“I drove the Sonic RS at its media launch in the Western Cape last week and it’s an impressive little package for buyers on a (relative) budget who are seeking something a little sportier than, say, a 1.6-litre Polo Vivo. Small turbo-petrol engines are becoming all the rage these days and for good reason: they offer good economy and zippy performance, and don’t become lethargic at high altitude.
The Chev’s little four-cylinder Ecotec turbo engine has a fairly punchy and free-revving nature, exhibiting brisk acceleration and easy cruisability – and all without feeling like it’s huffing and puffing itself into premature cardiac failure. In fact it’s a decidedly smooth performer and I accidentally hit the rev limiter a couple of times because the engine didn’t seem to be making anything like enough noise to be near the redline.
At a claimed 6.6 litres per 100km the five-door hatch throws good fuel economy into the bargain.
A slick-shifting six-speed manual with close ratios plays its part in making this souped-up Sonic an enjoyably low-effort drive, and the speed-sensitive power steering prevents tired arms without feeling artificially light.”
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