Aveo sedan has thoughtful details and refinement



In the Aveo 2008 sedan, Chevrolet has gone beyond the highly important affordability factor to deliver a smooth, safe driving experience and amenities hard to find in this segment.


Chevrolet Aveo (and Pontiac Wave) drivers are a happy bunch. The diminutive Korean-built car is cheap to keep and cheerfully goes about its business with little drama.


The Aveo is designed to compete against similar subcompact offerings such as the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris.

In 2007, the Aveo sedan got a comprehensive cosmetic makeover, inside and out, including a larger and more aerodynamic body plus expanded trunk capacity. As well, a wider stance, re-tuned suspension and steering, plus chubby 185/55R15 optional tires, help to deliver improved levels of ride and handling.

So, this year, it sees minimal changes. An electronic engine immobilizer theft-deterrent system is now standard equipment.

Interior noise levels have been reduced with a revised acoustic package and the Special Edition RS Package now comes with an iPod Nano and auxiliary audio cable to go with its six-speaker sound system, steering wheel audio controls, rear spoiler and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Whether you prefer the sedan or the versatile 5-door Aveo hatchback, you only have to decide between the entry-level LS model starting at $12,995 or the more fully equipped LT version at $15,495.

Both versions are decent highway cruisers, deriving their power from a standard 103-horsepower, 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine that delivers a rewarding 5.8 L/100 km highway fuel rating when matched with the standard 5-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is an available option.

The Aveo is well equipped with standard features including air conditioning with cabin filtration (standard on LT, optional on LS), vented front disc/rear drum brakes, power steering, body-colour side mirrors and door handles, AM/FM stereo with CD player with MP3 playback capability and auxiliary input jack, tinted windshield and windows, height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjuster, fold-down armrest and floor mats.

As well as the automatic transmission, available options include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, power sunroof (standard on the LT) and more.

2008 Chevrolet Aveo

  • Type: Subcompact 5-pass. sedan FWD

  • Price: $12,995 (LS) – $15,495 (LT)

  • Engine: 1.6-litre L4 DOHC

  • HP: 103 @ 5,800 rpm

  • Torque: 107 @ 3,400 rpm


  • Smart-looking exterior

  • Good interior room

  • Decent cargo capacity

  • Smooth ride and handling