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Old 7th September 2007, 16:21   #1
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Thumbs up Aveo 1.4 - 500kms Review (With pics)

Dear all,
I got my Aveo 1.4 in the first week of August. Thanks all once again for your valuable inputs. After having driven 500 kms, I am putting here my views and reviews.

Before Buying:
I was equally confused, as most of the others in this forum, as to which car should I buy? My budget was around 6L and main priorities were comfort, FE and low maintenance cost. I had zeroed in on Getz 1.3 / Esteem / Accent / Aveo 1.4 / Fiesta 1.4 / Sx4. Based upon various test drives, owner feedbacks, and of course, comments and views on TeamBHP, I finally decided to go for Aveo 1.4.

Exterior:
I liked the car when I looked at it the very first time. The contours give it a solid and a muscular look and the car makes its presence feel on the road. I got 'Platinum Metallica' colour and it looks nice on Aveo. The overall paint work and finishing is really good.

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Interiors:
The interiors are classy as compared to other cars in this segment. The black and beige combination is nicely planned and gives an executive look and feel. The quality of plastics is also good.

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The new spedometer cluster surely looks better than the old one. The green dials with bright red pointers look attractive at night. Chrome has been used nicely on the outer dials.

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The center console is also placed conveniently with space for keeping glasses, mobile, etc. The ashtray, cigerette lighter and glass holder have been integrated nicely. The black-beige dashboard looks great and has a digital clock. However, at times the beige colour reflects on the windshield under direct sunlight which causes a little discomfort while driving. But this is not very serious and one gets used to it over time. The front seats are spacious and have a reasonably good leg room.

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The back seats are also comfortable and can easily sit three people with a reasonably good leg room. Overall the cabin is very silent, spacious and is well designed.

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The boot space is sufficient and well-lit. The back windshield has defogger and a printed antenna as well.

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Performance:
Engine: The engine is very silent and turns on smoothly. Since there is no vibration at all, at times you can feel as if the engine is not running. Initially I felt the pick-up was not as peppy as you would expect from a 94bhp engine. However, after driving for about 300 kms, I feel it has improved. Moreover, once you move beyond 1500-2000 rpm, you can feel the power and momentum it gains. Not only that, you can feel that this car has a very good torque. You can come down to the speed of 30-35 in the 4th gear and move up again while being in the same gear. Changing gears quite often is thus not required.
Gearbox: The new improved gearshift is definitely better than the old one. Those who have driven the old version and the new version as well will agree on this. The gear rod is very stable with no vibrations and does not shake while the engine is running.
Suspension: The car's footwear is tubeless. It has a superb suspension which makes the drive and ride very comfortable. Deep potholes and high speed-brakers are very well taken care off as Aveo has a nice high ground clearance.
Brakes: Quite effective. No problem faced as of now.
Air Conditioning: Not bad at all. I have (when driving alone) not felt the need of moving beyond the first level cooling even in the day time. The blowers/vents are round and can turn 360 degrees and can be covered when not required or not in use.
F.E.: I have driven just about 500 kms (98% in city), and rough calculation indicates around 10 km/litre with AC on. I guess this should improve once I cross the 1000/2000km mark. Will let you know as I drive more.

ICE:
Sony CDX GT560 xplod with 1622 round speakers with inbuilt tweeters: Very easy to operate, nice features with large display. Sound clarity is great and output is more than sufficient for me. -- 8K

Other Expenses:
Teflon Coating + Underbody Anti-rust Coating: 4.1K
Autocop Central Locking (with engine immobilizer): 3.7K
Xenor Gear Lock: 1K
PU seat covers -- 4.5K: Will be getting them this week.
Future Expenses: Chrome door handles and Body-coloured ORVMs.

Price: 6L on road
Dealer: Autovikas. Waiting period at delivery: 1 hour. Overall experience: Good.

Overall:
A very good car at a very good price. Real value for money. I have no regrets at all having chosen Aveo 1.4.

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Old 7th September 2007, 16:38   #2
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Congrats on getting a new car. Keep posting the reviews on performance as you clock more kilometers.
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Good that you are happy with your car. 6L on road for aveo. Bengaluru is very bad.
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nice review Lokesh. The Aveo 1.4 is a fantastic VFM car.

Please post pics as thumbnails and dont resize them so small.
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Thanks BUSA! Will post pics again.































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Hey Lokesh, Congratz once again. Nice Review.
Will be getting my Aveo's 1st checkup done tomorrow.
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Hey Lokesh, Congratz once again. Nice Review.
Will be getting my Aveo's 1st checkup done tomorrow.
Hey Arup, Thanks and congrats to you too!

Got my Aveo's reassurance check-up on 5th. If you come to Autovikas, do let me know.
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Really nice review....well explained with pics.
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Congrats on the new car, Aveo is indeed very comfortable, welcome to the GM family.
By the way, what tyres did you get? If it's Goodyear, is there any tyre noise while driving over not so smooth roads?
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Congrats on the new car, Aveo is indeed very comfortable, welcome to the GM family.
By the way, what tyres did you get? If it's Goodyear, is there any tyre noise while driving over not so smooth roads?
Thanks! Yes the tyres are Goodyear. However, I have not noticed any kind of noise. Will pay attention to this now and revert if there is any.
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Congrats Lokesh, Aveo is a good looking car for sure.
Hope you have removed those plastic seat covers by now
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congratz and i like the meter console
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Congrats..
Nice review..I like the colour and meter console..
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Nice review and pics. Very nice and pleasing colour.
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Congratulations & welcome to Aveo club. I do have an old version of Aveo (2006 model) & I have been enjoying it thoroughly. Nice to see Aveo sales also picking up these days.

Nice color & nice review. Keep the thread updated with your experience.
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