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 Chevy Sonic LT is powered by a 1.6 liter in-line 4 cylinder engine that’s good enough to pump out 115 horses @ 4K rpm and decent 155Nm of torque at 4K rpm. That’s why when flooring the Sonic, all you get beyond the 4K rpm mark is just a lot of whining and no real power. So while driving in the city and small streets, the Sonic feels adequately suited to the job, but on the highway you’ll be pinched by the impotency of the small engine when the car has all passengers seated.

The McPherson struts up front and torsion beam axle on the rear give the Chevy Sonic a pretty composed feel around the corners. It’s fairly well behaved on the straights, but it corners none too enthusiastically. Still, understeer is hardly an issue as long as you’re not going buck wild with the compact family car.

Overall the Chevrolet Sonic is a hard one to beat in the compact car segment. With an aggressively styled front and sides, sporty wheels, roomy interior with Bluetooth and cruise control, the Sonic has a lot going for it. The only let down is the hard plastic interior (offset by the cool color scheme) and the not so peppy engine. If all you want to do is drive around the city without being in a hurry all the time, the Chevy Sonic is definitely one to check out.

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