Let’s talk about the glaringly obvious quality the design of the 2017 Spark possesses: it’s fun. After you glance at it the first time, you do a double-take to make sure your eyes didn’t deceive you. Yes, it really is that quirky looking. Quirky is a good adjective in this case. On top of that, it’s also a five-door (hatchback), which is a very popular style of car currently. Therefore, it’s able to offer something fun and unique in a world plagued with hatchbacks that look mostly the same. Making it even more fun and quirky to drive are its available colors. Sure, you have your traditional black, blue, red, white, and gray colors. But, how about Kalamata (deep purple), Brimstone (yellowish-green), Mint (the name of the paint is descriptive enough), or Toasted Marshmallow (off-white)? Trust me, the names of the colors are just as entertaining as the look of the paint itself.
Another easily recognized characteristic is the practicality of the Spark’s design, especially in a city environment, where parking and navigating is typically cramped. Its small size allows it to fit into parking spaces even slightly larger mid-size sedans would fail to fit into, and makes navigating through cramped city traffic much easier. For those who have tried taking a truck or SUV through the city, you know how much of a pain that can be.
Now, let’s talk about what might not be as apparent: its structural integrity. It’s actually quite good, and the fun and small design belies just how durable (and safe) the Spark actually is. For starters, it has 10 standard airbags that can deploy depending on where and how severe of a collision occurs. Those airbags (and you) are surrounded by a high-strength steel safety cage, which is designed to both absorb and stop the impact of a collision reaching the cabin.
It might be small and fun, but it’s a tough-as-nails car. If you’re looking for even more safety, make sure to check out the safety section to learn more about the available and advanced safety features.