I have had a few big cars in my time and just wanted a small car and as the price is low I could buy brand new... Also think the Spark is better looking the i10. I actually looked into i10s but couldn't see myself driving one of those... I had really bad luck with cars and in the past had many engine faults and electric problems, so a brand new car option looked very attractive.
Apart from the little problems which will be resolved, I love the car. I think it's comfortable and fun to drive. I really enjoy driving it around town, you can really throw it into the corners. It's not that fast, but nippy enough to make the daily commute to work fun.
Car now covered 3000 miles and the MPG improved to 49-50. I am hoping this would improve further... The car wheel balance has been sorted also.
Really enjoying the car, it now drives perfectly.
I agree totally that the Chevy Spark is a excellent and very well built reliable car. I know, I bought my son one last year, and he and his mates love it; it's the 1.2 LS+ with the sports pack and alloys, and a nice metallic blue; looks very sporty.
We found once the engine has bedded in, say 1000 miles, it's been far better on fuel and lots more power. When we first bought it, we thought it was rather sluggish, but now it's really opened up! It is much nicer to drive now and easier on the motorways too; my son said he had over 110 mph and it was still pulling at the old runway near us.
I was recently told by a Vauxhall engineer that the Spark has a similar engine and gearbox and running gear to the Corsa. He also said the Sparks are very reliable cars!!
I'm thinking about a new car as there are so many good deals right now. Toss up between this and the I10. The sister in law bought one of these, and loves it.
Car now done 4000 miles and I am still very happy.
Dealer sorted out the paint in the boot... it was just covered with weird grey layer, which they just cleaned up, and now it looks much better.
That weird grey layer was probably primer, which shows how rubbish these cars are built.
Mine had a grey coating in the boot loading area also. I just peeled off as it was just a protective coating; it's body coloured underneath, and not primer!!!
The issue with an i10 against a Spark is I suggest down to age. In the UK the Sparks I see have stripes on them and funky colours, and definitely appeal to younger buyers. Too many i10s I see are in boring silver, and are driven by dare I say it more mature motorists. A lot of the comments here seem to be from or about the more younger end of the market. Horses for courses?