2019 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback

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Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2019 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Chevrolet Spark LS Manual include 1.4L I-4 98hp engine, 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability, AM/FM stereo with 4 speakers.

2019 Chevrolet
Spark Hatchback

Starting at: $13,220

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  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • Premium audio system - Chevrolet MyLink
  • Radio data system
  • Speakers - 4
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Smart device integration
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Maintenance warranty - 12 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 4
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 98hp @ 6,200RPM
  • Engine torque - 94 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 74.0mm x 81.3mm (2.91" x 3.20")
  • Compression ratio - 10.60 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,019kg (2,246lbs)
  • Exterior length - 3,635mm (143.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,595mm (62.8")
  • Exterior height - 1,483mm (58.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,385mm (93.9")
  • Turning radius - 5.2m (16.9')
  • Front legroom - 1,059mm (41.7")
  • Rear legroom - 838mm (33.0")
  • Front headroom - 991mm (39.0")
  • Rear headroom - 940mm (37.0")
  • Front hiproom - 1,224mm (48.2")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,219mm (48.0")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,290mm (50.8")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,265mm (49.8")
  • Passenger volume - 2,350L (83.0 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 314 L (11 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 770 L (27 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Spoiler
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 98hp @ 6,200RPM
  • Torque - 94 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 5 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 33mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 9.0gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 29mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 38mpg
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Rear side impact airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Tracker system
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Front tires - 185/55TR15.0
  • Rear tires - 185/55TR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LS Manual 2019 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback LS Manual Search New $13,220   98-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  29 / 38  
LS CVT 2019 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback LS CVT Search New $14,320   98-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  30 / 38  
LT w/1LT Manual 2019 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback LT w/1LT Manual Search New $15,120   98-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  29 / 38  
ACTIV Manual 2019 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback ACTIV Manual Search New $16,220   98-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  29 / 37  
LT w/1LT CVT 2019 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback LT w/1LT CVT Search New $16,220   98-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  30 / 38  
LT w/2LT Manual 2019 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback LT w/2LT Manual Search New $16,620   98-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  29 / 38  
ACTIV CVT 2019 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback ACTIV CVT Search New $17,320   98-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  30 / 37  
LT w/2LT CVT 2019 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback LT w/2LT CVT Search New $17,720   98-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  30 / 38  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

The 2019 Chevy Spark feels more mature than its minuscule proportions might suggest. Even so, it’s more suitable for around-town driving than for extended highway treks.

Performance is tepid from the small 4-cylinder engine. The little engine works hard, which cuts into fuel economy. The CVT keeps the engine in its powerband, but that amplifies powertrain noise in the cabin.

That doesn’t mean a Spark is dull to drive. In fact, it can be a delight when whipping around town.

Quick steering helps provide a lively experience when rolling through curves, though it might start to feel more like a go-kart than an automobile. A Spark also feels surprisingly refined – not a common trait among minicars. Because of minimal dimensions, it can squeeze into parking spots that some other small cars cannot manage.

Easy urban maneuverability is among its merits, which is typical of pint-size cars. Ride comfort falls somewhat short, conveying a “busy” sensation on rough pavement.

Gas mileage is good, but not the best among Chevy’s new cars. With the CVT, the 2019 Spark is EPA-rated at 30/38 mpg City/Highway, or 33 mpg Combined. The standard 5-speed manual gearbox is EPA-rated similarly, at 29/39/33 mpg.

Walk Around

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The Spark looks pert and perky with its short hood and tail. The slightly more rugged Activ edition, sitting nearly an inch higher than other Sparks, adds a bit of visual flair. Without all-wheel drive, that model won’t be tackling many off-road trails.

Viewed from the side, the Spark’s abbreviated tail and short overhangs are familiar city-car elements. Even though it measures only 143 inches overall, the Spark’s 94-inch wheelbase is actually rather long for its class. That differential helps improve its proportions.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Roomier inside than its exterior size suggests, the Spark provides surprisingly good space for four passengers. Chevrolet’s smallest model makes good use of its compact cabin, and outward views are good.

The Spark feels well-constructed, but could use a bit more space. When four riders are aboard, those in back are likely to sit close. With only 33 inches of back-seat legroom, adult passengers probably won’t clamor for a long-distance journey. At least, wide-opening rear doors ease entry/exit.

Though basic, the cabin cannot be called gloomy. Depending on trim level, firm seats may be upholstered in a variety of joyful fabrics and patterns, or with synthetic leather. Painted plastic trim fits right in.

All versions have a big 7.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, which sits high on the dashboard and functions well.

Cargo capacity is slim. With rear seatbacks upright, the hatch opens to reveal 11 cubic feet of cargo volume. Folding those seats expands space to 27.2 cubic feet. That’s about the amount of space available in a typical compact hatchback with seatbacks unfolded.


New Car Test Drive

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark can be a great urban minicar that’s easy to park and maneuvers adeptly. The base (LS) model is indisputably basic, while a Spark can become rather costly with options added. A Spark 1LT with a manual transmission is an inexpensive, practical compromise tailor-made for city dwellers with few parking options.


Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Prices do not include $875 destination charge.

The Spark LS ($13,220), the base-model hatchback, has roll-up windows, manual door locks, and hubcaps on 15-inch steel wheels. Yet, standard features include GM’s OnStar, 4G LTE wi-fi, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility. Cloth upholstery and a 5-speed manual transmission are standard.

1LT ($15,120) adds power windows and locks, heated mirrors, cruise control, remote keyless entry and 15-inch alloy wheels.

2LT ($16,620) includes rear parking sensors, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, and keyless ignition. It’s the only Spark available with automatic emergency braking, bundled into a Driver Confidence Package with forward-collision warnings and lane-departure warnings.

Spark Activ ($16,220) builds upon the 1LT version, with a taller suspension for slightly elevated ride height. Standard equipment includes heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, roof rack, unique grille, foglights, and automatic headlights.

A continuously variable transmission (CVT) adds $1,100 to the Spark price.

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