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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Hatchback Review, Specs

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Hatchback Review, Specs — In this time, the variety of electric vehicles is mushrooming and the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Hatchback is one of good example. Why. The compromises required to liberate yourself from gasoline are becoming a lot easier to swallow.

The battery-powered version from Chevy s subcompact Spark that mixes a real car performance and driving dynamics with a high-utility hatchback package, and of course all at a price that makes it relatively affordable to get into a full electric car.

Beside from these practical considerations, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is in many measures a better-performing car than its gasoline counterpart. The Spark EV accelerates more quickly and effortlessly handles the pace of urban traffic. As we found in other review, this car has a good rating if viewed from the range of prices offered.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Price

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is an subcompact all-electric four-door hatchback with seating for four. There are two trim levels, 1LT and 2LT, both differentiated only by minor upgrades in interior trim.

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV 1LT (MSRP $26,685) comes with standard equipment that includes 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition/entry, EV-specific aerodynamic bodywork, cruise control, power accessories, air-conditioning, heated front seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt steering wheel with audio and phone controls, Chevrolet s MyLink interface with a 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone app integration, an AM/FM six-speaker audio system, Siri Eyes Free voice-recognition capability, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, OnStar telematics, USB and auxiliary inputs, satellite radio and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV 2LT (MSRP $27,010) trim adds leatherette premium vinyl upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A DC quick-charger is optional for any Spark EV. Connected to the proper power source, the DC quick-charger can recharge the Spark EV s batteries to 80 percent of capacity in 20 minutes.

Engine and Safety Features

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is an electric vehicle powered by a 105-kilowatt electric motor produces 140 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Power for the motor comes from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack with 21 kilowatt-hours of capacity. It takes the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV seven hours to recharge at 240 volts, which is considerably longer than other similarly priced EVs. If you re only able to plug into a 110-volt outlet, the charging process could take as long as 20 hours.

An optional SAE combo charger promises quicker turnaround times (up to 80 percent charge in 20 minutes) but only if you have easy access to a faster DC charger.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV EPA rates at 82 miles of driving range on the combined city/highway driving cycle. This is on par with the Honda Fit EV and surpasses the range estimates on the Nissan Leaf and Focus Electric. The EPA also rates the2014 Chevrolet Spark EV energy consumption at 28 kWh used per 100 miles, which is slightly more frugal than most rivals.

This translates into MPGe figures of 119 mpg combined (128 city/109 highway).

In performances testing, a Spark EV made the dash to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, an excellent time for a subcompact car. By comparison, a conventional gasoline-engine Spark with an automatic transmission took 12.2 seconds to hit 60 mph, while an Nissan Leaf required 10.2 seconds.

Standard safety features for 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV include antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, rear-seat side airbags and front-seat knee airbags. Six months of OnStar is also standard and includes on-demand roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle assistance, remote door unlocking and turn-by-turn navigation.

In brake testing, the Spark EV stopped from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is an outstanding distance for an electric car, as they typically weigh considerably more than similarly sized gasoline cars.

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Hatchback Rear Side Exterior

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Hatchback Interior

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Interior

The minimalist design of the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV interior isn t a bit luxurious, but there a refreshing simplicity to the dashboard simple lines, the instrument cluster looks like motorcycle and the large central touchscreen.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV gauges are altered from the conventional Sparks in order to better provide the data unique to electric propulsion: Simple graphics keep you up to speed on the battery pack s state of charge and remaining driving range. The standard MyLink touchscreen infotainment system features intuitive menus and sharp graphics. It also boasts strong smartphone app integration, including text message translation, Internet radio, voice commands and the available of navigation.

But, like a lot of similar systems, it s not compatible with all smartphones, and the screen sometimes fails to register touch inputs, which can be frustrating.

The front seats are comfortable enough for the distance you re able to travel in one sitting and the only real negative is the lack of a telescoping steering wheel. Those in the two-passenger rear seat also enjoy a refreshing amount of headroom, but there isn t an abundance of leg and hiproom. The rear seatbacks offer a 60/40 split, but because of battery packaging constraints, the seats don t fold fully flat.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV offers 9.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and folding them will increase 23.4 cubic feet of capacity.

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