One hundred and seventy one thousand, six hundred rand; you may wonder what that is all about, but if you are smart, you would put that price to the new Sonic 1.6 LS sedan and boy you would be right. There are a lot of cars in this price bracket and everybody seems to be fighting for the same piece of pie. Only some will actually get a piece of pie and the Sonic Sedan is one of them.
Armed with a double overhead cam, sixteen hundred engine making 85kw and 152nm, it goes pretty well too. It’s a little heavier in total weight compared to the Sonic hatch, but it has more to offer in terms of bang for buck.
The interior is identical to that of the hatch back so it also features the funky-looking gauges and the neon blue backlit lighting. It also has steering controls for the radio which as the industry should have it, an mp3/wma player with aux in. USB support can be ordered with the so-called ‘comfort package’. It also has 6 speakers, 2 in the front and 2 in the rear and then the 2 tweeters on the a-pillars. Cruise control is also factory fitted and really very easy to operate.
The steering wheel is completely adjustable in both height and reach which, in this price bracket, is usually not heard of. It’s a very nice feature for both the shorter and taller drivers alike. The seat is also height adjustable. Electric windows are featured in the front only with manual winders in the rear. Personally it would not bother me, because I don’t drive the car from the rear and it should not bother you either. The windows are also tinted ever-so-slightly so essentially it should keep some of the glare out on a hot summer day.
Driving the Sonic about is only but a joy. The torquey engine pulls it around easily and it seems smooth and docile between the gears. What surprised me was the good fuel consumption which averaged from 14km/l to 10km/l depending on how and where we drove. Our testing conditions were pretty horrible, with Cape Town being hit with a storm, so the strong headwinds and rain did absolutely nothing for out fuel economy.
There are no rain-sensing wipers so you should activate them when it starts raining. They are pretty configurable though with intermittent settings to them, so you can set them to your preferred speed, even when there is only a slight drizzle about.
The Sonic Sedan is fitted with 6 Airbags, ABS and EBD. It also has a central locking, anti-theft alarm and immobilizer that will keep the thieves at bay. The 15 inch rims are fitted with 195/65 tires. The Sonic rides on Mcpherson struts in the front and torsion beams in the rear.
The Sonic is a great package and good all-rounder. For the price of R 171 600 (in case you missed it) it’s priced very competitively against the likes of the Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio sedan.
The Sonic comes standard with a 5 year 120 000 km warranty with roadside assist and a service plan of 3 years 60 000km. Service intervals are every 15 000km or 12 months.
For more info check out www.chevrolet.co.za