Motoring review – Sonic boom

2014-07-09 10:00

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So, you’re in the market for a B-segment car, but you have a passion for something a little hotter than average – something that will satisfy your speed tooth.

It should be handsome too, handle itself well and shouldn’t be overly expensive. In other words, you’re looking for the ideal matric-dance date, but in the form of a vehicle.

The Chevrolet Sonic RS may just be the dance partner you’ve been hoping for. At first glance, you probably won’t notice its subtly tweaked front end with its angular fog lights.

Its stance on the road is a little lower and the rear end has the RS badge on its right butt cheek and a sporty-looking chrome, trapezoidal exhaust outlet.

The performance-styled interior is light-hearted and sporty, with red stitching and lettering on its black suede and leather-covered bucket seats.

Aluminium pedals add a bit more sporty bling. The motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster lends that futuristic touch, not to mention the super user-friendly MyLink infotainment system, which has a touch screen to simplify your life.

But just how “RS” is the Sonic RS? RS is an acronym for Rally Sport. In the Sonic RS’s case, the smallish 1.4-litre Ecotec engine is turbocharged, which means it’s not a hot hatch, but a warm one with an enthusiastic output.

It also means you’re not going to cry each time you have to fill up your car. It consumes just 6.6 litres per 100km on the combined average cycle.

It sounds like a win-win situation.But what’s it like on the road?

The stiffened and lowered suspension should mean a more involved drive, but it has a little more body roll than expected when one turns into a corner.

However, I found the Sonic RS to be a sure-footed, comfortable, spicy little car with so much to offer in terms of standard spec, charm and good looks.

Equipment such as dual front and side air bags, 17-inch alloys, hill hold, satellite controls on the steering wheel and ABS brakes as well as traction and stability control are all included in the R225?300 price tag.

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