Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback – Yahoo Cars

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A hatchback version of the Chevrolet Cruze saloon. Since its introduction in 2009 the Cruze has only been available as a four-door, but as of summer it will go on sale as a five-door hatchback, making it a rival to heavyweights like the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf, though it#39;s more likely to be competing with cheaper alternatives like the Hyundai i30 and the Kia cee#39;d. Traditionally, budget saloon cars like the Cruze haven#39;t sold well in the UK, so Chevrolet is hoping that the new five-door model will be more appealing to buyers.

Is it any good?

The Cruze comes with a choice of two petrol engines – a 122bhp 1.6 and a 139bhp 1.8 – and a 2.0-litre 161bhp turbodiesel unit. The 1.6 is best avoided as it#39;s drastically underpowered, while the 1.8 improves things but not enough for us to recommend it. The diesel is the obvious choice here – it#39;s far punchier and returns 50.4mpg, which is good but far from class-leading for a hatchback in this sector.

There#39;s little in the way of feedback from the steering, so the Cruze could never be regarded as fun to drive. It#39;s quite refined and comfortable, though, while the chunky looks are distinctive enough to make the Chevy stand out in a crowd.

It may have lost its boot but the Cruze is still a spacious car. You can fit 413 litres of luggage in the back with the rear seats in place – that#39;s almost 100 litres more than the Ford Focus hatchback – and there#39;s plenty of room for front and rear occupants. It#39;s just a shame that the interior is a bit low grade next to classier rivals like the Hyundai i30.

Chevrolet Cruze

Should I call the bank manager?

The Chevrolet#39;s biggest asset is its affordability. It starts at £13,995 for the basic 1.6 LT model, which comes with air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, an aux input and remote central locking. Every other model costs less than £20,000 except for the top-of-the-range automatic diesel model when it#39;s specified with the LTZ Exec pack, but even that#39;s only just over at £20,295.

The Cruze#39;s prices more than hold their own next to equivalent Hyundais and Kias, too.

Summary

If you#39;re used to driving a modern Volkswagen Golf or a Ford Focus then the Cruze won#39;t appeal because it#39;s just not in the same league. It#39;s an awful lot cheaper than those two, though, while the roomy interior and distinguished looks make it more appealing as a budget family hatchback. The Kia and the Hyundai alternatives have the edge when it comes to quality, but it#39;s still hard to knock the Chevrolet, as it#39;s a lot of car for the money and a decent, cheap family hatch.

It#39;s more likely to hang onto its value than the saloon, too.

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