Suzuki Swift 1.5 GL VVT 5Dr, Mazda 2 V, Chevrolet Aveo 5dr 1.4 Review
Small in size, big in value...

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
2 Aug 2008
 

They're small, sprightly and easy to manoeuvre. It seems most motorists have thought so of compact hatches, and now we're giving you some of the most practical suggestions - in the form of Chevrolet's Aveo5, Mazda's 2 and the perennial favourite, Suzuki's Swift. 

Introduction

A compact hatch seems to be the most logical buy. Since the car will be used mostly for urban commute and the prices of petrol are erratic, getting something small and economical should be practical enough in the long run…

And so here you have it – three compact hatches. The Suzuki Swift is something we’re already familiar with, but was recently given a new lease of life in the form of minor facelifts and a spruced up interior. And then there’s the Mazda2 – an internationally acclaimed compact hatch that instantly became an overnight hit and the darling of most auto publications.

But there’s also another compact hatch, but unlike the two abovementioned, this one doesn’t hail from Japan – it comes in the form of the Korean Chevrolet Aveo5. Recently released to our market after some heavy revisions and enhancements, the Aveo5 is the cheapest among the lot. We took the Aveo5 for a test spin in our Road Test segment not too long ago, and we’re pretty impressed with what it packs at that ideal pricing.

And to make it more interesting, we got the cheapest “entry-level” Aveo5 for this Group Test – to see whether its affordable price is good enough to undercut the other two Japanese contenders.

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1490cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Bore x Stroke (78 x 78)mm
Power 102bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 133Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 94.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 11.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 180 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3755 x 1690 x 1510) mm
Wheelbase 2390 mm
Turning Circle 4.7 metres
Kerb Weight 1080 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 43 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Drums

Engine

Engine Capacity 1498cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 102bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 137Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 98.6 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 12.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 168 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3885 x 1695 x 1475) mm
Wheelbase 2490 mm
Kerb Weight 1035 kg

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Drums

Engine

Engine Capacity 1399cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Bore x Stroke (77.9 x 73.4)mm
Power 94bhp @ 6200rpm
Torque 130Nm @ 3400rpm
Power to Weight 83.1 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 12.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 178 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3920 x 1680 x 1505) mm
Wheelbase 2480 mm
Turning Circle 5.03 metres
Kerb Weight 1131 kg
Boot Capacity 400 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Drums