“Now, I’m not too sure what exactly the Americans did, but this car feels like something else. The 103kW/200Nm isn’t just for show. It now felt very European, if it should have ‘Made in Germany’ stamped on the engine.
It’s not as fast as a Ford Fiesta ST and might not be macho enough for you burly types but the Sonic RS feels darn solid on the road. It inspires so much confidence in its handling that made me raise my eyebrows. It sits through the bends and the turbocharged 1.4 just wants to go.
It’s mated to a six-speed gearbox but when climbing hills you almost feel it wants to slap your wrists for wanting to gear down because it can handle the inclines in higher gears. The instrument’s been upgraded and includes a gear shift indicator.
We headed out of Cape Town towards coastal Arniston via Hermanus and Bredasdorp, about 200km from Cape Town, and the RS hooked into the straight stretches and twisty bits with gusto.”
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