Chevrolet Sonic Hatch Review

By on March 8, 2012
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Adding color to a boring segment.

Good: Sporty looks, spacious interior, elegant color schemes inside, ABS comes standard
Bad: Engine gets noisy at high rpm
Price: AED 43,000 (starting)/ AED 56,000 (full options)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The first time I saw the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic was during the Dubai Motor show last year, and I must say I was very intrigued by Chevy’s new mini-car. It had quite a striking appearance for a car in this segment, especially in this region. What we usually have are boring old Yaris clumped around every corner of the street. However, I was worried that Chevy’s bold new styling of cars would leave the Sonic just another pretty face with no substance, i.e. the Yaris. How pleasantly wrong I was.

The new Chevrolet Sonic is being advertised as a funky and functional compact car. The outsides of the Sonic certainly portray that upbeat feeling. Our tester came in an electric blue color. It’s the front of the Sonic that’s so impressive at first sight.

The black headlamp sockets without the typical glass cover, plus the low slung grill on the front gives the Sonic an aggressive look. Helping out the angry demeanor of the little car is the somewhat lower than usual front bumper that had me park the car hesitantly in areas with ominous looking footpaths.

Our tester Sonic was the highest-end LT model, so it came with the 16-inch five-spoked wheels with aluminum paint. The side doors follow the angular design of the front hood, with a lowered roofline arching in the back. The back itself, though, ends rather abruptly in a straight wall. Still, that’s not say it’s terrible, but the rear end of the Sonic certainly could’ve done with a bit more work.

Overall the 2012 Chevy Sonic looks very impressive from the outside. But looks isn’t all that was considered in the design, as Sonic’s rather tight body frame means that even if the car were to accidentally roll over, the roof won’t cave in as it can withstand over 4 times the weight of the car.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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