Hello, First of all: DON'T BUY SPARK, THE MILEAGE IS REALLY REALLY LOW !!!!
I had Ford Figo ZXi (TDCi) when I bought Chevy Spark for my wife in October 2011. The expected running was less than 600 kms per month. So after checking A-Star and Chevy Spark, my wife and sis. decided to go for Chevy Spark LTO model which had Airbag and ABS
, Alloys etc.
Took the delivery, the vehicle felt OK, worked all fine on the. As I had to goto Singapore nobody touched the car for few days. After coming back even then nobody touched car much except wife/sis took it for a round here and there. But the ODO did'nt even cross 100 kms. after a month.
In the meantime winters had started and AC was not used at all but still the car was not being used so much but I got the service done whenever it was required as per schedule.
In Jan 2012 I had to sell Figo due to some financial reasons and now the primary vehicle was Spark. I started using it and it was giving mileage of 16.66 kmpl which I thought was OK for city driving. Though I always felt that cars in competition are giving 19+ where as this tiny car is giving only 16.66 kmpl even when I driving very lightly and turning off engine at every red light and what not. To me it was sort of an disappointment but somehow I stayed clam. The first service costed Rs. 500 and second service costed Rs. 1500 which is fine I guess.
But the real problem has started now in summers, the mileage has drastically dropped to 12-13 kmpls.
it really makes me angry. I asked the same with service people and they said that this is the mileage that spark gives. Internally i accused myself of buying such a stupid car.
Anyways I have bought it and nothing can be done about it. I just feel cheated. Now rest of the stuff about car:
* Nice interiors
* Cute Exteriors
* Free stuff
* Power Windows + Steering
* Ultra Low Mileage
* AC is not good at all (Alto's AC is way way good).
* Car engine heats up too quickly.
* The air vents are stupid, they throw air in their own style which does'nt reaches the passenger.
Nutshell: If you're buying a petrol car (specifically a small car) buy a car that is:
* Low in price (Get the full discount, freebies etc.)
* Gives the maximum mileage
* Requires low maintanince
Coz I feel that if you go for looks etc. (like my wife/sis decided) it pinches later when you fill up the tank every few days and then you feel that you should have gotten a better car. In today's high petrol prices, the looks don't stand a chance IMO
. Only the cost of ownership should be the main concern.
Now for the rest of the stuff about Spark:
According to me the car's absolutely fine, its just the mileage that it is lacking. If GM can work on it and make it better then definitely its a better car but without it the car just pinches. The drive-ability is great, easy to maneuver in traffic, easy to park and reverse. There are 2 dealers of GM so service is not an issue though Padam is giving great after sales service.
I don't know what to tell about this car much, its a normal petrol car which has very low mileage lol!!! Just beware of it and buy A-Star or K10 or even an Estilo.