2008 Chevrolet Aveo Interior
Though reviews generally say the 2008 Chevy Aveo's interior looks more expensive than they expected, it's not without its problems. Car and Driver finds "Nice textures, none of those hard, shiny surfaces that remind you of a truck-stop restroom floor." However, the Aveo loses points for seats that many find uncomfortable.
Interior materials and styling differentiate the Aveo from some of its value-priced competitors. MSN praises the interior for being "neither gimmicky nor bare." Most test drivers agree the controls are simple and easy to use, although several complain about the poor cup holder placement.
Critics agree that one of the chief advantages of this compact car is its overall roominess: "You get more room inside an Aveo than in most small cars," says the Detroit News. "Two adults will fit comfortably in back if the folks in front don't slide their seats back far. That's an accomplishment some bigger cars can't claim." Car and Driver quips "headroom galore, legroom needs more," explaining that "although driver legroom is limited for 6-footers, it's the headroom that makes this car feel big on the inside. Theater-style seating in the rear offers a view for smaller passengers but legs again become cramped when trying to fit adults."
Overall seating comfort leaves something to be desired. "Our review period took place over the Thanksgiving holiday, so we loaded the family into the Aveo up for the two-hour drive to grandma's to fully evaluate the Aveo's capabilities," says The Auto Channel. "This test revealed that the interior is plenty comfortable for about half that ride. After the midway point, seat cushions get to feeling hard." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls the comfort "adequate," commenting "I wasn't impressed with Aveo's seats. These feel pretty cheap, sort of a plastic or nylon-like texture, plus there's not much contouring to the bottom cushion, so long rides would not be so comfortable. The seatback is somewhat better."
Reviewers find that the high seating positions for driver and passenger are good, but About.com found positioning awkward, commenting "no matter how I adjusted the seat I was either too close to the pedals or too far away from the steering wheel. But there's plenty of headroom and the cabin has an open, airy feel."
MSN calls leg room in the rear seat "noteworthy." However, Cars.com notes flaws along with praise: "The backs of the front seats are soft, offering the equivalent of knee cutouts for increased backseat legroom. As is the case in most small sedans, headroom in back is tight. Outboard positions have ample lateral room, though there's no middle armrest. A modest center hump intrudes on the center passenger's foot room." Consumer Guide also has dampened praise. "Legroom is tight with the front seats set far back," according to its review. "The seat bottom is rather flat, but its high mounting means adults don't sit knees-up."
While the Aveo's base price may be low, it comes with very few standard features. Adding options leads Autobytel to comment, "You've got an economy car ready to break the $17,000 barrier." The base model LS includes air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo, height-adjustable driver's seat, rear-window defogger and a 60/40 split flip-and-fold rear seat.
The pricier Aveo LT adds power windows and door locks, remote/keyless entry, cruise control, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, power/heated outside mirrors, and a 60/40 folding rear seat. But Cars.com is disappointed to note that "even with all the options boxes checked, there's no power door lock switch--instead, the driver's lock directs the other three with an electromechanical chirp that's sure to annoy passengers."
The Aveo sedan has 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which "should swallow all a couple of adventurers need for a weekend away," according to Autoweb. With the split rear seat folded down, the sedan will accommodate longer cargo, although New Car Test Drive cautions that "the painted steel on the rear seatbacks are sure to get scratched after a little use, and the folded seats don't create a flat load area." The Aveo5 hatchback's rear seat flips forward even further to create a 42 cubic-foot cargo area.
Storage space inside the cabin doesn't disappoint. Autoweb says "Snacks and cell phones will fit into the pockets on the front doors, while foldable maps and whatever Johnny Law shouldn't see can go into the ample glovebox. In addition, there are pockets on the back side of each seat, a sunglass holder next to the driver's head, and a rear cupholder." But Cars.com has a somewhat different take, reporting "Cabin storage is better suited for smaller items. There is no center console container, and the door pockets aren't particularly large."
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