Plenty of thought has gone into the interior design of the new Chevrolet Aveo.

Plenty of thought has gone into the interior design of the new Chevrolet Aveo. There is ample head- and legroom in all of the models as well as nifty nooks for storing all sorts of things in the front doors, cubby and pockets behind the front seats.

Available in both four and five door derivatives, the Aveo range comprises base, LS and LT models. The entry-level model comes standard with features such as power steering, driver's airbag, tailgate wiper and washer and remote rear view mirrors. Safety features like the a collapsible steering column, child seat anchorage, side impact beams and a centrally high mounted brake light are also standard.

The power-assisted steering system is speed-dependent, offering the driver maximum steering accuracy while the suspension is beefed up with the McPherson struts in the front end and the torsion beam axle in the rear. The LT model features a four-channel ABS system with electronic brake power distribution is a standard feature.

A 62 kW 1,5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated with a five-speed manual gearbox produces 128 N.m of torque at 3 000 r/min and is claimed to propel the front-wheel drive Aveo to a top speed of 170 km/h.

Some may consider this car to be quite attractive with its streamlined front end featuring a clear headlamp cluster and flared wheel arches while its rear end displays a cleverly moulded rear light cluster.

"We believe Aveo buyers will be people who are looking for a vehicle that combines characteristics such as style, safety, practicality and reliability, with comfort, convenience and value for money," said Arthur Boyle, marketing manager of Chevrolet SA.

"This obviously includes such target markets as young family buyers, middle income second car buyers and value seekers who want to get more mileage out of their income."

"Aveo also upholds the Chevrolet standards when it comes to outstanding levels of refinement, competitive pricing in its class, first rate safety and world-class styling."

The Aveo will compete in the hatchback and saloon markets, alongside the Volkswagen Polo, Opel Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Ikon and the Fiat Palio and Sienna and will retail at R94 875 for the base model, R110 240 for the LS and R125 000 for the LT.