It has a lower fuel consumption and is a surprising amount of fun, but it will be interesting to see how it fares against the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20 or Kia Rio.
FEATURES APLENTY: At least the Sonic turbodiesel, and in fact the entire range, makes up for its price tag with a high level of standard creature comforts such as cruise control, air-conditioning, power windows, airbags and USB/aux connectivity.
The auto is finicky: sure, it’ll find the correct gear but there’s a significant delay. If you’re cruising along you’ll barely notice the gear changes, but should you be late for work and you need to flat-foot it, the Sonic sedan will become temperamental as it hunts for gears. This is somewhat mitigated by the manual shift option or tapping off the accelerator when it’s “supposed” to change. This, and the increase in weight, may have something to do with the Sonic’s claimed fuel consumption as you're essentially wasting fuel - according to the trip computer, we averaged 9.9l/100km over a loop covering around 110km.
FAMILY ORIENTED: While the Sonic hatch is the perfect student car, in sedan guise, with its extra space, it's suitable as a family car.
DIESEL GRUNT: The powerplant is timid though overall with a relatively low fuel consumption its worth considering amongst its SUV rivals.