Chevrolet have been launching new models at quite a pace in recent years, often improving and refining models and then renaming them. The Sonic is very much an Aveo upgrade. When launched in 2011 GM offered a 1.3 diesel option, which sadly is no longer available.
The Sonic is built by Daewoo in Korea, so build quality is good.
The Sonic is just the right size for a starter family, with a decent boot and fair space in the cabin. It is a quite sporty looking car.
The ugly dash with the most idiotic instrument binnacle you have or will ever see. It does not work too badly though.
The steering is really odd. It works well except when you really want it too, which is round corners on a mountain pass and on slightly corrugated roads. It instills no confidence on the former and jumps and wobbles on the latter.
Hopefully the test car was set up badly, with overinflated tyres and marginal wheel balancing and alignment.
The cabin is filled with to me, unsightly hard plastics. Not a cabin to fall in love with.
In spite of the bad points above the overall package is quite pleasing. The car comes with all the basic equipment as standard. You do not need to add anything. The Sonic comes well equipped with a list of interior accessories such as CD/MP3/Aux input, electric windows and a trip computer.
The Sonic looks good from all angles but especially the front. The dimensions are right.
The seats are very comfortable.
The engine clutch marriage is a good one and acceleration in the context is fine. It is easy to drive.
The 1.4 produces 74 @ 6000 (kW @ r/min) and 130 @ 4000 (Nm @ r/min) of torque, while the 1.6 does 85 @ 6000 and 155 @ 4000.
Competition includes the Suzuki Swift, VW Polo and Ford Fiesta, not to mention Geely .
The Sonic faces tough competition.
The prices range from R159 900 for the Sonic Sedan 1.4 LS, right up to R181 600 for the Sedan 1.6 LS AT.
Warranty & Roadside Assistance – 5 years/120 000km, Anti-Corrosion Warranty – 5 Years/Unlimited km
Service Intervals – 12 Months/15 000km and Service Plan – 3 Years/60 000km