I took one on an extend and semi-serious test drive this past winter. I drove a 1.4 Turbo Hatch manual (but not an LTZ) and it was a seriously fun car. It handled great, brakes were incredible and it had plenty of boost, plenty or torque and the interior though cheap-ish looking was actually kind of impressive and comfortable. I actually really liked the Motorcycle inspired gauges too.
The doors close with a bit of a tinny sound but over-all the car is very nice and I was very impressed by fit, finish and ride/handling. So impressed that it made my short list of new car possibilities up there with a Miata and MINI....I priced one out with Turbo and Manual for around $17850 I think....and I get a GM Discount if I so choose. It would be a great MINI S alternative for $5k to $10k cheaper....
I was pretty close to considering it but in the end, I took out a tape measure, extended it to 75 inches (average life expectancy of an American Male) and put my finger on my age and surveyed the remaining tape measure and decided to get the MINI S for $10k more.
I don't regret my purchase, but I would gladly have a Sonic Hatch Turbo in my stable if I had room for it.
For you guys complaining about the drums...the car stops fine, the brakes feel great. Don't drums last longer anyways? The backseat is pretty tight and there's not much storage space, there is a ton of headroom though. The gauges are nice and clear, I prefer digital speedometers but then again I'm younger. I think cars in this class are usually pretty boring and I'm glad Chevy threw in some different stuff. And the 6th gear is really high but I'm glad it's there so I can cruise at a lower rpm. I don't mind shifting down to 5th or even 4th if I have to pass a car or there is a hill. Ideally you could stay in 5th gear on the highway if you wanted.
I run into this CAr magazine review on the 1.2L version. Very positive i must say:
Chevrolet Aveo 1.2 (2012) CAR review
By Anthony ffrench-Constant
09 May 2012 10:00
Bit of a surprise, Chevrolet's new Aveo supermini; pretty good looking inside and out, and, on an all-new platform, a rather tidy performer to boot.
I must confess to having quickly given up the frantic, five-speed stick stirrings necessary to wring the neck of the 1.2-litre petrol engined version, and settled for amiable bumbling instead.
Not that the Aveo won’t handle; it’s actually remarkably tidy through the twisty stuff, just rather hard work trying to elicit enough power to tax the gently adept chassis.
What's the Chevrolet Aveo like to bumble around in?
Thanks to a comfy seat and a surprisingly refined, supple ride, it does the bumbling thing rather well. My only criticism might be aimed at the slightly unseemly levels of road noise that creep aboard, marring otherwise encouragingly smooth progress.
The 1.3-litre diesel version is much ballsier, displaying admirable vim, but I suspect the front struts have been surreptitiously beefed to cater for an increase in engine weight, so the ride quality isn’t quite up there with that of the petrol.
And inside the Chevy Aveo supermini?
I’ve read much about the unremittingly harsh nature of the cabin finishes, but at least Chevrolet hasn’t wasted money on expensive, soft-touch trim in areas you’ll never fondle.
Almost everything I came into contact with on a regular basis gave no cause for complaint, and if it helps keep the price of the car down in an era when both the price (and size for that matter) of superminis is getting somewhat out of hand, then that’s fine by me.
Besides, if Chevrolet were to up their game in the interior trim stakes, I’d rather, in the Aveo’s case, it was in the interests of noise suppression.
Improving the signal-to-noise ratio
We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.
I test drove a Sonic today, it was the 1.8, they didn't have any 1.4t Sonics in stock. That engine is a rough POS. Above 4000rpm, all you can hear is the engine screaming bloody murder, and not in a good way. All the other small cars I've looked at have decent sound at high RPM. Fiesta, Mini Cooper, Honda Fit, Fiat 500. The Sonic was just terrible.
If the 1.4t is not significantly more refined than the 1.8, there is no way in hell am I considering one. Also, clueless dealers much, Chevy? "Oh the 1.4 is going to cost about 2 grand more than the 1.8." It's $700, you nimrod.