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The new Chevrolet Sonic tries to reinvent urban commute with its chic looks. But will it win hearts that belong to segment staples such as the Nissan Almera and Toyota Vios?

30 Jan 2015

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Compact sedans are one of the best ways to get the most 'car' for your money. Essentially, they can perform motoring tasks as well as their bigger and pricier siblings by ferrying up to five people while carrying a car load of shopping.

The Sonic Sedan is the latest car to enter the segment, and we put it up against some of the strongest rivals in its class - the Nissan Almera and the Toyota Vios.

Like its stablemate Spark, the Sonic made it to the big screen by starring in the movie Transformers 4 - in a spruced-up RS rally car guise

Exterior

You can easily tell that the Sonic is the most attention-grabbing of the lot. With an aggressive front snout and quad 'big eyes', it makes the Almera and the Vios look tame in comparison. 

That doesn't mean the Sonic wins the beauty pageant hands down because we are pretty sure that the Vios will garner an equivalent, if not greater, share of likes from voters.

The Vios, which has been on sale here since one and a half years ago, has hardly aged at all. Parked next to the Sonic, it has a more agreeable styling that is easier on the eye. 

On the other hand, the Almera stays conservative with a decent, unobtrusive look. But we have to say it isn't the best-looking in Nissan's stable - or in this group test. 

In the contest for beauty, the Vios garners our vote with its suave good looks
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve ECOTEC

Engine Cap

:

1398cc

Horsepower

:

74kW (99 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

130 Nm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

12.9sec

Top Speed

:

175km/h

Fuel consumption

:

15.6 km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line DOHC

Engine Cap

:

1498cc

Horsepower

:

73kW (98 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

134 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

:

4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

13.7sec

Top Speed

:

170km/h

Fuel consumption

:

14.9 km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC with VVT-i

Engine Cap

:

1497cc

Horsepower

:

80kW (107 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

141 Nm / 4200 rpm

Transmission

:

4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

12sec

Top Speed

:

170km/h

Fuel consumption

:

15.8 km/L

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