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2008 Chevrolet Aveo5 Review

An inexpensive vehicle with an excellent warranty.

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Overview

The Chevrolet Aveo5 is the five-door hatchback version of the Aveo. This style of the Aveo was marketed in Canada and then was introduced along with all other versions of the Aveo in 2002; however, it was not renamed the Aveo5 until 2007. While marketed in 2007 for the first time as Aveo5, it was not available in the U.S. until 2008. The entire lineup received its most significant makeover from the 2006 to 2007 model years, and the 2008 Aveo5 was the first hatchback version to include the redesign. The Aveo5 is still in production.

One of the most attractive features of the 2008 Aveo5 is its price. It is one of the most affordable vehicles in the Chevrolet lineup. Fuel economy is also a plus, but only compared to the average for other 2008 models. Perhaps the most attractive feature outside of the low sticker price is a great 100,000-mile warranty. Other items drivers may like include more available features for the interior of LS model and improved front and rear visibility for all models. Finally, many drivers simply like the look of the Aveo5. Within the Aveo lineup, and compared to other subcompacts in general, it generally is considered a very attractive vehicle, especially within this price range.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 103-hp 1.6-liter
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive
Models: LS, Special Value

What's New

Due in part to the changes made to the previous year’s models, the 2008 model did not receive many significant redesigns. The most notable perhaps was the reintroduction of the hatchback model, now called the Aveo5. Other changes included side-impact airbags standard and premium options for the interior and exterior.

Exterior

The 2008 Aveo5 is a subcompact four-door hatchback. The styling of the exterior is more stylish and modern than past Aveo models, with larger wraparound headlights, redesigned taillights, an angular and distinctive hood, a more prominent grille, body-color bumpers and molding on the sides, and optional chrome handles. Most models come with 14-inch wheels as standard and optional 15-inch wheels. The Aveo5 tries to achieve a youthful, fun, and sporty look, which can be distinguished from the other Aveo models in large part because they were designed with a more mainstream and conventional market in mind.

Interior

The interior of the Aveo5 is similar to the other 2008 Aveo models other than the rear space. It has a two-tone dash with chrome trim around the air vents. The control cluster for the stereo was improved over past models. Power steering, body-colored mirrors, 14-inch wheels, front cloth bucket seats and an AM/FM radio come standard on all models. The LS trim adds standard floor mats and air conditioning and the available options include power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, a moonroof, anti-lock brakes (ABS), imitation wood trim, and faux leather seats. A CD player or a six-disc changer is optional but not standard on all of the 2008 Aveo models.

Performance & Handling

Subcompact vehicles rarely have a lot of power, and in this category the Aveo5 is toward the middle of the pack, or maybe even on the lower end. The 1.6-liter regular gas engine only puts out 103 horsepower, and though it is small and light, you will notice the lack of horsepower when merging onto the freeway. The available four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions both come with overdrive. The Aveo5 is easy to maneuver in even the busiest city traffic, and parking is almost always convenient and simple.

Safety

Standard features include front side-impact airbags, front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, and tire pressure monitoring. ABS is optional on the LS trim.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Aveo5: 24/34 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Price
  • Upgraded interior
  • More features
  • 100,000-mile warranty

You Won't Like

  • More expensive than vehicles in its class
  • Less gas mileage than vehicles in its class
  • Cheap controls
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • No side-curtain airbags

Sum Up

An inexpensive vehicle with an excellent warranty.

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