2020 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback Infotainment Features and Interior
Chevrolet Spark is one of the cheapest cars in the American market and competes in the small hatchback segment. It’s fun to drive, easy to maneuver in the city and got good fuel efficiency. Thus, it has all the characteristics of being a great daily driver. However, does the interiors match its all-round capabilities or is it a deal-breaker? Well, let’s find out.
What’s the first impression?
At $13,220 there is not a lot that the Chevrolet Spark is expected to offer- it is not lavish. It is not a luxury car but just a cheap nippy car that can be used to go around town on a daily basis. Not just that but there are a lot of reasons why one should buy a Spark. It is easy to drive and even easier to park due to its small size and great outward visibility.
The Spark has a small interior with a lot of cheap, scratchy plastic everywhere. But when it comes to features, Chevrolet offers a lot as standard. The Spark comes with a 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Seating and Comfort
The Spark has a very basic layout and it can seat it up to 4 people. The rear legroom is not enough for adults and can make it really difficult on long journeys. Having said that, it is a Chevy Spark we are talking about and not a long-wheelbase Audi A8. On the other hand, the hip and shoulder room are enough which is respectable considering the fact that the rear seat is just a two-seater. This is where the Spark lags behind when compared to rivals such as the Mitsubishi Mirage as they offer seating for three people in the back seat. What is impressive is the fact the rear seat offers a couple of cupholders- mainly because of the fact that there is not a lot of space left in between the two seats.
Cargo and Luggage Utility
One of the biggest letdowns for the Chevy Spark is itsthe trunk space. It only has enough space for groceries and other gear behind the rear seats. The rear seats can be folded down to increase the cargo space from 11 cubic feet to 27 cubic feet which is large enough to hold at least a few suitcases. Except for the storage space, there isn’t a lot the Spark offers in the trunk area. But given the price of the car, one cannot expect tie-down hooks and 12V sockets. The trunk is is lined a single layer of cloth type material.
Infotainment and Interior Features
The Chevy Spark targets the millennials and the millennials want internet. So, the Spark comes as standard with 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth and two USB ports. The Chevy also comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen which supports GM’s OnStar Navigation and myChevrolet app that keeps you updated about your car on the phone.
- 7” Touchscreen System with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
- OnStar Turn by Turn Navigation system
- Voice Recognition System
- Steering Mounted Audio Controls
- Bluetooth Connectivity
- 1 USB Type C port and 1 Conventional USB Port with a 12V power socket
- 4G LTW Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Sirius XM Satellite Radio
The infotainment system is not the quickest but it is easy to use with easy and simple menus. The graphics are sharp and easily understandable. The 3 month trial for OnStar Navigation also works well. Sattelite radio can also be opted as an option on the Chevy Spark. The infotainment system also supports USB. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto means that it is very easy and simple to play music and use maps on the car’s infotainment system. But the dash around the screen feels very cheap.
The Spark is also equipped with a driver’s digital display which might not display as much information as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit but manages to display some vital information about the car like-
- Fuel economy
- Trip odometer
- Average vehicle speed
- Remaining fuel range
- Door ajar
- Oil life
All of these can help the driver with information about the car and help him know more about his car. The interior of the Cruze is cluttered with buttons but all of them are clearly labeled which makes them easier to use.