Subcompact cars first made a strong entry into the market 30 years ago, and today they are more popular than ever. With the ability to maneuver and park easily in tight spots, they are often cheaper than mid-sized cars and are sensible choices at an entry-level price. The 2016 Chevrolet Spark has been completely refreshed for this model year. It features an all-new chassis and an improved and more powerful engine. The Spark also offers advanced safety features that other cars in its class do not. The new model is about 1.5 inches shorter from the 2015 model, and now 16 inches shorter than Chevy’s Sonic. The smaller size is no accident, and the 2016 Spark does have a sleeker look. Back seat passengers still experience good headroom in the front and rear despite a lower-sitting car.

Trim Levels

The all-new 2016 Spark is a subcompact four-door hatchback with seating for four. Making its debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, this Spark definitely lights a fire! The new model is available in three trim configurations: LS, 1LT and 2LT.

LS

A rear spoiler, 15-inch alloy wheels, a trip computer, air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, automatic headlamps, 60/40 split folding rear seats, a height adjustable driver seat, outside temperature display and Chevy’s On-Star System with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and MyLink infotainment system are all standard on the LS configuration. A popular and advanced system from GM’s tech drawer, the MyLink Infotainment System includes a 7” touchscreen display and useful features such as Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, USB port, smartphone integration, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and an audio system with four speakers and an auxiliary jack. The 2016 models replace a finicky volume button on the touchscreen display with a hard button on the steering wheel that makes it simpler to use.

1LT

Choosing the 1LT trim option kicks it up a notch from the basic LS with added fog lights, power mirrors, cruise control, remote entry, power door locks and windows intuitive steering wheel mounted phone and audio controls and a theft deterrence system. MyLink has also been upgraded to include satellite radio and six speakers.

2LT

The 2LT model includes a host of premium upgrades addressing comfort, safety and practicality. Upgrades include leatherette upholstery, a leather steering wheel, heated front seats and power mirrors, parking sensors and roof rails. Several enhancements to the exterior have also been added, including machine finished wheels, a chrome trim and a fascia treatment designed to give the Spark a more sporty appearance.

Performance and Driving Experience

2016 Chevrolet Spark

2016 Chevrolet Spark Performance and Driving Experience

Performance is important in any car, and despite its small size the 2016 Chevrolet Spark has plenty of pep. The Spark features a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine humming with 98 horsepower and 94 pounds of torque per foot. This engine is paired with a manual five-speed transmission, or there is the option to have a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The one-of-a kind CVT transmission is able to regulate the power of the engine through one of two useful settings. The first setting mimics lower gears during moments of fast acceleration, and the other simulates higher gears for cruising on the open road. Unlike the Spark’s innovative CVT, most continuously variable transmissions offer only a single output. The 2016 Chevrolet Spark is a gasoline saver. The car has tested at an EPA-estimated 34 miles per gallon in combined driving (30 city and 41 highway). Even larger savings can be made with the CVT option, which brings the total up to 35 mpg (31 city and 41 highway). This option also allows the Spark to go from zero to 60 in just over 11 seconds. It is a compact model and good for city driving. The Spark is the right choice for those who want a smooth ride, graceful turning and a reasonably powerful engine.

Exterior Design

2016 Chevrolet Spark

2016 Chevrolet Spark Exterior Design

The new Spark is very streamlined and classy. While still loosely holding that familiar mini-car style, it is changed up slightly with a lower roof height. The wheels are pushed out further toward the fenders, giving it a more grounded look. An update to Chevy’s signature dual-port grille is complemented by big, sweeping headlamps. The lamps are nice and detailed, giving it a very modern design. The new streamlined appearance makes the ’06 Spark a big improvement over the previous model.
2016 Chevrolet Spark Lights

