Review: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

The Chevrolet Spark EV appears to be a game-changer in the all electric small car market.

At least that might be the case if you’re living in Oregon or California, the only states that Chevrolet will be selling the Spark EV in for now. While no mention of any expansion was made, we probably shouldn’t expect a decision to be made anytime soon.

For one, there still aren’t a lot of these models around and it can be argued that sales of the Spark EV will be on a limited basis. If the model proves to be a hit, like Chevrolet is banking on, then we might see more states get their hands on the all-electric Spark.

For now, it’s Oregon and California, two states that look to be perfect markets for the Spark EV. One place is a blessing to drive on with scenic routes all around while the other is, well, let’s just say if you want to make the most out of an EV, California’s the place to be.

As far as the car itself, we love the overall make-up of the Spark EV, so much that we’d be very surprised if this model isn’t a success sooner than later.

Exterior

The exterior of the Spark EV does not look drastically different from the standard Spark model. There are a number of aerodynamic modifications done to the Spark EV that people may not even notice.

For one, full-length underbody panels were installed to help reduce drag and improve its handling abilities. The grille, normally served as cosmetic as much as for aerodynamic purposes, comes with an automatic shutter system that helps to reduce drag and guide airflow around the vehicle.

And since the Spark EV is an electric car, it was important for Chevrolet to have enough space for the battery pack without compromising the cargo space, so it packaged the whole setup under the car, saving that valuable space while keeping the car’s looks intact.

Probably one of the most surprising details about the Spark EV are the hidden rear door handles on the C-Pillar. Not only does it accomplish the look of making the car look more confident and streamlined, but there’s that added element of welcome surprise when you find it and say, “Hey! It’s a five-door!”

The Spark EV is available in five different exterior colors: Summit White, Silver Ice, Electric Blue, Titanium and Black Granite (an extra-cost color).

Exterior Dimensions

Trim1LT2LT
Length (In)146.5146.5
Width, Max Without Mirrors (In)6464
Height (In)6161
Track Width, Front (In)55.555.5
Track Width, Rear (In)54.854.8
Base Curb Weight (Lbs)2,9892,989
Wheelbase93.593.5

Standard Features

  • Outside power-adjustable, body-color mirrors
  • Tire inflation kit
  • Wiper, rear, continuous, with washer
  • Wipers, front intermittent, variable
  • Body-color door handles
  • Moldings, chrome belt-line
  • Rocker molding, body-color, lower
  • Spoiler, rear with integrated LED center high-mounted stop/brake lamp

Interior

With the exception of a few details, the Spark EV’s interior doesn’t change a whole lot from its gas-powered counterparts. Of the few differences, the most notable is the smaller cargo capacity for the Spark EV, a pretty big deal given the already tight dimensions of the car as it is. The Spark EV offers 1.8 cubic-feet of cargo space when the rear seats are up and 7.8 cubic-feet when they’re folded.

The two trims of the Spark EV – the 1LT and the 2LT – come with some interior differences, too, albeit not significant enough to make them two completely different cabins. Cloth seats are used in the 1LT while the 2LT gets the added treat of getting leatherette and a leatherette-covered steering wheel.

The use of plastic on the interior isn’t something we’re going to worry about. It is a Spark, after all. And besides, the way Chevrolet designed the consoles gets some good nods from us. It’s not too complicated nor is it too tacky; it’s cleanly balanced with all the buttons, especially the added EV-related ones, spaced out just fine that it doesn’t look befuddling to the driver. The steering wheel could be uncomfortable for some people, but it’s something that we all have to deal with on other cars anyway.

Dimensions1LT2LT
Front Head Room (In)39.439.4
Front Hip Room (In)4848
Front Leg Room (In)4242
Front Shoulder Room (In)50.750.7
Passenger Capacity44
Passenger Volume (Ft3)8686
Second Head Room (In)37.337.3
Second Hip Room (In)47.547.5
Second Leg Room (In)35.235.2
Second Shoulder Room (In)49.7149.71
Standard Features
Audio System1LT2LT
Chevrolet MyLink RadioStandardStandard
6-Speaker Audio SystemStandardStandard
SiriusXM Satellite Radio1 With 3 Trial MonthsStandardStandard
USB PortStandardStandard
Lighting1LT2LT
Lighting, Dimming Instrument Panel ClusterStandardStandard
Lighting, Interior Overhead Courtesy Lamp With OnStar ControlsStandardStandard
Lighting, Rear Cargo Compartment LampStandardStandard
Seats1LT2LT
Front High-Back Bucket SeatsStandardStandard
Trim, Seat, LeatheretteN/AStandard
Driver 4-Way Manual Seat AdjusterStandardStandard
Seat, Rear, 60/40-Split, Folding With Adjustable Outboard HeadrestsStandardStandard
Steering Wheels1LT2LT
Steering Column, Tilt-WheelStandardStandard
Steering-Wheel Mounted Audio And Phone Interface ControlsStandardStandard
Steering Wheel, Leather-Wrapped, 3-Spoke, Silver AccentsN/AStandard
Storage1LT2LT
Cargo Security Shelf, RearStandardStandard
Map Pocket, Front Passenger SeatbackStandardStandard
Other Features1LT2LT
Armrest, Driver, FoldingStandardStandard
Floor Mats, Carpeted Front And Rear With Driver Heel Pad, EV Logo And Electric Blue SurgingStandardStandard
Cruise Control, Electronic With Set And Resume Speed, Steering Wheel-MountedStandardStandard
Defogger, Rear-WindowStandardStandard
Mirror, Inside Rearview Manual Day/NightStandardStandard
OnStar With 3 Years Of Directions & Connections PlanStandardStandard
Theft-Deterrent System, Content Theft AlarmStandardStandard
Windows, Power, Front And RearStandardStandard

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