This entry level car has been known by many names. It started its journey with the name Aveo and was sold in 120 countries under many brands like Daewoo, Holden and Suzuki. With the second generation, the car was named as Sonic with the sales still as strong as before but with a little less confusion. Statistics says that the Chevrolet Sonic is one of the best-selling entry level car in the United States. What made it so special? Find out in our 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback review.
Similar to the previous years, the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic is also offered in Hatchback and Sedan body styles. But today we are interested to talk about the just the hatchback body style of the Sonic. The Sonic Hatchback is available in LT and Premier trim levels with the RS package being offered as standard to the Hatchback. RS package gives you an option for sport body which have rear spoiler, black bow tie emblem all over the car, black leatherette flat bottom steering wheel and red clothing inside the cabin. Sonic Hatchback starts at $18,020 for LT trim and goes up to $21,520 for Premier trim level.
At the heart of this small yet fun hatchback is a 1.4L inline 4-Cylinder Turbo engine. For the drivetrain, you have the option to choose from either the 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic transmission. Although there is only the Front Wheel Drive option available for the Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback. With the use of that small engine, you get a combined fuel consumption of respectable 30 miles per gallon. And the fuel tank can hold up to 12.2 gallons of fuel. Though the engine is small, with the use of turbo, Sonic is able to produce a “fun” amount of power for its price. Sonic Hatchback can make 148 lb.-ft. of torque at 1850 rpm and enjoyable 138 horsepower at 4900 rpm.
For the features, Hatchback gets an exclusive exterior color: Shock. Also, the RS package is offered as the standard for the Hatchback body style. There are LED daytime running lights to meet the EPA regulations. Sonic hatchback comes with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system which includes the beautiful 7-inch color touch screen. Chevrolet does include the option to opt for either the Android Auto or the Apple CarPlay to connect your smartphone seamlessly to your car. Making it easy to take calls and reply to texts while you are driving. Cruise control has also been made standard on LT and Premier trim levels. There is the key less open functionality and push to start button, which you get as standard in Sonic Hatchback. Other standard features in the Sonic Hatchback includes power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and heated steering wheel, steering wheel controls and air conditioning.
For the cargo, the Hatchback gets a little less space than the Sedan body style. But with the second row folded flat, it gets the cargo capacity of 47.7 cubic feet which is more than what you get in Ford Fiesta. Talking about the security features, you have the ten standard airbags all over the car including side-curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Rear-vision camera is another useful standard feature in Sonic. Driver Confidence Package is available as the option which includes Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Rear Park Assist. StabiliTrak electronic stability control system is another useful feature that you can opt for. While the safety belt pretensioners and OnStar has been made standard.
Driving on to the conclusion lane, the Chevrolet Sonic has the right ingredients to be the consumer favorite. For just 20 grands, it gives you a lot of features than the competition. The rear-view camera, which is an option in many cars costing thrice as much as Sonic, is a standard in Sonic. And not to forget the RS package which you get as standard in the Sonic Hatchback. That deal is enough to lure anyone to buy the Hatchback over the Sedan. Although it is just gives the hatchback the visual upgrade, but that’s totally worth it.