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Aug 11, 2006 (11:40 pm)
Actually, Euroncap crash tested a same as previous style but new for 2007 Aveo hatch (which I would assume would get the same score as a Sedan), and it got 3 stars.
#48 of 85 Saw '07 today...
Aug 12, 2006 (3:02 pm)
quick look inside shows great improvement. I never did like the look of the sedan and the new one looks like a lame attempt to make the car look more "Chevy". Front end clip is way too heavy for that size car.
Interior improvements on the existing hatch would go a long way to bettering that car but I don't think that's happening this year--- right?
Haven't driven the car but understand that most "improvements" are cosmetic.
#49 of 85 Re: Saw '07 today... [csandste]
Aug 13, 2006 (4:16 am)
Haven't seen one "in the flesh", but from photos, I really HATE the rear end. Trying too hard to be a baby Malibu/Impala as though that were the look to go for!
The designers should have gone for an edgier design like an Acura TL, Civic or the new Mercury Milan rear treatment.
I hear that it's got a wider track for better steering and handling, but other than that, it is the same powertrain and chassis plus 100 or so extra pounds.
#50 of 85 Not a great choice
Aug 20, 2006 (1:35 pm)
Bad crash test results and not great gas mileage for being so small. Same highway mileage with automatic as the much larger 4 cylinder Malibu and much worse mileage than the Civic and Corolla that are both a size class larger.
Only thing going for it is that is seems to be the only subcompact other than the Honda Fit that's available with cruise control.
No cruise available on Accent, Rio, Yaris etc..
#51 of 85 Re: Not a great choice [jaxs1]
Aug 20, 2006 (3:15 pm)
I think it'll actually sell pretty well due to the pricing and an interior that looks to be a cut above the others. I doubt buyers will be forced to pay MSRP like the Yaris, Fit, Rabbit and Versa.
I watched the webcast video the other day, and it sounds like they retuned the suspension quite a bit, which for me is the biggest disappointment with the earlier models.
#52 of 85 Re: Not a great choice [wave54]
Aug 20, 2006 (3:32 pm)
Once production on the Versa ramps up and there is good supply, I'm sure discounting will start since the styling is pretty ugly. Fit has more going for it other than it is already an old design than can't match the mileage of the new Civic.
Fuel economy on the VW Rabbit is obnoxiously poor for an econocar. People who get the new Rabbit will get it because they prefer the way it drives to cars like the Yaris or Aveo and don't care about fuel economy or will not think about the fuel economy until after they have already driven the car off the dealers lot.
So the Aveo's competitors have their own problems, but dangerous crash test results and so-so mpg in a tiny car put the Aveo in the lower half of even it's mediocre competition.
#53 of 85 Has does the Hyundai/Kia twins compare?
Aug 21, 2006 (12:30 pm)
How do the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio compare to the Aveo? Any input on how they hold up as compared to the Aveo. Just wondering due to the fact that the Accent/Rio and the Aveo hail from the same nation( South Korea ) I'm just curious if the reliability is pretty clos, or if the Aveo has a commmanding lead. Any information will be appreciated. Thanks!
#54 of 85 Re: why [harrychezt]
Aug 27, 2006 (12:06 pm)
GM (well, GM-Daewoo) do make a 3door, for the European market at least.
The reason for the redesign being sedan only is simple - the sedan is the biggest seller in Korea and developing markets such as China and Eastern Europe. The hatchback sells more in Western Europe. The target customers are very different - the hatchback is a second car to a stylish Western European family, the sedan is an only car for someone who dreams of owning an E-Class but can't afford it. A strong front end with a chrome grille will work for the sedan customers, but won't appeal to the Western European hatchback buyers. Hence the sedan has been redesigned for its new target markets, but the hatch remains the same. The hatch actually had a front-end restyle for Europe prior to launch - the original US-market front end would not have appealed here either (although it was used on the sedan in some European markets).
#55 of 85 Test drove '07 LT sedan...
Sep 22, 2006 (8:31 pm)
Drove a 5 door hatch a couple of years ago. This seems more composed with big interior improvements. If I remember correctly the 5-speed in the hatch was like rowing through oatmeal. Although I don't normally like automatics on small cars this seemed more composed and pleasant.
I'd still be worried about crash-worthiness. Still can't figure out why crash tests in Europe are so much worse than the hatch.
#56 of 85 Drove a Kia Rio the day after the LT
Sep 28, 2006 (6:20 pm)
Gotta say the LT was much more upscale feeling. Kia had crank windows for about the same price as a fully dressed and much more attractive LT. Was really disturbed that the list price was $3K more than I paid for an Elantra five years ago. What's going on with Hyundai/Kia anyway? You can get a Honda Fit or a Nissan Versa with a lot more kit for less money than the stripper Rio.