2016 Chevrolet Spark Lights

Interior Design

2016 Chevrolet Spark Seats

2016 Chevrolet Spark Seats

The interior of the new Spark is modern and sophisticated, with clean lines and comfortable surfaces. The fabrics and other materials have been improved, including heavier foam fill for the seats, which ensures a gentle velvety ride and durability. The roof height on the 2016 Spark has been lowered from that of previous models; consequently, the hip-point dimensions of the seats has been altered in order to ensure maximum headroom and comfort, with an improved driving angle for enjoyable travel experiences. Despite the compact size, this automobile sports spacious seating ample enough for most adult travelers and will keep riders comfortable on long jaunts. No effort has been spared in the interior design of this model, and the painstaking attention to detail shows in the features. For instance, the dashboard and door panels are attractively color-accented, the trim pieces are interestingly sculpted and textured and the well-designed gauges include a speedometer and a digital display for various functions. The instrument panel design is striking and modern, with a high-end LCD display and a central section for information, entertainment choices and climate control. The Chevrolet Spark’s signature color-matched dashboard panels have been updated for 2016, and the shape of the air vents has been changed to a more angular, contemporary design.
2016 Chevrolet Spark Tech

2016 Chevrolet Spark Tech

One important feature of the 2016 Chevrolet Spark is the state-of-the-art MyLink infotainment center, which is controlled by a spacious 7” touchscreen. MyLink allows you to connect your smartphone via various means, including via a USB port, Bluetooth or a standard input. MyLink is loaded with features, such as intuitive menus that reflect the driver’s tastes and choices, clear, advanced graphics, and a sophisticated touchscreen which recognizes gestures used on a smartphone such as swiping and pressing. The 2016 MyLink offers additional features such as Apple CarPlay, which allows you to control your phone from the screen, and Android Auto, which offers the same option for Android phones.
2016 Chevrolet Spark Space

2016 Chevrolet Spark Space

Rounding out the luxurious features of the 2016 Chevrolet Spark is a generous 11.1 cubic feet of storage space behind the seats, which can be increased to 27.2 by folding away the 60/40 divided seat back. Even when it comes to cargo, the Chevrolet Spark shows its superiority. The Spark is the smart choice for 2016.

Technology

2016 Chevrolet Spark Dashboard

2016 Chevrolet Spark Dashboard

The popularity of Android and iOS has given rise to a new generation of technology that can be accessed while driving. Drivers may access useful and entertaining apps on their car’s display in a manner that is user friendly and simple. The Spark’s 7-inch MyLink Infotainment system is a great way for car owners to access all their favorite apps. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are two of the most popular features that today’s drivers demand. Drivers are able to make phone calls, send messages and interact with music apps via a simple-to-use touchscreen, or even through voice command via Siri. For the safety and convenience of drivers, many features of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can be controlled via a voice commands activated by using a button on the steering wheel.

Safety

2016 Chevrolet Spark

2016 Chevrolet Spark Safety

Safety is central to the design of the 2016 Chevy Spark. Front-seat knee airbags, front and rear side airbags and full side curtain airbags ensure that all passengers and the driver are safe in the event of an accident. Antilock brakes (front discs and rear drums), hill assistance and traction and stability control further the safety features of this vehicle. In case of an emergency, the OnStar service that is included provides automatic notification of crashes, and assistance in the case the vehicle breaks down. Lane departure warning signals and advanced collision alert are also options on 2LT models. The Spark received four out of five stars overall in government crash tests. This rating was based on total front impact protection, which received four stars, and side crash protection received a full five stars. The Chevy Spark received a ‘good’ award in the Insurance for Highway Safety impact test. Side impact was tested, as well as the strength of the roof, head restraints and seats. While most cars in the Spark’s class do not get an ‘acceptable’ rating for the IIHS’ small-overlap frontal-offset test, the Spark managed it. When the brakes were tested, the Spark LT was able to perform a full stop in 121 feet when previously travelling at 60 miles per hour.

Summary

Significant improvements in the performance, exterior design and interior make the 2016 Spark a great improvement on the previous year’s model. With its excellent safety results, smart use of space, sleek design and solid driving experience, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark is a class leader. We invite you to arrange a test drive today.