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Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

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Since I’m a fan of hard-rock, it took me a while to write that sentence, but I do understand the concept of a bling ride, and to be perfectly honest, I think it’s really cool.

We spend a lot of money on houses to express our individuality, so why not with cars? It’s hardly sending sound waves rippling through the country but GM thinks it will be a trendy market seller.

The Sonic is available in two body styles: a four-door hatch and the other, sporting a tail in the form of a four-door sedan, which we can only expect at a later date.

The hatch was available for us to test at launch. From a styling perspective, the hip runaround looks like a slightly bulked up Spark (Chev’s entry-level vehicle), but admittedly, it does have a certain cool factor about it. Maybe it’s the funky name, which the manufacturer seems to carry across its range. Who wouldn’t want to say they’re driving around in a Spark, or shuffling in a Cruze?

This car is a looker! Its sharp creases and body lines follow the entire length of the car with the rear door handles hidden in its curves. The all too familiar Chev grille is housed in the front of the car, flanked by the round headlamps, which all complement its hunker stance. In a trendy, fashion conscious segment, the Sonic seems attractive; even the interior layout and design looks chic with different textures and colours being incorporated into the cabin.

With its primarily hard plastics, GM has finished off the cockpit perfectly, with an upscale feel. And for those who want it all, a Comfort package is available at an additional price, which includes a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite steering wheel mounted audio controls. Cruise control is also available as a factory-fitted option.

Taking to the streets, you’re hardly going to go super-sonic in the vehicle, with the two initial power trains available, namely: the 1.4-litre and the 1.6-litre petrol motors. The 1.4 engine produces 74kW and a 130Nm of torque. The combined fuel consumption is a claimed 5.8 litres/100km. The bigger 1.6 motor produces a handy 85kW of power and pushes out 155Nm of torque at 4 000rpm. This derivative’s fuel consumption is an estimated 6.5 litres/100km. However, this car isn’t just a handy commuter it also achieved a 5-star Euro NCAP rating for safety. Hence, it comes standard with four airbags as well as ABS with EBD.

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