OnStar 4G LTE built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Air conditioning and a rearview camera are standard. Available features include cruise control, power windows, power locks, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, steering wheel-mounted controls, a proximity key, push-button start, remote keyless entry, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

Test drivers give two thumbs up for the amount of standard features that come in the 2018 Spark, especially for its inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in every model. The touch screen and redundant buttons are mostly straightforward.

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  • "All Spark models include a 7-inch color touch screen in the center stack and logically arranged climate-control dials." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Nothing is particularly complicated in the Spark, but there are some minor frustrations. Three simple knobs control the climate, but it can be hard to see their tiny setting indicator." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • "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." -- Edmunds (2016)

Cargo

The Spark has 11.1 cubic feet of cargo room, which is small, even for a subcompact car. You can fold the rear seat down to expand total capacity to 27.2 cubic feet, but the seats don't lay flat, which makes the space less usable.

  • "Inside, the 2018 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. … 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
  • 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 (2017)
  • Lifting the small rear hatch reveals a small cargo area that can handle a large paper towel bundle, like the ones from a wholesale store. The recessed floor keeps items from rolling out when the hatch is opened. Folding the rear seats will get you a bit more room, but it is a pain to fold them. The seat cushions need to be flipped forward, headrests removed, and seatback folded down-and then you still may have to move the front seat forward to allow flat folding." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
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