The $15,000 VW - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: The $15,000 VW

March 30, 2012


They’re making Volkswagens in Michigan, I’m sure of it.

After driving a large assortment of Volkswagens over the last ten days, I’m more sure than ever that the Chevrolet Sonic drives like it wants to be one of them. Packaging, control feel, ride quality, and general dynamics – the Sonic should be wearing a VW badge. And I mean that in the best possible way.

Of course, the Sonic is a little smaller than the Volkswagen Golf, maybe more like the VW Polo. VW would love to bring the Polo to the U.S. as an entry-level $15,000 car, especially since it’s the car that Volkswagen will race in the WRC, but the whole euro/dollar exchange-rate thing makes it impossible for the moment. And who knows what the cool, alpine-white Polo GTI pictured here would cost in 2012 dollars. Probably as much as a Passat CC.

Personally I’d start hijacking Sonics from the parking lot at GM’s assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan, and put the big VW badge on the grille. A masterpiece of product planning, eh?

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 5,240 miles

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